Moving to USA and My East Coast Trip
It’s always been a dream of mine to visit every state in the US, and when I got the opportunity to live in Palo Alto, I jumped at the chance. But this wasn’t my first time; in fact, I’ve been many times to the US, and though the US seems in not great shape these days, the American dream is still very much alive.
The East Coast
A trip to the US would be incomplete if I didn’t visit New York or Washington or both. New York was a melting pot of different cultures; you could easily get lost by standing still as swarms of people rushed past. It’s scary at first, but local New-Yorkers are friendly and upbeat, they will stop and ask if you need help which was reassuring.
Of course, the first place I wanted to visit was the location of the sitcom Friends, but it was far from my area so I went to Times Square and it was exactly how I envisioned it, adverts everywhere. There was even that cowboy playing guitar in his underpants you so often see in movies based in New York. I didn’t know whether to tip him, take a photo or spank his bum as a joke 😂.
After gobbling down $1 pizza slices, hot dogs and authentic apple pies from pretty much every street corner, I needed to work off the calories. So I went to UN headquarter in New York, you know, that’s one of my must-visit places on the list. The guided tour was fun and exciting. If you are planning to visit UN headquarters in the heart of New York City, it will be more convenient for you to purchase the ticket online. Find out more here.
Next stop, I found Spa Castle, a sort of bathhouse and family resort. While the price was expensive, there was a huge pool, Jacuzzi and a choice between Asian or European sauna to have loads of fun in. There is so much to do in New York, but I had limited time and also limited cash.
I will give you a few clues to the next east-coast state I visited; the state produces loads of oranges, a lot of Americans with Spanish or Mexican ancestry live there and Disney world. That’s right, Florida!
While most people only ever visit Disneyland (which I also visited), I managed to cram in a lot of activities when I was in Florida. I took a stroll to Bayfront Park, a popular venue for yoga enthusiasts and flying trapeze thrill-seekers. The experience really set the tone for my time in Florida especially when I visited Disneyworld and universal studios which were equally as entertaining and strange at the same time.
I’m a massive advocate for animal welfare and just loving animals in general, so I went on a tour of the Everglades National Park. Established in 1975, the national park was created with support from scientists, conservationists and other advocates. I was overjoyed by the different species of animals and learning about their diverse ecosystem (reminded me a little of the lion king).
It would never be a complete trip unless you try some local foods. Florida has a lot of traditional dishes. Here are some of them:
- Florida Orange Juice
To me, this was the purest orange juice I’ve ever tasted so far. It was super fresh, and I don’t know how to describe it, but the taste was different. You should try it yourself!
- Key Lime Pie
Key West is the place where you can find this dessert. It has simple biscuit base with sweet and citrusy filling. Definitely one of my favourites.
- Cuban Sandwich
Arguably, this might be one of the best sandwiches ever invented. The roast pork is layered with ham, Swiss cheese, pickles and yellow mustard then it’s grilled till it turns into golden perfection. The taste? Gosh, it tastes like heaven! Hahaha. You can find it everywhere across the states, could probably also make it at home, but according to locals, the very best ones are only made in Tampa, Miami and Key West.
Alright folks, that’s all for now. Let me know if you want me to write about my west coast trip. Meanwhile, have a great weekend and stay safe! Don’t forget to like and share this blog with your friends and family 🙂