Hogmanay in America
Happy New Year to one and all! May it be a wonderful one with much love, health and magic.
Our trip to the States has been very different from others we’ve taken in the past. We’ve been travelling by train from place to place, staying a week here and a week there. We tend to go for longer trips to stay a month at a time if we can, and next time we come to America I think we’ll take the time to really explore.
Virginia Beach was great, offering time to hang out with an old friend, walk on the beach with the dogs, and visit a number of really beautiful national parks. The First Landing State Park especially was a great hike in the trees on a hot day. We also did an indoor skydiving class, which was incredible fun. The session was short but sweet, and we all came out smiling. We also visited an arcade, which is always a treat for me. I enjoyed doing yoga and spending some time teaching, and my daily meditation sessions were as important as always. They have really been a game changer in my life.
Savannah and Orlando
We took the longest train to Savannah, about 12 hours in total including delays. It brought us to a proper motel, the Thunderbird Inn. Their breakfast offered gluten free doughnuts, which we were amused to find were definitely nothing of the sort. The motel was great though, perfectly located, and it let us visit the whole town pretty much all on foot with the occasional taxi to get around. Savannah was beautiful. It sits on the aptly named Savannah River, where we saw one of the immense Evergreen ships heading into port.
There is a lot of life around the river actually. We took the riverboat, which gave us dinner and a show as it sailed the length of the water. We wandered all along the promenade and took an interesting horse and cart tour to find out more about the history of the place. In all, Savannah was a really great trip that I enjoyed thoroughly, with beautiful architecture and excellent restaurants and shops.
Continuing on the train journeys we headed to Orlando ready for the next part of the trip and the theme parks. That was an experience. Firstly, to get the tickets at a decent price involved attending a 90 minute Timeshare sales pitch. It was as painful as it sounds. They’re good at what they do too, you really start to think “wow, I can have this for such a great price”. You have to remember though, there is nothing good ever going to come out of it. Regardless, we endured. We don’t have a Timeshare, but we did get cheap tickets for 3 days at Universal studios.
It was pretty cool, a strange, intense place full of people, noise and colour. I have a real weak spot for a good roller coaster, and we went on a few of them, including the Incredible Hulk one which was phenomenal. My high point of all our time in Orlando though was the Volcano Bay water park. We took some amazing rides and it was just such an easy way to spend Christmas day. No pressure, no turkey, no gifts, just a fun day out.
Then it was time for the last train to Miami, which I haven’t visited in a long time. We had a super lucky break as some friends kindly gave us the use of their house over New Year. It was perfect as we spent the time swimming, running, stretching, doing yoga, eating, and watching a bit of TV. The relaxation was the perfect antidote to crazy Orlando. We have since come to Miami beach, and are sticking to the North side as we were told we could avoid the partying that way. The peace and quiet have made for a great New Year.
In some ways it feels like our time here has flown by, while in others I feel like I have been here for months. There’s a week left to go, and I have already started planning our yoga escape to India.
As we have previously said we are focusing on our Thailand Wellness Retreat in March 2022 at the moment. It’s a 12 day retreat, and covers yoga, mindfulness, meditation and travel. We’ll visit many iconic sites in Thailand, such as Chiang Mai, Bangkok, the Thale Noi lotus field, and end the trip with a luxury stay on Koh Lanta. You can read more here.
Our other focus is our 7 day Luxury Peru Retreat, which will visit the Sacred Valley, Cusco and Machu Picchu. During our stay we’ll be practicing yoga, and learning about local Shamanism with our dear friend Benito from the Community of Q’ero. We will lodge at the wonderful Willka T’ika Wellness Centre, with Armando as our guide and teacher. This retreat is in November 2022, and you can see more here.
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