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Tinker Bell Half Marathon

Ivan and I were up at 4 am on January 20, 2013 for the half marathon.  Ivan ate oatmeal and we both got ready.

We left the hotel early and walked to the start of the Tinker Bell Half Marathon.  Ivan didn’t think it was that cold so he took off his long sleeve shirt.  He would definitely warm up while running.


Ivan left to join Group B which would start a few minutes after Group A started.  I left him at 5:10 am and started walking towards Downtown Disney.

It was cold for me since I wasn’t running, but I’m glad I had my big jacket.

I waited in between the entrances of California Adventure and Disneyland for Ivan to run by.  I wasn’t sure what time he started.  I was signed up to get the text race updates on the phone. 

I saw Ivan later on and yelled at him.  He waved and ran on his way into Disneyland. 

I got a text message about Ivan’s progress.  I went to find the entrance into Disneyland but nobody knew where it was.  I went to the wrong side.. I headed to the left side where the Disneyland entrance is and walked inside.  It was weird seeing Main Street so quiet.  I saw Mary Poppins and chimney sweepers there.  I walked farther along the street and saw Tinkerbell. 


Then, I saw the Disney Castle. 


Ivan ran through California Adventure after Disneyland and then through historic Anaheim which he thought was lovely.


I waited a few minutes in the VIP area which didn’t have any seats.  I didn’t see Ivan so I figured I missed him.  So, I thought I should head to the finish line.

It was a lot warmer now then earlier since the sun was out.   I walked to the finish line and sat down on the VIP bleachers seating area.  I ate a banana and made banana and peanut butter sandwiches for Ivan.  Ivan wanted to do 2 hours and it was 2 hours already, so I thought he would be by soon. 

I kept a look out for him.  A few minutes later, I saw Ivan and cheered him on.  I walked to find Ivan. 


I congratulated him and saw his cool Tinkerbell medal.  He told me it was really cool running through Disneyland and California Adventure in the dark with just the runners.  There were also bands playing and lots of Disney characters.  He stopped along the marathon route to use the toilet.  But, he said the longest lines were the people who wanted to take pictures with the characters.

Ivan’s time was 2 hours and 15 minutes. 


I was so very proud of him!

We walked back to the hotel to rest for awhile.  Ivan was thinking of taking a nap, but he ended up relaxing while he used the internet.

We walked to Bubba Gump for lunch.  Ivan and I shared salmon and a Cajun mahi mahi with grilled shrimp on top.

It was time for more relaxing in the hotel.

I drove us to Fashion Island where we checked out the home furnishings stores.  Ivan and I both liked the cool Room Service store. 


I drove us back to the Red Lion Hotel.

That night, we walked next door for dinner at IHOP.  Ivan had a spinach, mushroom and onion omelette while I had a vegetarian omelette.

It was an early night for us since we were both knackered (tired).


Tubular Whiskey Tattoo

Ivan, Lil Dave and I went into the city at 11:30 am on August 18, 2012. 

Our first Fringe Festival show was Jerry Sadowitz doing magic.  He’s a Scottish man who does amazing magic.  I was blown away by his magic tricks.  Ivan told me he was a magician first and foremost and then a comedian.  He’s quite mental and so very funny.  I could definitely watch him do magic tricks for hours… he’s THAT good!

It was time for lunch at Henderson’s.  Ivan and I shared two soups: tomato & aubergine and pea & pear.  Lil Dave got a banana soup.  The pea & pear soup was the better of the two.

We had some time to spare, so we went shopping.  We went to Top Man and Primark.  I love Primark since it’s filled with cool cheap clothes and accessories.  I bought way too much stuff there.

Next, we went to see the show The Vocal Orchestra


It was an hour of the group making music (yes, the whole song with sound effects & beat boxing) with JUST their voices.  It was simply amazing!!  I was thinking about my friend who passed away during one song that had the group making raindrop sounds.. Claudia Georgette was singing and it made me sad.  She sang a song at the end and it brought tears to my eyes.. I thought her voice was like an angel.  If you ever get a chance to see The Vocal Orchestra.. DO IT!!! You’ll be amazed!!

We had more time to kill.. so went to The Whiski Rooms to try out the whiskey. 


Ivan picked two good ones: Ardberg 10 year and the Braeval 12 year.  The Ardberg was Ivan’s favorite since it was smoky. Both tasted good – nice and smooth!  Lil Dave wanted to try a banana whiskey, but unfortunately the Scots haven’t thought of adding bananas to their whiskey yet.

