Aug 26 2017

The long way back

Category: MiscellaneousIuliana @ 10:33

In the Atlanta airport I met Kyle, that is a half Irishman, half Scottish American. I should have figured out his origins by the fact that he started his day with three Bloody Mary drinks. We had a nice chat about people work ethic and mountains. I then boarded the plane and wrote one of the entries for this blog. I think I also slept a little. I can tell you for sure that time flew as well, because the time to land came quite quickly.

In Washington Dulles I had a lot of time to spend, because on the way back is when the time zone difference causes a lot of trouble. Back to Europe I was flying with United Airlines which is a more lower cost version of Lufthansa with a crappy site that did not allow me to check in and choose my own seats. So I ended up in 45 E, between a handsome Russian and a nice English woman.

I went through all the customs and flying formalities and here I was with only one bag and a lot of time on my hands. So I stopped in a bar and asked for a beer and a meal and went back to blogging. I keep hoping that when I get home I will have other subjects to write about, so I want to finish all vacation entries before I come back. Also I just do not want to risk forgetting more of the thoughts I am having now.

By the time I had to board, entries up to and including the 21st of August were already done. Then, because the movies and TV series provided by United presented no interest to me, I continued blogging. And now here I am, seven hours later, almost all entries are done. What they are missing are some pictures, maybe. But aside from that all the data is in. I have about seven hours of wait in Munich. That is where all the entries will be polished and then published on the blog. I will get home at 06:00PM, so I’ll have just enough time to take a long bath, watch Game of Thrones and console the cat for my absence. Then I will doze off to sleep and I will wake up into my routine weekend life.

It is weird how wasting so much time in airports does not feel so bad. I was expecting to get crazy bored. I guess blogging can be quite time consuming, especially the way I do it. Honestly, I doubt somebody will actually read all my crazy and boring thoughts. But who knows, maybe in some other part of the world there is a stranger or a friend stuck for hours in an airport. And they do not have a blog, or are not as passionate about writing as I am, but they are passionate about reading. So here it is, enough material to kill a few hours. You are welcome.

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Aug 24 2017

The US adventure(part 14): back in Atlanta

Category: MiscellaneousIuliana @ 9:50

In Kings Mountain I had a smoker room, I either booked it by mistake, or I booked it out of necessity, because there was nothing else, but the lady at the reception was so nice and did not give up until I allowed her to use some indoor aromatic spray in a desperate try to mask the burned tobacco stench. I unpacked a few minimum things and had a shower, then drifted off to sleep. This motel was next to a highway and judging by the multitude of trucks parked around it, it was a trucker hotel. As a consequence I got woken up around five or six in the morning but a few angry truck engines. But I was really tired and I went back to sleep for two more hours.

I left Kings Mountain and headed for Atlanta again. To my surprise in two hours I was there so I just parked my car into a public parking and started asking Google what more could I do in Atlanta. There were a few things on the list, but one of them, that was also recommended by some friends on Facebook was to go to the Coca-Cola museum. So I did, although the aquarium was more appealing to me, but then again how many aquariums can you visit in a lifetime? :))

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Aug 23 2017

The US adventure(part 13): beach day

Category: MiscellaneousIuliana @ 9:44

For this vacation I had one beach day planned, the 23rd of August. So in the morning, I got dressed into my beach attire, checked out from the hotel and moved my ass to the beach. Parking+beach chair=45$, so if I see “free” written somewhere one more time I’ll kill somebody.

Anyway, I’ve made myself comfortable, covered my body with sunscreen and I just enjoyed a full day of doing nothing. From time to time I took a break to play in the ocean. My chair was next to the lifeguard, so I could not swim too much because apparently the rule is for the water to not go over your knee. Oh well…

It was a really relaxing day, just listening to the waves, playing in the sand and in the water. At that moment I wished I could have stayed one more day, but the plan was already done, I had to be in Kings Mountain that night and I had a 4 hour drive ahead of me.

