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Pennsylvania & Philadelphia

April 30th, 2015 No comments
Having, unfortunately, watched an episode or two of Breaking Amish I was superficially aware of how an Amish community is. It is a simple life. No internet, not much technology...just the basics. 

There's a visitor's center. They operate the tour bus from here for about $25. It must be weird being paraded like you are in an open zoo I imagine there is some resistance to visitors to their community but I guess where there is a market there will be people willing to sell.
I was told the older people are ambivalent if not tolerant of the guest but the younger people are resistant. I guess younger people are unsure about their identities - weren't we all - so I can imagine what's going on in their heads.

So with that, I kept the strictly tourist routes and shops. I did meet a young fella, I was told they don't like their pictures taken so respected that.
Surprise, surprise though. He was like any 20-ish year old, albeit a bit more polite.
He was cleaning his buggy and I asked him if his hand weren't freezing as the water was ice cold.
I didn't ask him about how life is living in a Amish community. I reckon if you're happy that's all that matters.

My uncle bought me this home made root beer. I wasn't really a fan of root beer, even the commercial ones. This one didn't change my mind but that packaging seemed fancy and drinking it from a glass bottle didn't hurt either.

After a short stay in Pennsylvania, we decided to drop by Philadelphia on the way back to New York.
Seeing as the Pacquiao - Mayweather fight is quite soon, we had to stop at the Rocky steps.

Risin' up, back on the street

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April 22nd, 2015 No comments
It was a tough call, seeing as I will be thirty not long now. I've agreed to work in the United Kingdom until the better part of September 2016. It's not that long anyway, I thought to myself and I'll come to the Penafrancia fiesta this year at least.
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Another option was to go to the United States but that would be indefinite, it would have been a dream come true - seven or eight years ago but at present I have serious doubts about it. I know this is a problem a lot of people wish they had - both are good options and I do feel privileged but crossroads, whether Magsaysay Ave or Concepcion, Naga or Manila, family or work are difficult decisions.
At least I thought to myself in the United Kingdom, I could finish my bucket list for Europe and that might be cheaper and more practical.
Almost everyone said I should just go to the United States, I've been twice; last time was actually last month. It's nice but it doesn't feel right just yet. Everyone is so consumed by the demands of work, bills and money. I thought to myself maybe I should try Europe first, this opportunity might not be available again.
So to the Bicolanos in the United Kingdom. I hope to bump into you this time (Obviously, I've been to the UK before as well)

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