April 29, 2017
After two years in which we have come to love New York City the moment finally came to say goodbye. The moment was bitter-sweet; on the one hand we were both sad to leave New York and more than a few tears were shed over last couple weeks during several going away dinners, drinks and other get-togethers. On the other hand we knew that leaving Manhattan meant the start of an amazing adventure!
Before we could leave last Thursday there was however one small hurdle. Our entire apartment was still fully furnished and nothing was packed. Luckily we had the help of three incredibly efficient movers, who within four hours managed to disassemble, pack and move to the truck our entire apartment. Since we weren’t allowed to help the movers pack any of our stuff, we did what we do best; spend money. Annemarie splurged on a last batch of warm cookies from Levain, while I went and got a little camcorder.
Movers in action
With the apartment empty, the movers gone and the car packed we are ready to start! First stop? Delaware. To be honest last two years, no-one ever mentioned Delaware to us. Not in a good way, not in a bad way. It seems as if Delaware might very well be the most forgotten state in the US. In fact the only time I ever see Delaware mentioned is when I read my corporate email signature since my employer, along met 2/3 of the Fortune 500 companies, is legally incorporated in Delaware; a true tax haven.
After only one day we started to understand why no-one ever speaks of Delaware. The natural beauty is not as impressive as it is in other states, and none of the cities are any kind of interesting. That is not to say there aren’t things to enjoy along the road if you like some quirkiness. Some highlights for us are, 1) A house that looks like an UFO, 2) A car throwing monster called Miles and 3) A candy shop with a little beach on the parking lot with massive lollipops.
Another highlight of Delaware is the Air Mobility Command Museum, which has a large collection of fully restored U.S. Military aircraft. All tours within the museum are done by old Airforce veterans. And when I say old, I mean really old. Literally every power outlet in the museum was being used to charge mobility scooters (“scootmobielen”).