Madam Tussaud’s!

I love museums. I love them so much I can go back multiple times and see the same things and not get bored. I love all kinds of museums, even wax ones. During our weekend in the city, Cris and I went to Madam Tussaud’s; to feel like some real Times Square Tourists, and to fool around and be silly.

So Madam Tussaud’s has a few ticket options; Celebrity, Superhero, and Ghostbusters Dimension. We had the celebrity ticket which goes for $29.00 but we paid $27.00 through our friend who is part of the Board of Ed. You can find deals for this museum online, just do some research. Now when you go in, you start on the 5th floor and work your way down. That floor is all movie star celebrities, and the theme is that you’re at a swanky party. We had fun with this section.

Once you get through that section you’re in the movies section and there were a lot of cool movie scenes. The figures were really cool but I had fun pretending I was in Jurassic Park.

Now from there we go into the TV shows, news broadcasts, etc. This was fun, especially the TV screens and seeing ourselves on TV the interactiveness of this section was great! There was a Jimmy Fallon area and the music in that section was so cool. You feel extremely immersed into the sections that you see.

Once we got through that section it was the whole political, diplomatic section. Here you can meet the Obama’s, Popes, the Royals, the first President and our current President: Donald Trump. The line to take a picture with that figure wasn’t long but we are in New York so that wasn’t something I thought was weird. This is my least favorite section because for some reason these figures don’t look as real but the photo op’s are great. It’s a love hate relationship with this section.

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Hanging out with The Royal Family.

Now from here we get into the newest section which is Ghostbusters. This was interesting, it was scary but not too scary and the special effects were cool. You had to walk through a haunted house like hallway to keep going through the museum so I fast walked and it was fine. Behind me though some teenage girls got the crap scared out of them they screamed so loud. I was curious but not enough to go back and find out what it was that scared them.

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The details in this section were really cool

Then we get to what I think is Cris’ favorite part, the Marvel section! We saw the 4D movie simulator which was cute, and it reminded me of It’s Tough to be a Bug in Disney’s Animal Kingdom but like really short. You do get sprayed with some water, so if thats a weird pet peeve of yours, then you may want to skip this. Before the film we took some pictures with the wax figures from the movies.

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Hulk caught me….

Once the movie was over, we went down stairs to the final floor and the first part of the floor was the sports section. We saw Eli Manning, Serena Williams, Derek Jeter, Carmelo Anthony and then a few other athletes. It was a really small area but it was actually one of my favorite sections.

Finally the last section is the music stars section and they had the Jonas Brothers… without Nick… this was a serious problem for me. They also had Selena Gomez, Kanye, Beyonce, Rihanna and many others including Taylor Swift! This section is my least favorite because the figures look absolutely nothing like the people in my opinion. It was interesting. From that section, there was a gift shop where you can view some of the random photos taken during your time in the museum and then you exit.

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This is supposed to be Taylor Swift… I don’t see it.

I love this museum, I go once every few years and I haven’t been here since I was in high school. I did however go to the Madam Tussaud’s in LA which I thought was so fun! Each museum has differences and overlapping elements. I do think if you have never been and you live in New York or are visiting, you should check it out. If you’ve been once then maybe spend the money somewhere else but every few years you should see whats new. They are currently under construction so in a few years I’ll have to come back for some more wax fun!

Let’s Review The View!

This past weekend Cris and I decided to take part in NY Restaurant Week and made a reservation for The View. It’s on the 48th floor of the Marriott Marquis in Times Square and the draw to this restaurant is in the name- the view. You are sitting on a revolving floor that moves very slowly, and by the time you finish your meal you have done a complete 360 degree tour of the midtown area (if you want to see a time lapse video of our meal, you can find that on our instagram, adventuresofb_and_c). This has been a place I have wanted to eat at for a while, and to be able to eat here was a dream come true for me. I was so thankful that Cris took me to eat here when we had our weekend in the city because I got to cross off something on my bucket list.

When you go into the Marriott Marquis you need to take the elevator to the 3rd floor and then go on a different elevator that brings you all the way up to the restaurant. This elevator goes extremely fast and atone point you feel like you’re in that scene of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory when the elevator goes right through the ceiling. Getting off the elevator you are greeted by the city views and a wonderful host. We waited for maybe 5 minutes before being walked to our table, right by the window. We had an 8pm reservation and we noticed it wasn’t very crowded at this time. Maybe because there are a lot of shows that start around that time so instead of eating, most people are seeing a broadway show. In any case, we had a wonderful seat. It started off our night on a high note.

