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Notre dernière semaine à Irvine a été bien chargée. Les 2 premières nuits sont passées à l'hôtel en raison d'un détermitage de notre maison d'hôtes (pas de photo dispo de la tente recouvrante). Seb a assisté Lundi matin à une séance de simulation animée par son collègue lyonnais Maxime (professeur d'anesthésie résidant ici depuis 6 ans, contact grâce auquel le stage de simulation a été possible). Une visite de l’hôpital est programmée le Jeudi. Seb était ravi d'assister à un debreafing en "anglais francisé" :-) Lundi après midi direction Balboa Island, une île artificielle "conseillée". Rien de particulier à visiter. On se ballade sur le bord de mer (les maisons rappellent vaguement les canaux de Venice beach) puis direction la rue principale bordée par les nombreux magasins chics de souvenirs, on sympathise avec des chiens sans ... read more
Mannequin HiFi

North America » United States » California » Orange County » Irvine March 13th 2014

"Ok, so that is 10 socks, 12 shirts, wait, did I pack this?" "What else do I need again?" "Oh, I need a camera, fanny pack, I officially am an Asian tourist..." I am going to be an Asian tourist in an Asian country. Ha! The problem was I had scribbled down everything I needed for a 2.5 week trip that I couldn't read my own writing. Penmanship isn't my forte, and my mom would have been proud if I had been a doctor, I mean I have the writing down for a doctor at least. The weather in Bali is atrocious, scattered rain/thunderstorms with high humidity for the entire duration I am there...YUP! You read that right, the island where I am staying where is known for its beaches and resorts has a forecast ... read more

The sun flooded the sand for miles from right to left. Looking headon at the horizon about a quarter of a mile out, massive waves broke onto the shore, foam swallowing small surfers and bubbling into the sand. A cool headwind pressed against my feet circling through pedals as I went along the bike path that ran parallel to Huntington Beach, California. I was headed north, towards the Huntington Beach Pier which looked like a sliver of an open sore jetting out from the shoreline into the water. There was a calmness that hung on the air and filled my lungs. I breathed in as deep as I could and welcomed the chills it brought up my spine. I would pass by walkers, runners and rollerblader, fellow bicyclers and skateboarders. The sand spread out like a ... read more
Going in to Crush Some Waves!
My Brompton
At the Greek Theater

North America » United States » California » Orange County September 23rd 2012

Hola Amigos! It's been a month since I returned to Ecuador after a 3 week visit in California and finally I'm getting this blog published. Once I start working at the hotel, life as I knew it ceases to exist. I finally found a scrap of time to finish up this blog that I started in Quito when I first got back! My sister Claire met me at LA airport and drove me down to my Dad's place. Leisure World (aka 'Seizure World' or 'Geezer World') is a senior community located in Orange County. I have stayed there with my dad before, camping out on his sofa bed however this time he arranged for me to sleep in his neighbor, Jeannie's spare bedroom. The Seal Beach Leisure World Community is one square mile of single-story townhouse ... read more
Big Thunder Mountain
Mr Toad's WILD Ride!
Poppa on the Big Swings

North America » United States » California » Orange County August 17th 2012

Departure day has arrived! Obviously I spent far too long at war with the weight of my suitcase. I tell you, it is NOT POSSIBLE to pack 15 pounds of course books plus all of your clothes and things for a whole month UNDER 50 lbs. It's insanity. There were almost tears. I threatened death upon the course materials and their printer. But we all came through alive (thankfully...though, the print shop should keep their guard up). Unfortunately, no pictures or playlist shall be posted at this time. It's currently 10 PM, and I need to be awake and semi coherent at 5 AM - hence the brevity of this post. Ah, the joys of segmented international travel at 10 AM. All in all, I will be in transit for basically an entire day and will ... read more


North America » United States » California » Orange County August 16th 2012

So I started packing. One tiny tiny bag down, and two to go. Evidently I've learned the error of my ways when it comes to shoes though. You (apparently, and so people tell me) don't need 10 pairs of shoes for a four week trip. Who knew? So, here you have it: packing for a month, multiple weather systems, and needing to be dressed up in 100 degree weather - you need a max of seven pairs of shoes. Also, dresses. Lots of sundresses of varying lengths. That's what works in the hotbox that is Southern Europe during the summer. The only problem with this: I'm going to Munich first. Where it's a solid 10-30 degrees cooler. Epic weather fail. I'll post a picture of the disaster that is my suitcase tomorrow, once it's successfully filled ... read more

After getting home from speedway at 2:30am, having dinner on the way home and all getting together for the mandatory debrief, we didn't wake up until 12:00 pm, thus missing half the day. So we headed offdown the Californian 22W to Long Beach. It wasn't very far, I think 13 miles. We found a park and decided to walk to tour the Queen Mary 2. We could see the smoke stacks in the distance, thinking it was just to the left, but the navman was telling us to go further down. Anyway, we crossed a bridge to finally reach the QM2. It was interesting and I loved the old time opulence of polished veneer timber which was the main feature of the boat. We went on the ghosts and legend tour of the boat which was ... read more

After breakfast went to Bally's opposite Bellagio. Then continued into Paris and Planet Hollywood all in the same line. Crossed the road using the bridge and saw the Cosmopolitan to the right of Bellagio. Then went with Sri and Shanthi by car and they dropped us at Mandalay Bay further down the main strip. From Mandalay Bay went to Luxor using the free mono rail. Continued through walkway into Excalibur and then saw New York New York all in the same line. Across the road was MGM Grand where we joined Sri and Shanthi who had been playing there and returned to Bellagio. R went to Planet Hollywood for lunch. I had left over wrap in my room. Did blog entries, packed up and left Las Vegas by 4.45. Reached home by 8.30pm. Sri and family ... read more
Mono rail entrance
Paris Casinos

At morning walk tried a deviation from our usual route, but then came back to our usual route for fear of losing our way. As usual checked mails, made blog entry, cut vegetables... Did treadmill from 11.45 to 12.30 since i was getting bored. Lunch and nap. Evening after tea R and myself went with Shanthi and AJ to Outlet Mall. They picked up some stuff for Father's Day while we looked/walked around. I tried a fun game at the mall..walking inside a ball on water. I could not even stand inside the ball, let alone trying walking. I kept falling and it was real fun. From the mall went to Mexican restaurant called Bahia. Sri, uncle and aunty and Vasanthi's family joined while we waited and got a table. After dinner watched a movie on ... read more
Massage Chair

Evening Sri and AJ dropped us at Target in the Market Place, Irvine. Spent quite some time there and also scouted Payless Shoe Store and Off Broadway for velcro shoes. Sri picked us at 7.00. After dinner played 56. (I was playing online 56 as well simultaniously. Excellent cards in the offline game....but unfortunately got two jacks! Me/N/Uncle Vs Aunty/Shanthi/AJ (with Sridhar)..the usual team. In the online game me/Regi/PKJ Vs Jolly/Beby/Zac - Raja) Then Sri, AJ, Sachin, R and myself went to Yougurtland and had frozen yogurt. It was really good.... read more
Yogurt cups
At Yogurtland

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