USA X-mas 2010 new year 2011
Photo: Siw Haugnes &
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My husband Arild has tree siblings, living in USA. I've never
met them in real life. That's about time; Arild and I have been going
At last we're visiting relatives and we'll try to be tourists
We chose Amsterdam, for an intermediate stop and Memphis,
Tennessee as the target. Memphis was cheapest, close to Little Rock
not too far away from Kansas City (Dion and April) and New Orleans
Memphis made Graceland
and Sun Studios possible.
What a day we had. The guards didn't have much to do, that early in the
morning and spent time talking with us. Among other things, they told
us the red drapes we could see now, was only used for Christmas, and
was originally a part of the interior design chosen by Elvis' last girl
Christmas tree in the main living room, Graceland.
Morning light in eastern Kansas City, Missouri, USA
My opinion: It's
exciting and a bit thrilling, meeting that much close family I've never
met. I was this close to lie
about an illness I didn't have...
Arild spent his birthday driving boring highways to Kansas
City and April. Dion lives in the same area, as five nephews and nieces
I can conclude that it was just wonderful, meeting everybody. Here I tell more from our stay
at April's house.
Everybody was sweet and welcoming and very nice. All the
children were a bit curious about us - and we at them.
April live in this street with all the porches facing
the street. Have I mentioned I've got a crush on this typical
architectural style from the Southern States?
above: April's street an early morning, with perfect light for
the camera. I was not allowed to roam (haha) the street alone. Poor
Donique was kicked out of bed to be my companion.
Here New Year Day represents a kind of party with a lot of
good food called "soul cooking" and lots of relatives coming
over. They told me I was not alone, being scared about this meeting.
Since the Family and Friends was so comfortable being around,
we put off New Orleans and settled for Little Rock and a niece. What
else? North in Missouri? Middle of Arkansas? Sluices? Mark
Twain? We'll see.
Arild and one of his nieces.
Arild photographing Siw photographing trees. Our shadows are
kind of evident, huh?
After Hannibal (Mark Twain) we chose to drive the long scenic
route to Little Rock and visit our niece. After that we planned to
drive on one of the minor roads back to Memphis.
Thank God for skipping the highways. On our way to Memphis,
in the vicinity of England, we stopped for lunch/power
to my camera at a cafe with really tasty food, and passed
through several beautiful places we just had to photograph (can
anybody teach me a better /simpler word for photographing?).
In other words: To plan your life is nice, but it's wonderful
to just let life happen too.
The last day was spent in Memphis, walking in legendary
Beale street, a trip through the Rock'n'Soul Museum and a new visit to
King's Palace Cafe, with the best spare ribs ever and Oreo peanut
butter cheese cake, just the way it was intended. I.e.. fat, good and
And then there is just a cruelly long flight home. The next
time I'll wait until I can afford Business class - I think.
Added Jan. 31. 2011