My Trip to America Part 1 of 2 – Podcast Show Notes

 

Introduction (0 – :55)

  • A brief overview
  • Trip dates
  • First trip home after two years.

The Trip Home (0:56 – 9:37)

  • Gardermoen Airport
  • Watching the movie: “The Founder,” telling the story of Ray Kroc and McDonald’s origins.
  • Heightened security at EWR (Newark Intl. Airport).
  • An overview on Delaware including some obscure Swedish-American history.

In the mid-1600’s Parts of Delaware, New Jersey and New York were Swedish.

  • My experience at the Christiana Mall, named after Wilmington’s former Swedish namesake.
  • Delaware’s modern-day claim to fame is no sales tax, compared to New York’s almost 9%, making the two-hour trip worth it.
  • The change in the shopping experience. America is losing the service culture due to political correctness and body positivity.

Virginia (09:38 – 24:15)

  • Crossing the “Mason-Dixon” line
  • The Dukes of Hazzard


The gas station and convenient store at the Maryland – Virginia border

  • The Virginia Eastern Shore
  • The Chesapeake Bay Bridge Tunnel – a wonder of post-war civil engineering.
  • Virginia Beach – arriving at my destination
  • The Internet in America.
  • The Pew Research Center found that 47 million Americans still do not have internet access.
  • The Virginia Beach Oceanfront – one of the longest boardwalks in the world

A site for sore eyes – I was just in time for the monster truck show.

At 25TH Street & Oceanfront – There is a Norwegian story.

  • Democracy is alive and well in America – a discussion on the abortion issue.

  • It appears that it is easier to be a liberal in “Bannon Country” than a conservative in Scandinavia.
  • The “TRIGGERED” Scandinavian vs. a “combative” Southerner discussion.
  • Democracy’s needs.
  • Apathy and being oblivious are the greatest threats to American democracy.

Part 2: New York City, New Jersey, and realizations, from the outside looking in.

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