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AX'11 Day 4

So the last day of Anime Expo and the last day of our stay in LA has begun.

We started the day in a usual way, by having a breakfast ;)

Breakfast
Breakfast Ksusha had. I had radically different one that was very good, but no pictures for you ;)

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AX'11 Day 3

Day 3 started earlier than the day before, the plan was to visit Exhibition hall at the opening time to perhaps snatch some freebies and then to attend Culture Japan x Fakku meetup at 11am.

Morning view from our hotel window
Morning view from our room window.

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AX'11 Day 2

Second day of Anime Expo started late for us. We woke up pretty late at about noon due to getting to bed pretty late too.

And of course the first thing we did was to go and eat something at a nearby restaurant (Wolfgang Puck in this case).

Burger and fries
Burger and fries.

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Visit to Anime Expo 2011, day 1

We just returned from out trip to Los Angeles for Anime Expo 2011 that was held over a Independence day weekend (July 1-4, 2011).

This post here is about the travel day and the first day of the Anime Expo itself.

We departed on June 30th which was it's own separate story. Delta contacted us 1.5 hours before departure because our first flight was delayed and we were going to miss our connection. Prospect of missing out on the first day of the event did not appeal to us so we asked if anything could be done. To our surprise Delta representative proposed to rebook us on American Airline flight that would still arrive in time. This was very surprising since AA is not even a code-sharing partner of Delta, but anyway we are really grateful.

Flyng to Chicago
Window view.

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Last visit to The Crimea (old)

This is one of the "clearing the backlog of pictures" post covering out visit to The Crimea in September-October 2010.

We went to The Crimea in September for a month and a half to spend both of our birthdays and a wedding anniversary with our relatives.

We are wearing kimonos
Here we are on Ksusha's birthday wearing yukatas (summer kimono). You can imagine we were eating Japanese food too ;)

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Birds in Knoxville

I have been taking pictures of birds this spring from time to time with little time to process them. Finally I did some more pictures today and decided to process entire backlog.

We start with pictures from first half of February where a big flock of American Robins decided to land near our grocery store.

This is going to be large amount of bird pictures.

Jay
On the way to the grocery store we actually met this posing Jay first ;)

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Universal Studios Florida

And our last full day in Orlando. We decided to visit Universal Studios park this time for a change.

But then it turned out that there are two parks nearby, the Universal Studios Park and Universal's Islands of Adventure. The latter one was mostly famous for it's roller coasters and such so I decided we better go to the Universal Studios park. There really was not enough time to see both esp. since both park were closing early at 6pm on that day.

Universal Studio emblem
In front of the park is big Universal's logo (it actually rotates).

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Disney World: Disney's Hollywood Studios

So we had 3 days of meeting at LUG2011 and after that there still were a couple of days left to explore more of the Disney World and surrounding areas.

For Thursday we only had half a day since the conference concluded at noon and so we decided to visit Disney's Hollywood Studios park as yet another park that had a firework show at night.

Hollywood Boulevard
View from the entrance - Hollywood Boulevard. We can see a giant wizard's hat.

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Gatorland and Kennedy Space Center

On Monday work-related activities started for me and Ksusha decided to go see places with our friends. She returned with some pictures and it seems I also want to go there sometime later ;)

First stop was at Gatorland, a theme park and a wildlife preserve known for its wide variety of alligator and crocodile species.

Perched egret
Aside from crocodiles they also had a lot of wild birds too.

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Disney World: Magic Kingdom

So it came time for the next day in Florida, the plan was to visit Disney Magic Kingdom park.

It did not work to go there early because we needed to switch hotels and also meet some friends to go to the park together.

Magic Kingdom gate
This is how the entry to Disney area looks like.

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