Goodbye America

My last entry in America. Tomorrow morning I head off to the airport for nine hours of flying and a couple of hours of waiting. What’s weird is about half an hour after I go to bed this evening Suzie will be getting up to go to the airport ready for me to meet her in Lima.

This travelogue has been an experiment for me; some of it has worked, some of it hasn’t. I’m disappointed I didn’t manage to write about New York, New England and our visit to Cape Cod, or the Missouri Botanical Garden, or the trip down to Mississippi which included a tour of Elvis Presley’s house, Graceland. These major parts of my trip remain hidden. Perhaps time on planes and buses will give me a chance to catch up.

There’s also the missing people. I’ve kept away from describing people too much for the sake of their privacy, and also because I’m a little embarrassed to write publicly about others. But they’re in my head. (Begin Mills and Boon mode: And sniff, in my heart [collapses under weight of emotion].)

And, of course, there’s the food, the lovely, lovely food. The best was probably at the vegan restaurant in Manhattan who’s name I forget.

But I’ve enjoyed the writing, and the interest shown from people kept me going when I got bored in the middle. The key, I think, is shorter posts. It’ll be nice for a bit of old-age nostalgia.

The future’s where it’s happening. I have five-and-a-bit weeks to look forward to in South America — and hopefully to write about. Entries will probably be a little more spaced out, but I still plan to keep everyone updated. (And keep an eye on Suzie’s blog for her view on things.)

I could talk about how much America has taught me, and how much its people are misrepresented, but I have a lot to do before I go and I can’t afford the time. I’m sure the great philosophers didn’t suffer from this problem. Think of something profound and just attribute it to me. Thanks.

America was great fun: I’ve enjoyed the people and the places a lot. I’ll be sad to leave, but I’ve got lots to look forward to. I should be in Lima midnight local time, eleven PM St Louis time, and five AM on Wednesday morning British Summer Time. Hasta luego.

  1. Looking forward to reading two travelogues now, have fun both of you.

    5 April 2005

  2. Well, I don’t know what to say … it was possibly an experiment for you, and certainly one for me, but I think it worked really well. It was great being able to keep uptodate with who you were becoming over that time, as well as “virtually” experience your sojourn in the big ‘ol US of A!!

    I hope you manage to keep it going whilst in South America …

    Good luck and don’t forget the photo for Nan XXX

    6 April 2005