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  • Day25

    Being a tourist again

    September 13, 2016 in the United States ⋅ 🌙 22 °C

    After spending the last few days catching up with my favorite American couple and getting to know little greyson, last night I decided today would be a good day to make it up in time to bum a lift with clay uptown and go do alllll the touristy things Charlotte had to offer....I love Charlotte, I could and would love tiki live here.....it is not a tourist town.

    I woke up just in time to make the school run and after a quick lap of downtown....it's really not that big, I stopped for a decent southern breakfast, eggs, sausage, grits and biscuit....God I miss grits...for the English, picture a buttery, salty, sweet mess of porridge consistency goodness.

    Thought I would go check out discovery place, charlottes science museum, I enjoyed the natural world stuff, cool fish and frogs and stuff but I was about 25 years too old for the target demographic and skipped most of it except the rain forest talk.

    Met up with clay for lunch...just cos you know I didn't want him to feel left out.

    I thought in the afternoon it would be a good idea to go check out the NASCAR hall of fame...why...I'm not sure, never seen a NASCAR race in my life but, when in Rome...

    I actually thoroughly enjoyed the hall of fame, they had a ton of good exhibits, the cars were pretty cool and I had a really fun afternoon....

    So touristy stuff done, I'm back to hanging out with my peeps and chilling with the world's cutest puppy
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  • Day32

    cowboys, country music and more fish

    September 20, 2016 in the United States ⋅ 🌙 24 °C

    So it's been a while since my last post, mainly because I've just been hanging with my awesome peeps here, drinking beer with clay, chatting, chilling and shopping with Lauren and playing in the sprinkler and swimming with the boy Grayson.

    Last weekend was awesome, Friday was boys night, I took the train uptown to meet clay after he got done with work, couple beers and a bite to eat at whiskey river and it was time to head off to the bull riding at time Warner cable arena...unfortunately clay is a right gangster and we had to get out of line to go drop his bad ass knife back in the car so it wouldn't get confiscated...sounds better that way than to explain it was his dad's pen knife he carries to cut stray threads off his shirts.... After a quick walk three blocks we were back in the queue and with a plan for once we got in... Men's room, beer, seats...simple, effective.

    After a statement about why America was the best country in the world and a moment of respect for those serving abroad and the national anthem...sure...if that's how you do it in your country...it was time for the cowboys to step up, it was awesome, including some surprises like a kiwi rider ending up #4 and some crazy fools hanging on for the 8 second ride a local boy won and the place went nuts...thoroughly enjoyable spectacle.

    Saturday night was ladies night for me and Lauren out at PNC music pavilion for some awesome country music, the night was kicked off by the always impressive Maddie and Tae, who must be 2 of the most well travelled and hard working young ladies in country (I've seen then play in the UK twice in the last year). Next up was an act best forgotten, but did mean me and Lauren could have a laugh coming up with some bitchy comments. Then it was time for the main event Brad freaking Paisley!! I love this guy, every one of his songs seems to be a hit and he is just the nicest guy, he stopped after an acoustic song to sign his guitar and hand it to a young fan and tell him he would see him up on that stage in 10 years. He interrupted one of his slower more romantic songs by saying he had been planning something on Twitter the last few days and brought out a young couple with the guy proposing on stage and later pulling a young fan up on stage for a selfie...tie that in with an awesome set for an hour or so to which I knew every word and I had a absolute blast!

    Sunday was a cool day with a trip to the local pool in the morning and a couple bars in the afternoon.

    Interspersed with that was watching an awesome all blacks game (at 3 am Saturday), Singapore grand prix, and qualifying, the titans game in a local bar, far too many beers and a general lack of sleep and Monday was a complete write off, the highlight of which was opening the door to the pizza delivery guy.

    Today I took Laurens car out to concord mall to see the fishes...not overly exciting and only worth about assign hour of my time but still had fun and got a few good photos.

    This weekend...family road trip to Charleston!! Whoop whoop
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  • Day16

    Second day in Charlotte

    June 22, 2017 in the United States ⋅ ☁️ 22 °C

    We got up later than planned and appeared to have missed breakfast again. Instead we headed out to the Mint museum in Randolph in midtown. Driving through the leafy suburbs and impressive boulevards we felt more disposed to Charlotte. There is clearly a huge amount of wealth in he city judging by the impressive colonnaded villas. Through light drizzle we dashed across the car park arriving at the gallery just as it opened. We were here to see an exhibition named 'The Wyeths, three generations.'

