I am quite glad that no one has explicitly asked me why I am so fixated with the USA because I do not really have a concise answer. I am interested in seeing as much of the world as I can; I’d love to see more of Canada, spend months in New Zealand and return to Malaysia but places like Australia will just have to wait. I have a friend in Melbourne who reminds me every time we talk that I am more than welcome to visit any time, and one day I will take him up on that offer but, for now, my eyes are set on the USA and, maybe in going there, I will find out why. When I think of North America, it is not the America you see on movie screens, it is all the spaces between tourist favourites that intrigue me. Oregon is the state that I would like to spend the most time in – I always have done since the first time I saw Stand By Me when I was fifteen years old – but I think being able to say I’ve had a taste of every state would be pretty amazing. I have every intention of returning to Chicago as soon as possible (I still have not given up hope that that will be this year) and I will definitely follow the Oregon Trail in my lifetime. I’d also like to, cliché as it is, drive Route 66, plus explore Colorado and Washington, return to Yosemite and The Grand Canyon and see Yellowstone and Zion.
(and yes, that is my foot)