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  • Day8

    Walmart - ein Paradies für Micha

    August 7, 2016 in the United States ⋅ ⛅ 25 °C

    Es klingt komisch, ist aber so... Ein Besuch in einem Walmart ist für Europäer interessant.
    Neben fertig geschnittenem Allerlei wie Zwiebeln, Paprika etc. (Micha: "Gäbe es dies bei uns, würde ich auch öfter Obst und Gemüse essen"😉) sind die Übergrößen der Verpackungen beeindruckend, obwohl ich von den Nutellagläsern mehr erwartet hätte😊.

    Für uns ungewohnt und für die Amerikaner aber alltäglich, ist die Tatsache, dass man hier Waffen und Zubehör kaufen kann.

    Fazit: Es gibt eigentlich nichts, was es nicht gibt.

    Und natürlich hat dieser Markt jeden Tag 24 Stunden geöffnet, eben 24/7.
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  • Day161

    Thanksgiving

    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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  • 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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  • Day5

    Los Angeles to Charlotte

    October 17, 2017 in the United States ⋅ ☀️ 15 °C

    Our day didn't need to start too early for once, as we were able to sleep in for a change. Instead of going out for breakfast, we had some oatmeal in our room. We even had enough time to go for another look down at Hermosa Beach before leaving. Finding a park was difficult though, as we needed to find a street that wasn't being cleaned by a street sweeper. Fortunately a local business man was good enough to tell us before we had our car towed!

    When we arrived near LAX, we had a tough time finding the Hertz office, which wasn't in one of the several locations we originally thought it was. Once we found it, we transferred to the airport and just needed to check in and wait for our flight. The airport terminal was horrible, as most of LAX is. We settled on a place called Shake Shack for something to eat, since it seemed to be the only decent option besides Burger King. As it turned out, it wasn't decent. The food was miniscule and overpriced, and despite saying coffee on the menu, they didn't serve coffee.

    Our flights with Delta however were more enjoyable, as the cabin crew gave us plenty of snacks (after finding out we were fellow crew of course)! We needed to transfer via Salt Lake City so we grabbed a quick lunch of pizza before our next flight. Our next crew were similarly just as hospitable, and reminded us why we work in aviation for a living! The day ended up being very long though, as we didn't end up arriving at our hotel in Charlotte until after 11pm. I called the hotel asking for a pick-up which came not long afterwards.

    We don't plan on spending much time in Charlotte, as there isn't anything here that appeals to us (the Billy Graham library wasn't really something we wanted to see). Therefore our hotel is quite close to the airport and unfortunately, not that great. But we're here just for a short break before continuing through the state tomorrow.
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  • Day43

    Baymont Inn

    June 29, 2019 in the United States ⋅ ⛅ 23 °C

    So, es gab keinen neuen Flieger. Statt dessen wurden wir jetzt umgebucht und fliegen heute Nachmittag über Chicago nach München und von da dann nach Hamburg. Wenn alles gut läuft, sind wir Sonntag Nachmittag zu Hause. Erstmal haben wir ein Zimmer im Baymont Inn & Suites bekommen. Wahrscheinlich bekommen wir sogar irgendwas zum Frühstück.Read more

