Troy, Roy & Joy

22 Jun

I’m not sure I am cut out for the rigours of theme parks. For a start, I missed the Trip Advisor notes on dressing appropriately. It would seem that I should have selected a family theme and dressed my family accordingly. Many families, paraded around in colourfully matched t-shirts and mouse ears. The craftier ‘moms’ demonstrated their calligraphy skills, by writing on each t-shirt, so that we knew the names of all their children and their cause for celebration. For example, we saw that it was Troy, Roy and Joy’s first time to this magical land, as their mom had popped their names on their shirts and written ‘first timers’ underneath.
Our family theme of taking gastro bugs abroad, was a little inconvenient. Poor Tom also fell victim to these bowel hitchhikers and spent most of his Disney days feeling washed out. We bound him up with Imodium and hired a wheelchair, to try and keep him as rested as possible. I felt fraudulent, with an able bodied child in a wheel chair. People would look at him and offer kind, reassuring smiles and nods of encouragement, only to see him jump out of the chair, to ride the roller coaster. Those sympathetic smiles changed in an instant and we were scorned and silently accused of an unspeakable crime. Disabled people in wheel chairs are able to skip the queues on some rides but we did not take advantage of this.(I promise) I spent the whole time telling people that he had gastro and was weak, trying to justify his ability to leap from chair to ride. People in our queues just looked at me, like I was a freak and promptly reached into their ‘fanny’ packs for hand sanitisers and held their emblemed, clan close,to shield them from us. I don’t think we made particularly good Australian ambassadors.
Our evenings were spent dining in themed restaurants. One such place that the boys were drawn to, was Bubba Gump’s. Tom loved the giant TV screens, that showed Forrest Gump, baseball, basketball and anything else that could detract from family conversation. ‘Mum, is this 5 star?’ he asked.
Well, he has grown up on Station st……
Today we caught a train to San Diego. The double decker, Sun Pacific, afforded amazing views of the coastline. The brilliant blue of the ocean sparkled against the arid, gritty terrain. I loved looking at the Spanish architectural influence. Houses with ornate shutters, sat up high, in rocky clusters, with 180 degree views of the ocean.
The sun welcomed us to San Diego and we were within walking distance to the hotel. So with our suitcases rolling behind us, we took the 15 minute walk through a small portion of this city. The gentle wind kept us cool and we were able to absorb a little of the San Diego ambience.
The flip side to the bright lights of LA and San Diego, is the conspicuous homeless population. In Anaheim, we started our days early, to try to minimise the crowds. On the way to Disneyland, we saw several people, awkwardly angled, asleep on rigid bus stop benches. Their pitiful belongings, served as pillows and the months of living without amenities, showed. Stringy hair, street grime and an emptiness that is difficult to articulate. In San Diego, the beautiful parks are home to many and it is confronting.
Tonight we ventured out to the Gas Lamp Quarter. It sprung up in the 1860’s and was developed with the idea of shifting the CBD closer to the water. After many years of neglect and decay, it had a renaissance during the 1980’s and 90’s. It is now a very cool, 16 block area, that nods to its past with cobblestoned streets and historic buildings. It is alive and vibrant and celebrates music and diversity. We chose a Mexican restaurant, that spilled out on to the street. Robb and I tried an array of margaritas and the kids ate fresh, lime drizzled guacamole and some other dishes that were the enemy of all nutritionists. One dish consisted of crunchy chips, melted cheese, steak and sour cream. Not my specific cup of tea.
Buenas noches….


Posted by on June 22, 2013 in Diary


4 responses to “Troy, Roy & Joy

  1. Ali Hillman

    June 22, 2013 at 10:22 pm

    Love reading about your trip! Wish we were there with you !!!

  2. sammygirlrox

    June 23, 2013 at 5:32 am

    Thanks Ali….

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    • sammygirlrox

      July 2, 2013 at 3:35 pm

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