Hello and welcome to the Little Red Book.

My name is Jony, a friend of the Maassens, who shall be accompanying them on their holiday to the USA this year.

Elly has asked if I would write some of my thoughts and experiences of the New World alongside her own journal, which I shall be doing—probably without a great deal of temporal or thematic regularity—throughout the holiday.

As this is my first venture outside of Europe, I am rather excited to see whether the US’ reputation (and, indeed the USA itself) has any grounding reality, as well as to experience another continent’s flora, fauna and geography.