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post Jun 27 2008, 10:34 PM
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I want to know all the strange places you've been. I don't mean like countries and stuff - as cool as they are, that's not the point of this thread. More like... Abandoned churches, cool rooftops, middle of no where in a forest, some weird empty build, etc, etc, etc.

Got the idea for this thread biking home with Eli after 4+ hours of biking/walking/climbing around some of the touristy spots of Orlando. We wanted to go to George's Music first, but we've been there loads of times, and didn't really feel like going. So it was between sticking to Universal Blvd. for a while and going to Pointe Orlando (which is totally different! They closed all the good stores!) or going along I-Drive and heading toward the Festival Bay Mall. Pointe Orlando it was, which is like this outdoor mall type thing. We failed to get into the parking garage (stupid security) so found this back way with lots of stairs and creepy hallways and everything. We were just biking around there for a while, checking out the new stores and stuff, and decided to take our bikes up the escalator and see what's up there. There was this bridge thing that was more of a ramp than a bridge that led into the 2nd floor of the parking garage past security and all that. Ignoring the 'smile you're on camera!' signs, we went up and down the ramp a few times, threw water bottles around, annoyed tourists, and got bored. So we went into the nearly deserted parking garage, up to the 4thish (dunno, didn't really count, it was high up though) floor, moved some big barrier things out of the way, and went onto the totally huge and totally empty roof. I mean, yeah everyone's been on the roof of a parking garage before, but this was insane. We were gonna go down the ramp thingy right when a stupid security guy came and told us to leave. We saw this roof I wanted to try and get on, but the people were still there, so didn't risk it. sad.gif

Pointe Orlando got pretty boring, so we went like 5 minutes up the street to Orlando Convention Center. For those too lazy to click the link, this place is huuuuge. For those that did click the link, that's only one of the buildings. In the West Wing Thingy (the pic) there was some sort of convention going on, but it wasn't huge or anything. There were maybe 100 people in the food court, but everywhere was like completely deserted. Eli and I found this staircase that led to the second floor (couldn't get in through the front without a pass), and one of the like 10 doors were open. We hid our bikes behind this bench thing (I voted rooftop, but, meh, they were safe), and went in. Walked to the end of the hallway, looked around this corner saw a security dude, ran to the bathroom, and spent like 10 minutes hiding in a maintenance closet. Ended up going back out into the hallway, trying to sneak past the dude, but he came up to us ducking behind some plants, laughed, and was all "What do you guys think you're doing?" and we're like "It's hot." and he just like walked off in the other direction. I get the feeling he wanted us to follow him, but we ran down the stairs that led to the first floor. We saw some people walking toward the middle (food court), so we came up with some fake names and a story. But no one really came up to us and asked why we were there (like 2 kids out of 100 old people seniors. They just.. smiled. And we just.. tried not to giggle and look like we belonged there. We ended up exploring most of the place, and getting into some employee only areas.

The best part was when we found this room-type thing that was huge and filled with snacks! Kinda funny, 'cos I crawled through gates and stuff, and Eli just stared at me and was like "Moron, they open." Sucks that we didn't have a back-pack or anything. The West building was cool and all, but there was too much scattered security and cameras for us to really do anything. So we followed a *long* bridge to the North/South building. The bridge ended at the South part of the building, so we went through some doors, and thought the place was completely empty. But it had music playing. We walked around and kept hearing voices and footsteps. And then saw this old man just like laying on one of the arch-type-wall-things and talking to some dude on a cell phone. Slightly creeped out, we opened this one door, and it was insane. Just like in horror movies. You know those creepy hallways that have no one in them, the lights are dimmed but still on, there's random tables back there, a sh**load of wires, noises coming from no where, and it seems to go on forever? That's exactly what we were in. So freaking scary. I think it was in the shape of a square or something. And there were hundreds of doors, all locked. We found staircases and stuff, but it just lead to more hallways for employees that were all creepy looking. I think we saw someone, but we ran to fast to be sure. 'Cos we saw this sign that said "Beverage and snack storing room moved behind room 210. Go this way -> and turn right", so we went left the first time, up and down some stairs, out into the main lobby place right behind the creepy dude sleeping, into another door, ended up where we started, re-read the sign, and took a right. It sounded like someone cleaning, so we just ran. And ran. And checked the time. And went home. Which was annoying, 'cos of all the days it chooses not to rain, it does so on the day I want rain the most.

