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North America » United States » Michigan » Flint July 23rd 2014

Flint is a tough place. Like its namesake rock, Flint is a hard, gray place. The people who live here are tough, too, and take a certain amount of pride, along with a big dollop of good humor, in calling themselves Flintstones. Best known as the home of the 1933-34 United Auto Workers sit-down strike, Flint is also very much a company town. General Motors in its various incarnations has been building motor vehicles in Flint since 1904. At its height, General Motors employed about 77,000 in its plants in Flint alone. Today GM employs fewer than 8,000 people in the city. Needless to say, this has brought severe economic hardship to the area. Based on 2013 FBI crime data, Flint earned the dubious distinction of being named the most dangerous city in the United States, ... read more
Face of Flint
Charlie's ladies
Charlie's Bar-B-Q

North America » United States » Arizona July 23rd 2014

Dr Morge het mol wieder mit ere Schlacht am Buffet und eme Kampf ume Tisch agfange... Nochane sin mir für dr Donnstigmorge (hüt und Mittwuch sin bereits usbuecht gsi) e Tour durch dr Antelope Canyon go bueche. Mir sin denn in Shop näbe dra und hän e Bootstrip über dr Lake Powell und in Antelope Canyon für hüt buecht. Und das isch denn am halb 11i los gange, binere Bruetshitz (fast 40 Grad) hän mir zum Glück chli im Schatte könne sitze! Aber es isch suuupeeer gsi!! So toll, wie sich do dr Colorado River über die letschte Joortuusig dure gschlänglet und dr Stei so gformt het!! Eimol meh: wunderschön!!! Nach dr Bootstour hän mir uns entschiede mol im Lake Powell go bade und sin drum rasch unseri Badesache im Hotel go hole und Richtig Antelope ... read more
Two happy girls ;-)
Lake Powell
Glen Canyon Dam

North America » United States » California July 23rd 2014

Tis' the night before my road-trip up the west coast of 'Merica. I'm from Texas, and I'm not uber creative, so I took the opening to a famous poem). This morning, my best friends' mom called me, to check-in, to see how life was. "I'm apathetic," I told her. As a teacher, I have several weeks off in the summer, and for once, I'm not teaching summer school. And, instead of enjoying the time off, I'm bored. :/ Teachers loathe August, look forward to Christmas/Spring/Summer break like a fly towards smelly cheese; yet when I have this time-off, I'm bored! . Not phased by my whining, she fired back with: "If you had one week left on earth, what would you do?" was her question swatted back at me. "Drive to Portland?" I answered nonchalantly. The ... read more

North America » United States July 22nd 2014

When you go into the woods today, you better not go alone. For all the bears that ever there was, are gathered there for certain because, today's the day the teddy bears have their picnic! At seven thirty we take off from Anchorage in our 7 seater (including the pilot) and head over Cook's Inlet, passed Mt. Augustine and Mt. Iliamna and the Alaska Range. The weather is quite cool and overcast and we're glad we brought our jackets. I love flying in small planes. I get to see the scenery and though the engine is loud the flight is remarkably smooth for so small a plane. After about 1 1/2 hours in the air we land on a gravel strip for our transfer to our float plane. This is even smaller than the one we ... read more
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North America » United States » Colorado July 22nd 2014

Two more sunsets and it's back to Houston.... read more
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North America » United States » Minnesota » Minneapolis July 22nd 2014

What a great week! This week has most definitely been my favourite cabin so far. I had a group of 10 girls aged 11-13 and they were all brilliant. A few of the girls had pretty horrible backgrounds, one recently had her mother pass away from heart failure and her dad was accused to shooting someone, another girl explained that camp was the only place she felt truly safe and that's why she comes back each year. Those are he stories which really make me feel great about this job, that I am able to help make these girls have at least one fantastic week in summer and that they can look forward to it each year and not have to worry about anything and just be a kid. On Friday we had a big staff ... read more
My boss had a makeover with a girl cabin
Our new water rave going in the water
Andrea and I before the banquet

North America » United States » Arizona July 22nd 2014

Nachdem mir hüt am Morge no mit em Grosi & Nonno telifoniert hän, sin mir um die 10i umme losgfahre. Mir sin nomol Ruchtig Grand Canyon, aber das Mol nach rechts (Richtig Cameron). Und no eimol hän mir dr Usblick über und in die eimoligi Schlucht könne wärfe. Das mache übrigens momentan jede Dag au no 30'000, so dass im Juli dr G.C. ei Million Bsuecher het... Zuedem hän mir no bimene Ussichtspunkt (Little Colorado River Gorge), wo d'Navajos unterhalte, e Stopp ygleggt und dr Little Colorado tief unter uns bestuunt. Witer isch denn unseri Fahrt gange und zum Glück verlöhn mir uns nid immer numme uf unsers Navi, denn die Tante dört inne het nid gwüsst, as mir in Gap nach rechts müen abbiege, do ihri vorgschlageni Stross scho sit Längerem gsperrt isch. Zum Glück ... read more
Grand Canyon
Felicia at the Grand Canyon
Grand Canyon

North America » United States » Washington » Issaquah July 22nd 2014

still searching for a job. plenty of them around here as opposed to indy.....but finding one is hard. ive been told to calm down...we havent even been here a month and we have at least had some interviews.....but i guess i have a high sense of entitlement now that i have my degree that this should be easier....for gods sakes..im a god worker...reliable and nice...i get along well....and im not a kid anymore who would just screw off..... trying not to loose my mind but our new friends who are hosting us in their home have reassured me to just breath.....they are happy we are here helping out with work around the house and small acreage they have....we will get something and soon....so we continue to put in apps everywhere....and i already refused one job...i figured ... read more

North America » United States » New York July 22nd 2014

The city seen from the Queensboro Bridge is always the city seen for the first time, in its first wild promise of all the mystery and beauty in the world. F. Scott Fitzgerald I believe in New Yorkers. Whether they’ve ever questioned the dream in which they live, I wouldn’t know, because I won’t ever dare ask that question. Dylan Thomas Give me such shows — give me the streets of Manhattan! Walt Whitman New York is the meeting place of the peoples, the only city where you can hardly find a typical American. Djuna Barnes A middle finger is more New York than a corporate ambush. I bleed for my hometown, and I’d die for my fans. Lady Gaga One belongs to New York instantly, one belongs to it as much in five minutes as ... read more

North America » United States » Utah » Moab July 22nd 2014

Så har vi landat på Moab Campingground i just Moab. Har elektricitet här och gratis Wifi. Så skönt. Blir kvar här två dagar, så skönt också att inte behöva ta ner och upp tälten. Har haft ett par riiiktigt bra dagar här. Igår var vi i Monument Valley. Ett av dom sju underverken i världen. Åkte iväg med en jeep ut med en ursprungs amerikan (indian?) som chaufför. Åkte runt och såg ett par häftiga stenformationer, många kända från filmer och musikvideor. Bland annat senaste transformers var inspelat där. Hade en riktigt god middag med underhållning av navajo:er. Han som ägde äventyrs-bolaget hade varit tre år i Sverige och bland annat bott hos samerna, så pratade lite svenska med han. Lagom random! Sov sedan utomhus under bara himlen. Var helt kolsvart så såg aaalla stjärnor, flygplan, ... read more
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