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Farewell America - At some point.

Today was our last day in America. I am writing this in the airport while waiting for our return flight.

As always, it has been an interesting experience, seeing how things are different from home. But I am definitely looking forward to my own bed.

Unfortunately due to the bad ...

Blogging in a Different Timezone

I have been keeping this 'streak' of posting something every day for a couple of months now.

I was keen to keep the streak going during this trip to the USA, but how do you define a daily blog when the timezone you are normally in and the timezone you ...

Where Did You Find Those?

For the last week I have been unable to find my sunglasses. I was annoyed at myself but had accepted that they were gone.

Today my eldest son came running through the house shouting"I found Daddy's glasses”. And sure enough he had my glasses and their case in ...

Recap: The Checklist Manifesto

Last night I finish reading The Checklist Manifesto by Atul Gawande. I remember hearing about the book when it first came out but have only just now got around to reading it. The book is about 75% explanation about how awsome checklists are in various fields such as aviation, medicin ...

American Best By Dates

I was confused by the best by date on a packet of crutons I found here in America.

How could you possibly have a best by date over 100 years in the future?

Packet of Crutons showing 'BEST BY NOV2118'
Best by NOV2118
Packet of Crutons showing 'BEST BY NOV2118'
Best by NOV2118

Of course I had forgotten that the US likes to ...

American Steam Rail

Today we visited the Essex Steam Railway beside the Connecticut River. It was interesting to see the difference between the railway here and comparing it with the trains back home.

I think that the rails are the same distance apart but the trains and carriages seem so much larger. They ...

Language Trouble

Every time I visit the United States, I make the same mistake. This time it was when I was asked if I wanted chips or salad with my burger.

I automatically assumed the waitress was talking about, what everyone around here calls french fries. Of course what actually arrived at ...

Bumps in the Road

While driving around some of the back roads of Connecticut I noticed that in some places they have installed a rumble strip in the centre of the road when there are double white lines signaling that no overtaking should take place.

Mystic Aquarium

Today we took a trip to the Mystic Aquarium because it was featured in a book we have been reading at bedtime and we thought it would be good to actually visit the place.

We decided to go today because we thought it would be raining all day and that ...

Driving on the Wrong Side of the Road

I have now had a couple of opportunities to drive on the wrong side of the road (as apposed to the left side). They have also been my first experiences of driving an automatic car.

I think the biggest issue I have is that the mirrors are not where I ...