USA (East Coast)

I can’t get no satisfaction

The journey began in New York and ended in New York. I’ve been to Baltimore, Washington DC and Philadelphia in the meantime. Everywhere I went, I was surrounded by friends and family who did everything to make me feel comfortable and happy – and there isn’t much I can do to ever thank them enough for what they did for me. I guess the least I could do is upload pictures that may do justice to the places they all live in … Everything in this post will be chronological. I didn’t really use my camera outside of New York, mainly just my iPhone; laziness took over unfortunately!

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Manhattan as the sun breaks away
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Typical Times Square photograph

I won’t post any more pictures of New York as I have already dedicated a post to that city alone New York, eh?

After my time in NYC I made my way to Baltimore to see one of my lifelong friends. I was lucky enough to arrive on the weekend where she was free, so she took me around Baltimore and Washington DC – but in all honestly, just being able to see her again was plenty happiness for me. In my time there, it also happened to be Fleet Week where several Navy ships arrive at port. Shows and events are organised around the city, one of the most notable was the air show featuring the Blue Angels!

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Inner Habor, Baltimore
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We had clear skies for my entire time there (easily 25 degrees every day)
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4 of 6 Blue Angels
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Full formation of Blue Angels
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Thank you so much for having me and making my time there so worthwhile! Already miss you loads!

(A huge thank you to Mija for insisting on going to see the jellyfish in the Baltimore Aquarium, and an even bigger thank you to Merel for taking me there!!)

What Baltimore offers is a sense of calmness within a big city. Sounds kind of odd, but because everything is so big and there are noticeably fewer people than in New York City, everything seemed more spaced out and less busy. Granted I mainly stayed away from the hugely popular areas to experience some more of the intimate parts of town, but even in places such as Inner Harbour and Federal Hill, where I expected some kind of crowd, it was just outgoing families and friends hanging out. I liked that about Baltimore. Also, it must be said that the company I had while there was amazing (special thanks to Merel, Mija and Paul for my stay there).

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“Do not go gentle into that good night”

 

I then made my way to Washington DC then Philadelphia.
Essentially, my stay in DC was to see my friend from high school, but I made the best of my free time there by going into DC and walking around. The strip of ‘nature’ they call Washington Mall is basically just a long park extending from Capitol Hill to Lincoln Memorial. I walked from one end to the other and stopped at the Air & Space museum on the way (for about 4 hours) to study the incredible things they have in there!

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Capitol Hill, Washington DC
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An array of different rockets used over the last few decades. Some are military grade missiles while others were used for flight tests in preparation for space mission!
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Viking Lander. “If people sat outside at night and looked at the stars for a bit, I’m sure they’d live their lives very differently”
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To this day, I still have no idea what this is. It felt so out of place next to the grey and white buildings in DC, but it was oddly satisfying to find something so unique out here
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“I would rather own little and see the world than own the world and see a little”
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“I have been many times upon my knees by the overwhelming conviction that I had nowhere else to go”
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“It’s not the years in your life that count. It’s the life in your years”

I’m not a city person, but I do appreciate some of the tremendous sites I’ve seen (and I really like knowing of the history of such places). Washington DC has offered both on one stretch that took forever to walk!

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“I choose to not be a common man”

And now it’s off to Philadelphia to see family! Haven’t seen some of them in nearly two decades, some I haven’t even met yet … I had such an amazing time while I was there, and I’ll never be able to thank everyone there for looking after me (big shout out to Zary for really going out of your way to make my time amazing).

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Welcome to Philly!
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With the cousins! Vanaro and Zary
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“To be old and wise, you must first be young and stupid”
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With the cousins the day after a heavy night out …
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Lunch with long-time-no-see family! Thank you infinitely for taking care of me!
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“It ain’t about how hard you hit, it’s about how hard you can get hit and keep moving forward!”

I’ve learned a lot during my time in Philadelphia among my family. I’ve learned that no matter who you are and where you live, there will come times that are hard to deal with. Sometimes they knock you down so hard that it’s too hard to get back up. Granted, I already knew these things, but sometimes when you see the reality of it from a different perspective, it makes you rethink a lot about your own life …

“The world ain’t all sunshine and rainbows. It’s a very mean and nasty place… and I don´t care how tough you are, it will beat you to your knees and keep you there permanently, if you let it. You, me or nobody, is gonna hit as hard as life. But ain’t about how hard you hit… It’s about how hard you can get hit, and keep moving forward… how much you can take, and keep moving forward. That´s how winning is done. Now, if you know what you worth, go out and get what you worth. But you gotta be willing to take the hits. And not pointing fingers saying: You ain´t what you wanna be because of him or her or anybody. Cowards do that and that ain´t you! You´re better than that!” – Rocky Balboa

Thank you USA. See you on the other coast in December!

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