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Bus Tour

Ivan and I chilled for awhile in the house on April 4, 2010.  I had a headache. 

We drove downtown.  We had lunch at BD’s Mongolian Grill.  It’s like the Genghis Grill in Kansas City.  You pick your meat or seafood, noodles, spices and sauces and place it in your bowl.  Then, you give your bowl to a cook.  He or She cooks it up.  I had one with an egg, chicken, noodles, tofu, onions and a teriyaki sauce.  It also comes with either rice or tortillas.  It was good, but we definitely preferred Genghis Grill. 


We walked to the Big Blue Bear.  We were meeting the bus tour there.  We were going on the Banjo Billy’s Bus Tour.  It was only me, Ivan and a couple from Germany on the bus. 


I guess it was slow since it was Easter Sunday.  Our tour guide was Drew.  The bus is very unique.  It’s really cool inside with comfortable seats, a saddle and a big sofa in the back. 


The bus has different horn sounds like a horse whinney, a construction style whistle and a quack.  He drove and talked about the history of Denver and Colorado, crime and ghosts.  We drove by lots of locations like City Hall, Brown palace, Botanical Gardens, Grant/Humphreys mansion, Cultural Center and the US Mint.  It was a really good tour.  He didn’t use the horn sounds enough though.

Ivan drove us back to the house.  I wasn’t feeling too well.  My headache wouldn’t go away.  Ivan was a bit tired as well.

We chilled at the house.  Finally, we decided to get some food.  It was almost 9 pm.  Since it was Sunday, everything seems to close early.  We didn’t feel like driving downtown for dinner.  Travis gave us a couple of suggestions. 

We drove to the sushi restaurant he recommended, but it was closed.  There was an Il Fornaio restaurant but that was closed as well.  Ivan was searching in the GPS unit to find something.  We decided to try Olive Garden.  It had the number in the GPS unit.  So, Ivan called and they were open until 10 pm. 

Ivan drove us to Olive Garden.  It was Ivan’s first trip to Olive Garden.

We got two main dishes.  First, I got a salad and Ivan got the chicken and gnocchi soup.  We shared the Venetian Apricot Chicken with vegetables and the Chicken Marsala with Tuscan potatoes.  The Chicken Marsala was delicious. 

We went back to the house.  We talked to Travis and his roommate for awhile.  Then, we used the internet for a short while.



Ivan and I checked out of the motel on April 3, 2010.  I started driving at 11:25 am.  Ivan got a call while we driving.  He left his laptop cord in the room in Lamar.  The owner (the husband) said that he could mail it to us.  Ivan said he would call back when we have an address in Breckenridge.

We stopped at 1:15 pm at a McDonald’s.  We had a bathroom break and used the free wi-fi.

Ivan started driving about 2:40 pm.  We arrived at the couchsurfer’s house in Denver, Colorado at 3:08 pm.

We met Travis, the couchsurfer we’d be staying with for two nights.  He’s a friendly guy who lives to ride motorcycles.  He has a huge map of the USA.  It has little flags on it.  The flags have a name of where the couchsurfers who stayed with him are from.

We drove downtown and walked around 16th Street mall.  Ivan needed a new jacket.  We checked out souvenirs shops, Ross and TJ Maxx.  Ivan finally found a Coloardo sweatshirt in a souvenir shop.  I bought a few postcards.

We jumped on the free mall shuttle further down the street.  We went inside Wynkoop Brewing Co.  They brew their own beers.  Ivan and I had a glass of Wix a weiss beer.  It has bananas in it. 


It’s very tasty!  Ivan read that being in a higher elevation makes you drunker faster. 

We walked to Vesta Dipping Grill for dinner.  Ivan set up a reservation for 9 pm.  We arrived at 8:30 pm.  We took a seat at the bar and ordered two drinks.  I had a Strawberry Basil drink and Ivan had a Mile High Sunset.

The restaurant offers dishes that each come with three dips (that you get to choose from a big list).  Ivan and I started off with Spanish Jalapeno Tuna which came with some tasty black pepper crackers.  We got two main courses: a curry smoked chicken and Moroccan spiced grilled salmon. 


The salmon and chicken tasted great with the sauces we picked.  I really liked the Korean Garlic BBQ and the Red Curry.  It was a very great meal.

We sent a text to Travis about bars.  He sent back a big list of recommendations.  We drove to Casselmans since the bar has live music.  It was about 10 pm and there was no music playing.  We were actually too late. 

We went to a Polish bar next.  But, the bar was packed with Polish people with Polish music playing.  We weren’t really sure about that.  So, we walked across the street to Under the Snug.  It’s an Irish bar.  The guy at the door said there was Irish music playing upstairs.  Ivan thought we should see something a bit different, so we left.

Ivan read about a nightclub called Church.  It was formerly a church.  The nightclub plays house music.  We went into line and noticed a lot of Mexican people and Latinos.  We both thought that something wasn’t right.  Ivan talked to the guy at the door.  He said it was Latin Night.  We started walking towards the car.  A guy said that there’s a place close by that plays house music.  He said it was called Vinyl and that DJ Rap would be performing there.  He gave us directions to the club. 

We walked a few blocks to Vinyl.  The cover was $15 per person.  There’s three different rooms: house/techno, 90’s music and hip hop.  We went to the coat room so we wouldn’t have to hold our coats all night.  The 90’s music room was actually playing current music.

I was walking and this short, black guy dressed in all white said Hey.  I said Hi back.  Then, he tried to grab my hand.  I was thinking what is this guy thinking.  I put my hands up and said I was good and walked away.  He rushed off. 

The house/techno room had a DJ on that kept playing the same beat over and over.  DJ Rap would probably be on soon.

We checked out the hip hop room which was crowded.  But, we don’t like hip hop so we went back to the house/techno room.

Ivan found out about the roof.  There’s music playing there as well.  It was current music like dance, pop and hip hop.  There was a group of people in a big circle and people would individually dance in the middle.  Ivan liked the guy with the fake fro.  There was a girl who danced good and she had moves like a gymnast.

We went back to the house/techno room.  DJ Rap was on.  She’s a pretty lady.  She played a bit too much generic trance for us.  I like to get lost in the music and dance.  I think that only happened once or twice when DJ Rap was on.  It was still decent music, just not the best DJ we’ve heard before.

We left around 1:40 am.  We drove back to Travis’ house.  We thought everybody would be asleep.  Travis’ roommate was there with a few friends.  We chatted with them for awhile.  Then, we decided to call it a night.

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