It's almost hometime, so that means another country recap. I think some of my posts have been a bit negative towards the States - truth is a great place. It's also just such an easy target. So here's the usual dribble, this time on the greatest country in the world.
Best City: Unlike everywhere else, there are so many unique cities here. There truly is only one Vegas, San Fran, Seattle, LA etc. But I'll have to go with New York. One of the most overhyped places in the world, but this one actually delivers. Haven't met anyone who didn't like it.
Craziest Crazy: I met a few of these, but a lovely lady by the name of ''JC Superstar'' accosted me in Waikiki yesterday took the grand prize. Among some of her questions:
Is this a topless beach?
What's your birthday?
Can I take a photo of you?
Where in London are you from?
Are you incest?
What do you think is worse, friend incest or family incest?
Best Food: In a country where the national cuisine is junk food, I'll have to break this one up:
Fast Food: Jack In The Box. I pray they never come to Oz. Freshly made burgers on Ciabatta are awe inspiring.
Icecream: Tollhouse cookie sandwich. Oreo laced icecream sandwiched between 2 choc chip cookies. Honorable mention to the 100's of awesome Ben and Jerry flavours
Candy Bar: (That's chocolate to us folk). Gotta be Reese's Peanut Butter Cups. I love you the US has embraced the perfect combination of peanut butter and chocolate.
Breakfast: Denny's in Vegas after a night on the slots. Pancakes, eggs covered in orange cheese, bacon, toast, coffee and juice. All perfectly cooked and just the right amount (ie about 50% too much). It's no wonder the place was packed.
Things I won't miss: Non Dairy Creamer. What's wrong with milk people?
Best conspiracy theory: 2008 election. Kerry and Hillary run and win. Kerry assassinated by the same people who killed JFK. Hillary becomes 1st woman president by default. Chaos begins (Arabs blowing stuff up) and is blamed on Hilary. From the chaos a new world order emerges and the Illuminati control the globe and kill all the good people. God then takes over and destroys the evil men. Business as usual returns. Try keeping a straight face when you're told that.
Best Hostel: Polynesian Hostel Beach Resort, Hawaii. Cool staff & residents, fun and cheap organised activities. Dodgeball! Hilltop Hoods and Cat Empire playing in the reception!
Best National Park: Toughie, but I'll go with Yosemite. Bee-you-tee-ful.
Best Beer: In America, you're kidding right?
Best Ignorant Yank Conversation:
Whats the capital of Australia, Sydney or Melbourne?
Well, I spose you'd have to say Canberra, that's where the parliament is held. Like DC for you guys.
Is that where the Whitehouse is?
Yes. Sydney and Melbourne are state capitals.
You have states in Australia?
Yes, I think you'll find most countries have states or provinces or something like that.
I kid you not.
Best Ignorant Yank Cliche Buster: The fact that 4/5 people you meet have heard of Tasmania! Not sure if Warner Brother is to blame though.
Best bargain: Scoring ticket to see Leno and Letterman being taped, then getting the jackpot of guests: Robin Williams, President Jimmy Carter, Edward Norton and Panic at the Disco!
That's it for now, it's almost time to board another plane. Have to admit - it's getting exciting. (Sorry if there's spelling mistakes Mum - the spell checker not working!)