Allow myself to introduce ... myself. Oh, and Nathan - my plus one.
In quick explanation of the blog's title: I have borrowed this line from The Beatles, who sang that "There are places I remember all my life, though some have changed. Some forever, not for better, some have gone and some remain."
As Nathan and I head off on our six-month adventure across the United States and Europe, there are bound to be hiccups and stumbles, but, undoubtedly, each one will be memorable.
Take our first American driving experience - I will never forget the West St and West Katella Ave intersection in LA, where our follow-the-leader strategy for figuring out the road rules failed us. As the car in front pulled a sharp U-turn, we were left stranded looking at several rows of oncoming cars.
Another exciting moment happened during our journey north toward San Francisco, when a wrong off-ramp turn led us into an East LA suburb called Boyle Heights. We moseyed around the area for a while - driving up and down the apparently deserted streets, stopping to look at a map, jumping out and taking a couple of photos, before eventually finding our way back to the freeway. A quick Google search later told us that Boyle Heights was in fact one of LA's more dangerous suburbs. A little more internet hunting revealed that two people were shot in their car there earlier in the day.
Clearly, we are still finding our feet over here.
Before leaving we received a lot of advice as we planned our trip - though perhaps not enough. What is the best piece of advice to offer novice travellers? We're keen for some.
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