Staten Island

On Sunday we went to the Trinity Free Presbyterian Church. My dad wrote a whole story about it.

Today we drove to New York again. We dropt off the car and took a train, a bus, the metro, and a ferry to Staten Island. We had Subway for dinner.

We listened to Rush Limbaugh on the way. Rush has gone on holiday so Jason filled in. I can't wait till Friday's edition cause Mark Stein is going to fill in. We also heard about the new war in Gaza. Isreal my be able to clean up the mess before we get there ;)

USA, New York

Today we went from Washington to New York. First thing in the morning we packed up and then we drove to Washington which took about 4 hours and a bit. When we arrived we took the car back from where it came and then set out to go to Staten Island. First we had to take the train which costed us $15 USD per person which is an aweful lot. Then we took the metro which costed us $2 USD per person. After that we took the ferry which thankfully was free. The ferry was cool and we went past the Statue of Liberty and we saw a bit of New York from the water. Then we took the bus the rest of the way, the bus was also free. And finally we walked the last 200 or so meters. Remember we did all this with our luggage on our backs. Im sure we lost a couple of kilos. Then we arrived at the hostel or Bed and Breakfast (which looks alright so far). We had Subway for dinner.

Theres the LAdy of Liberty :D

Trinity Reformed Presbyterian Church

On Sunday we visited the Trinity Reformed Presbyterian Church. Service start was 10am, not as nice as our Auckland one of 11am, but not as bad as what we will have to get used to in Holland: 9.30am. It was very nice to be there. They sang psalms without accompaniment and with a very good presenter. There was a guest preacher, a student, Adam Kuehner. He was in his first year of study, with a couple of years still to go as he does follow the evening classes at the seminary. During the day he's an insurance agent. Interestingly he had wanted to study with Joel Beeke, but decided not to, because you have to learn Dutch there! We could tell him we had listened to two Joel Beeke sermons last Sunday.

USA, Wasington

Today we did a few things in Washington:

First we went with the metro to the Pentagon. We couldnt see me much but at least we saw a bit of it. Then we went to the White House which was cool. The White House was very nice to see. Then we went to the Smithsonean Museum of Natural History (where we went to the imax theather to see a movie called "Deep Sea 3D", which was in 3D). Then we went to the Smithsonean Museum of Airospace which was really cool. We saw things like the Wright Brothers plane and the first shuttle to the moon. We also did the plane simulator which was awesome. Dieuwe was the pilot and I was the gunner, we went inside this plane and dieuwe could control it (it even went upside down). I got to shoot all the bad guys. Then we went to see the Capitol and then we went back to the camp site (which is really cool, as it is a bit like a house).

This is Dieuwe and me on the metro. Believe me it is Dieuwe and me not some wierd aliens.

New York en Washington

Vanochtend lekker ontbijt klaargemaakt. Toast met jam, eieren of pasta. Melk met cereals, koffie, thee. Berend en ik zijn gisteravond wat boodschappen wezen doen, zodat we niks verder hoeven te kopen. Vandaag stoppen we dus een brood, een bakje met eisalade, een mes, bananen, koekjes en chips, een fles water in onze rugtas. En daar gingen we met onze auto naar een metrostation hier vlakbij. Daar gratis parkeren en verder met de metro. Metrosysteem is heel efficient en schoon, maar lang niet zo gezellig als in Mexico.

Eerst naar het Pentagon, toen naar het Witte Huis (Obama was nog niet thuis).

Nog een Witte Huis

 

Vond het erg indrukwekkend om op alle historische en zo bekende plaatsen een kijkje te nemen. Veel monumenten en  standbeelden op alle hoeken. Veel grote, imposante gebouwen. Bij het park van het Witte Huis hebben we gegeten en de squirrels - eekhoorntjes gevoerd. Ze aten gewoon uit Anne Roos' hand! Dieuwe zat er een te aaien, maar dat vond de eekhoorn toch een beetje te gek worden. Een haal van haar poot haalde een snee over Dieuwe's hand (zie foto van Dieuwe).

De top van het Capitool

 

Washington Monument

Toen naar de Smithsonian musea gelopen. Er zijn er zoveel dat we een keus moesten maken. Dus naar het Museum of Natural History gegaan - veel Biologie en een heel interessante film gezien over de onderwaterwereld, hoet doet je weer extra beseffen hoe de Heere alles zo goed en schitterend geschapen heeft, maar dat er ook in de dierenwereld de zonde gekomen is. Jammer dat het hele museum een heel evolutioniste aanpak had. Toen  naar het luchtvaartmuseum. Daar stonden de orignele raketten die naar de maan geweest zijn, ook het vliegtuig van de gebroeders Wright met de geschiedenis erbij. Heel interessant. Het luchtvaartmuseum is het drukst bezochte van Amerika, en misschien het meest geschikt voor aanslagen. Bij de ingang moesten dus alle tassen door de screener en iedereen moest door een metaaldetector. Toen onze tas door de screener ging werd 'ie apart gehouden....De bewaker zei tegen Berend: Your knive, where's your knive!! (je mes, waar is je mes!!) Berend was zich natuurlijk nergens van bewust. Maar opeens dacht 'ie aan het mes wat we voor de boterhammen met eisalade hadden meegenomen :-) Ikke dus tas openmaken en een zakje met de overgebleven eisalade + vies mes aan de officier gegeven. Ze keek er een beetje vies naar, overlegde wat en daar kregen we het zowaar weer terug. We zagen er toch niet al te terroristerig uit vermoed ik:-)

NEW YORK!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

We arrived in New York at 6:00. We took a suttle to our hotel, it was really fancy!! We had a really nice dinner there! It was really cold! We went to bed and slept

We woke up and had a really nice breakfast at the hotel and then went to the airport to rent a car, then we drove the washington, it took 3-4 hours to get there! We had luch a long the way.