    I had minor familiarity with The painting 'Christina's World' by Andrew Wyeth. This exhibition uniquely featured work by his father NC Wyeth and Andrews son Jamie Wyeth all extremely versatile and talented artists. After enjoying this we took a look at the permanent collection which we loved. Richard especially loved the English porcelain collection, curated better than any exhibition we have seen in London. I loved the South American ceramics which were in excellent condition bearing in mind their age at 500AD. It was an excellent reminder of our time spent in South America in 2011 as well.

    The afternoon was unremarkable. We bought some socks and underwear so we didn't need to do a further laundry load, we also decided to get our supper in from the local supermarket which happened to be Whole Foods or Whole Paycheck as it is known here. It made an expensive but unremarkable meal apart from the delicious but overpriced carrot cake.

    After much reading we finally drifted off to sleep only to be worked by a siren at 1:30 telling us that a fire alarm had been activated in the building and we were to leave immediately without using the elevators. For the first time, being on the 16th floor felt like a bad idea. We joined the solemn queue of other guests heading for the ground floor via the fire escape. Some in there pyjamas others with fully packed suitcases. We proceeded calmly but in the back of our mind was the terrible fire in London so we were relieved to exit the building to stand and watch the fire crew check the building. When it was revealed to be someone smoking in the bathroom we were allowed back in but the fire crew had deactivated the elevators so we had to wait another hour for them to come back. Finally we got into bed at about 3.00 and fell straight asleep.

    So time to pack again before heading off to our final stop. Boston and spending time with our friends Tony and Betsy.
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  • Day9

    Uptown Charlotte

    August 22, 2017 in the United States ⋅ 🌙 27 °C

    Nach meinem morgendlichen Workout im Fitnesscenter bin ich heute mit Uber nach Uptown Charlotte gefahren. Ja man sagt hier zu Downtown tatsächlich Uptown, weil das der höchste Punkt der Stadt ist. Meine Uber-Fahrerin gab mir noch ein paar Tipps, wo ich hingehen sollte. Hab ich auch gemacht. Alles sehr zentral hier. Footballstadium neben Baseballstadion neben Basketballhalle. Alles überschaubarer als Chicago.
    Ich muss ehrlich sagen, so richtig umgehauen hat es mich trotzdem nicht, aber vielleicht war ich auch einfach nur an den falschen Orten. Es ist allerdings auch schwer die Eindrücke, die ich in Chicago gewonnen habe, zu überbieten. Naja, es war trotzdem cool mal da gewesen zu sein.
    Den restlichen Nachmittag hab ich dann wieder am
    Pool in der Sonne gelegen und gelesen. Es gibt sicherlich interessantere Dinge zu tun, wenn man in Urlaub ist, aber man kann es auch übertreiben und irgendwann ist es dann auch kein Urlaub mehr.
    Zum Abendessen waren wir im TGIF. Cooler Laden, lecker Essen.
    Morgen muss Aldo nach Valley City fliegen und kommt erst Donnerstag. Das heißt ich hab sturmfrei 🙈
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  • Day161


    November 22, 2018 in the United States ⋅ ☀️ 13 °C

    Am vierten Donnerstag im November feiern die Amerikaner hier Thanksgiving. Vom Gedanken her ähnlich, wie ein Erntedankfest in Deutschland, mit einem anderen Geschichtlichen Hintergrund.
    Es gibt verschiedene Ansichten darüber, wo der Startpunkt für Thanksgiving-Festlichkeiten zu setzen ist. Fest steht, dass anders als bei unserem Erntedankfest mehr als nur eine erfolgreiche Ernte der Grund für die Feierlichkeiten ist. Vielmehr haben sich die Kolonisten damals für ihre gelungene Überfahrt und die gesunde Ankunft in der „Neuen Welt“ bedankt. Denn ihren Heimweg, den sie mit dem Schiff zurücklegen mussten, haben aufgrund der Witterung nicht alle Passagiere überlebt. Wochenlang waren sie teilweise mörderischen Stürmen ausgesetzt und mussten ganz ohne die ausgefeilte Technik von heute auskommen.
    Wer nach Wochen voller Ungewissheit endlich ein Stück des geheiligten neuen Landes unter den Füßen spürte, empfand tiefe Dankbarkeit für diesen positiven Ausgang. Die ersten Siedler mit vergleichbaren Festen waren die Spanier. Man geht vom ersten Thanksgiving im Jahr 1541 aus, das von spanischen Kolonisten zusammen mit Mitgliedern eines Ureinwohnerstammes im Mai des Jahres gefeiert wurde. Diese bedankten sich mit dem Fest für die vorgefundene Nahrung, da Neuankömmlinge bei ihrer Ankunft oft nicht wussten, wovon sie sich ernähren sollen.

