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Monday 11th December 2006

US of friggin A

After a stopover in Miami where I felt like I was still in Central America due to the Spanish speaking influence, a few grillings by US Immigration (they are so strict now) and a couple of bag searches I arrived at Philadelphia airport. Kate picked me up which was really nice and we drove into town and had some beers with another friend Mandy. It was damn freezing, quite the culture shock after 3 months in tropical Central America

I spent the next few days chilling at Kate's house near Harrisburg. It was great to catch up with Kate again and see all the hard work she has done on her house. The polished floors looked fabulous! Caught up with a few other friends and went to Kate's work Xmas party which was fun!

On the Friday we drove to Princeton, New Jersey and from there caught a train to New York City as I was flying out from JFK on the Monday. We checked into a cool hostel 20m from Times Square but unfortunately it was booked out on the Sat night so we had to move to another one on Saturday. New York was also damn cold but it is a really beautiful city with all the Xmas decorations around. On the Saturday we scored some free tickets through the hostel to a free play called "How to save the world and find true love in 90 minutes", it was really good and quite funny!

That night we met up with one of Kate's friends and had some drinks with her friends. I wasn't a big fan of the $7.50US beers and couldn't really contribute to the discussions about the Dow Jones ... damn investment bankers!

On the Sunday we walked around Central Park which was nice then I farewelled Kate at the train station and headed back to the hostel. Early start on Monday morning for my flight to Tokyo!

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