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Aug 22 2017

The US adventure(part 12): that one gesture

Category: MiscellaneousIuliana @ 23:23

August 22nd is the day when I got close to the Atlantic Ocean in the South. The first city in my way was Charleston. I stopped there for a walk down the beach, a stroll through the city market and a fancy lunch. Charleston is one of the oldest cities in US and this is quite obvious from its architecture. It’s a really cozy town, with a nice pier and park and a culture of hand made things. I think this town might actually have Irish or Scotish roots, because I recognised some symbols and motives in their handiwork. I loved this city and I would have loved to stay there more, but I needed to get to Myrtle Beach. And now, this is going to turn into one of those posts you like reading on this blog, probably.

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Aug 20 2017

The US adventure(part 10): sleeping in “the hood” and flowers

Category: MiscellaneousIuliana @ 21:34

Driving to the motel was easy. I had intentionally picked a motel close to the airport, because I was going to land after midnight and I did not want to drive too much to a bed or struggle with finding a parking spot for my car. The driving was the easy part. Stopping the wipers of the car, that I activated by mistake was a different matter. I tried all positions that seemed to do it, but no, the wipers were still moving once a minute. I got to the motel and I was scared again. The area looked really shady. Maybe because it was night, maybe because it looked really dirty, I really do not know. But when I was finally in my room with my bags and with my door locked, I was finally able to relax. I took a quick shower, I put on my pyjamas and that was that.

At 9 I was out the door and on my way to the Atlanta Botanical Garden. Honestly, the area did not look that shady in the morning. I drove to the garden with the wipers on, still on that weird setting that made them move once a minute. Although I took the car manual with me in the motel room, I was not able to find clear instructions on how to turn them off and the internet was nice enough to get me paranoid about the extra-sensitive rain sensor, so I was quite convinced the sensor was broken. I even asked on Facebook how to turn the damn sensor off, I even considered taking the car back, but I was 90% convinced I was doing something wrong. So, putting aside all the jokes about removing the windshield altogether, before leaving the garden, I gave it one more try. Well, more than one. I tried every combination of inert settings possible for the wipers, waiting one minute after each setting to see if they still move. And at some point, they stopped. Victory!

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Aug 19 2017

The US adventure(part 9): getting my feet wet in the Atlantic Ocean

Category: MiscellaneousIuliana @ 20:29

So that was my birthday, now gone and the John Mayer concert too. Gone were the wishes of happiness and success and all the best the world has to offer. While driving back to Washington, they all seemed so far in the past that was scary. Time perception is a weird thing.

Before heading off the Washington, I went to Atlantic City, because honestly I just could not stand the feeling of knowing I was so close to the ocean and not getting my feet wet in it. Atlantic City is not that interesting in itself, a lot of hotels, casinos and other tourist attractions. But the beach was awesome and the sand felt silky under my feet. So yeah, I just drove 62 miles just to stay with my feet in the ocean water for 30 minutes.

After that I just jumped in the car amnd made one stop in resting place along the highway, where I put some gas and got some food.

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Aug 18 2017

The US adventure(part 8): and now what?

Category: MiscellaneousIuliana @ 20:11

After my personal phone died for good, I had to find a solution. Just so you understand, my personal phone was an HTC Mini One 2 and it was the first smartphone I bought for myself, in the summer of 2014 before moving to Sibiu. So, there were some feelings involved. I took extra care of it for a while, but as it happens with humans, they lose interest after a while. It has some nasty falls, but overall it was looking well, the battery was still working fine, needed recharging every 2 days or so, the camera was nice, although it was difficult to take good photos if you did not have enough light. In the summer of 2016 I started playing volleyball with the kids of the house owner and forgot about the phone in my pocket. And it fell again and for the first time, the screen cracked. Not much, I was still able to use it, but it looked bad. So I considered buying a new phone, but then again, I had the company phone which was in pristine shape, why would I bother? I mean, the personal phone, is just so my relatives can find me. It can do that job with a cracked screen as well, right? I also used that phone as an e-book reader, but now I have the iPad, so again, why bother buying a new phone, right? I mean, it would be a waste of money in this context…

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