Friday, 24 August 2012

Orlando link festival - Part 2 - On terra firma


and it is about time I continued with my Orlando Link Festival.

You may remember in Part 1 we got about 40 seconds into this video:

and it was up in air and out on the water and getting out of bed at sparrows.

Let's keep going but now we have some more options for staying firmly on the ground (but not for long):

2013 UPDATE: On the anniversary of this post, Visit Orlando have updated this video! Below is an update list of activities - see how I care for you and keep checking if the videos I have stolen linked for you still work!

10. Horseriding! OK - so perhaps not on the ground yet. There are heaps of horsey things to do. Once again those Eco Safari chaps can take you to a cowboy ranch (think City Slickers without the slack jawed yokel jokes).

10.a  now there is a hanglider in there

11. Tiffany Glass at the Charles Hosmer Morse Museum of American Art.
This museum contains the world's most comprehensive collection of works by Louis Comfort Tiffany - the son of the famous Tiffany jeweller. This chap developed a very distinct line of leaded-glass which was used in lamps, windows and a whole chapel!  You would never guess all this was there given there was only 2 seconds shown in the video!

12. Shopping! I have no idea what that building is Mall at Millenia has been inserted - but ladies hauling shop bags is a bit of a give away. There is miles of shopping - and for Australians the volume and bargains make it the world's theme park of shopping. Given the price gouging often faced in Australia on brand names, the outlet malls offer incredible bargains on top brand names. The Mall at Millenia is an enormous plush luxury centre offering the highest level retail brands down to some medium level (that is - ones I can afford) and yet it is still cheaper than Aus.

13. Sea World - part of the international Sea World chain, although Shamu has developed a taste for trainers, he has been aquitted of all charges.

14. Also run by Sea World, Discovery Cove is unique in park offerings. Discovery Cove is a water / swimming park with a twist. You pay $200 + for a day and get everything - all food/bevvies and equipment included for your coral snorkling, lazy river float AND a 30 minute "swim with the dolphins". This place is unique - have a look through the website for yourself.

15. Walt Disney World - finally! By 2014, Dumbo flying elephants will have completed their make over and you'll be seeing double; crappy princesses by the dozen, TEST TRACK BABY! - also with a make over;  Zippee dee do dah Splash Mountain is the tallest mountain in Florida!;  blink and miss half a second of Big Thunder Mountain Railroad; lose your lunch on Tower of Terror; take an african safari; have fun in the resort pool or sit by the foyer fireplace in your robe (for some reason??); get a wedgie at Blizzard Beach.

16. Islands of Adventure - the jewel in the Universal Studios crown - IoA includes Harry Potter Land - the building of which led to doubling attendance.

17. Universal Studios - the rival theme park. Requires a small amount of planning: they offer 3 hotels and Citywalk: a shopping/restaurant district. Worthy of a look - they offer good packages.

18. Wet 'n Wild water parks - another Universal owned property Wet 'n Wild is the obvious competition to Disney's water parks. If you bring kids to Orlando, highly likely you'd be interested.

19. SkyVenture - except you don't even see the sky, let alone venture into it. Skyventure is fake skydiving! With the aid of a giant wind machine you can pretend you have jumped parachute-less out of a plane - whilst only 3 feet off the ground.

20. Gaterland - the "alligator capital of the world" and "orlando's best half day attraction" WOW! there's some marketing that leaves itself open to unwanted witticisms!

21. LegoLand Florida has been inserted here

21. Kennedy Space Centre - just over an hour's drive to Cocoa Beach remember how that's where I Dream of Jeannie was set?!
KSC at Cape Canaveral is NASA's premier space launch site and open for tours.

well - I think I may have given you enough to think about and click on for now. That little video is full of more than you would of thought!


Saturday, 11 August 2012

A sprint through Orlando - Part 1

See what I did there??

sprint - olympics - short video coming up. I am just full of imagination.

OK - on with the show. I previously told you that in the wake of Torino convention a number of Orlando videos were being shared on Facebook. Let's have a look at another one:

Did you catch all that? In less than 3 minutes there were 28 different "things to do" plus it was bulked out with shiny happy people bouncing on beds (that's compulsory in Orlando), eating out and basically happy to be there.

So let's have a link festival! For easy reading, I'll split this into 3 parts. Here are the links to the things you can do in Orlando, and most of the links have short videos.

  1. Daybreak kayaking available from both A Day Away and Central Florida Kayak Tours. There is a version where you are in a double kayak and someone else paddles! (leaving you free to photograph the wildlife). A quiet kayak, sunrise, a swamp - you will see the magic.
  2. Golfing. 24/7 knock yourself out.
  3.  Hot air ballooning. Quite a few of these available from which to choose. Must be crowded up there.
  4. Kayak fishing tours - yep in addition to those other kayak tours.
  5. let's bounce! however, the couple in the bathrobes is making wonder about day spa treatments. More than you could imagine
  6. Lake Eola Park. In downtown Orlando - a bit north of the conference site and home for some Australian Black Swans.
  7. Zip line with Florida Eco Safaris. Running their own Eco Ranch, these guys have heaps of other things that look way more interesting than Zip lining.
  8. Live your dream of being just like Snoopy chasing the Red Baron with Warbird Adventures. Except you're not a dog; and this is set in a different war; and you're not flying a doghouse; and he imagined flying - you'll actually be up in the air! So nothing like Snoopy really. Unless it's like THIS SNOOPY: which is WAY CUTE.

  9. 9. Airboat through Boggy Creek. A mere few minutes south of WDW is Kissimmee and a whole bunch of airboat tours. Get to wear headphones to block out the noise! glasses to protect your eyes from wind rush! clothing and sunscreen to protect you on an open barge in the hot Florida sun! see next to no wildlife cause the boat scares it away! A go really fast across the swamp! 
    You can filter out the bugs with your teeth.
    That's the first 40 seconds. In Part 2 we'll have your feet on solid ground

Sunday, 5 August 2012

One Million Birthing Kits

How you feel about giving birth in a hut, on the dirt, miles from a hospital and perhaps with a half trained midwife?

Many women and babies suffer from neo-natal tetanus, and through no fault of their own. Naturally occurring soil bacteria can affect the mother and baby during the birthing process and be potentially fatal for both.

I've told you on numerous occasions about Birthing Kits, and these cheap and simple collection of just a few items can make an enormous difference to the cleanliness of a birthing site.

Last Saturday, both Zonta clubs in Canberra hosted our 8th annual public birthing kit packing day.  Once again, over 200 women donated their time; friends of the club, including Rotary, donated cash; the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints donated their hall, chux cloths, cake and hands to help successfully pack 3000 kits for the Democratic Republic of Congo.

Go and check out the photos on flickr.

What I really wanted to tell you is that in August, a Zonta club in Brisbane will pack the 1 millionth Birthing Kit!

Over the past 12 years,  all over Australia, small and large groups of Zonta clubs; nurses and midwives; uni and high school students have come together to hand pack these birthing kits and send them around the world.

In September, the Birthing Kit Foundation (Australia) will celebrate with events across the country.

Here in Canberra, there will be a breakfast on 11 September.

In Canberra we will be breakfasting with Dr Luc Mulimbalimba Masururu from the Democratic Republic of Congo and hear first hand about conditions for reproductive health in that country.

There are also celebration events in other States. Check your diary and see if you can make yourself available to celebrate this unique service project.

Metrine from Kenya with a kit