Hannah and Je together

Wednesday, 24 June 2015

[US Trip]Florida Trip for 10 days

Before I began my CPE this summer, I went to Florida trip with my wife, her sister, and her mother. Usually I write travel blog day by day, but now I am so lazy with CPE, and I am going to summarise the entire ten day trip in one blog posting.

I drove the whole time except two hours which my sister-in-law drove.  After 22 hours’ driving, we went to Siesta Beach first.  It was really long drive.  But because I drove overnight, we did not have traffic.

Welcome to Florida

Siesta Beach has very fine and white sands.  We had quite good time but we had to left because of sudden shower.  Then we headed to Naples, and stayed at Red Roof Plus.  Naples is very neat and nice town.  On Sunday morning, we went to First Presbyterian Church of Naples.  This is quite huge church, and very typical Presbyterian church with all rich white senior citizens.  Naples also has very nice beach.  We watched sunset at Naples Pier.

Miami Jet Boat

After we stayed there couple days, we headed to Miami.  The first thing we did was Jet Boat.  It was quite of fun and thrill.  It was also nice that they showed and explained about the beautiful and e expensive mansions.  We actually stayed at Miami Beach, and we had big trouble finding parking.  We stayed Ocean Reef Hotel, and its location is awesome.  You can walk everywhere.  To the beach, it is just one block away.  To the most famous Lincoln Mall, it is just about four blocks.

The next day, we drove all the way down to the Key West.  The garden was beautiful, but we were not able to enjoy the beach a lot because of the strong wind.

Miami Beach-Danny

We enjoyed the Miami beach a lot.  And I met Danny Morales, my classmates from McCormick Theological Seminary.  He just graduated last May.  He is from Miami with Cuban heritage.  He introduced us the legit cuban dish which I like a lot.  Danny gave me many positive influences, and he speaks Spanish beautifully. 🙂

MIami Starfish

Couple days later, he left Miami Beach and we went to Hollywood Beach where we enjoyed Surrey.  But the store manager was not nice.  The picture above is actually at Miami beach.  I saw a boy catching the starfish, and I tried.  Hannah was not able even to touch the starfish.  Later another lady picked it up again, but she took it by its leg, and the starfish cut its leg to flee.  She, then, picked another leg, and it cut its another leg as well.  So she had it cut its four legs.  My poor starfish.

Then we went to Cocoa beach.  We had some tour of swimming with dolphins and manatees.  There were not a lot of them, but we were able to see some of them.  And even a manatee touched my leg!  And we also watched a sunrise at the Cocoa Beach pier.

Friday, Hannah’s sister had to leave so we drove her to the Orlando airport.  And I realised that there are crazy many tolls around Orlando.  We enjoyed another night and we left there on Saturday morning.

Kentucky

Rather than going back home at once as I did on the way from home to Florida, we stopped at Kentucky.  For Sunday morning service, I went to Highland Presbyterian church where McCormick’s ex-president is senior pastor, but she was on her vacation.

We met Jieun, whom I call big sister.  I met her at PCUSA racial ethnic conference last year.  She is real nice lady, her husband is also very gentle.  They are one of the best Korean couple.

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Thursday, 27 September 2012

US North East Trip – Delaware and Connecticut

After Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, we headed to Delaware,  the neighbouring state.

A bridge on the way to Delaware

Delaware is the second smallest state in America next to Rhode Island. According to the population, it is 45th which is 6th backward, but by the density, it is 6th. It has nickname of first state because it approved the US constitution first among  the original 13 states.

There are lots of dolphin statues in Rehoboth Beach

In the state of Delaware, we went to Rehoboth Beach. If you go to Rehoboth Beach from New Jersey, you don’t have to drive all the way – there is shortcut ferry from Cape May, New Jersey to Lewis, Delaware which is the harbour next to the beach.

Rehoboth Beach

Rehoboth Beach is not the huge one but it is small and lovely. You can see the beautiful Atlantic ocean. And the beach walk along the shore is very nicely made with wood panels. Everything is so pretty and lovely.

Atlantic Ocean!

On the beach side, there is a small size amusement park and the price was amazingly cheap!

It was my first time to see the Atlantic Ocean, so I tasted it to see if it is really salty. 🙂

Rehoboth Beach is very nice place just to relax, and it is about 40 minutes driving from Ocean City, Maryland.

After that, we did not spend the night there, we went our way to Connecticut. We stopped at a Safeway for gas and also we bought some really cheap ready foods there. When I was in Winnipeg, Canada, I always saw Safeways everywhere. But after I moved into Illinois, USA, I see lots of Dominick’s whose store interior or uniform are exactly the same, and even they sell Safeway brand products. When I was fuelling, even my Dominick’s membership card worked at Safeway’s gas bar!

Management School at Yale University

We slept at a Rest Area on the highway, and the next morning we went to Connecticut. There, we saw the Yale University, one of the most famous Ivy League school, and also we saw some of the city.

There were lots of smart looking young students, and I thought one of them (or more) is the future president of America. And I also had the same thought when I went to Harvard University seeing some of lazy and drunken student – he may be the future president of America. (If you can understand my joke).

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