We're back home, trying to remember our normal routine, catching up with friends and family, sorting through thousands of photos, catching up on sleep. We've been privileged to have seen a wonderful part of our world.
We've also experienced a different culture and note the following:
- Americans like guns, knives and hunting. It's a bit of a shock to see people walking around with knives hanging off their belts, hunters dressed in camouflage gear in parks and reserves, the number of gun shops, bistros with gun door handles.
- It's very hard to find good bread and cheese.
- The same country that embraces a city like Las Vegas stopped a girl from graduating high school because she used the word hell in her graduation speech.
- Americans are very friendly and polite, and it's genuine... even on the highways (they let you merge!!)
- Americans must be religious. There are huge churches everywhere.
- Americans are patriotic if the number of flags flying in suburban front yards and outside small businesses is an indication.
- They love the Australian accent but can't understand what we're saying.
- Paul Higgins' weather reports run rings around any we saw in the US. (I'm not parochial, no way!)
- They are big consumers ... of food, assets, water, resources. I'm generalising.