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Monday, December 27, 2010

The Roaring Lion Hotel

    Every year around this time, it is the same dilemma. It is the time when I can go on my annual vacation with my friends to new locations and this year I just cannot figure out where to go and where to stay. There are too many hotel choices yet it is difficult to make a right choice since I do not have much information available to make a proper choice. I needed a comparison chart so that I can compare hotel prices and choose the one which one fits my budget after I have decided my destination. The main factor in deciding one hotel over another is that the hotels near the venue will get more preference than the ones further away.

    It was sheer luck that I discovered “The Roaring Lion Hotel” which will really help to plan out my vacation with the minimum amount of stress. No more hunting around for the best deals in town and worrying about the exact location of the hotel. This will surely help me to save transportation cost between the different waterfalls which I want to visit during my stay. In the long run, the transportation costs can be quiet substantial if the planning is done right. Therefore, if one does a bit of smart budgeting then they can free up some cash and utilize it on some area like entertainment, etc. When I mentioned this hotel to my fellow office workers who had just returned from a vacation, they talked about the daily giveaway of a free trip down the water falls while being tied to a barrel. During the course of discussion, I found out that there is something called the “Ride the barrel contest” in which the survivor is entitled to a daily giveaway of a free weekend stay at ANY “The Roaring Lion Hotel” which are located just about everywhere.

    So, one day I finally tried out their sweepstakes out of curiosity and won a free trip to Brazil for a great getaway weekend with my family for some fun in the sun, relaxation while wandering around the great city and looking at all the sights before the last days of summer are gone. I had realized that it is really important to get away for the weekend every so often in order to recuperate from the daily hassles and the coiled up stress within us. It does help in replenishing the pool of inner calm and helps to reestablish the missing equilibrium.

    Putting together the money to buy the plane ticket was quite difficult. I managed to save enough money to buy a really long rope out of which I made a lasso. I started to twirl it round and round in ever increasing circle. When it finally managed to reach escape velocity, I let go of the loop end and watched it fly into space where it latched into a passing by alien spaceship. With a sharp jerk, I started to fly across the landscape as I rose higher and higher until all I saw down below was continents hidden by the clouds and passing satellites up above. Fearing that I’ll be lost in space, I let go of the rope and started to glide back towards earth once more.

    Flapping my arms and titling myself a bit to the right and to the left at times, I finally spotted a giant piece of land that looked like South America. Barreling down head wards at high speed, I made my towards it before it disappeared once more. I started to heat up and turned beat read. Soon all my clothes catch on fire and I turned into a huge ball of fire. I start to notice the continent getting larger and I start to see mountains, rivers, lakes and huge forests. I turn on my nitro pack which is strapped on my back and accelerate downwards at an even greater speed as I really want to make an impact on the people and the surroundings.

    After what seems like floating for many eons in total darkness, I open my eyes and see lush green forest cover through which the sun is peeking through. My body is aching really badly and all bones seem to be broken. Nervously, I move my fingers, toes and become really relieved that no serious damage is done. Getting up gingerly, I notice that I am in a really deep crater probably created by my impact. Over to one side, I notice a huge sign pointing to “The Roaring Lion Hotel”. Standing on a tree, I see Tarzan holding a vine wanting to know if I need a lift to the hotel. Two monkeys in hotel uniforms run up to me to inquire where the luggage is while searching my pockets to see how large a tip I can offer.

    As I was wondering how to reply to this question, I saw the bush one side shake and quiver. A giant boar emerged from the dense forest and gave me a menacing look. It started to grunt loudly while shaking its head back and forth. All the grunting and head shaking created a giant dust ball and the grunting, head shaking boar disappeared for a moment. I decided make a run for it.

    Asking for the directions, I start to make a run towards the hotel before the boar sees me gone. Looking around, I see a lush green forest with a huge river running through it. As I run next to the river, I hear a roaring sound some distance away. After some time, I see a giant waterfall looming ahead. As I draw nearer, I see that there are some white knuckled, quaking and screaming people being tied to barrels which are pushed towards the waterfall. It looks like even the locals want to stay at the hotel for free.

    As I rounded the corner, I saw a site which terrified me so much that I stumbled and fell flat on my face sliding on the dusty path till I rammed into a tree. A boar emerged from behind the tree. It stood there for a moment staring at me. Looking around and seeing nothing else to intimidate, it pushed past the remaining bushes, started to rock on its heels and started to run towards me as I seemed to be the only target available. The forest trail started to break apart and fly upwards into the fine mist that seemed to straddle the forest. The last sounds I heard as I started to run back towards where the journey started from was the sound of the bushes being trampled, wood splintering breaking and the scream of the creature as ran out of its path.

    As the giant boar was pursuing me down the dirt tracks of the forest, I was constantly on the lookout for an escape route or that matter any small opening where I could squeeze into. The boar was chasing me and a bunch of monkeys in hotel uniform were running after it while scratching themselves trying to see how they can profit from this situation. I finally managed to find a huge old gnarled tree and all of us started to run around it for what it seemed like an endless amount of time. We lost track of time and I started to ask myself who was chasing whom.

