Next day we made it to Orlando. Encountered several downpours....which also brought us luck: I had to stop at the side of the road cause I couldn't see anything in the rain...and there was a tourist information right there....I only wanted to get directions, but the guy offered us a pretty good deal for hotel and tickets for Island's of Adventure (which was why we went to Orlando)...later on we learned, that we actually saved quite a lot of money. Always good for students! ;)
The Motel was right across Island's of Adventure, it had a pool....all we needed at that point. That evening we were five again, looking forward to a day at the theme park.
A friend of mine told me, if we are ever in Orlando to go to Island's of Adventure....since we didn't want to go to Disney or the Film Studios it was perfect for us. Since we coulnd' talk in the car...remember, open windows on the highway...we had time to talk now, because we usually stood in line for about an hour (or two) if we wanted to get on a ride. First one we wanted to go on was "The Hulk"...we stood in line for like forever and just when we were about to get on, they closed the ride because thunderstorms were coming up. GREAT!!! So we got wet becuase of the rain and then because we got on the Popeye water ride. Thank God for Flip-Flops! ;) After that we got on the Dudley Do-Right ride and the Jurassic Park Ride....the latter was the greatest. Then we got on some medieval dragon-like ride.....greatest thing ever, cause there are two trains going around, over and under each other (just like two dragons fighting). I'm a person who closes her eyes and screams her head off when going on a rollercoaster....this ride was perfect for me. It was also the last for that day cause for the first time ever, I was really dizzy afterwards.
I can only recommend Island's of Adventure......except for the rain (and that lasts only for a few minutes) it's great.
That day we drove all the way from Orlando to New Orleans. Something like 12-13 hours in the car. I never knew why people got exhausted from driving - after that day I knew. But it was also funny. When we were near Pensecola we thougt about stopping there and go swimming in the Gulf of Mexico. So we got off the highway and tried to find a road to the beach, which was harder than we thought. There are a lot of roads to the beach in Pensecola but all of them seem to be private, so there's no way that one can get to the beach just like that. And then I must have gotten in the wrong lane because suddenly we crossed a bridge and were standing right in front of the Air Force base with no possibility to turn around. So I drove up to the booth and told the soldier there what our problem is (That we were looking for the ocean but couldn't find it). He looked at me and then looked behind him, where there was a lot of ocean, and then grinned and showed me where I could turn around and drive back. He's probably still telling the story to his buddies?!! ;)
Coming to New Orleans was rather bizarre than funny. When we got off the highway we ended up in something that looked like a ghetto. I had a map from the hostel, but that map didn't say that there were only one-ways in New Orleans (at least in seemed like it)....because all streets were leading away from the hostel but not to it. So we stopped somewhere and I called the hostel and told them were we were and asked for directions. That lady really gave me courage, cause she said something like: "Oh my god, you need to get outta there, it's really dangerous". Well, it wasn't like I didn't try, but these ******* one-ways.
Several tantrums and nervous breakdowns later (I can be a really edgy driver) we eventually made it to the hostel (don't ask me how).The lady was all over us, always saying we are soooo lucky we made it to the hostel.
Unfortunately the day turned from funny to bizarre to disappointing. The hostel was in a rather old house and even though the people there were really nice...almost nothing was working. After 13 hours in the car the only thing I wanted was...right....a SHOWER. But there was absolutely no pressure on the pipes....so the shower was merely dripping....totally annoying when you're trying to wash your hair. When going to bed I just ignored that the A/C wasn't working....I was just too exhausted.