The Vikings are coming! One Icelander's trek around North America
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Hi. My name is Oliver, sometimes called Oli for short. I've recently turned 30, and I live in Reykjavik, Iceland. This summer (actually in 4 days) I, and my trusty travel buddy Lesley from Canada will be taking off to Orlando, FL to attend Dice Tower Con. My first con! Exciting!

After that Lesley and I will fly to LA and spend the next 2-3 weeks driving up the west coast of the US, all the way from San Diego to Vancouver (Lesley's hometown).

We'd love to get input from all the lovely people here on BGG on stuff to do, places to visit, and food to eat. We're both big readers, we love history, movies, literature, and interesting culture. We're also both big foodies, loving to try new and exciting things, especially if they're specific to the place where we're visiting.

Feel free to add items to this Geeklist, and comment on anything and everything! We appreciate all the help we can get from this awesome community.

We're also big gamers, so we welcome any offers to meet up and play games. Just let us know! I also decided to include a recent picture of me, so if any of you see me in the convention or just randomly walking in the street, say hi!

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Starting off our journey is a jaunt down to Miami and Key West. We're booked on a food tasting walk around Miami, and 2 nights at a hotel in Key West, but other than that, we'd love suggestions on fun things to do in both Miami and the Florida Keys, especially Key West!
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July 3rd to July 8th we'll be attending the Dice Tower Convention! We'd love to get tips on great restaurants and fun sights in and around Orlando. I've been visiting the city for years because my grandparents own a house there (where we'll be staying), but I haven't really done any exploring.

p.s. I'm a big Tom Vasel fan, I've been watching and trusting his videos for years, and I'm really looking forward to DiceTowerCon'13 being my first gaming convention!
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After Orlando we'll be flying to LA, and spending a few days in southern California. I grew up here (from age 4-12), living in both San Diego and Los Angeles, so I've been around, but I'd love some tips on stuff to do and see. Historical places, great places to eat, interesting drinks!
 
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San Francisco! So excited to visit, even though I've been there twice already. I've mostly just done the really touristy stuff like Alcatraz, hop on a trolley, and almost hyperventilate from walking up those damn hills.
 
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Wine country! We managed to snag a couple of groupons for wine tasting and rooms at some nice places in Napa and Sonoma, but I'd love to get some tips on other stuff to do!
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I've never been to Oregon, so this is all new to me. We had originally planned on going to Portland (a friend of mine lives there), but other than that, it's all unplanned. I know Portland is famous for microbreweries (I love beer), but what else is there to do in the Beaver State?
 
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After Oregon comes Washington. I've visited Seattle once in my youth, but didn't really leave the hotel. What else is there to do in Washington?
 
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The last leg of our trip will be in Vancouver (where Lesley lives). I'm sure she'll be a lovely tour guide, but we could always use some tips on sites, food, drinks, and fun people there.
 
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After Vancouver Lesley and I will head to Iceland. I wanted to add this last entry as a standing invitation to all geeks here. Let me know if you intend to visit Iceland, and I'll do my utmost to make your stay here the best of your life. I can suggest places to stay, great restaurants, out-of-the-way attractions, and stuff that will knock your socks off. I love my country, and I won't give up until you do too.
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Be sure to drop by the Bali Hai in San Diego - a great Tiki bar since 1953. Another decent one (though nothing compared to the Bali Hai) in El Segundo is the Purple Orchid.
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There are Lava tubes to explore man! You can't do that in Iceland as your volcanoes are probably too active... Visit out National Park http://www.nps.gov/labe/index.htm (I haven't done this, but it is on my want list...)

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