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Rhi^2 Road Trip, Setpember 2008: Medieval Times

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Medieval Times, the Greatest Place on Earth

The trip was winding down and it was time to go back to State College. We decided that we should break up the 7-hour drive by going to visit Jackee in New Jersey. Not one to actually want to go to New Jersey, I knew that this was my chance to go to Medieval Times. I’d heard about it and I’d seen the Flavor of Love episode where Flavor Flav went there, and I knew I needed to go.

We got there pretty early, so we got our seating assignments and headed to the lobby area. It was fantastic! First you got your picture taken with the king and princess. Then when you enter the lobby, there is a giant bar with tons of Medieval Times souvenir glasses and mugs, knick knacks galore, blinking things, crowns! The place was all done up, “Medieval” style and you could sit in thrones or mingle with characters like an executioner (who was not very friendly, mind you) and the MC guy (what would you call him?). We made friends, which was great, although they weren’t sitting in our section. I wanted to check out the torture museum, but didn’t want to shell out the extra $.

When we finally got to go in, I couldn’t contain my excitement. We were in the second or third row and cheering for the Red Knight. The arena was intense, with all of the lights and music and excitement. I bounced up and down in my seat like a child, I was so excited.

It was seriously better than I could ever imagine, and I have high expectations. I ate tasty chicken and potatoes with my hands. The tomato soup and garlic bread were delish, too. Rhiannon had the vegetarian meal, which was something like hummus and pita chips. She got the oh so Medieval plastic utensils. The food was good! But oh, it’s not just about the food…it’s about the fucking incredible show you also get with your meal.

There was jousting and lancing and a guy with a falcon and dancing horses! All the knights would do their individual competitions and we would go nuts in the audience. “GO RED KNIGHT!!!!!!!!!” Was screamed so many times, I was going hoarse. Every time they won a contest, they would throw flowers to their adoring fans. I jumped up and down, screaming my head off, and our knightliest of knights threw a flower to me. OH. MY. GOD. I COULD NOT HANDLE THE EXCITEMENT.

And then there was the main show. The white prince was kidnapped and it was up to the knights to fight each other in order to bring him home to the princess. I believe our guy lost first, but it didn’t matter. It was the best night of my life! Afterward, I snagged a program that had been abandoned by a group of kids having a birthday party. The knights came out to the lobby for pictures, and we got our picture with the Red Knight. And he signed the program! Dreamy! Not only that, Rhiannon struck up conversation with the MC guy, and he took us back to the stables to see the horses. So great!!! Medieval Times was hands down my favorite thing we did on this road trip.

So, there it is. The road trip has come and gone. We had an amazing time and did awesome things. Maybe next time we’ll road trip it around the West Coast?

The End

December 31, 2009 3

Rhi^2 Road Trip, Setpember 2008: Boston

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After our stint in Canada, it was time to head back to the United States of America! We had originally planned to make a ton of pit stops at interesting road side attractions throughout our trip, but hadn’t actually done it. So, we looked up a few places in Vermont along the way and were ready to take this road trip to another level! I guess since we hadn’t stopped anywhere up until that point, it was easy to forget that we were supposed to stop, and we missed our road side attraction’s exit. But never fear, we still made it to the Ben & Jerry’s factory for a tour!

Boston

We arrived at my friend’s place in Shrewsbury, a Boston suburb, late that night and hit the sack in anticipation of what felt like our 329057 day of sightseeing. Boston has a shit ton of history, so there was no shortage of things to do.

We headed down the Freedom Trail and hit all the major attractions: Faneuil Hall and Quincy Market, Paul Revere’s house, a bunch of old important cemeteries, the New England Holocaust Memorial (I cried), Boston Common, the most photographed street in America, etc. I think we were pooped well before the day was over.