And I just typed a lot. Congratz to anyone who reads that. Deserted building ftw. Where have you been?


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post Jun 28 2008, 08:30 AM
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One of my favorite spots here in the city is actually slightly secret. It's on the strip between Caesar's Palace and the Bellagio across from the Flamingo (so basically off of Flamingo st/Las Vegas Boulevard - not that I think..any other forumite lives here) and you have to take the foot path. For anyone who doesn't know, the strip is where the vast majority of Las Vegas' casinos are, and the entire thing is pedestrian friendly. A lot of the shows you can view are sidewalk shows, such as the Treasure Island pirate fight and the Bellagio dancing fountains - feel free to youtube the latter, it's really something to see.

I rarely go to the strip because all of the shopping is extremely expensive, it's always crowded to the point of ridiculousness, and I generally dislike tourists. One night, though, we had just been to a small cafe in the Bellagio and started walking down towards Caesar's. Between the two casinos is a tiny niche with a manmade lake, a statue of Nike (headless, armless mythology-somebody) and finally, a shrine to the Hindu deity, Brahma.

I've always taken a big interest in Hinduism, and this little shrine just seemed so..random and out of the blue, tucked between the lake, Poseidon's fountain, and another Greek God structure statue cluster. To have Brahma there in the middle was an extremely pleasant surprise that I didn't expect and have never heard of despite living here 19 years. On all four sides were kneeling benches for prayer, and the entire thing was made out of gold. The detail was so ornate and so striking that I couldn't help staring at it before leaving my offering - there were buckets of incense for people to light and stick upright in four golden boats that lined the entire shrine for Brahma. I doubt a lot of people who leave the incense know Brahma's role in the vidas, but I'll explain very, very briefly:

In Hinduism, (and I'm dumbing this down because it's all VERY complicated with extra forms etc) there are three large deities: Brahma the Creator, Vishnu the Preserver, and Shiva the Destroyer. So, having spent time really enjoying the Hindu mythology and growing a healthy respect for it, knowing that there's a shrine like that that really lives up to the attention I feel Hinduism deserves is just..nice. We have so many themed casinos here for all sorts of cultures and mythology, I feel India/Hinduism/That general region is often overlooked greatly.

That, and just..sitting there at night away from traffic and the main din of the strip is so nice.


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post Jun 30 2008, 09:29 AM
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Last year, we made friends with an American boy called Robert. He was working as an intern for the House Of Commons over the summer as he's a politics student. Anyway, he was staying in a beautiful apartment in one of those massive old mansion houses in Central/ West London. They are huge, posh, and have about six floors. One evening, we decided to go explore the roof, and so climbed up all the steps to the top floor. The door out to the rooftop was broken, so we managed to get out ok. From the roof, you could see most of London lit up beautifully and we managed to get to the tops of other buildings via fire escapes.

Last night, Wytu, Spoon and myself went to explore the old railway station in my parents' village. It closed down in the 60s thanks to Dr Beeching and his wonderful report. It had fallen down a lot since I last visited, but it still had a creepy air to the place. Lots of the wood of the building was rotten, and Spoon found a business sign with "Chalkline Bodies Ltd." on it. We haven't a clue what a business with that name might do. There was also a rope just hanging from the middle of the ceilling of the wooden building that none of us have a clue as to what it was used for. Aside from hanging. Perhaps the business sign was actually a business card?


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post Jun 30 2008, 12:38 PM
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A business called Chalkline Bodies still exists. They're based in Norfolk, I know the value of the property, the hobbies of the owner, but I haven't found out actually what they do. How strange.


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post Jul 2 2008, 08:15 AM
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Haha, awesome. Yeah, pretty weird. I was tempted to call the number on the sign, as it has the Village/ town name and then four numbers. At first I couldn't figure out what it meant, but then I realised that it was liike... the village name would not only be the area code but also the first two digits of the phone number. I'd never seen one written like that before!


