2018 USA Trip – Week 2 Summary

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US Week 2 Summary:
Work.
• Went to the Cheesecake Factory. Had an overwhelming amount of pasta for dinner, plus cheesecake for desert.
• Tried to go kayaking in Virginia but the place closed cause thunderstorms ⛈️.
• Ordered a long island iced tea without knowing it was alcoholic. Whoops 😛.
• Went to an Amish food market and experienced consumable happiness. Their soft pretzels are like heaven descended into your mouth. 😍
• Visited downtown Annapolis. Wandered around the Naval Academy. Saw old colourful old buildings and had ramen. Then went to the State House and learnt a bit about George Washington.
• Got a cold. I think 🤔. Headaches are not nice. I blame the weather, but it’s really my inability to adult and take care of myself 😷.
• Caught the metro and went to Washington DC. Walked around and visited some museums.
• Saw the Washington Monument and can’t stop thinking about Spiderman Homecoming.
• Went to a spy museum and learnt about spy stuff. They had an entire area dedicated to the James Bond movies 😄.
• Had more ramen 🍜.
• Saw the Whitehouse, surrounded by layers upon layers of fences. It’s a lot smaller than it looks in movies and TVs 😐.
• Saw a lot of cool, old school looking government buildings around the area. Walked by the Trump hotel.
• Went to the National Air and Space Museum and saw lots of rocket and space stuff! ❤️🚀🚀🚀
• Got a gijillion mosquito/bug bites on my arms and legs. Still not sure when or where…
• Just binged a dozen buffalo wings and fries for dinner to celebrate that my lifting game has progressed even with the throbbing headaches going on. Who am I kidding. I just wanted to eat lots of wings 😅

Quite a long list 🇺🇲🎉

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2018 USA Trip – Week 1 Summary

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Week 1 in the US has been a long week. Mostly because I gained 14 hours going through all the timezones 😄 I have been getting a bit culture shocked. People here say “excuse me” the same way we say “sorry” or “pardon” and everyone walk/drive on the right hand side. I am also continuing to get surprised by the size of food portions and cars here. Four door ute’s with 5+ litre engines seem like quite a common thing.

Found out fireflies are a thing here. It was a magical moment when I saw them during an evening coming back from dinner. Did you know fireflies are beetles and their light is almost 100% energy efficient? The ones I see around my place fly around with their abdominals hanging low and are not afraid of people.

I spent the last three days trying to get a good photo of the fireflies. Don’t think I’m quite got it yet. There’s a fair amount of them but not enough to make it easy to photograph 🤔.

This photo is basically a stack of 40-ish semi long exposures blended together. There’s a lot more to experiment with still.

2018 USA Trip – Fast Food

This is a post originally posted to my Instagram account. In the interest of preserving the weekly photo journal for my US 2018 trip. I am republishing them here on my own blog (with corrections and sometimes new photos).

Original post: https://www.instagram.com/p/Bj8Y6uBFMhi/

Welcome to the land of the free. Where the foods are plenty and the servings are big.

Ordering a half sandwich and a large ice coffee for lunch at Panera Bread meant getting a burger sized sandwich and a self-filled 1 litre cup 🤔

So if you’re ordering anything large in the States. You better mean it. 😄

Jet lag is a bitch. During the day, I am literally nodding off everytime I close my eyes. As someone who normally doesn’t drink coffee. It took me two days to realise it is the solution. That 1 litre of coffee kept me awake for the entire afternoon! 🐝

From my limited experience, the American coin system has not kept up with inflation. I now have enough pennies to operate a coin pusher arcade machine 🤣💰💰. Photo was my dinner for tonight. Teriyaki chicken with prawn on fried rice from a shopping mall fast food place. The lady asked me if I wanted vegies. I said yes. Thought I should give the green stuff a go. Gotta be healthy and all that 😄