After a day of intense sightseeing and street performers, we decided it was time to go to a bar. Aussie Rhi is always a hit as, unlike me, she likes to talk to strangers and has a cool accent. So we (and be we I mean she) made friends with the locals. I always enjoy me a good Boston accent (“Oh my god, say ‘PARK THE CAR’ hahahahaha!!!!!!!”) so it was all good. By dinner time, we decided we were hungry and wanted to find a good place to have some lobster. Thus started the adventure called Dinner.

The Union Oyster House, America’s oldest restaurant, was a few doors down, so around 7, when we were hungry, we decided to go have dinner. Unfortunately there was a wait…you know, because it was Friday night in a major US city and it was a pretty important restaurant. So we put our name on the list and went back to the bar for more drinks and made new friends with some middle aged men. A while later we went back to the restaurant to check. The hostess didn’t give us a time estimate, so we went back to the bar. When we went back again the lady was not at all helpful. She was very vague about the wait and it was getting late, so we decided we should find something else. We walked aimlessly around the city, asking people along the way. We got enough recommendations for Legal Sea Foods, also a good choice according to my friend, so we set off to find it. Of course, we had no idea where it was, but a cute boy gave us directions. When we got there, the bitch was packed! We couldn’t be seated right away. We didn’t want to start from scratch there, so we decided to go back to Union. We got there, ordered a drink and prayed for a miracle. Not long after we got there, they called our name and we finally got our lobster dinner!

After dinner was over it was late, we were tired, and didn’t want to miss our train because we would have been screwed. So we started the trek to the train station. While walking through the financial district, we saw some shady people smash a car window and steal a GPS unit. Very surreal and not something I’m used to at all. Once we made it back to the station we had a bit of a wait, but made it back to Shrewbury safe and sound. And what do you know, our middle aged men from the bar hours ago were on our train. Random!

We had every intention of going back into Boston the next day to take a tour of the Samuel Adams Brewery, but it wasn’t in the cards…especially because we had a deadline to make it to the greatest place on earth…

October 23, 2009 2

Rhi^2 Road Trip, Setpember 2008: Canada (part 2)

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The thing I liked most about Canada was the NIGHT DANGER signs. How fantastically dramatic! There was also another sign that had a much more frenzied silhouette of a leaping deer, which was also pretty fantastic. Hey, when you’re driving this much, it’s the little things that keep you going.

Montreal

SO, we made it to Montreal, where we had another go around with couchsurfing. Gen turned out to be super cool, and she had a cat!!!!!! She told us that another couchsurfer would be staying with us, a guy from Germany. Hunky Toni came in, and we were definitely OK hanging out with our new couchsurfer. We immediately took to sightseeing and drove to the top of Mount Royal to take in an awesome view of the city.

It was actually really nice to have Toni along with us, as he was just as interested in sightseeing as we were. The next day we headed out on the town to see what we could find. While wandering around, we heard rock and roll and disco in the distance. I thought it might have been some concert in the park, but it turned out to be some sort of protest. Because it was in French, we never quite figured out what was going on, but we think it had something to do with tourist industry workers. Nonetheless, I YMCAed as I picketed and Toni got some free hot dogs.

We visited museums, walked around downtown and Old Montreal, took a river boat cruise and went to the top of the Olympic Stadium. On our last night in town, Gen took us to the bar where her cousin worked, for a night of fun and cheap drinks. An American, an Australian, a Canadian and a German walk into a bar…

It was sad to part ways with Toni, but he was off to experience USA! as part of his months-long world tour. We really had a great time, and we realized that this was the true essence of couch surfing. Montreal was pretty neat, too, as it was the most European city I had ever experienced. While everyone spoke both English and French, for the first time I was somewhere where English was not the #1 choice. And I quickly learned that the very basics of high school French had escaped my brain. Oh well! On our last day, we decided to find a place to eat. After wandering aimlessly (for some reason we frequently had trouble finding places to eat) we settled on a Russian buffet lunch. It was…interesting. Well, after almost a week in Canada, it was time to go back to USA! USA!