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post Jul 2 2008, 12:54 PM
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Oo, that's an old-school numbering style. I used to live at Downlands 55802. by 'used to' I mean 23 years ago. I memorised it when I was a kid and it's never gone. Only when I got older did I realise that it was a bit odd to not know what number 'Downlands' actually was! That's just the way numbers were done back then.

Eeeee, when ah were a lad, all this were nought but fields.


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post Jul 2 2008, 01:26 PM
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I've been down into the depths underneath Tower Bridge (not something everyone can do) and also to Alcatraz after dark (something everyone can do). Both were spooky! biggrin.gif

I've been on the roof at Lyme Park in Cheshire which was pretty amazing too as you can see for miles and it's such beautiful countryside.

I'd like to go down into some of the disused underground stations in London as we go through one every day (the old British Museum stop just outside Holborn between there and Tottenham Court Road on the central line). It's got such a errie and spooky feel about it unsure.gif


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post Jul 2 2008, 07:51 PM
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So, convention center again, but this time most of our time was spent in the North Building because we didn't get a chance to go there last time. By going through this employee only area, finding a stair case, using that staircase to climb onto a completely separate staircase, we found this cool HUGE in door garage-type big empty room. It wasn't really garagey, except for the floors and the people driving around in golf carts. We snuck (why does that come up on spell-check..?) out of this room and into an even bigger room that had like divider things to separate it into four rooms and pillar things. There was this lady walk, so we hid behind one, and I found a fire extinguisher. It made.. a lot... of noise, so we found this bathroom, went in, and I tried making a smiley face. Didn't work. We were gonna go look at the big room some more, but this dude started following us with a golf cart, so we told him we were leaving. He didn't believe us, and started like asking us where we were leaving, how, and how the hell we got in here in the first place, so we pointed at some (luckily) open doors with the word EXIT written in like neon letters.

Then we went to this balcony type thing, and fire alarm went off! So we ran. And our bikes we stashed in the other building like a good half-mile away, and when we went to get them, this guy was like "You can't go up there!" But our bikes! "You're lying" Dude, you can go check! "Fine, just go get them, and ya'll (hate that word..) better not be lying to me." Okay. Why's the alarm going off anyway? "Fire drill." Drill? "Yes." Riiight.

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I suspect you'd be arrested if you tried at night. Probably best to not try that one, eh?

Although it does sound quite interesting!

('Snuck' comes up because the correct word is 'sneaked'.)


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post Jul 2 2008, 11:52 PM
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QUOTE (Mata @ Jul 2 2008, 07:05 PM) *
I suspect you'd be arrested if you tried at night. Probably best to not try that one, eh?

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That's why I need a totally cool smoke gun! Just shoot the dude trying to arrest us in a completely non-harmful way, and then get the hell out of there.

On a sub-conscious level I know I'm never biking there in the middle of the night, but it would be fun if I did.


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post Jul 3 2008, 07:01 AM
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QUOTE (Mata @ Jul 3 2008, 12:05 AM) *
('Snuck' comes up because the correct word is 'sneaked'.)


True, but the correct word is inferior in every way to the incorrect one. Up with snuck!

I've not been to many unusual places (though one or two may come to mind later), but I do love a stange and off-the-beaten-track pub.

There was a great one in Bangor (of the North Wales variety) know as the Union Tavern, or the Union Hotel, depending which sign you read. It was generally staffed by Scandinavian women (never knew why), and had five rooms leading from the bar. Each room was decorated differently - one was blue and covered in nautical items, another green with more chintz than you'd find in the average weird cat lady's house - but I only ever went into the red room, firstly because the decor was eye-popping (just red walls and furniture - that's all it needed), and secondly because it had a vintage table-top Galaxians machine that took 10p coins. Bloody brilliant.

It's now a generic family pub. I nearly cried.


