I believe that there are just as many opinions about the United States of America as there are people on this planet. And no doubt is the mighty nation in the “Wild West” almost always omnipresent. The US is loud, in many ways dominant and unfortunately also slightly mistrustful to strangers. A somewhat difficult combination, not exactly the perfect foundation for friendships across borders. Already by now, after 5 lines, we are probably showing up on the NSA observation list! :-)
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US East Coast
Initially we were not supposed to visit the Big Apple during this trip around the world. But New York did in fact end up on our itinerary. We wanted to experience this magnificent city - one of the greatest in the world - with Anton.
In southern Virginia lies the city of Williamsburg. In many ways this was the hotbed for the American Declaration of Independence and some of the early battles of the Civil War were planned here. (They were fought elsewhere).
If it had not been for the fact that we were going to visit friends there, I am not so sure that the state of Delaware would have popped up on our list of places to go during this round-the-world journey! You do not hear much about the little corner on the US Eastcoast. The only thing I knew was that current vice-president Joe Biden is from Delaware. And that there are many very beautiful beaches!
We have ended our trip along the US Westcoast and have arrived on the Eastcoast. We landed on the 2nd of January in Baltimore. Thus we have left a rather mild desert winter and have arrived in the middle of some of the worst winter weather they have had in this area for years. Not as bad as in the northern midwest, but the minus 15 degrees celsius we have already experienced did feel rather cold on our cheeks!