Let’s grab a …

Let's grab a...

The past few weeks we have travelled through the United States. Through six States of the huge America to be precise (a visit to a seventh is still in the planning). And that means it’s time for our last blog about North America, so let’s grab a coffee and here we go…

So, the United States, well… Tomorrow we’ll see just how United these States really are. Huge and impressive, with a lot of nice but also some terrible people. We’ve really enjoyed our road trip enormously (this still is an understatement) and we do not quite know where to start our story. So let’s grab five striking features which all make the US unique.

Let’s grab…

–          A Coffee. A bite of food. Truly amazed we looked at all the fast food chains (and their visitors) we came across in every city no matter the size. In America, going out to dine/lunch is no problem at all. But finding a unique restaurant is virtually impossible. An average city here has more Starbucks than in the whole of the Netherlands.

–          Nature. Impressive, pure, incredible, colorful and more. For other descriptions we encourage you to consider going on a road trip yourself. Buy a national park pass (or buy it for half of the price along with a load of camping gear from a nice fellow traveler you encounter) and visit as many national parks as possible. Still doubting? Check out our photos in our Travel Samples section…

–          Church. The somewhat average church in the US is big, like everything else in this country. And they also do it big. From kids club to announcing the women’s morning tea, or transportation to the church to speaking to guests after the service, everything here is done professionally to perfection. On top of that, almost every church has a professional band who pulls out all the stops. Imagine yourself at a Trinity/Sons of Korah/Casting Crowns concert, complete with lights and sound. And what a sound! Beforehand, we thought we could sing along with most of the songs in the US, but it turned out to be much easier in Trinidad… It must be said though that the sermons are really good. They surely have a biblical message and the pastors truly know how to get the message across.

–          Trump. Hilary. No Trump. Hilary and Trump. Hilary or Trump. We ask ourselves honestly whether there are no better candidates throughout the whole USA than those two… And how poorly it’s stated then with the USA should that be the case. When people ask us our view on the elections, we often reply that it seems to us like a puppet show which is very funny but also quite scary! We just cannot imagine a right-wing party chairman in The Netherlands putting up posters of the current president and inviting the crowd to shoot at it for 5 euro’s! We are almost inclined to believe the guy who remarked that maybe it’s better that Trump comes to power. That would then mean that the end of the empire called the USA might well be in sight. Whatever happens, we continue to hope that we will be allowed to enter Florida when we go there in just over a week. Fortunately, we’re not Mexican…

–          Campers. Americans like camping. They call it ‘going camping’. To us that sounds like “let’s take a tent and two air mattresses and go for a ride”. But we couldn`t have been more mistaken. According to the average American, ‘going camping’ means “we take our 12-15 meters long camper with three extendable chambers, hanging our 4 wheel drive behind it and going for a ride”. Probably the average American likes a little bit of luxury. Every time we encountered such a camper on the road, we were convinced that we saw the Greyhound (Interstate bus service), so ridiculously large these campers are… Concerning our own camper adventures: the relocations (on imoova.com) kept themselves perfectly to Murphy’s Law. Up to the moment of departure there were many relocations, and also when our adventure ended again, but during our trip there was only 1 suitable relocation. It was a magnificently efficient large car with a tent on the roof and a kitchen in the back. The rest of the journey we traveled by car, which we converted into a fine tent at night, with the help of our handy second hand camping gear.

We wish everyone in the Netherlands, which is becoming increasingly colder, all the best and we send our greetings from the beautiful Tobago. By the way, since today we believe that the Maldives really exist! (Check our Travel Samples!)

SAM

3 Comments

3 Comments

  1. henriettebal says:

    We genieten van jullie verhalen en foto’s. Stiekem ook stikjaloers natuurlijk… Het ga jullie goed.

    Henriëtte en Dick

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