Hello everyone! Sorry for the lack of updates this month, I just got back from a 2-week trip to the USA to visit my boyfriend there. For customers who made your purchases during this period, thank you for being patient and waiting for your item to be shipped! I hope the little gift in there helps to make up for the wait =)
This is my first time visiting the US and I was really excited! I was in North Carolina, the state famous for being “First in Flight” (the Wright brothers developed and flew the first airplane there!), as well as being the site of the first documented gold find in the United States. While NC is definitely not the usual tourist’s spot, I had plenty of fun and new experiences there!
Here are the highlights of my trip:
Gem mining! We were at Doc’s Rocks Gem Mine, situated up in the Appalachian Mountains. Basically, you pay for a bucket of dirt that is mixed from a number of gem mines and you sift through the dirt to see what rough gems you find! While I got a bit dirty, it was tons of fun and being the gemstone lover that I am, definitely my favourite activity of all! I can’t wait to go back for more gem mining!
After gem mining, we visited this awesome old-school candy store nearby. You choose whatever candy you want and pay by the pound! Called the Mast General Store, it’s so famous even President Obama paid a visit!
We also visited the Lazy 5 Ranch, a drive-through animal park where you get to see and feed animals like llamas, emus, bulls, deer etc.
Feeding the animals was fun, but it got scary for me when they started getting aggressive! This antelope totally stuck its head into the car and wouldn’t give up on the food! I was screaming away, freaked out with an animal head in my lap!
Because it was October, I saw pumpkins everywhere I went! Couldn’t resist taking pictures with the pumpkins, their colours are so bright and cheery! I got to carve a pumpkin too!
In the spirit of Halloween, we also made caramel apples! However, I’ve read about how messy traditional caramel apples are and decided to try the modified version – caramel-filled apples! They tasted good and were easy to make too! You can get the recipe here.
Doughnuts!!! What’s a trip to the US without having some Krispy Kreme, right? We got the Halloween-themed doughnuts too!
There is a beautiful lake right next to our apartment, with plenty of geese there. We decided to stop by when we spotted a lone swan swimming there.
Of course, the best part was getting to spend time with my boyfriend throughout the trip!
After spending time in the US, what really surprised me was the amount of space the US has – it was overwhelming seeing all these open green spaces, with houses and buildings all spread out! It is so different from Singapore, where houses and shops are situated chock-a-block and every inch of space is maximized due to the little amount of land we have. It did feel nice though, having that green, open breathing space.
The people are also a lot friendlier, something I guess would happen naturally if people are not squeezed together in a tight space. I wasn’t used to such friendliness, though and was pretty suspicious of people approaching me throughout the trip! I remember this African-American lady who came up to me in a supermarket and offered sweetly to clean my glasses. I was too stunned and gave her a “what do you want from me?” look for about 5 seconds before I hesitantly agreed. In the end, she cleaned my glasses really well, had a friendly chat and just introduced the optical shop next to the supermarket and said “Drop by if you are free sometime!” and went off. In Singapore, we would have most likely gotten a hard-sell on the latest spectacle promotion and an exhortation to visit the shop. I definitely have to get used to such friendliness!
Hope you enjoyed this post, I definitely enjoyed posting about my trip! And I can’t wait to go back soon =)