When we sat down we were given the menu and we already knew we were going to partake in the NY Restaurant Week pre-fixe menu. I added the whole menu so you can see what else they offer. There are 2 restaurant weeks a year, one in the winter and one in the summer. If you want more information on the restaurants that participate then go to nycgo.com .

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The right hand side, upper rectangular section was the menu we used

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We were brought bread and we looked over our options. Our waiter needed us to have our decisions made for all three courses at the same time so we put our entire order in at once, but you don’t feel rushed, the food doesn’t come out at once. You are very well paced here. For our starters, I ordered the Cream of Celery Root and Cris ordered the Crab Cake (this was an extra 12 dollars). They came out in 15 minutes with wonderful presentation.

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Bread Service

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My cream of Celery Root, and Cris’ Crab Cake

The cream of celery root is a celery based soup with duck confit. I have never had duck before so this was a very interesting choice to me. I also love soup, and any chance I get to try new soups, I take. This soup was superb. It was creamy, it wasn’t overbearing with the taste of celery, but if it was I wouldn’t of mind because I love celery. The duck was great, it added a whole new flavor to the soup and I gobbled this soup up very fast. Cris is not a fan of soup so he didn’t taste mine but he devoured his crab cake. For 12 dollars extra he was expecting an amazing crab cake and that is exactly what he got. He was surprised by the size but the flavors were amazing. He gave me a tiny taste and I thought it was excellent. Definitely worth 12 dollars in my opinion. On the side of the crab cake was this sauce that Cris said was very spicy so he opted to not touch that part of the place but he enjoyed his crab cake and we both agreed that the first course was continuing the night on a good note.

Our main dishes came about 15-20 minutes after we finished our appetizers. I ordered the Grilled Atlantic Salmon and Cris ordered the Grilled Flat Iron Steak. The portions looked small but by the time we finished these dishes we were barely ready for dessert.

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Grilled Atlantic Salmon

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Grilled Flatiron Steak

My dish was so insanely amazing, I wish I had more on my plate. It was a wonderfully cooked salmon over Yukon Gold mashed potatoes with a sweet sauce and topped with chunks of buttery lobster. I was in seafood heaven. I absolutely love lobster, it’s a food I just die for and this was amazing. The flavors were all so perfect together and even Cris who is not a huge fan of salmon said it was one of the best things he ever tasted. His food came with vegetables and the meat was so soft he said it was like butter. He really enjoyed his meal and I had a taste and it really was good steak. We cleaned our plates except I didn’t eat the heirloom tomato on my plate, I am just not a big tomato fan. We were told that dessert would be on the way and we had about 10 minutes from the time they took our plates to when they put our desserts in front of us.

I had ordered the NY cheesecake. I love cheesecake and this came with strawberries and raspberry coulis and english cucumber. Cris ordered the Caramel Passion Meringue. While both of these dishes looked wonderful, we felt dessert fell a bit short of the superb meal we had the entire night.

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Cheesecake

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Caramel Passion Meringue

My cheesecake was a bit too tart and not creamy enough for my liking. I ate a good amount but I couldn’t finish it because I was full and it wasn’t the best cheesecake. I have had better. Cris’ dish looked like a sugar high waiting to happen. He even said it was really sweet and he couldn’t finish it because of how sweet it was. He did eat the sorbet though. This didn’t hinder our experience, we just hope that if we return for restaurant week again, they have different desserts.

Once they took our plates from us they gave us the check and told us that an 18% gratuity was already added to the bill. Now, if you go here when it’s not restaurant week, be prepared to drop some serious dough. Each 3 course meal of ours cost $42.00 plus Cris’ extra 12.00 for the crab cake and add in the 18% tip and tax and we were at a grand total of $121.80. That’s not too bad, but it was by far one of the more expensive meals we’ve had together.

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This dinner was part of a big anniversary/valentines day gift from Cris to me so he knew it would be expensive. We left after making a full 360 degrees and leaving right where we started our meal. We told each other that we would definitely come back, and I know we will be. This was definitely a night to remember, it was a dream come true for me and the food lived up to my hopes and dreams. I would definitely recommend for a lovely night out with your significant other or with your friends for a fancy night out. No matter why you go, you are sure to have great food, and a great view.

