North America
November 2006
On my way to the Galapagos Islands I had a long layover in Atlanta, I made the most of the time and instead of sitting in the airport I visited the Georgia Aquarium. It’s one of the largest aquariums in the world and has an impressive collection including whale sharks.
Everything I new about Boston came from two sources; reading about the Boston Tea Party and the TV show Cheers. What I learnt after going there for a weekend in March is that while it may have a lot of history it also snows a lot and gets very cold. I returned for a second visit during the summer and found a much warmer city. I saw a lot more of the historic sites and watched the Red Sox thrash the Royals at Fenway Park.
For my first visit to Chicago my dad and I spent the weekend exploring the city and watching the Cubs play baseball. On my second visit I hung out with a friend from Seattle, saw a White Sox game and ate some excellent pizza.
Los Angeles is a sprawling city and I've barely seen any of it. I spent a little time in Venice - I ran the Nike+ Human Race 2009 along the beach and people watched. I had assumed Hollywood would be glitzy and glamorous and I was disappointed. I saw a little of the downtown area and realised that without a car it was impossible to see that much. Lastly I was at the U2 concert at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena for their 360° tour.
The Mayan and Aztec ruins in Mexico are what have kept me most interested in visiting the country.
I mostly went to San Diego to see a Padres game, but I also had the time to exploring various historic ships and wandering around Balboa park.
I first visited San Francisco in 2004 and fell in love with the city. I had no idea at the time that I’d end up living there.
I lived in the Seattle area for almost seven years.
The US has a curious rule about renewing visas - visas must be renewed outside the US. Living in Seattle the closest city with a US consulate with Vancouver. A 20 minute flight later I was in Vancouver and on may way to the consulate for a 20 minute appointment.
There's so much to see in Washington DC and I feel like I've barely scratched the surface. We spent a long weekend visiting the monuments along the National Mall, the Air & Space Museum, the National Archives, the White House, the United States Capitol building and took advantage of a rare opportunity to explore the reading room in the Library of Congress.