  • Day5

    Arrived in Charlotte

    August 18, 2017 in the United States ⋅ ☁️ 26 °C

    Nun also Charlotte. Ich war früh am Flughafen in Chicago gewesen. Wegen der Sicherheit und so. Meine Bahn dahin musste unterwegs öfters stehen bleiben, weil der Zug vor uns technische Probleme hatte. An der Sicherheitskontrolle war auch viel los. Aber es reichte am Ende immer noch, um im Chicago Cubs Bar and Grille zwei große Bier zu trinken. Morgens um 10:30 🙈Aber was soll man auch sonst machen. Der Flug nach Charlotte war dann sehr unspektakulär.
    Dort angekommen, Gepäck geholt, wollte ich auf Aldo warten. Während ich so in der Bar am Flughafen in Charlotte saß, schrieb mir Aldo er könne mich nicht holen, er hätte noch was zu tun und ich sollte doch mit Uber fahren. Und genau das hab ich dann gemacht. Mit Ernest, so hieß mein Fahrer, ging es dann zu Aldo.
    Nach einem Begrüßungsbier musste Aldo noch kurz weg und hat mich vorher am Pool abgestellt. Es gibt schlechtere Plätze um einen Freitagnachmittag zu verbringen. Und viel Bier zu trinken. Aus Flaschen, obwohl die am Pool nicht erlaubt sind.
    Danach waren wir noch Essen. Und Bier trinken. Ich muss feststellen, ich kann mich auch einen ganzen Tag von Bier ernähren 😂🙈
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  • Day87

    adventures in babysitting

    November 14, 2016 in the United States ⋅ ☀️ 19 °C

    So as most of you know, due to unforeseen circumstances I'm headed home tomorrow (hopefully for a very short temporary hiatus on the travel) but I thought I would share one last thing before that.

    On Friday I babysat young master Grayson for the whole day (just turned three in case you're wondering) and I thought I should provide a daily report to Lauren and clay in the way their preschool does...I maybe added a few more details than they usually do...

    Non school report-ish

    8-9.15 movie (kung foo panda), he's chill and relaxed laying on my belly drinking Apple juice...maybe this will be the easiest day ever

    9.15-9.45 aaaaaand nope... Bored now time for playing with toys, attempts to push towards educational number and drawing toys only last so long and is back to tiger vs alligator fights and another Apple juice

    9.45 - uh oh!! Is the shout as G looks down to where a fountain of pee springs fourth! maybe too much Apple juice!! fastest I've moved in weeks, lifting him up in one arm and rushing to the bathroom, alas I'm too late...bath time, clean clothes and back to drawing pictures in the chalk board...

    10.15 - pee in potty...seriously how he had any left after what he did earlier I have no idea but manages a rather large pee

    10.15-10.45 puzzles, 4 done, all by him...totes proud of himself...I totally guided him and should get some credit

    10.45 cartoons, another kung foo panda movie

    11 lunch, i know it's early but he was insistent he was hungry and wanted to eat noodles to become Dragon warrior...maybe too many cartoons, ate noodles with chicken and veg, tomatoes and Apple sauce...he ate it all, I had his left over grilled cheese from last night, not that anyone cares

    11.40 after a bit of stroppyness agrees to sit on toilet to try and poop....pees again...G is possibly half fire hydrant

    11.45 story, apples on top by Dr zues...he enjoyed it, I'm not sure what the message was and how I feel about it...

    12 in bed with pull up on, pacifier in and blanket over him with minimal winning....expecting him to kick off any minute it cannot have been that easy

    12.25 still in bed but partying with and talking to his toys and seems wide awake...hmm

    12.30 another story and hope for a nap...dosent seem interested bit staying in bed

    1.08 I beat the undertaker at wrestlemania and the steak is broken!!! Woohoo...oops this should be on this report

    1.20 in what I can only consider a protest at being left in bed G has filed up his pull up with a load worthy of any full grown African elephant, the smell is something I may never recover from after cleaning him off in the tub he was very insistent he wanted the shower on...seemed a bit odd and didn't think he would normally but who knows so after several clarification questions he was convinced and so was I...it was on for all of 1.5 seconds before the freak out came

    1.30 dried and in his third outfit change of the day it's back to the cartoons so I can have the pleasure of cleaning up...I may have flashbacks afterwards...G wasn't convinced when I put the jetsons on but seemed to agree with my logic that when he stopped pooping his pants he would get to choose , another Apple juice

    2.35 another massive pee...am I over watering...is that a thing...I only give drinks when he asks

    2.40-3.35 turtle helmet fitted, safety straps on time to ride the radio flyer to the park (I totally pushed the whole way, kid is laaaaaazy on the peddling). We had a little trouble when we first got to the park when Grayson climbed up to the top slide and didn't stop and come back when he was told to...freaked me the f out until I figured out he was basically an expert at this climbing frame! Next up was G's Spider-Man audition, one boost onto the climbing wall and hold on while he climbed, next time climbed up himself with me standing close guard, the next 25 tonnes of climbing the wall and down the slide were a blur as he seemed to be trying to get quicker every time!

