So. 4th of July. America’s Independence day. USA’s 239th birthday. Such a young little baby.
I must admit, it was very weird being a Swede in America during this holiday. It was very patriotic and a lot of “this is the greatest country in the world!” and if you’re not actually a citizen of that country it’s maybe not as engaging. But I’m not going to complain, I still had a lot of fun!
The celebrations began at noon in Nashville, with music and activities, I mostly just walked around enjoying the atmosphere. It started raining shortly thereafter though, so I walked over to a restaurant I had seen previously. I had some glorious crab, and when I was finishing up I realized that the rain had really intensified outside, the streets were flooding so I decided to stay put for a while. I was joined by a couple from California, and one from Ohio and we sat at the bar talking for almost two hours about traveling and hiking. They had a lot of recommendations for where I should go, especially in Utah, Colorado and Arizona. Can’t wait! But it was weird as well, because as we were talking I told the couple from the Ohio that I think they’d enjoy hiking in the Swiss alps, that it’s really beautiful there. The man just looked at me and said “I live in the greatest country in the world, why would I want to go anywhere else? And I’ve heard most Europeans are very rude.”
You should have seen my face. I think I actually had my mouth just hanging open.
Wow, there is ignorant and there is rude, but this was both at the same time. Oh well. It was fun up until then. But it wasn’t over, because while we were waiting out the rain the bartender had given me another beer without me asking for it, and as I was waiting to pay he told me it was on the house. I have never been given a free beer at a bar before, so I though that was nice of him. Then he looked at me and said “I want you to be careful tonight sweetie, you’re a pretty young woman and I wouldn’t want anything bad happening to you. And sometimes bartenders work together with people to prep drinks, so be careful.”
No. You don’t give a woman a free beer and then tell her that. It’s extremely creepy and even though I guess he meant well, I didn’t even know what to say. Also the entire concept of commenting on my looks is not something I approve of, there really is no need. It doesn’t matter what one looks like, all women should be safe no matter what. Needless to say, I walked out of there and didn’t have another single drop of alcohol that day.
I also had to wear a bib.
The real celebrations began at 18:30 that night, which is also when it began raining really hard again. I hid in my rain jacket and enjoyed the tunes of someone called Martina McBride before the largest firework show in the U.S. began. I think it kept going for almost 20 minutes, so it was very cool.
This Sunday has been a very lazy day for me. I’ve basically just been laying in bed watching tv and planning my next moves. Trust me when I say that I spend a lot of time on tripadvisor, google maps and other sites. Tomorrow I’m heading to Savannah, Georgia, because I saw it on the map and did some research and read that it’s gorgeous. On Thursday I’m getting on a bus to St Augustine, Florida, where I’ll spend a few days on the beach and take some surf lessons! I’m really looking forward to that, I just hope my hand is up for it. After that I’m probably going to the Kennedy space center before heading west again.
Like I’ve said before, this trip really didn’t turn in to what I expected, but I can’t really complain. I’m enjoying life, both the good and the bad! A friend posted a quote the other day that said “the greatest source of happiness is the ability to feel grateful at all times”, and that’s something I’m really working on. There’s is no reason to be upset about what has happened to me, when there is so much to be thankful for at the moment. Yes, life is good.