|Lutheran Church – a view from our hotel|
In the last 24 hours the heavens have opened. Summer days have turned to summer rain and thunderstorms. So much so that we received a text message at 4am to warn us about flash flooding. I think we are ok here in the hotel (he, he) and the CBD in general. But the wet weather changes my day as we move about on foot or the fabulous city bikes that pepper the city blocks.
People don’t wear bike helmets here! They ride motorbikes without helmets or protective gear. And I have seen several billboards advertising increased awareness for child safety restraints in cars. Apparently a very small percentage of the population takes child safety in cars seriously?
A lovely lady in Macy’s asked me why Australians love bacon so much.Wasn’t really sure how to answer that question. And an Old Brit in a pub told us we just missed his mate how had left to find his boomerang that hadn’t come back. I am surprised at how often we are getting lost in translation. My man asked for a small latte and got a mocha latte instead, without the cream. Everything is so big – big coffees, big sodas, big, big, big…..and the coffee is not that good.
And there are a everyday things that I grew up seeing on Sesame Street, like the bright yellow School buses. School is out for the summer in a week or so. Apparently they had such an intense winter that schools were closed down for days at a time because of such bad snowstorms, so they have had to extend the term to cover the lost teaching days. Generally the CBD has been quiet on the weekend. There are a lot of conference delegates wondering the streets – with their name tags on, which I do not quite understand? But shoppers are few. Yesterday may have been an exception. My timing of another saunter into town found me walking against the tide – thousands of people were out walking, each on wearing different Health fund T- Shirts. Apparently Americans spend the most per person on medical expenses but for poorer health outcomes.
|Macy’s Building – Bronze Statue of Mary Tyler Moore|
I am enjoying how learning about others offers an opportunity to learn about myself. As I adventure in America I appreciate more about my home Australia. I am embracing being the same but different. I am enjoying getting ‘Lost in Translation’.