Well, it is just over one week since landing in the USA - New York.
I have visited two prisons and driven about 1200 miles (or nearly 2000 km's)
Once you get used to driving on the road - it is OK. Siobhan (my GPS has a lovely Irish accent and has been named Siobhan) regularly reminds me to drive on the right side of the road. The most frustrating things that always produce a wry smile are: seeing my windscreen wipers go on when I go to make a turn, getting into the passenger side of the car and reaching for the seat belt over the left shoulder. All talk or thought of super cheap fuel should also be forgotten. It costs about $42.00 (US) to fill the corolla I am driving; I think that is about the same that we pay in OZ (someone who drives a corolla will no doubt correct me) .. so if it is cheaper than OZ - it is not that much cheaper. (I can't work out the whole gallons thing; I find it quite odd the US still use imperial measures for liquid, weight and distance)
Asian food has become my best friend and savour - the universal stirred fried vegetable (with or without meat or fish) has provided a great source of fresh vegetable (particularly green) and is a light alternative to the pizza that I succumbed to at Dewey Beach, MD.
USPizza is worth a comment: if you like margarita then you will do OK (tomato and cheese +++ (what is it with the USA and cheese!) .... but.... I needed to add some olive, mushroom and "pepperoni"; at $2.50 extra for each topping, I had a very average $20.00 small pizza)
There are olives, peperoni and mushrooms under the cheese! (I had yoghurt for breakfast -right!)
Dunkin' Donuts (USA spelling) keeps calling me; "Phill, Phill, Phill!" I will have to fit them into my breakfast routine. (Isn't there a theory that any "carbs" had before lunch don't count?
and finally, finally, (on food that is ) I saw a policeman getting a coffee and donuts (plural)at the 7-11 in Gettysburg (needless to say he was a big man) ....
And yes - I am now in Gettysburg.
On the way to Gettysburg I detoured through Lancaster - Pennsylvania which is Amish Country:
- It was one of the most influential battles that led to the result of the civil war.
- It is considered as one of the most bloodied battles in the history of the United States.
- It is important since it became one of the turning points in the civil war for the United States.
- The Union was able to defeat the Confederate group and because of this the Union was able to gain control of the political clout of the confederates.
- The Union was also able to lead the army of General Lee.
- The victors in the Battle of Gettysburg got the power to rule all of the United States.
- It is significant because as President Abraham Lincoln has said that battle changed the meaning of why wars should be undertaken. He explained this statement in his Gettysburg Address. He made this speech at the Gettysburg National Cemetery.
- In so many ways it defines the UNITED States