My first month spent here in Orlando, Florida has been hard, a learning experience to say the least, a major adjustment, and of course: A LOT OF FUN!
My new friends ;-)
I've had many moments this month where I think, "I'm in Orlando?!?" Yep. It's a city full of many cars, strip malls, vultures lunching armadillos, crystal blue pools, palm trees, lakes, wonderful puffy cloud filled skies, and me!
It mystifies people that a Canadian is HERE and she plays the ACCORDION. Can you handle it Orlando? EHHH!? Check me OOT?!
I have been car-less so I've been dependent on the kindness of my new friends with whom I work and perform with. Found an apartment to rent, looking for furniture to fill it up, and awaiting the arrival of my boyfriend this weekend.
As I adjust to my new home, I find I'm missing places like Caffe Fantastic, Habit, Ferris's Oyster Bar, and The Geisha. Hoping my boyfriend brings me Rainforest crackers, I am happy to watch plenty of "Housewives of _____" on Bravo, but I miss Canadian television. The Canadian cooking shows, and news. These are all searchable of course.
Who knew I found comfort in Rick Mercer? Who wouldn't!? http://www.cbc.ca/mercerreport/video.html
There are parts of Epcot that remind me of Victoria as a whole. Both have a big mix of international residents and visitors. I have departed from one tourist location, and landed in an even bigger one, but everyone on site is either from Germany, Morocco, France, Italy, Mexico, Japan, England, let's not forget Canada! I haven't met many Canadians yet, but there is a miniature Butchart Gardens here:
I'm looking forward to having my own car here, being able to explore on my own, find my own little hang outs. I'm also looking forward to settling in, meeting more musicians, and stirring things up with them. There is a lot to be done here with my accordion, and saving the world with it!
PS: I fixed my second (light weight Hohner). It was an easy fix of the refastening the reed blocks that were knocked loose. Fantastico!