New York faces off!

I grew up in a family that is predominately male, I mean I have three brothers. Growing up, sports were always part of my life. If I wasn’t playing them I was watching them. That being said there are a few sports I just can’t watch and have no interest in like golf, basketball, soccer… rugby etc. So when I found out that my boyfriend wanted to go to a basketball game I was reluctant because to me that sounds about as fun as stabbing myself in the eyes. I caved though and I scored Knicks vs. Nets tickets and gave them to him for Christmas.

First off, Knicks tickets are expensive no matter what and I’ll never understand it. The tickets I got for the game were at the Barclays Center and they cost me a little over $100. I thought they’d be pretty decent seats when I was looking at the map but once I showed up I was a little disappointed in the seats. They could have been closer for the amount I paid but if I were to go to Madison Square Garden and get tickets for that game, the price for even worse seats is 3 times as expensive. So if you’re on a budget and you know someone who wants to see a New York basketball team play, get the tickets for a Barclays game. Now, if my boyfriend was a Nets fan and he wanted to see the Nets play anyone I could have probably gotten better seats for less money but the Knicks price hike everything so that was a bummer.

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Our View from our seats

I think Barclays Center is a nice facility, the workers are nice, and while the lines are misleading, getting in takes like 10 minutes tops even with the metal detector and having to empty your pockets going into the detector. Once you’re inside you can’t leave and come back, so if you’re hungry you have to eat the food there and the food is really expensive. Knowing this we ended up getting dinner before the game across the street at Buffalo Wild Wings and it was such a good meal. Wings, and nachos and all kinds of good but unhealthy foods you want to eat before a sports game. We were satisfied with the food and left with 30 minutes to game time.

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We went up an escalator to get to our section and our seats were a view of the side line. I do like to point out that Barclays has no bad seats. You’ll always be able to have a good view but it’s just a matter of how close you are to the court. It felt like everyone there was a Knicks fan because there was more cheering for the Knicks the entire game than the Nets.

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Go Knicks!

Surprisingly, the game went by extremely fast and I felt like we had only been sitting for 10 minutes when half time rolled around. I was tempted to get up and find myself some cotton candy or popcorn but I knew the lines would take forever. The game was over before I knew it and we left with 9 seconds left in the game so we could beat the crowds leaving right when the game ended. It was a close game, the final score being 95-90 Knicks winning. They came back from being down almost 20 points so that was exciting. Seeing the joy in Cris’ face and joining him on this little outing was so much fun and totally worth the lousy seats for the high price. I even enjoyed myself more than I thought I would so it was a fun experience overall. The next time I go and get him sports tickets though, it will be to a football game because that would be an exciting adventure.

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We left soon after this time out ended.

Movie Review: Split

I enjoy movie dates. They’re fun albeit expensive (20 bucks for a movie?!?!) but still something Cris and I enjoy doing especially when there’s a movie we both want to see. The trailers for Split  came out and I automatically said “nope, not seeing that movie have a fun guys night”. I don’t like scary movies, anything bloody or gory. Split’s trailer was so scary to me I actually had a nightmare the night that I saw the trailer so that solidified my decision to not see it. Well fast forward to last Thursday when it comes out and our friend who gets discounted movie tickets offers us $8.50 tickets. I reluctantly agreed to go with my boyfriend who I am positive just likes to scare me.

He was extremely excited to see this movie, it focuses on DID (Dissociative Identity Disorder) which is a subject he studied a lot in college and is one of the mental disorders he finds fascinating to study. I was not remotely excited to go I was just being a nice girlfriend and not letting my boyfriend be a third wheel with our other couple friends who were going with us.

So the trailer was scarier than the movie, I did not find myself getting scared once throughout this entire film. I was more curious as to where this was going and why it was considered to be a “scary thriller”. There was some bloody and gross parts of the film and I found myself having to look away at one part but that was it. Other than that, I was more interested in this disorder and everything this person was struggling with than the actual content of the movie. Honestly the actor who played the character with the disorder did an amazing job. His acting was amazing to play 24 different personas in one movie. It was absolutely incredible. The movie itself was good, I enjoyed myself and I know my boyfriend was very pleased with the film and found it to be very interesting and true to what this disorder can do. It was a bit over exaggerated in the end but it was for the most part true to form.

