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  1. Johanna GGG

    Already I am loving this series – have thought of dragging out my old travel photos for my blog one day if I ever have some spare time – though I didn’t take photos of food like you did and now I wish I did but with point and click cameras while travelling every photo was special and so the food had to take a back seat.

    By the way I thought that was a flying pig and I love the grand canyon photo – glad you got one to look at seeing you didn’t get to spend much time there – have been on a few of these whistle stop tours myself!

  2. Christine @ Merf In Progress

    Oh it just kills me that you were at UVA. That’s just 90 minutes down the road from me. *sigh*

    P.S. In whose universe is the typical American night time snack crawtators (wtf?) and clif bars? Not sure what Americans *you* were hanging out with but in my world, the typical American night time snack is Ben & Jerry’s and beer.

  3. Christine @ Merf In Progress

    P.S. How’d you get a picture of my bathroom??!

  4. Kayla

    Oh yes! Your nose must be really big by now. I love this time wrap thing, and would welcome that any time 🙂 This actually brought back memories of my trip to the States. I remember packing my backpack with lots of cliff bars and luna bars. Aren’t they awesome? Unlike Australia, the energy bars in US are way cheaper, and yummier!

  5. Emma

    And then a step to the riiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiIIIIIIIIIIIIIGHT.

    This introduction to your West Coast USA is so much different from what I remember…. I remember it looking like this the whole time.


  6. Helen (grabyourfork)

    lol I love that first shot! I’d also love to go to In-n-Out. And don’t food stains on your clothes just mean you really really enjoyed your meal? I always do. lol.

  7. Kath (My Funny Little Life)

    Oh my gosh, the toilet! 😯 But my favorite pic is the rumba loving street. 😀

    I love the idea of a time-travel series! You seem to have travelled a lot! 😀
    I’ve been to the west coast of the U.S. with my parents 14 (oh yeah …) years ago, and we visited a lot of National Parks. I loved it! And I want to go back with more time for a shorter route, and go hiking in the wonderful Yosemite National Park. I also want to go to San Francisco again, I loved it so much.

    We also visited the Grand Canyon, but we had a snow storm and -150 °C (in April) and could only look like 5 meters deep inside. Then, suddenly (when we were almost frozen already because we had packed for a spring time vacation), the clouds cleared up and we could look down into the canyon to its bottom. It was amazing, I’ll never forget that moment.

  8. Camille

    Oh, In N Out, how I miss you.

    And OMG, my bathroom looked JUST like that growing up in Oregon.

  9. Rach

    How fun is this! Great shot of that lion, by the way! I’ve heard of in-and-out burgers, but never been there. Looks yummy, though! And the rumba on the street diagram… brilliant! We need more of those!

  10. Kate (What Kate is Cooking)

    Awww, come back to the West Coast! I’ll take you to In-N-Out and Disneyland again- they’re both super close to me! There’s also plenty of canned pumpkin and froyo here 🙂

  11. Priyanka

    Hannah, I come from a country that can gross you out when it comes to toilets this one in W.America is definitely in the top 10.

  12. Kari @ bite-sized thoughts

    Yes, more, please! I concur that it would be a terrible waste to abandon your photos to a lonely computer fate. And I also just want to see more of America 🙂

    I have been to Seattle and New York city, but no where else in the US, so with enough of these posts you may motivate me to jump on a plane and go take advantage of our amazing exchange rate. Although not if they all involve grungy toilets 😛

  13. ASHLEA

    What a great flash back! I still have never tried In-N-Out burger… one day!

  14. sophia

    Ah, you missed out! In-N-Out has great buns…it’s makes up half the package!

    But yes, I love your time warp posts…It’s fun to see what you did/was like 4 years ago. 🙂

  15. Heidi - Apples Under My Bed

    Oh Hannah, so much to love here.
    1) Yes I want more of these posts. In fact I think I should do the same. I have many pre-blog travel and food pics, mostly of Europe.
    2) I love the title, and yes I am now also grunting “it’s just a jump to the left”
    3) In-&-Out do lettuce buns?? Is this mandatory or does one have the option of a bun? Intruiging…
    4) Your snackage food looks great! I’m so keen to try cliff & luna bars
    5) darn it, I clearly don’t know you very well. I did indeed doubt your ability to eat all that. You’re only small. forgive my assumption. let’s be friends.
    Heidi xo

  16. whisperinggums

    I’d love more of these stories … even if I know most of them this new spin will make them fresh all over again!

  17. hungryandfrozen

    I definitely welcome the retrospective blogging, speshly when it comes with references to the Time Warp. I also appreciate your tall stories about the magical land of America, I wish I was there long enough to gather more chocolate bars and to try things like the In and Out Burger (and also IHoP!)

  18. Anna Johnston

    Oh me LOVES it. I have been cruising through my photos a bunch lately and just the other day, I said to my Momma, I have to find a way to incorporate the pictures from all my travels. So lovely…. I say… HERE HERE! Your idea is brilliant. I adore it! I want more. Thanks for reminding me of such a fabio idea.
    PS: I did some FBing, found who we are looking for…. Its a picture of a cute dog. Sigh!

  19. Errign

    Bahahaha I love this post.

    Speaking of super weird toilets…I was a wee bit shocked in Taiwan (and Singapore) to come across the ever present “female urinal”…um, yeah, not my style.

  20. Louise

    Am happy to take the step to the right with you on your time warp series. Such a fun idea. Funny about the chip to chocolate ratio there young lady. Nice Grand Canyon shot too. Can’t say I like the look of in and out. And would generally prefer to stay out.

  21. Tori (@eat-tori)

    Hilarious. But thanks, now after seeing those photos I have a serious craving for an In N Out burger. And I’m at least one ocean away from them (nb, the lettuce leaves are ok, but the real deal is ‘animal style’). Now that’s really not vegan friendly…

  22. Ashley@TheHungryScholar

    What a fun post! It makes me want to get off the couch and see the world!

  23. Megan@Dirty Dishes Daily

    I love that you traveled to my neck of the woods. When I go to In n Out, that bunless beauty is what I usually enjoy. One thing that is so great about the area is that there is never a lack of street entertainment.

  24. theresa

    Your story about being forced into outlet shopping instead of Grand Canyoneering made me ‘lol’, in an ‘aww’ kind of way. Will keep that in mind if I ever (and I hope I do!) spend some time on the left coast.

  25. Conor @ HoldtheBeef

    I will forgive you for putting Time Warp (and, subsequently, this: ) in my head all afternoon because of the funny toilet photo. And the big kitty.

    Also, I’ve done some pretty spectacular outlet shopping in the states, and still have wearable jeans this winter because of it, but I’m pretty sure that ratio of Grand Canyon time to shopping time is very, very wrong.

  26. Susan

    I love the West Coast of USA and I love the East coast too. West coast cause they have Trader Joes! I love their drug stores too where you can buy copious amounts of chocolate and alcohol all at the same time.

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  28. Phil

    Hey, that last one really flatters our downstairs bathroom!

    1. whisperinggums

      I think , Phil, it’s time you updated to a Toto Washlet:

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    Sue, my CARS aren’t that complicated. I can envision some inebriated night where I load the dishes in the Toto, then repair to the dishwasher for….{{shudder}}

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