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Awww.... we had a pub in Lincoln when I was at Uni which they've now done that to as well. sad.gif


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QUOTE (Pixiegoth @ Jul 2 2008, 02:26 PM) *
I'd like to go down into some of the disused underground stations in London as we go through one every day (the old British Museum stop just outside Holborn between there and Tottenham Court Road on the central line). It's got such a errie and spooky feel about it unsure.gif


London Underground History

This is a cool site all about the Disused stations on the London underground, and some other titbits of information. I've also been in contact with London underground to see if they still run tours!!


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When I was holidaying in Gairloch with my Dad and grandparents one year, my Dad and I were doing some local hillwalks. He took me to an old world-war two crash-site, where I maybe expected to see a memorial and perhaps a piece or two of wreckage.
When we got up the hill to the site, we found the memorial, which was to the crew of a BH-24 Liberator Bomber and its passengers, who were all returning to America after the end of hostilities in Europe, fixed to a rock beside the bent remains of one of the propellors. Nearby was a small pool of water in a clearing where we found most of the engines, chrome parts still gleaming like new, an entire wing, shattered into pieces from the force of the impact but still in some form of its original shape, another propellor sticking eerily out of the water, and dozens of other pieces of the aircraft strewn about a wide area. All this, paired with the plaque that informed us that this was actually a war-grave, not just a crash-site, and the strange calming of the wind due to the lay of the land around the area and the high rocks sheltering it made it one of the oddest experiences of my life. There were a few other people there, all of whom were completely silent the whole time, just like us.

I was a bit of an aircraft buff in my youth, so I had looked forward to seeing some parts of a real-life WW2 bomber, but the actual experience of going there and seeing the remains in the context they were presented in; this is what happened to these men, let it stand testament as it is; was something completely unexpected and surreal.

For anyone interested, there is some information and photos of the site here: USAAF crash site.


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Ooh, I remember. In Dover, there are these little cabins stuck into the cliffs which lead onto tunnels within them, left from one of the world wars. With my dad and some cousins, we climbed across the cliff and into a few of them and explored the tunnels. Very creepy, what with it being pitch black and the tumbling-rock potential.


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QUOTE (Raven-Mad @ Jul 4 2008, 12:25 PM) *
London Underground History

This is a cool site all about the Disused stations on the London underground, and some other titbits of information. I've also been in contact with London underground to see if they still run tours!!


Thanks. That's the one site I've already looked at though laugh.gif Did you hear back from London Underground?!? unsure.gif


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No not yet, I may go down the museum on the weekend and speak to a real person!! Rather then a machine


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QUOTE (Raven-Mad @ Jul 9 2008, 01:52 PM) *
No not yet, I may go down the museum on the weekend and speak to a real person!! Rather then a machine


Did you?!? biggrin.gif


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Ooh. Coolest thing yet was the old abandoned Motel/frat house we explored. The gate had been knocked down. In the 60's (juding from the art-deco sort of build it has) it was a cheap little motel - the break in the fence lead to an open courtyard which had a pool (Extremely deep! and full of gross old rain-water) to the left, a basketball hoop to the right, and acess to all of the rooms. There was a main lobby for check in (Boarded up still, but you could see through the windows) what looked to be an event room (Proof that after it was a motel it was a sorority/frat house - there was a sign at one end with some sort of greek name and the local college's name on it) and an odd little corner room that had Astroturf as carpet and a lot of windows....at first we though "spa room" but there was no hottub that we could see.

Most of the rooms (except room one) had been broken into already. One room had a bottle of pills scattered everywhere, what looked like blood on the ground, and some vomit. Nice. One had empty flattened beer boxes taped to the walls, and another still had a ceiling fan - the blades had been bent in all different directions.
All of the rooms except the last few (which were bigger) had the same layout - tiled floor (Thank god, the carpet would have been so disgusting) and a decent-sized room when you first walk in. one window (Two on the bigger ones) and a sink at the back wall. To the right of the sink was a bathroom, and to the left was a door we couldn't open. At first we thought closet but now we're thinking maybe a mini kitchen - the space was too big to be just a closet.
As a side note, the fold-down ironing boards were still there. smile.gif

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