Would I recommend this movie? Yeah sure, it wasn’t horrible and it might spark an interest in you that you didn’t know you had. Do I think this movie is a great date night movie? Possibly, it depends on the couple. Would I spend the actual ticket price for this movie? Nope. I only went because tickets were $8.50 and I thought it would be  nice gesture and fun-ish double date. Honestly, if you are interested in this type of film then by all means go for it and see it, there are worse movies out there to waste your money on but if you’re a little bit hesitant, don’t spend 20 plus bucks on this, it wasn’t very thrilling and it wasn’t scary besides that gory part towards the end.

 

 

A Christmas Spectacular

One thing I love is Christmas time and all the fun things surrounding the holidays. I really wanted to see the Rockettes perform at Radio City Music Hall and luckily Cris said yes and got us tickets! So this entire post will be about that show, and why I think if there’s one super generic touristy thing to see if you’re visiting New York City or if you’re a resident and looking for something to do next holiday season (or this one, the last show is in January) it should be seeing this show!

First and foremost, you should be on the look out for deals for tickets. On a snack trip to McDonalds, Cris and I found a coupon for 2 for 1 tickets! We jumped on that opportunity. We decided to go in November (another way to save money is go before December) on Monday the 28th which happened to be a Santa Hat Day (they give every person a free Santa hat). Saving money on these tickets is a great idea because they can get super expensive for no reason.

On the day of the show we drove there and we actually bought a parking spot on Parkwhiz.com (I highly recommend using this website when you need parking anywhere). We were 4 blocks away from Radio City Music Hall and we had a fun walk there. img_3902

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When you get to the Hall, they put you in a line because the doors open at 7:30pm for an 8:00 pm show. The line moves fairly quickly so don’t worry if you have kids, it’s just a ticket and bag check and you get your free hat once you get inside!

We lucked out and got seats in the orchestra without breaking the bank between the coupon and the fact that we went in November. So we had a pretty awesome view and it was great for certain parts of the show because some people walk (or danced) right past us! Before the show officially started two organists played music and the the orchestra for the entire show was risen from the floor to the stage and performed a lovely number for us. It was an amazing start for the show.

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The view from our seats

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The orchestra

The actual show started and there were some incredible special effects. Things fly out into the audience, it snows, there are 3D effects and more. I don’t want to give anything away but Santa is definitely in appearance. Some of the songs are kind of cheesy and the child performers are just that, child performers and they do their very best so it’s very cute. The final performance of the Nativity Scene is so beautifully moving I cried, then again I cry at everything. The Rockettes are amazing and there’s so many amazing stunts and kicks and it was so much fun that it really left us leaving in such a Christmas spirit.

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They sang during certain parts of the show

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The Nativity Scene

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The Finale

Honestly, for people with kids, without kids, old or young folk this is such a great Christmas show. It puts you in such a great Christmas spirit and everything about the show is beautiful down to the Hall itself. It’s gorgeous on the inside, so take time and take some pictures, unlike us. It got super crowded so we just have to deal with the pictures we took of us in our seats. I don’t think we will go every year, actually next Christmas season we’re planning on doing something super special but this might be something nice to do every other or every 2 years. I definitely recommend people see it if you’re visiting during the holiday season and if you’re bored and want something different to see then try this out. I hope everyone had a Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukah and I hope everyone has a happy and healthy New Year!

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Happy Holidays!!

Let’s hit the ice!

Cris surprised me last Wednesday with tickets to see Disney on Ice: Follow your heart. I was so excited, anyone who knows me, knows how crazy Disney obsessed I am. I was super thankful too because he’s not a huge fan at all so for him to buy those tickets and sit through this show was so sweet of him. The show was a fun experience and I am happy I did it once but I probably won’t do it again until I have children. It was one of those “one time deals” especially since I’m an adult (even though I like to think I’m a big kid). It wasn’t incredibly weird to be a couple surrounded by children, we just knew that the next time we’d come back is with kids. img_3809

