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USA: Photo Summary

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Texas Forever!

Here we are at the final stop on my 5-and-a-half-week journey up, across and down the United States and what a way to finish up!  As they often say, save the best for last and I’ll have to be honest with you that throughout my entire journey, I was always thinking, I just can’t wait to head to Texas.

Now what I was going to do whilst in the biggest State of The United States was a bit of a mystery to me.  All I knew was that I would be meeting up with Steve and Shirley (family friends of my sister and brother-in-law who I met at their wedding in 2012), heading up to Waco, the home of Baylor University, their alma mater, then back down to Houston.  Apart from that, the plan was to just wing it. Continue reading Texas Forever!

The West Coast: San Francisco

Arriving in San Francisco concludes the Amtrak journey from East Coast to West.  After over 75 hours on the train, it was only a from Emeryville to San Francisco to go! After crossing the Bay, the coach stops at various places in the CBD.  These include near AT&T Park, The Ferry Building and a few stops along Market St including my stop at the San Francisco Shopping Centre Bus Stop (the shopping centre is actually a Westfield…). From there, it was a short walk up Mason St to my hostel on O’Farrell St. With 3 nights in San Fran, I had a rough idea of the things I wanted to check out.  These included Fisherman’s Wharf, the Ferry Building and surround area, Alcatraz, a ride on one of the city’s historical cable cars, Japan Town, AT&T Park, Land’s End, the Golden Gate Bridge and whatever else I could fit in between. Continue reading The West Coast: San Francisco

Rocky Mountain High to Sacramento

With the current Amtrak timetable, getting from Denver to Yosemite National Park requires a mandatory overnight stop in either Sacramento or Emeryville California, after arriving there using the California Zephyr.  This is due to the lack of connecting trains and buses which leave in the area to get to Yosemite and the relatively late arrival time of the train into Sacramento.  From Sacramento however, it’s a bus, then a train, then another bus to get to the national park. Continue reading Rocky Mountain High to Sacramento

The East Coast: Starting with New York

Note: my Google Maps of NYC with various attractions, places to eat, transport hubs etc. can be found here.

So with the first 3 days of my USA trip over and done it, it was onwards to New York.  As the guy who I shared the airport shuttle bus said, “I’ve been here for 16 years and haven’t grown out of it.  There are so many different versions of New York depending on what you want.  There’s the old school New York, the young version, the trendy version, the family side of it, it can be whatever you want it to be.” Clichéd? Very. However after spending 6 days there, it is none-the-less true. Continue reading The East Coast: Starting with New York

The Space Coast, Florida

I’ll start my first post about the States with this: In my opinion, there is no other nation in this world more polarising than the USA. Love them or hate them, for good or for bad, Americans have had a profound impact on this world.  For many of us in Australia, we grow up watching American TV shows, movies from Hollywood and are exposed to the political happenings in Washington DC every four years, for two years at a time… The American accent is so familiar, yet foreign, their mannerisms are so recognisable yet not easily and authentically imitated and the contrasting nature of their society means that caricatures of famous American figures, be they celebrities or politicians are actually closer to reality rather than exaggerations of their character. Continue reading The Space Coast, Florida

Coming Soon: From Florida to freezing, my transcontinental journey across the USA

Over the past 5 weeks, I’ve been on an epic journey up and down, east to west across the United States of America.  With things almost wrapped up in Texas, stay tuned for my experience through the land of the free and the home of the brave.