Discovered the real USA


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May 3rd 2012
Published: May 31st 2012
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Up until I was near the conclusion of my West Africa trip a year ago I had no intention of travelling USA. I figured I’ve got an idea from the TV and movies, “That’s good enough for me.” But over time I was intrigued by the US’s success and how with that success many other countries aspire to it. This one country brings so much hope and admiration but at the same time hatred and distain ... Read Full Entry



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22. Clarksdale - the birthplace of the blues is a drive through the past22. Clarksdale - the birthplace of the blues is a drive through the past
22. Clarksdale - the birthplace of the blues is a drive through the past

http://www.travelblog.org/North-America/United-States/Mississippi/Clarksdale/blog-674098.html
23. Little Rock - Visit the White House at Clintons Presidential Library23. Little Rock - Visit the White House at Clintons Presidential Library
23. Little Rock - Visit the White House at Clintons Presidential Library

http://www.travelblog.org/North-America/United-States/Arkansas/Little-Rock/blog-674099.html
24. Dallas -24. Dallas -
24. Dallas -

http://www.travelblog.org/North-America/United-States/Texas/Fort-Worth/blog-674100.html
25. Austin Texas ooohhh meat25. Austin Texas ooohhh meat
25. Austin Texas ooohhh meat

http://www.travelblog.org/North-America/United-States/Texas/Austin/blog-674114.html
26. New Mexico26. New Mexico
26. New Mexico

http://www.travelblog.org/North-America/United-States/New-Mexico/blog-675909.html
27. Grand Canyon27. Grand Canyon
27. Grand Canyon

http://www.travelblog.org/North-America/United-States/Arizona/Grand-Canyon/blog-676134.html
28. Las Vegas28. Las Vegas
28. Las Vegas

http://www.travelblog.org/North-America/United-States/Nevada/Las-Vegas/blog-676166.html
29. Yosemite and me29. Yosemite and me
29. Yosemite and me

http://www.travelblog.org/North-America/United-States/California/Yosemite-National-Park/blog-677792.html
30 - Central America30 - Central America
30 - Central America

http://www.travelblog.org/North-America/United-States/California/Yosemite-National-Park/blog-677792.html http://www.travelblog.org/Central-America-Caribbean/Guatemala/Peten-Region/Tikal/blog-691995.html http://www.travelblog.org/Central-America-Caribbean/Belize/Belize-Barrier-Reef/Caye-Caulker/blog-692000.html
31. Redwoods NP31. Redwoods NP
31. Redwoods NP

http://www.travelblog.org/North-America/United-States/California/Redwood-National-Park/blog-704501.html
32. Portland32. Portland
32. Portland

http://www.travelblog.org/North-America/United-States/Oregon/Portland/blog-704620.html
33. Spring in Seattle33. Spring in Seattle
33. Spring in Seattle

http://www.travelblog.org/North-America/United-States/Oregon/Portland/blog-704620.html
34. Oregon - the great lonely road ahead34. Oregon - the great lonely road ahead
34. Oregon - the great lonely road ahead

http://www.travelblog.org/North-America/United-States/Oregon/Columbia-River-Gorge/blog-704871.html
35. Idaho - Craters of the moon35. Idaho - Craters of the moon
35. Idaho - Craters of the moon

http://www.travelblog.org/North-America/United-States/Idaho/Boise/blog-704872.html
36. Running in the snow near Reno36. Running in the snow near Reno
36. Running in the snow near Reno

http://www.travelblog.org/North-America/United-States/Nevada/Reno/blog-704873.html
37.San Fran37.San Fran
37.San Fran

http://www.travelblog.org/North-America/United-States/Nevada/Reno/blog-704873.html
38. LA - Go to a Clippers game and rise up with franchise player Blake Griffin38. LA - Go to a Clippers game and rise up with franchise player Blake Griffin
38. LA - Go to a Clippers game and rise up with franchise player Blake Griffin

http://www.travelblog.org/North-America/United-States/California/Los-Angeles/blog-713087.html



31st May 2012

Thanks for taking the time
We would have loved to meet you but know your time was short. Thank you for taking the time to look around and give us a chance to change your mind about us. We are kind and generous and don't always fit the stereotype. I'm always sad when someone comes to visit the US and only see Vegas, LA and New York because they have not really seen the US. They leave with the wrong impression. The US is about small towns and the people in them. The heartland of America. Thanks again for sharing your impressions.
31st May 2012

great country
I have several good friends in the USA. I like the country. I think most people in the world should learn to separate people/government. I still have to go to Nashville, Chicago, the Great Canyon and New Orleans. They are on my list.
1st June 2012

You have me half convinced :)
Drew..I read your blog with a very open mind because like you, as an Aussie I have serious issues with US cultural impacts on the rest of the world and now particularly Aus. A local supermarket opened here the other day with a million dollar fireworks display and applause from a thousand strong crowd - when the hell did we get like this?. I have relatives in small towns in Texas, Louisiana and Arkansas and as much as I try I cannot get over how DUMB redneck swamp people they are...after reading your blog I felt that perhaps I needed to reassess my own prejudices to the US and perhaps take a chance on finding people like Dave and MJ and not tarring the entire country with the same brush...hope no offence caused to any of you from the US. Thanks Drew.
1st July 2012

good read
As someone who has lived in almost every major region of the United States, and experienced so many different little cultures in this country I could not agree any more with this blog post. There is a lot wrong with the USA, there are a lot of fucked up people in the USA, but there is a lot of good to be found here and everyone most definitely does not fit the stereotype that I constantly hear people from outside North America generalizing us all into. It truly makes me happy to know that you found out a little bit about what my country actually is. Also I have been reading your blog on and off since 2008 when I was a freshman in college, I've only traveled North America, Southern Europe and Brazil and I can definitely say that it has been my cheapest way around the world. I just turned 22 and am finishing up school so I think that it's almost time for my own journey to be frank with you. - Mike

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