October 18, 2009 4

Rhi^2 Road Trip, Setpember 2008: Canada (part 1)

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Niagara Falls

I went to Niagara Falls once when I was 19 and wanted to drink legally. I briefly saw the falls at night, but that was about it. This time I was ready to see the falls from the Maid of the Mist! There was a couple on board who got married…so basically I saw the real life Jim & Pam, even though I had no idea at the time (needless to say, I was even more emotional during that episode)! After the falls we had every intention of hitting the casino, but I had killer cramps, so we decided to head out to Toronto.

Toronto

So, Toronto was our second couchsurfing destination, and it wasn’t quite what we expected. The girl was nice enough and all, but the whole thing was quite shady, especially her roommate and his friends. Neither of us slept well (part fear of being robbed and part loud partying), and we peaced out of there early the next morning. Eventually we found a hostel for the next night. I had never stayed in one before, but it was actually a pretty ok experience, considering my only experience with a hostel was this commercial. I’m so glad everything worked out.

Per usual, we did our sightseeing, but it was a gray, dreary and foggy day. We went to the CN Tower and I was pretty disappointed. When they said it was a glass floor, I was expecting the entire floor to be glass, like you were walking on air. Instead it was just small glass inserts here and there. I still don’t think I would have been all that impressed even if it was a nice day. I don’t recall doing a whole lot, except spending a good deal of time wandering around the downtown. Toronto is a gritty, urban city, but I kinda liked it. We met up with Rhi’s friend who took us out to a Mexican restaurant and then to a gallery featuring poster art and experimental music.

As was the case with every other city, we had perfect weather…on the day we left. Ahh, figures. Before we hit the road we went to Casa Loma, a Canadian castle.

Ottawa

OK, so I love love LOVE Ottawa. Love! We got in at night and stayed at the Ottawa Jail Hostel (which I LOVED).

Ottawa was a bit chilly, but I didn’t let that stop me from falling in love. It is this beautiful, old, historic city and the perfect capital for the country! The only thing I didn’t like was that this was only a layover to break up the driving and we that didn’t have more time to explore. I’m definitely going back! There were just good vibes all around, from the time we got there and ordered poutine and Canadian beer, to the cute little retro diner we stopped at for breakfast the next day.

I seriously considered trying to find a nice Canadian man to marry so that I could make it my new home. I found out that Richard Wright of Pink Floyd died when we were leaving. Devastating news, but I couldn’t let that put a damper on the trip. We still had one more Canadian stop…

September 3, 2009 6

Rhi^2 Road Trip, Setpember 2008: State College!

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The second we returned to State College from NYC, we went straight to the bar for The Rocky Horror Show rehearsal. After an exhausting, non-stop week, it was time for home! I had work the next day, ugh…


State College

State College is a medium-sized town with a large university, in the middle of nowhere. But, with college towns come college bars (with college prices), and it was off to karaoke at the Saloon! There we purchased dangerously large and inexpensive drinks, called Monkey Boys and hit the stage.

We sang Wilson Phillip’s Hold On and were able to cut in line to sing Men at Work’s Down Under after drunkenly and adamantly telling the DJ that she was here from Australia and would never ever come back again. We stayed until the bar closed and then chatted up a friend until the wee hours of the night. I had work the next day too, UGH.

State College was relatively low key, and while we never made it to an Outback, we invited some boys out for some breasts and beer at Hooters (yes!), and coffee and dessert at Denny’s (depressing).

And really, can a foreigner visit the U.S.A. and NOT go to Wal-Mart? Of course not!! Mmmm, anything you want (including guns!), 24/7 and super cheap. I took her there to make fun of people, but she loved the low low prices and convenience. Hmm…

The layover in State College was brief, as we had leg 2 of the tour to go…Oh, Canada!

August 31, 2009 2

Rhi^2 Road Trip, Setpember 2008: NYC

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After fighting with the GPS that YES, we absolutely wanted to take I-95 to NYC (before realizing it was set to shortest distance, not shortest travel time), we eventually made it to the New York suburbs.

