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Markus is an enthusiastic traveler, who lives in Houston, TX (USA) most of the time, but also spends some time in Saalfelden, near Salzburg (Austria). He is fascinated by travel and also by his experiences gathered by living in two different countries and continents.

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Saturday, May 02, 2009
Spending Easter Weekend in Phoenix

Ellen and I spent Easter Weekend 2009 in Phoenix (or more accurately: Mesa) with Ellen’s parents. It was an enjoyable trip, and I did a few things I would def. recommend.

Right when we got there, we went straight to see a hockey game. It was the last regular season game between the Phoenix Coyotes and the Anaheim Ducks. Phoenix isn’t exactly known as a hockey town, but this was a cool game to see and I would recommend that if you ever are in Phoenix and are remotely interested in ice hockey, go and see a game. Here’s why: First of all, you get to see Wayne Gretzky. I guess it must be frustrating for the players that their coach is more exciting than they are, but I guess that’s just the way it is. Secondly, tickets are more reasonably priced than in most other NHL towns, and the game actually was very exciting and the people seem to be into it a lot more than I would have thought, which always makes for a fun game.

Also, and this should be a major draw for most people, the area around the stadium has been developed to be a great happening place! There are bars and restaurants and live bands outside, and its generally a fun place to be.

Unfortunately, when we were there, it was actually very cold (well, relatively speaking… it was in the 50’s – just over 10 degrees centigrade). They could have almost played this game out of doors!

Anyway: The game was great fun and even went into overtime and shootout. The Coyotes were already eliminated from play-offs, but they still managed to be competitive and in the end beat the Ducks, who had played a great last 2 months of the season, and are arguably one of the best teams of the league at this point.

What else did we do? Well, we ate a lot. We went to a Cuban restaurant (Havana Cafe). It was an experience, and they have some very good Paella. Most of the rest of the food is meat and potatoes type of dishes. Lots of starches. I like starches and carbs, but there were a *lot* of starches. So most of the food was OK, but not great, but the paella was awesome.

We also went to the local Fogo de Chao restaurant in Scottsdale. Always a treat. It’s as good as everywhere else.

We also went to a small Thai restaurant called Siam Orchid. It is one of these small places in a strip mall, and it was excellent. I highly recommend it.

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