Our travels in the United States 

4th of July. Independence Day in the United States of America. The last time I was in the United States was in 2019, visiting my uncle. Danny‘s last time was in 2017, when he visited New York and Washington, DC with Ivan in 2017. In 2016, we travelled across America by train. That all feels such a long time ago.

I’ll tell what’s even a longer time ago. My first time in the US. It was 1989. I was 7 or 8.I has never met my uncle at that point. Travelling to the US was such an endeavor. So expensive. So exclusive. We travelled to New York, to San Francisco, to Los Angeles and to San Diego. My uncle lived in Claremont, California back then. That really was another time. George H.W. Bush (Rep.) was president. My image of the US was what I saw on ‘The A-Team‘ and ‘CHiPs‘. 

I returned a a few years in a row. In summer or for Christmas. I have especially fond memories of my visit in 1998. I was 17, discovering myself and my parents sent me on my own to California, where my uncle took me on a camping trip to Las Vegas, Nevada and Utah. A true coming of age experience.

Danny’s first time was 2009 when he visited Dallas and Fort Worth in Texas for is American Airlines training course. 

Now

Supreme Court Of The United States (SCOTUS), photographed in 2010.

There’s an elephant in the room. A political, Republican, elephant. In 2016, Donald J. Trump was elected President of the United States. During conversations we had with Americans during our train travels that year, we could feel it. The resentment for Hilary Rodham Clinton was so big. 

We are not political analysts, but Trump’s presidency is palpably a turning point for the US. The repeal of ‘Roe v. Wade‘, which made abortion possible in all states, by the Supreme Court has sent a shockwave throughout the ‘Disunited States’. 

What’s next? The repeal of ‘Obergefell v. Hodges‘, which opened marriage to same-sex couples? Even worse, the repeal of ‘Lawrence v. Texas‘, which in 2003 was a landmark decision t in which SCOTUS ruled that sanctions of criminal punishment for those who commit sodomy are unconstitutional. That would mean what adults consensually do with each other can be a crime again. And especially gay sex.

Gay sex

My uncle lives in North Carolina. It’s one of the states which without the cover of ‘Lawrence v. Texas’, criminalises gay sex. The other ones are Florida, Kansas, Kentucky, Georgia, Louisiana, Michigan, Mississippi, Minnesota, Maryland, Massachusetts, Oklahoma, South Carolina and Texas.

It doesn’t motivate to return stateside quickly. I certainly will though, to visit my my uncle. 

And I do know that laws and regulations don’t necessarily reflect how people treat you. But it does spoil the fun. 

So it won’t be a surprise to you, dear reader, the current evolution in the USA does not feed our heart with joy. 

Other factors

But mostly, other factors are at play, which outweigh moral objections. Prices. Uncertainties about the future. Staff shortages and difficulties to get time off at work. 

So, why not take this 4th of July 2022 to bring an overview of past US travels? 

2016 America Rail Adventure

2017 Danny & Ivan’s New York and Washington, DC Trip

2019 Timothy’s North Carolina, Virginia and New York Family Visit

5 Comments Add yours

  1. pedmar10 says:

    Nice post , brings many memories of my American cycle (31 years). However, turn the page now last time in my old grounds of New Jersey and Florida were 2007 and 2015. Life goes on. Cheers

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    1. Timothy says:

      Time flies and the world changes. It’s how it is…

      Thank you for reacting.

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      1. pedmar10 says:

        My pleasure, you are welcome

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  2. Famo says:

    I’ve never been to the USA. I do plan to go on a road trip one day…

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    1. Timothy says:

      Nice! Dennis did one recently 🙂

      Like

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