First Aid Kit: Amerika

Swedish duo, here is Simon & Garfunkel's amazing tune, their take on it.

I did some Greyhound travels back in my days. Almost got mugged at the bus station toilet in Albany, NY. Loved New England. Most of it. Wow, this takes me way back.

I have American friends who say Japan is the only country you can hitchhike in, these days.

Klara Söderberg – vocals, guitar: 2007 -
Johanna Söderberg – vocals, keyboards, autoharp: 2007 -
Melvin Duffy – pedal steel guitar: 2013 -
Scott Simpson – drums: January 14, 2015 (first concert) -


Unknown said…
I would say that Japan is the only place in the world where you can do a LOT things. Walk down streets safe at night, if you drop a wallet of money it will be found all intact. Incredibly efficient and safe trains, spotlessly clean - ALL of the time.

I do recommend the 17 hour hitchhike back from near Shimonoseki. I will always find that amazing, always. First major, ie 8 day, trip did in Golden Week 1990 two of us started hitching from Hachioji, to make it to Matsumoto, but only got half-way. However (only in Japan..) at one junction where we were waiting, with our 'Matsumoto' sign out a girl walked past, said hello and then we saw walk all the way home, 1-2 kilometres away. Five minutes later she reappears and starts walking back towards us. The reason? To give us an onigiri riceball and can of soft drink each, just like that. Amazing.
Pandabonium said…
Right on, Tom. Those attributes more than make up for any deficits by a wide margin for me. In the ten years I've lived here, I've only ventured out of country once - and that took the wedding of one of my daughters to coax me!
Pandabonium said…
Beautiful song. It astonishes me - the number of people who keep coming to "look for America". Aren't they paying attention? On the other hand, record numbers of Americans are "giving up" their citizenship. 1,335 people renounced their U.S. citizenship or long-term residency during the first quarter of 2015. I'd be among them if it weren't so difficult to become a citizen of Japan or any of the small handful of other countries which appeal to me.

Why should we be forced to be a "citizen" of any state? Do we not have the inalienable right to exist free, as we are, simply because we are human beings?

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