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Wednesday / August 21st / 2002
Jetlag and more...

We have been back in Holland now for two days, but still it is difficult indeed to shake off this aggravating thing called jetlag. What is jetlag anyway? Basically, jetlag is caused by crossing over multiple timezones in a short period of time. While your biological clock is based on...
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Monday / August 19th / 2002
Back home again...

Well we have finally made it back to the real world of Gouda after having a truly wonderful vacation. What can I say except that the three weeks went by really really fast. The first week was gradual, the second week a bit faster, and the last week just flew...
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Sunday / August 18th / 2002
Watermelon tastes funny...

For some strange reason, my kids do not like watermelon. They had it for the very first time while in America on vacation, and (with a slight though politely repressed grimace on their faces) they said it tasted kind of funny. Unusual and not edible. I guess as Dutch kids...
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Saturday / August 17th / 2002
Middle of wherever...

One finds it hard to believe that a mere twenty minute drive outside the very densely populated Washington D.C. area brings one to a beautiful countryside of undulating country hills in the peaceful state of Maryland. This was a pleasant surprise for us on our way south on highway 301...
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Thursday / August 15th / 2002
I am me...

People keep telling me all the time that I look and act just like my father. "Hey," the keep saying, "that's exactly what your father used to do!" Mostly my family, but I can also see it in the eyes of my relatives and friends, how they react. I do...
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Wednesday / August 14th / 2002
Parched hard ground...

Finally got to see my Dad again for the first time since he passed away. Almost two years ago. I made my way with the family to the Arlington Cemetery where my father's ashes have been placed in one of the impressive structures called a columbarium. There was his niche...
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Monday / August 12th / 2002
Exploring together...

While reading on the plane from San Francisco to Washington Dulles, I happened to come across the following passage: "If you think it is important to know about yourself only because I or some one else has told you it is important, then I am afraid all communication between us...
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Sunday / August 11th / 2002
Made it to the capitol...

So we had a safe flight back east over the United States, and we now find ourselves at the stylish home of my sister Martine and her husband Alan. We are having a great time. For the afternoon we all hopped into the rented mini-van, and I drove us on...
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Saturday / August 10th / 2002
Parting is such sweet sorrow...

As I had promised him for two weeks now, Maarten and I climbed the hill behind the house together. We sat at the peak for ten minutes in silence (at least as silent as is possible with a curious seven year old) contemplating the future next to each other. It...
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Friday / August 9th / 2002
Two weeks already...

What else can I say except that we have been having a really really great and fantastic time. It is hard to believe, but we are nearing the end of our first two weeks in good old sunny California. In fact, today is the very last day at Grandma's house,...
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Saturday / August 3rd / 2002
Cannery row...

We all went to the Cannery Row this afternoon and it was lots of fun. When I was a kid it was nothing more than a bunch of old warehouses falling apart next to the ocean. Back then, I would climb around underneath the piers looking for starfish and real...
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Friday / August 2nd / 2002
Old forgotten poem...

There is this old blue rusting chest in my mother's garage covered with years of dust. It contains a bunch of my old stuff when I used to live here many years ago. The usual teenage items of sentimental value which I have never had the heart to throw away....
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Thursday / August 1st / 2002
Some observations about America...

Here are a number of general observations I have made about the American way of life while I have been here on vacation. Today is my fifth day back. Remember that I am a returning ex-patriot with one foot on the European continent and the other foot still firmly placed...
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Tuesday / July 30th / 2002
We made it...

We made it to California all in one piece, and we are having a truly great time. Considering that the complete journey took a little over twenty-two hours from doorstep to doorstep (from Gouda, The Netherlands all the way to Monterey, California), and that the time difference is nine hours...
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Friday / July 26th / 2002
Going to California...

Well, it's now almost official, less than twenty-four hours to go. Tomorrow morning it is off to good old sunny California. Most everything is packed already, and it is high time for the Gish family to shove off and get out of here. It will be a grand escape and...
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This archive includes all of my blog entries I have ever written which fall under the category Trip to America or thereabouts.

The entries are listed reverse chronologically from top to bottom.