The next Fringe Festival show was Frisky and Mannish.  This silly duo we’ve seen at La Reve in London for a 10 minute act.  They are a pop cabaret act.  Recently, we saw them at the Stand up for Freedom show.. and they did their best bits of their show there.  I really like them as 10 minute act.. but when it’s an hour long, it’s definitely not as exciting and a bit boring.  I was looking forward to this show and it disappointed me.

On to the next show…. Tubular Bells for Two.  If you haven’t heard the song Tubular Bells Part One & Two by Michael Oldfield… go listen to it now!  Before this show, I had only heard some of the first song.  Ivan knows the songs VERY well and loves it.  This show was two Australian guys who recreated all of the Tubular Bells by themselves.  This isn’t an easy feat since there are many instruments involved including, you guessed it, tubular bells.  It was really hot down in the basement, but it was worth it since it was wonderful to hear both parts played in it’s entirety (an hour!) live.  These guys are super talented!  I’m glad this was good.. it made up for the last show being bad.

Our last show of the night was The Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo.  No, it doesn’t involve Scottish military men getting tattoos.


It’s a show filled with dancing, military bands drumming and putting on a show with guns swinging.  It was absolutely fabulous!!  The best was the Top Secret Drum Corps – they did some super fast drumming.

Check out the Top Secret Drum Corps video:

It was awesome seeing all the military bands with the Edinburgh Castle in the background.  I really liked how they projected different things onto to the castle. 


USA was represented with one of their Europe military bands doing a tribute to comic book characters like Dennis the Menace and Batman.  I thought the Norwegian band was particularly good.  You HAVE to check out the Tattoo if you’re ever in Edinburgh.  I loved the dancing, the kilts and of course the bag pipes!  At the end, there was a firework display.  We loved every minute of it.  Even Lil Dave enjoyed it even though there weren’t any monkeys in the show.


Sunshine Graffiti

Ivan, Lil Dave and I woke up at 8:30 am on July 2, 2012.  We chilled in the apartment using the internet and I worked on the blog.

We went to Central London and had lunch at Whole Foods.  The new store in Piccadilly Circus has fresh food, health and beauty and a grocery. 


Ivan noticed some cool window displays at Selfridges.  We also noticed a sign saying there’s a Big Rooftop Tea & Golf Party on the roof.  So, we headed to the roof to check out the mini golf course.  The course has cute things like Big Ben or Tower Bridge on the golf holes. 


Ivan thought we shouldn’t play golf since it wasn’t anything special.  We chilled on lounge chairs and then headed downstairs.


We got the bus to the Old Vic Tunnel.  It’s the only place in London where it’s legal to put graffiti on the walls.  The tunnel is filled with graffiti, some of it good, some of it amateur crap. 


It’s sad that people will scribble their name on top of a good work of graffiti.  I think they’re just jealous.  I love graffiti.  I wish Las Vegas had some great graffiti.

It was raining and overcast – definitely a typical London day.

We got the bus to Oxford Street.  Ivan and I did a lot of shopping in Primark and Top Shop.  I love Primark since you can buy lots of cool clothes at a very reasonable price.  I wish Las Vegas had a Primark.

We walked to Covent Garden.  Ivan noticed that Jaime Oliver was sitting talking to three other people.  He has a new restaurant called Union Jacks opening up right in Covent Garden. 

We are still a bit jetlagged.  We don’t feel like zombies, but we go to sleep early around midnight and then wake up around 8 am.  Ivan thought we should stop for an espresso.  We went to All Bar One.  Whenever you order a hot drink here, you get a free shot glass filled with smarties.  Smarties are different in England – they’re similar to regular M&M’s. 

It was time for dinner.  We walked to the Thai restaurant Busaba Eathai.  Ivan got salmon curry while I got cod filet.  Lil Dave got banana stir fry.  The food was tasty.

We walked to the Savoy Theatre to see The Sunshine Boys.  We had great seats in the 2nd row.  The Sunshine Boys stars Danny DeVito and Richard Griffiths (Harry Potter movies).  It’s about two comedians Willie Clark and Al Lewis aka ‘The Sunshine Boys’ who haven’t spoken in years.  CBS wants to bring the duo back together for a tv show and that’s when things go wrong.  The old men fight and they really don’t like each other.  Danny Devito and Richard Griffiths were very funny.

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