So, the show started with the cheesiest musical number ever, even for Disney. I was happy Cris missed it because he would of been so turned off by it like I was. I knew there was better things to come, but this was not one of them. The only thing I enjoyed was seeing cute little Donald Duck skating on the ice. Then the characters from Inside Out came on the ice and that was cute because all the kids started freaking out. The first half of the show was all about dreams and the emotions and memories that Inside Out had in the movie. img_3814

Throughout the first half of the show, we saw the princesses, Mickey and Minnie, and the characters from Inside Out. Growing up I watched every princess movie so when they came out and had their own special numbers I was incredibly excited. I was most excited to see Ariel, since she’s my favorite and coincidentally, she had the most impressive part of the show. She did arial moves and acrobatics that even Cris thought was so cool. He was incredibly impressed with this part as well as Rapunzel’s. She did some ribbon flying which was cool but definitely not as cool as Ariel’s performance. About an hour in, they went to intermission and everyone ran to get food and I enjoyed the songs they were playing and singing along without a single care in the world.

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Once the second half started, there was another song with Mickey and Minnie, and then they went into the different stories of Finding Dory, Toy Story and Frozen(DUN DUN DUNNNNN). I have a love/hate relationship with Frozen and I always roll my eyes whenever it’s involved in something Disney does. I didn’t see Finding Dory yet so seeing this part of the show made me kind of upset because I basically got an abridged version of the movie. I loved the Toy Story part of the show though. I love that movie so much and they did a fabulous job incorporating those characters and having fun songs to sing along to.

The time finally came for Frozen. I kid you not, the whole Barclays Center vibrated from the children screaming when this part started. I was laughing the whole time because I told Cris “I bet you the entire place loses it’s mind when Elsa and Anna show up” and he said “no I don’t know, I think the movie died down”. Yeah. Right. These kids lost their freaking minds. It was adorable and hilarious all at the same time. The song “Let It Go” came on and the entire place was singing along, it was snowing, and there were fireworks of sorts. It was definitely the best number and I was just as impressed as Cris. I even sang along – it’s catchy. I have to hand it to Disney, they keep Frozen super relevant and popular and they do a great job putting on any kind of performance of this movie.

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Finally the closing number came around and it was so cute. They just all collectively danced to “Let It Go”. I got to see Donald again and he had a cute little winter outfit on. All in all it was a such a great show. I think anything Disney does is magical and well put together. There was a lot of work and heart that went into this show and I appreciate that. If you’re a fan of Disney and know the movies, then definitely go see it and see your favorite movies come to life on the ice. Sing along with the characters and enjoy the performances because they really were spectacular. We had fun and Cris even said “it was cute and I enjoyed myself” which to me is the equivalent to saying “THAT WAS TOTALLY WICKED” (let me know if you get the reference). Like I said earlier, we’ll definitely go again but when we have kids to take and we’ll get ice level tickets for a truly amazing experience. I have some wonderfully magical memories from this night, and I am sure if you choose to go you will have some magical memories as well.

 

Our Water Park Weekend!

In October Cris and I went to Kalahari, the newest indoor waterpark in the Poconos. Our friends won a stay for one night for four people so we decided to go with them, pay for an extra night and have a fun couples weekend. We had some fun things planned so it was a really enjoyable weekend. One piece of advice though; couples vacations are really fun but spend time away from each other as well as together. Cris and I had a great amount of time just to ourselves but when we look back on our trip we didn’t really see much of our friends past the first day.

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We got to Kalahari around 11 am and we were told that check in is usually at 4 pm. We were prepared for them to say that our room wasn’t ready and we’d have to store our luggage in the car and just head to the water park. That wasn’t a horrible option but upon arrival we had a room ready and they were able to check us in. It was an amazing surprise! We got our bracelets which get us into the water park and our room- they reminded me of Magic Bands for anyone out there who is a Disney fan- and we got our vouchers for breakfast and a bunch of activities (we paid for a room package that comes with activities included and we added on breakfast vouchers for the 2 mornings we’d be there). I loved the vibe in the hotel; it was African themed but it had an incredible upscale feel to it that made it enjoyable to stay in. The staff upon check in were incredibly helpful and answered all of our questions.

