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Debbie does...round the world
12th Jan 2009 - Florida
St Augustine

We drove about 2 hrs to get to St Augustine whic has the reputation of being the oldest continually inhabited city in the US (I think). Unfortunately it was a terrible day weather wise - extremely cold and later it rained. It did spoil the day a bit but I enjoyed it other than the weather. Firstly we went to the Old Jail House which they have done up as a great tourist attraction whilst showing the conditions people were imprisoned in in the late 1800s. They also executed at least two people there by hanging. The conditions were as I imagine around the world very poor at that time with small cells and no toilet facilities. The women getting the harshest punishment by having to work in the kitchen all day long in extreme weather conditions whereas at least the men worked outside although chained together. Then onto a small museum which was also very interesting giving a lot of history whilst being interesting. Back to the car to eat lunch and then onto the trolley ride which goes for about 70 minutes and you can hop on and off at various points. By now it was even colder and had started to lightly rain so we got off at the shops instead of going into the old Fort. Had a butterscotch latte to warm up which was delicious. Then looked around several shops. Jerry got his photo taken and his head was photoshopped onto a Harley Davidson biker - it looked fantastic. Then back on the trolley - raining harder and we made the mistake of sitting in the front row and got absolutely soaked and freezing cold. Changed seats when the tram next stopped but it was too late. Warmed up back in the car. Had a krispy kreme donut which was fantastic and also stopped at the postoffice and posted a parcel back to NZ - the contents being far cheaper than the postage.

Back to Orlando and after dinner back to start packing up - sad as I have very much enjoyed being here and getting to know everyone better. It has felt like a family here which it is but... Left a few things behind as nothing more can fit in. Was a bit annoyed with myself as i found the very item that I brought at Hollywood Studios that sparked off me sending a parcel to NZ and had forgotten to put in. I guess there will be a parcel at some stage now from the UK.

In bed by 2300 and slept well.

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Diary Photos

Marion imprisoned

A wagon that went south instead of west

St Augustine buildings

Front entrance of the cathedral

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