    3.30 cartoons

    4.12 he's peeing again!!!!!! Seriously!!!

    16.40 asked very nicely for a banana, when I said yes he started running for the kitchen...socks...hard wood floor...he slapped the floor pretty hard but only scared himself and only bashed his hand....salt into the wound...no bananas let....he had some orange pieces and the fruit cup from his dinner yesterday

    4.53...Getting pretty ancy for a smoke at this point and pretty sure I can still smell the poop from earlier...it may be burned into my nostrils...it may just be me, i haven't showered today...wait this isn't my diary....

    5.01...we learn that we should sit properly on our chairs when we slide off and onto the floor scaring ourselves again... Apparently G Has been saving up accidents for just before mummy and daddy get home...

    17.03 daddy is on his way back to the train station, we better go get him...
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  • Day20

    a lovely warm welcome

    September 8, 2016 in the United States ⋅ ☀️ 34 °C

    Yesterday I left the hustle and bustle of New York behind with a big smile on my face knowing that I was heading to see some of my dearest friends, heading for some good old fashion southern hospitality and one of my favorite parts of the world.

    I flew in to Charlotte with a big smile on my face and got an awesome welcome from Lauren but first from little Grayson, who, having never met me before, came straight up to me and said hello uncle Stewart and gave me a big hug. (I am under no illusions that he was well trained for this, but without promoting when we were walking to the car he asked if he could hold uncle Stewart's hand... Awwww).

    Lauren and Clay's new house is nothing short of spectacular and the pooch (Connor) , seemed very excited to see me...I like to think he remembers me from my last visit.

    Super exciting day today...got my laundry done, played with Connor, dried my laundry, played with Connor, unpacked, played with Connor, thought about taking a walk...realised it was 36 degrees...played with Connor, read my book in the sun for an hour....yup, played with Connor....God I miss having a dog lol
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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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  • Day12

    Last day Charlotte

    August 25, 2017 in the United States ⋅ ☀️ 26 °C

    Ich muss gestehen, ich hatte heute morgen einen kleinen Hangover 🙈Dabei hatte ich gestern Abend gar nicht so viel getrunken. Vielleicht war es auch einfach nur die Mischung. Es gibt hier in der Umgebung unheimlich viele kleine Brauereien, die alle möglichen Biere mit den unterschiedlichsten Geschmacksrichtungen brauen. Und da hab ich gestern wohl ein oder zwei getrunken, die man besser nicht kombiniert 🙈 Naja, ich habs überlebt. Aldo hatte wohl gestern Abend gesagt, dass wir heute mittag essen gehen wollten. Das hatte ich irgendwie überhört und war wieder zum Salat essen in den Supermarkt gegangen, als er kurz danach schrieb, er würde mich abholen. Gehen wir halt heute Abend was essen. Quasi unser letztes Abendmahl 😂🙈
    Wir waren dann in einem riesen Biergarten wo halb Schaeffler USA auch waren. Sehr lustig, ganz viele tolle Menschen kennengelernt.
    Es ging alles viel zu schnell vorbei. Aber es war schön, auch wenn wir uns nicht so viel und lange gesehen haben, bin ich froh, dass ich hier war. Ich hoffe es dauert jetzt nicht wieder zwei Jahre bis wir uns das nächste mal wieder sehen.
    Morgen früh geht's dann zuerst nach New York, wo ich 9 Stunden Aufenthalt habe. Da lässt sich bestimmt noch was machen. Weil 9h Flughafen ist echt lange, das wollt ich nicht machen. Dann fahr ich lieber kurz in die Stadt und mache ein paar Bilder und wieder zurück zum Flughafen. Mal schauen.
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