As most people already know, the legendary Route 66 from Chicago to Los Angeles does not exist in full anymore, but there are many other roads that can be driven between the two cities. Last weekend I took the quickest alternative, a straight 40 hour long drive where I got to see the landscape shift several times between snowy mountains, green fields and sandy deserts. Even the deserts were not the same, shifting between red and dark and light brown.
The US is perfect for those who like to travel with car. It is a country built for driving, where you can find drive-in-shops, drive-in-banks, drive-in-restaurants, drive-in-cinemas and drive-in churches where you do not even have to go out of your limousine to get married. The roads are also wide. Even in middle of Nevada dessert there were two lanes going each way, and in bigger cities like Los Angeles there roads had seven, yes seven lanes. There are also signs showing all you need to know on the roads, but some of the traffic laws are a little bit different from the traffic laws in Europe: it is allowed to drive right on red light if it is ready, in most states you are allowed to drive past other cars in the right lane (not only in the left) and in the biggest cities they have lanes for “carpooling” where only cars with two or more people are allowed to use.
Spending just one semester in the US, me and a few other exchange students had to suck in all the cultural experiences we could get while we were there. That is why we decided to spend our holidays in Panama City, Florida, which is the place where most American Students spend their Spring Break.
The days here were spent on beach, driving around on rented scooters, playing golf and going out in the evenings. It were some great days.
Almost everyone walking around by The Mall (the area between the monument and Capitol Building) for the first time will have a feeling of being there before. There are so many places famous places that have been shown in numerous movies and TV-shows, making them easily recognizable for any tourist walking around in the city. When walking there nine years after my family made a house exchange for one month in 2001, all the things that I did, said and thought while I was there, came to my mind again. Staying at Hi-Hostel Washington DC in the city center, I had great opportunity of seeing the White House, the Capitol Building, the Reflection Pool and Chinatown, as well as several of the free museums of the Smithsonian Institute. Two days was enough for me to see most of the city, and get a new passport at the Royal Norwegian Embassy.