Leaving Costa Rica, which we adored, was a heartache, but our visas could not be extended again. With Covid surging around the world, few places were open to us, but the USA was one of them and it was very easy to reach. We arrived in South Carolina at the end of May.
Living in the USA for three months opened a window onto a world which, until then, we only had mainly seen in films. We had visited several times over the years but staying for a much longer time gave us some interesting experiences.
Dog Fighting and Wrestling!
Our first stop in the US, in South Carolina, was for a pet sit near Charleston. We looked after ten cats! The lady owner, a real hero, had saved most of them from being used as bait in dog fighting which is big business in parts of the US. It is completely illegal but, as for drug trades, there is a large underground community engaged in what was historically called the “king of sports”. Perpetrators are rarely identified and when caught, are mostly subject to a $5000 fine, yet that sum is nothing when the gambling for fights can attract up to $500k per fight.
Supermarket food shopping was an extraordinary experience for us, starting in South Carolina and continuing throughout our trip.
The owners of our home in Maryland kindly lent us their car, so we were able to easily get to shops and restaurants and take day trips to the nearby towns of Annapolis and Baltimore.
After the long pet sit in Maryland, we decided to see the museums in nearby DC.
We arrived back in Europe this week to spend time with family – we haven’t seen our sons in nearly 18 months! We will also have overdue health check ups before hopefully getting back on the road in the Autumn.