I’m partial to a bit of ‘live’ trip blogging so for the next 10 days I’ll be attempting to bring you a day by day account of my trip to Punta Gorda, Florida.
Day 1 ‘proper’ and I woke up in the Rosen Inn at Pointe Orlando on International Drive having flown into Orlando yesterday. There’s a bittersweet and ugly tinge in my stomach because I know I won’t be getting up and going to the Magic Kingdom on my first day of an Orlando trip, but instead I’ll be sat in a car for two hours travelling to the coast. It’ll all look better when the jet lags worn off.
I was awake just before 6am so decided to give up with sleep. As in tradition on the first morning of a USA holiday I ran myself a bath and lingered in it. Eventually me and my mom went out for a walk around the hotel grounds whilst my dad got ready. My confused stomach which thought it was 12pm wondered where my lunch was so we found me a cereal bar and an amazing smoothie made with peach juice.
From Orlando to Rotonda West, where we’re staying on the coast, is about 2 hours 5 minutes but we broke the journey up by stopping at the Ellenton Premium Outlets. I don’t have much money so managed to resist most of what I saw (the usual holiday Hazel is buying up things I just think are ‘ok’ left, right and centre) and I came away with a couple of crazy pairs of sunglasses and a treat in the form of a lovely plum coloured purse from Michael Kors. Treat yo’self. It was actually only about £20 and I justified it by thinking to myself that River Island charge that for purses!
After shopping for a good few hours we got back in the car for the final hour and arrived at the villa not long after 4pm. I was super tired and haven’t managed to get any pictures of where we’re staying yet, but we were greeted by a tortoise, so have a picture of him instead.
After getting our stuff in the house we headed out to Walmart where we walked through the aisles like zombies for a ‘small’ shop of only $132 (lol). We had terrible pre-made Walmart food for dinner (terrible in the health sense – it was damn tasty) and then I got in the pool.
Since then I’ve had a nice shower and backed up all of my pictures from the day. How I’m awake I don’t know as it currently feels like my eyeballs are about to roll out of their sockets. Sweet dreams!
Current step count (as of 9:12pm): 7,875
Number of lengths swam: 30
Join me for Day 2 tomorrow when my eyes may or may not be still in their sockets.
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