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Things that make me feel like I'm in a movie

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Fire escapes
and in my mind I hear "Maria, I just me a girl named Maria!"

Newspaper boxes
We just don't have them in Iceland, because they would constantly be frozen shut.

Chinese take away boxes
Which actually seem to exist only in movies, now one gets styrofoam boxes, so I will never get my movie moment (eating Chinese take away out of boxes in a motel).

Yellow cabs in New York
We did not go by cab though, now I have to hope that Uber has not destroyed it until I get to New York again

Certain accents
Such as a "California college student", a strong New Yorker accent or any other which can be exaggerated to be a stereotype in a movie. Never an Ohio accent though, I am too used to hear it from all my friends from Ohio (I tend to attract Ohians for some reason).

Ice cream in pints / with sprinkles
When I was a kid there was no such thing as the Ice cream pint (like with Ben and Jerry's ice cream). I love that movies encourage me to eat a whole pint when I'm "sad".
First time I came to USA was with my parents when I was 10. Our caravan broke down in the Californian desert and we ended up staying 3 days in a tiny town called Bishop. We went out one night and got a ice cream cone with sprinkles on top and watched a baseball game. I felt like I had stumbled into one of these coming of age movies about a kid in a small town.

Central Park
Just look at it:


Bonus: Washington is different in movies
I was completely surprised by the diversity in Washington DC. In movies the town seems to consist to 99% of white men in suits. In reality it is around 40%.
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Things that surprised me about Washington/New York

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The White House is located in downtown Washington. It always looks so far from everything in the movies.

People are really friendly (even in New York). When I was travelling along the west coast of the USA I was consistently told that people on the east coast are rude.

Security for the Washington Monuments (including the Capitol) are not tighter than for the German parliament. The only time I had to show my passport in Washington was at a liquor store.

It is easily possible to get around by foot / public transport. We walked all around Manhattan and Washington. Mostly we were done earlier than expected and had time to have a slow evening with cocktails.

Cocktails in rooftop bars in Manhattan are not more expensive than cocktails in Reykjavik. And very yummy.
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Going to USA - Keflavik airport

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I don't know how much blogging I will be doing this week as I will be visiting my friend in Washington and New York!

At the moment I'm enjoying the free wifi (a new thing) while waiting for the passport check for people going to USA to open. Keflavik is a very stress free airport and I'm always too early especially opposed to London airports where I always have to run even when arriving 3 hours early. Here I manage to be at the gate in an hour, thanks to effective organizing of security and self check in stations.

I was 3 hours early, so I bought a silly puffin T-shirt for my friend and could be relaxed when I was selected for a "random" security check from the TSA. They checked for explosives I think. I hoped that this was not going to be a thing from now on and was a bit nervous when standing at the passport check at Washington airport. The immigration official marveled at my south American passport stamp collection and then let me go through without any problem.


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My 200th post - Looking back...

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Hello dear readers,
this is my 200th post on this blog. When I started playing around with the blog software I found on my distro, I never thought I would keep up with it so diligently. My attempts to keep a diary were usually short lived, unless I was travelling. I spent today importing old posts, from my first ever blog, they can be found here.
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