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... to Africa! What if I do get culture shock, what if I totally hate it, WHAT IF IT IS INFESTED WITH BUGS…F.Y.I. we were sleeping intents, and another F.Y.I. I am terrrrrrified of bugs…big, small, anything, I just hate them!
I got to Amsterdam which F.Y.I. the airport is huge, and eventually found Kayla (she was like no where near the gate we needed to be at… she's as ditsy as me).
We were the only ones in the gate for about an hour and ...
... and he explained they were all gathering at Wall Street for a mass prayer. I asked how often they did this, thinking it must be a regular NY occurrence, and he said it was the first time. Police were conducting crowd control and said there were about 40,000 Jews gathering. It was quite a sight & I can't imagine we will ever see that many Jews in one location ever again, but meant we couldn't access a lot of Wall Street.
We had lunch & ...
... in the sea. Saw lots of evidence of last years hurricane which destroyed houses and trees right across long island. Saw lots of jellyfish washed up and the temp of the sea was actually quite warm! We then drove back and all got an ice cream from their local shop and Ros cooked a great dinner for us all. Spaghetti bolognese and apple crumble with custard for pudding :D Stayed with them until 9 and then got the train back to the ...
... be grateful that I got to go back and help. That I could help, even just a little. It will always be my hometown.
Needless to say, the devastation was worse than I could have imagined. Miles upon miles of water-logged cars, boats on train tracks, piles of garbage 10 feet high in front of EVERY house.
I can't describe it even if I tried.
I'm just grateful I was there. ...
... before I could help and not just be in the way.
My mother just texted me, though, that she’s sitting in her house, alone, without lights, worrying that the looters were coming. It makes me feel guilty that I’m sitting in the sunshine, relaxing in a Starbucks, playing on the computer. But the most important thing is to be helpful to her, not to do something just because I feel guilty.
So I’m off to Oahu and then to NY. Again. ...
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