The rooms were fantastic, they were clean and they were big and considering these room can go for like $400.00 a night, they better be the nicest rooms ever. We had a little balcony with a cute little view. The bathroom was interesting. The sink was by the beds and then there was a separate room for the shower and toilet. My only issue with the room was the space for clothes. There were four of us sharing a room and there was barely enough space for us to put our clothes any where. The boys had to live out of their luggage, something I don’t like to do but they said they were fine with it so it worked for us. Other than the space, the room was wonderful.

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This was the balcony view.

There were little activities going on throughout the hotel so while the boys watched some football and relaxed, the girls explored and we found the huge arcade, the restaurants and a cute little area for kids. That little area was having a tie dye shirt making station and for $15.00 you can make your own shirt. We decided that that would be a cute little souvenir so we did it and it came out beautifully. UPDATE: It’s been about a month later though and the colors are starting to fade. After we explored we went to the water park with the boys for a few hours. The water park was fun, even though the water was cold. I didn’t like the lazy river, there wasn’t enough space for more than two tubes floating next to each other so Cris and I got separated because kids were racing in the lazy river. There were some fun rides, one I almost fell off of so I will never go on that ride again but besides that the other slides were fun. There was a hot tub that connected to the outside which was wonderful and we spent some nice B & C time in that hot tub to relax. There was also a pool bar with incredibly over priced drinks. After about 4 hours in the water park we were hungry so we went back to the room and got ready for dinner.

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We had a lovely couples dinner that night; I had a great stir fry and when we got back to our hotel we had chocolate covered strawberries and champagne (courtesy of the boys, it came with that package they paid for). I went to sleep around 11pm and the boys went to the casino 10 minutes away. They apparently came back around 2:30 am which wasn’t smart because we woke up around 8:30 am and headed down for some breakfast. We ate at the buffet at the hotel and honestly it was a pretty decent buffet. I had tea and blintzes and yogurt. It was nice, well worth the money we spent on it.

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My stir fry!

My favorite part of the whole weekend was what came next. Our room package that we had came with a 3 hour spa voucher and a $50.00 credit for a service. Cris told me to book a massage for myself and then afterwards we would spend time together in the spa because there are things to do that you don’t need to pay for. I got a 25 minute massage which cost me $75.00, minus the credit so I only spent about $25.00 plus tip so around $30.00. Let me tell you, that was the greatest massage of my life. It was so wonderful, I felt so much tension come out of my back and neck and she even massaged my wrists which were injured from my tennis season at school. Do I think it was worth $75.00? Nope. Way too expensive for 25 minutes but still it felt good and I felt relaxed. After I got out of the massage there was Cris waiting for me in the relaxation room and we went into what they called the “tranquility pool” which was really just a large hot tub. It was so nice, they had “experience showers” which were showers that showered you from all different locations and we used the sauna and the steam room. I think what we enjoyed the most though was the balcony. We went out onto this balcony in our robes and we sat on these huge seats for two and we just enjoyed the moment together. It was a great view and it was quiet. Cris even ordered me a mimosa which was a lovely treat (champagne is my favorite alcoholic beverage). It made the day so relaxing, the staff were extremely helpful and pleasant as well.

 

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The Tranquility Pool

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The view from the balcony

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After the Spa we went to the water park for a little bit and then we had a lovely dinner together just Cris and I at the fancy restaurant in the hotel and it was very nice, super romantic. After that we went to the casino with our friends, which was my first time gambling or even going into a casino. I ended up winning money which made Cris a little bitter since he lost money.

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We came back to the hotel and played in the arcade, we won enough tickets so I can get a super cool Justice League pillow. We also played glow in the dark mini golf with our friends. We went to bed around midnight and woke up again at 8:30 am and had breakfast at the nice buffet again. Cris and I went to the waterpark one last time before we had to finish packing and check out. The check out process was really simple, we got our receipt slipped under the door and since there were no charges we signed the receipt and left around 11 am. When we left we drove to a pumpkin festival but since we left on a Tuesday we found out the festival was closed except the hay ride which we went on because we’re big kids and then we drove home.

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We had a wonderful weekend with our friends and with each other. If we had to do it again I would and in fact Cris and I would love to go back to Kalahari sometime soon. We recommend it to anyone who wants a lovely hotel with an indoor waterpark. We didn’t feel like we were in a kids hotel, it was a very upscale. Since it is very expensive I would recommend to look on Groupon for deals and also check their website for any deals that they are having on rooms and packages. We’re hoping to go back when they complete their expansion this coming year!