At a gas station near LaGuardia Airport, New York, NY. (Fall Break, 2012)
One thing that caught my eye was the ‘flag culture’. Flags are everywhere in America. It’s not just the star-spangled either, in local neighbourhoods, all sorts of flags are raised, most of them would not be recognised by most Americans, let alone foreigners. But Americans do seem much more patriotic than the Brits are.
Before the start of a basketball game hosted by the college, a little girl sang the national anthem. It was beautifully sung. Her voice was bright and beautiful, projected in and around the stadium. The audience applauded. Yes, Americans love to sing their national anthems, at every available opportunity; especially before a sports game. Yet the game often does not involve their national team. Moreover, were we clapping because we were touched by the girl’s singing? Or were we really clapping for America?
That’s it for now. More to follow.