America 2011

So America.. two years ago now I ventured around this vast country experiencing the joy of what it had to offer – amazing scenery, epic train rides, entertaining new friendships and experiences I will, hopefully, never forget. 

12 weeks, several states, some long haul bus & train journeys, a trip over the boarder to Canada and the final week in the city that never sleeps. 

New York > Washington D.C. > Chicago > Seattle > San Francisco > ‘Best of the West’ > San Diego > Miami > Washington D.C. > Philadelphia > Toronto > New York

Washington D.C. has one of the best hostels I’ve ever stayed in. HI-DC has fantastic staff, a scrumptious free breakfast, comfy beds and a location that is in walking distance to everywhere!

If you go, the Smithsonian Museums are a must, as with all the memorials. Whilst I was out there, the MLK Memorial had just been officially opened – quotes everywhere – the man was a inspiration. 

Chicago was fantastic, the Zoo – well penguins is all I need to say about that. Paddling in Lake Michigan on a warm September’s afternoon – what a place to be. 

Seattle – the place to be – although nicknamed the ‘Rainy City’ I avoided any water falling from the sky. Trips to the city, over to Bainbridge Island and several Water Polo matches to watch the Newport Knights. 

San Francisco – Pier 39, Alcatraz, the Golden Gate Bridge and FOG. 

‘Best of the West’ – A Green Tortoise tour around the national parks of the West Coast. A converted coach that sleeps 36 people. Funny and fantastic coach drivers and some amazing people that made my trip. Some of who I still see and speak to now. 

San Diego – Arragh! “Stepped aboard a pirate ship and the captain said to me!”- Barbossa’s Ship from PoC 4. Top Gun piano scene and the famous Gas Light district. 

Miami – Sea, Sand, Sun (and a little bit of rain) plus the World Museum of Erotic Art!

Washington D.C. – The return! Same hostel, same staff, different room and a couple of new friends! 

Philadelphia – Liberty Bell – it has a big crack in it! Pub crawl with people from the hostel = new friends 🙂

Toronto – TIM HORTONS! CN Tower, Ice Hockey, and giant, I mean GIANT, light reindeers’ decorating the shopping malls. 

New York – the city that never sleeps. Mastered the subway like a local, munched pizza slices in central park and enjoyed the lights of Times Square. More awesome friends met in the city  that I will never forget.

 

ImagePhoto of the entire Green Tortoise group taken by Anton 🙂

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