New York City

First order of business: see my first Broadway show! Yes, it’s true…I am a huge theatre lover but had never been to a Broadway show before. We saw RENT because it was Rhi’s favorite show and its run had been extended.


We were sightseeing maniacs in NYC! We went to Madame Tussauds Wax Museum, took a double decker tour bus of the city, went to the Museum of Sex, took a tour of Rockefeller Center, NBC Studios and the Top of the Rock, visited Central Park and the Imagine Mosaic followed by the Dakota, went to a book signing thing in the Village with Tegan from Tegan and Sara…and god only knows what else!


Interestingly enough, we had no NY style pizza or deli food. We also found ourselves in the middle of Times Square with no good restaurants in sight. We eventually had to settle for some “eh” Jewish food. Trust me to go to New York and not be able to find a decent restaurant! We also missed out on taking the Staten Island ferry to see the Statue of Liberty because the Sex Museum was THAT interesting! People frequently asked Rhi for directions on the streets, and she was frequently complimented on her leaf dress.


Of course, after sightseeing, our big mission was to meet up with as many camfolk as we possibly could. It’s fitting that we met up with THE Michelle of ChelleCam on our way to H&M. She later took us bar hopping (for real, we only stayed in each place for about 10 minutes!), and met up with Igor of Driven by Boredom.


The next day there was a hurricane and we got nailed with some serious rain. After what was probably $20 worth of texts on my end, we still all managed to meet up in Hell’s Kitchen, just blocks from where we were crashing. The crew for the night was Bertie (Survivorcam!), Dr. Grosz, Jackee (Artfag), Sarah (Wondergirl), and Johnathan (Swerdloff). Huny was unable to make it. We had quite the night all over the city (again, we went from place to place and didn’t in any one place for too long).


After our big night out, it was time to go home. We had wanted to walk the Brooklyn Bridge on that beautiful beautiful Sunday (and be treated to a free brunch), but someone named Rhiannon was too hungover. So, it was home to State College for a mid-vacation break (well, not for me as I had work and rehearsals to go to)…



The best part about driving home on I-80 (reads like SCROTUM)

August 30, 2009 2

Rhi^2 Road Trip, Setpember 2008 (better late than never!)

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Remember that big road trip I went on last September with Aussie Rhiannon? Well, since it’s been a year now, I figured I should really get on posting the pictures and talking about the trip. So here it is, FINALLY! I can’t guarantee how accurate the details will be, as I have a horrible horrible memory, but it’ll be close enough…


Philadelphia

Even though I have a ton of friends in Philly, I could not find one person to stay with since it was Labor Day weekend. So, this was our first introduction to couchsurfing. Our host Jasmine was fantastic! After settling in, I went to pick Rhi up at the airport…and missed the train because I’m directionally incompetent. Luckily, I arrived only minutes after she did, so she wasn’t left waiting alone too long. We went out for drinks that night (what a trooper!), and did lots of sightseeing the next few days. Highlights for me were going to H&M, the Mütter Museum, seeing a show at the Philly Fringe Festival, visiting historic Old Town and the Eastern State Penitentiary.



First official day, at the Good Dog Bar


Running up the Philadelphia Museum of Art’s steps, Rocky style


Philadelphia is a historic city full of art and sculptures


The Academy of Natural Sciences


Second hand clothes shopping on South Street

Then it was off to New York City…

August 20, 2008 19

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Septmeber 2008

rhi^2 ROAD TRIP!!!!!!!!!


State College, Philadelphia, New York City, Boston, Niagara Falls, Toronto, Ottawa, Montreal

1,996 mi – about 1 day 11 hours

If you live along this path (and are NOT weird or creepy), let us know and maybe we’ll meet up with you! We’re also taking ideas of fun things to do along the way.

A bunch of old schooler camfolk will be meeting up in NYC Saturday, September 6.


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