    Das Thanksgiving-Fest ist seit seinem Ursprung ein Zeichen des Friedens und der gegenseitigen Hilfe.
    Im Zentrum des Feiertages steht natürlich das riesige Abendbrot das in keiner Familie fehlen darf. Da wird den ganzen Tag gebraten, gebacken und gekocht, was die Küche hergibt! Am Ende ächzt der Esstisch vom traditionellen Truthahnbraten und seinen vielen Beilagen, die kein Mensch in einer Mahlzeit vertilgen kann! 
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  • Day15

    Goodbye Smokies!

    May 17, 2007 in the United States ⋅ ☀️ 20 °C

    Wij zouden het hoogste punt van de Smokies wel eens even bestijgen. Aangekomen op de
    Clinfmans-dome bleek maar weer eens waarom de Smokies de Smokies heten. Op 2000 meter hoogte kon je werkelijk geen hand voor ogen meer zien. Een grote mistwolk hing om de Dome heen. Zo erg dat je elkaar bij het wandelen nog kwijt zou raken. Na 20 minuten gewacht te hebben of de mist zou optrekken, hebben we maar besloten de wandeling te laten voor wat het is en af te dalen naar het stadje Gatlinburg. Daar bleek weer eens waarom een SRV-wagen buiten de natuur een onding is. Geen enkele parkeerplaats wilde ons hebben (en ik heb mijn eerste paaltje geraakt). Uiteindelijk iets buiten de stad een plekje gevonden en het dorpje door gewandeld. Gatlinburg is op het eerste gezicht wel een aardig bergdorpje, maar eenmaal dichterbij blijkt het meer een soort Disneyland voor volwassenen. Veel flauwekulmusea van Ripley (Haunting house, earthquake, Hollywood cars) en veel keten-restaurants. Maar dankzij Erica’s geheugen wisten wij toch weer het enige fatsoenlijke visrestaurant van het dorp te vinden. Daar met een Chefs-Fish-platter geluncht en terug gereden de Smokies in om onze berg-camping op te zoeken. Daar hebben we vervolgens nog wel een leuke wandeling gemaakt, maar bij terugkomst kregen we een flinke bui regen op ons hoofd. En het bleef regen tot laat in de avond. Ach arme tenters om ons heen.....dan is een camper toch wel weer lekker.

    Vandaag zijn we vroeg vertrokken richting Charlotte. Een mooie groen rit dwars door het Amerikaanse landschap. Veel wilde kalkoenen gezien in het bos, Buffalo’s in de weides en geluncht bij “the Waffle house”. Wel leuk want de plaatselijk clientele en de bediening was zeer verbaasd over toeristische interesse in hun dorp (wat slechts honger was) en vroeg honderd uit over: de prijs van de camper, waar we geweest waren, welke taal er in Nederland gesproken wordt, of het moeilijk is zo goed engels te leren, wat we nog meer gingen doen.....)

    Robbie is wild van opwinding. We staan nu op een camping naast een groot pretpark. En in dat pretpark wonen Dora, Boots en Spongebob. We krijgen maar niet uitgelegd dat morgen niet vandaag is....en waarom het vandaag geen morgen is.

    Dus morgen (of vandaag?)...kidsfun in Carowinds (zo heet het hier)
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You might also know this place by the following names:

Charlotte, تشارلوت, Şarlott, Горад Шарлат, Шарлът, শার্লট, Σάρλοτ, شارلوت، کارولینای شمالی, שארלוט, Շառլոթ, CLT, シャーロット, შარლოტი, ಷಾರ್ಲೆಟ್, 샬럿, Carolinum, Šarlotė, Šarlota, Шарлот, शार्लट, Шарлотт, Charlotte i Nord-Carolina, ਸ਼ਾਰਲਟ, 28201, சார்லட், షార్లెట్, ชาร์ลอตต์, Sharlot, شارلوٹ، شمالی کیرولائنا, 夏洛特

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