We got their and got settled in. Then we had dinner. After dinner my dad, dieuwe and me went on a night tour. It was so cool!!!! We saw heaps of stuff! Then we went to bed at 12:00. We woke up and went to the White house and other famous stuff, that was fun. I had a good day.

 

 

 

Washington DC

Yesterday  night, we did a night tour of Washington. It was very interesting.

 

Today we took the merto around Washington visiting the Pentagon, White House, the Capital Building, the worlds tallest Obelisk, and the Smithsonians.

I also mangaged to be bitten by a viscious rabid squirrel (bellow).

 

Bellow are pictures of the places we visited:

 

The Pentagon

The White House

The Capitol Building (the senate)

Smithsonian Air and Aviation Museum (the Wright Brothers)

Loop een beetje achter

Ik was van plan om nog wat over Mexico te schrijven en wat foto's te plaatsen. Maar elke keer is er weer wat. Vanavond net wat was gedaan in Washington. Dat ging lekker vlot, die industriele machines doen het snel! Verder heeft de rest van de fam. bijna alles verteld dus dat is prima.

Mexico: Nog een foto van een straatverkoper moet hierbij geplaatst worden (wacht even tot Berend & Dieuwe & AR er weer zijn.) Ook nog een foto met iemand met een mondmasker op. De lucht in Mexico is namelijk zo verschrikkelijk vies dat er mensen rondlopen met mondkapjes op. Toen we wegvlogen uit de city zagen we duidelijk een grote bruine vlek. Toen we naar het Nationaal museum gingen was het ook duidelijk te zien. Dat lag op een heuvel waar je dus een mooi uitzicht over de stad zou moeten hebben......Je zag de gebouwen op de voorgrond en daarachter was het een grauwe mist.

Christmas in America

On Christmas Day we took a plane to Denver and then through to New York. There was snow beneath us all the way. So we finally got a white Christmas.We stayed in a hotel and ate at the restaurant (bellow).

 

Today we drove to Washington DC. We tuned in to conservative radio and listened to Rush Limbough most of the way. We have a Navman to make sure we didn't get lost. We stopped at one of the many food stops along the way. We have our own cabin.

In Washington D.C.

We're arrived at Cherry Hill Park. That's a camping almost next to Washington D.C. Very nice cabin:

And even nicer from the inside:

We're now heading off to the shopping centre.

Arrival in Newark

We had to wake up at 4.10am this morning to get ready for the pickup by taxi at 4.30am. Next a flight to Denver. Actually a really good airport where you can charge your laptop and have free wireless internet. In the afternoon we had the flight to Newark (close to New York City). We checked in at Holiday Inn, and are now preparing for bed. Tomorrow we have a fairly early start we hope. Breakfast at 6.45am and hopefully rent a car and leave for Washington at 7.30am.

Last Day in Mexico City

Today was the last day in Mexico City. We could sleep in for a change :D. I did and so did Dieuwe, as the rest of the family went out shopping Dieuwe and me cooked scrammbled eggs for the first time (they tasted quiet good, except that Dieuwe put to much salt on-grhhhh). Then daddy went to the internet cafe to do the photos which needed to be done urgently. In the meantime, the rest of us bought some nice food and and a drink :D. Then we went looking for a market that didnt exsist (a waste of time I must say :P), which we ofcourse didnt find. After that we went to go to the Museum and along the way bought some very nice Mexican food (mmhhh). When we came to the Museum, which was in a big park in Mexico City, we paid for entrance. Inside the Museum was the history of the war- Americans versus Mexicans-which was very intresting. Then we went to the pedal boats which was awesome ( Dieuwe and me in one of the boats and Mummy and Anne Roos in the other one), we even had a bit of a war which no one in particular one. After this it was time to go to the hostel again and have dinner (which consisted of potatoes, fish ans vegetables). We all even tried cactus, which I found didnt taste like anything.

So this was the last day in Mexico City. Mexico City has been pretty fun especially to experience a third-world country. The best thing about Mexico City was the food and the cheap prices. :D

The pictures I am describing are from top to bottom:

Pic 1. Here we are having some nice Mexican food at a street fender.

Pic 2. Here are the paddle boats on a lake in the park. Very fun.

Pic 3. Here are some Indians (or Aztec warriors) doing a dance infront of a crowd. It was awesome to watch.

Weird things in Mexico

You shouldn't throw the toilet paper in the toilet, but in a separate basket.

For safety reasons I've not included the waste basket. Trust me, people use it.

We need to get some healthy food tonight. This you can't by in New Zealand:

This is so weird, I don't know what to say:

Tenochtitlan

On Tuesday we visited the remains of the old Mexican city. There is nothing standing from the huge heathen temple, unfortunately the temple of popery is still erect:

I indeed cannot shed tears that this civilization has disappeared. They sacrificed humans by the tens of thousands by ripping out their hearts on top of the former stairs.

There was also an interesting museum with thousands of artifacts such as this "eagle-man":

Last day

This is our last day in Mexico! (sorry I mean nnnnnnnoooooooooooooooo!)

I woke up and went with my parents shopping for food. Then we went to the same park  we went on Sunday, it was so much quieter! We went to the museum, but it was the wrong one (we didn't know that at that time). We left early because we could find anything that we were looking for. So we went to the lake went on these really cool pedal boats (2 persons per boat, me and mum and Auke and Dieuwe, my dad didn't do it), we had to pedal and stear, we played this game where the boys kept smashing into us, they were strong but we were smart. Then we went back to the hostel, we have to pack soon because we are leaving for New York. I am so happy because I like New York, it is snowing there!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

New York here we come!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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