    After some amount of frantic running, I noticed that Tarzan was standing at one corner looking at all the chaos in the area. I called out to him asked him to lend a hand and stop the rampaging boar. So, the bright boy joined the monkeys and started to run after the boar also.

    I guess what drove the boar nuts was the fact that someone yanked the creatures tail. The next thing we all knew was that it was running after Tarzan who ran up the tree and crawled all the way to the top. While he was sitting up there, the boar was head butting the tree trying to work out its aggression. It had forgotten all about me and its full attention was focused on the tree. I yelled up to the ape man and asked him if he was going to ask it its name and some identification details before swinging off to the forest. After all, it had chased him around the tree a few times and finally up a tree.

    The guy scowled down at me and before he got to the point of asking me to remove the head butting boar, I went on a lookout for a pair of drums from where I could make a call to the dreaded boar hunting tribe which eats them raw and while they are alive so that they can come over and deal with this offending animal. The tribe finally arrived after 15 minutes and they were more amused than worried by the scene while the poor man was yelling and cursing from the top of the tree. We yelled back and told him to climb down and wrestle the thing.

    All this exercise it seemed had worn it out and it walked off by itself and wandered off to sleep under a tree shade a short distance away. Everyone dispersed and the poor guy finally managed to climb down the tree and run off to a boat and whiz away. The fearsome tribe had a huge bonfire going where they were roasting a squealing boar for dinner. I guess it was the maximum amount of excitement which I have ever received in a short amount of time. I really don’t know how it all started yet it provided me with an opportunity to exercise that I have ever gotten in awhile.

    I finally managed to find my way to the hotel which had a magnificent view of the falls. The roaring sounds could be heard even from this distance and I wanted to raft down it like I used to do in my younger days. Looking around, I noticed that the room was simply amazing. It had all of the modern conveniences like centralized air conditioning, full house Wi-Fi, wall to wall plush carpeting. Teak furniture, a cellar full of….well beer, an attic full of more beer. This room was well stocked for any kind of emergency. I sank into the couch and started to flip through the television channel trying to find something interesting. I was feeling really hungry, yet I didn’t raid the midget fridge in the kitchen as I didn’t find anything interesting in there.

    Ringing up the kitchen, I ordered the daily special and started to surf the television channels once more. The smell of breakfast broke the spell I was in and I wondered where the plate of food had appeared from. Not a soul was in sight and I forgot all about it as I finished off the food in a jiffy.

    I really don’t know how long I had dozed off yet I woke up with a feeling of dread. No matter how hard I tried, I just couldn’t pin point the reason why nor shake this feeling off. There was something out there and I could feel it in my bones. A Duck which had been hiding under the couch all along sneaked out and started to run out the door. Startled by its appearance, I must have jumped at least 10 feet into the air and got stuck in the ceiling fan. As it was stepping out the door, it spied me hanging from the ceiling fan. Overcoming its fear, the Duck ran back inside and headed straight for the fans control switch. It turned the fan on at full volume and started to throw water balloons at me as I swung by. Pretty soon, I lost control and flew right into the washing machine located in the next room. The lid closed and it started to spin round and round.

    What saved me from washing machines spin cycle was the power outage. Something was coming and it was approaching fast. The sky grew dark and the Duck sensing danger ran out the open door. I yelled out “Noooo...don't go and leave me here all alone here. It's just too scary here.” But the Duck was gone and I was left behind to fend for myself.

    In the darkness, I heard the all too familiar growl. The Gator was at the door....something else was scratching at the window...The wild wind...I think its wind and not some demons howl...was calling out my name....The lights were flickering and I peed in my pants.

    Out of the dark shadows emerged the huge gator who growled “We’ve been looking for ya. You can run but you can’t hide. Now pay the food tab before I get hungry and start to munch on ya “. The bill was paid in full and in record time with an extra huge tip. Fully satisfied, the old man swung around and started to make an exit.

    Being a curious person who just couldn’t keep quiet any longer I asked “Hey old man….you seem to be alone. So, where are the others?” Look out the window silly and you will get your answer was all that was said. Shaking/quaking, I somehow managed to crawl to the window and draw the curtains aside. My hair stood on its end and I turned pure white in fright. It was the vine swinging man tapping at the window and from his mumbling he seemed to be going through an identity crisis whether he was Tarzan or Jane.

    Time flew by and the time for me to return home drew nearer. Looking out of the window, I heard the sounds of people enjoying themselves either in the pool or participating in some game. Lunch arrived and I let the waiter in. So many different dishes and it managed to lessen the homesickness feeling I was having. The sun was moving up and it was time for me to head back home and I was overjoyed when tickets to home were given. A city bus wound its way to the intersection and I got on it to reach the airport. I was a long way from home and it will take many long hours by plane to reach the comfort of my own home.

    Remember, a perfect vacation might not seem an important to a layman initially but a right choice will make you feel terrific and maximizing the enjoyment once you land there. Choose one of the packages offered which will make your trip enjoyable and makes the memory last a lifetime. It may take some work hunting for the right hotel to choose the package from, but your trip is worth the trouble. On an ending note, try to remember that where ever you decide to do, it is the right company which makes it all the more worthwhile. So, go ahead and try out their packages and be a little adventurous. After all, it’s all about having fun also.