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Among the muggles at Universal Studios…

We had the pleasure of a day at the park…with a splendid tour guide, Frederik, that made the day even more unique. We met Frederik and his family through trustedhousesitters, while we care for their home and pets in central Florida.

Universal Studios embraces a multi- generational crowd. In the spirit of adventure, we encountered a crazed Mummy, participated in a Disaster film, and became lost in the world of wizards at Diagon Alley…all before lunch.

Lunch was its own theme park. We dined at a hipster place called Cowfish Sushi Burger Bar located in the Universal City Walk. Yes, we finally tried real sushi and lived to tell about it. The menu was a fusion of “cow meets fish”…which lends itself to very interesting pairings. We loved it.

After lunch, we attended the “Horror Makeup Show”, where attendees can witness the torture of other park guests invited to the stage; quite entertaining, especially when it’s not you on stage. Eric and Frederik braved the Rip Ride Rocket, a high tech, quiet coaster with music playlist choices during the 17 story drop with a non-inverting loop over Universal Studios. Roller coasters have evolved way beyond the days of the wooden coaster.

For all the Harry Potter fans…Diagon Alley is like stepping into the book, but surrounded by droves of muggles. The attention to the smallest detail was incredible. We did catch glimpses of young wizards casting spells with wands purchased at Ollivanders Wand Shop. Unfortunately, I didn’t choose a wand, because a wand didn’t choose me. Maybe next time. Time flies at Diagon Alley, just ask the fire breathing dragon atop Gringotts Bank that expels fire like clockwork.

Universally entertained,

Eric and Lori

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The Dali Museum, St. Petersburg FL

Weird is alive and apparently doing very well…on the gulf coast of Florida.

Odd is the best way to describe Spanish Surrealist, Salvador Dali (1904-1989), and that’s putting it mildly. The Dali Museum takes you inside the madness and genius of this famed artist. His unusual art, inspired by his own dreams, reveals his own inner strengths, weaknesses and strange family secrets. His eccentric lifestyle and attitude are ever present in his work, so was his self-proclaimed madness.

There is a special exhibition at the museum called, Dali & da Vinci: Minds, Machines, and Masterpieces, showing the shared ambitions of the two artists through inventions, math, motion, and religion…just to name a few. Fascinating perspectives!

A recommended stop when heading to St. Pete’s Beach in Florida.

Embracing weird,

Eric and Lori

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