On his recent tour of NZ, the travel writer Bill Bryson was asked how he got away with mocking so many places and so many 'challenged' people in his books. His answer?
"You make these observations," he said, "then go away to a safe distance and write it." (Quote courtesy of the Christchurch Press, 23/02/07.)
So in that tradition, our blog has also sought to discover little 'quirks' about America and the other places we travel to. Except in this case, we rely on being able to write relatively anonymously rather than being in a 'safe' place to write it!
I can't help feeling it's slightly ironic that one of our favourite writers is in NZ right now, while we are here...