34 days in America

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Hello all!

Aug 19

Got some spare time on the PCs and thought I would send another email.

Im still in DC, back on the expensive internet PCs again. We’ve been round 4 of the Smithsonian Museums now, all of them stunning. Great photos. We headed to Chinatown last night for some grub, was fairly mediocre, you can get the same quality in England easily.

Today we went round the International Spy Museum. Far too many people if you ask me. Was quite intresting but was really catering for 12 year olds with fancy wording for the adults. Took up the whole day as it turned out, and did detail quite a bit of history. George Washington was a spyware as it turns out.

Thoughts really are turning back to the UK now, were both getting ready to go back. But that being said, it will be sad to see the end of this trip. We’re having a great time, especially in DC where all the stuff is either free or cheap. Tommorow we head to Phillidephia, the penultimate stop!

More next time I’m on a PC, possibly when I get back to the UK!

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Aug 20

Arrived in Philli. Got 3 minutes left! Argggg….

+ Not a lot to say other than we went to Red Rubys last night and got loads of free food and drink. We went to the Hard Rock today.

Later!

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Aug 21

ED JUST SENT ME THIS ON MSN AND I AINT PLEASED

Patsy The *You Can Take The Cheap Underwear Out Of The Girl But You Carn’t Take The Girl Out Of The Cheap Underwear* Panda!! says:
hey H
H – Still in the USA says:
Hello!
Patsy The *You Can Take The Cheap Underwear Out Of The Girl But You Carn’t Take The Girl Out Of The Cheap Underwear* Panda!! says:
hows the states?
H – Still in the USA says:
Your display name drums up unpleasent images
H – Still in the USA says:
Its good, im in an ING Direct Internet Caffe
H – Still in the USA says:
Hows u?
Patsy The *You Can Take The Cheap Underwear Out Of The Girl But You Carn’t Take The Girl Out Of The Cheap Underwear* Panda!! says:
yeh im fine……just……….survived lucy and helens driving
Patsy The *You Can Take The Cheap Underwear Out Of The Girl But You Carn’t Take The Girl Out Of The Cheap Underwear* Panda!! says:
lucy went fill spped over this spee bump and like the car flew in teh air and the cd sopped and then hellen just randomley runs red llights
H – Still in the USA says:
WHAT THE HELL
Patsy The *You Can Take The Cheap Underwear Out Of The Girl But You Carn’t Take The Girl Out Of The Cheap Underwear* Panda!! says:
it was um interesting, the car is ok but smells of wet dog becasue ur dad put dogs in it
H – Still in the USA says:
WHAT THE HELL!
Patsy The *You Can Take The Cheap Underwear Out Of The Girl But You Carn’t Take The Girl Out Of The Cheap Underwear* Panda!! says:
lol meh
Patsy The *You Can Take The Cheap Underwear Out Of The Girl But You Carn’t Take The Girl Out Of The Cheap Underwear* Panda!! says:
anyway hows the states?
H – Still in the USA says:
Who cares, hows my beloved car!
H – Still in the USA says:
ive told him plenty of times not to put the dogs in it
Patsy The *You Can Take The Cheap Underwear Out Of The Girl But You Carn’t Take The Girl Out Of The Cheap Underwear* Panda!! says:
its fine lol
Patsy The *You Can Take The Cheap Underwear Out Of The Girl But You Carn’t Take The Girl Out Of The Cheap Underwear* Panda!! says:
im scared of driving with lucy now how he actually carnt see speed bumps

In other news, saw the liberty bell.

Oh god I’m going to kick off about that!

I’ll email again when I get home

H

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30 days in America

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Aug 12

Hello all,

I’ll write this email in stages. The first bit I’ll do in New Orleans, then I’ll finish it off when I’ve got more stuff to write about

After the last email we scrubbed up and headed out to town, this time we explored Decatour Street, finding that it was much quieter than Burbon Street. After exploring as far as the 800 block, we gave up and headed to Utopia on Burbon Street. Oh my god! Suffice it to say that was one insane night that hurt the wallet!

The next day we took it easy, headed to Walmart for a cheap lunch (as it transpired, it wasnt cheap) and pottered around town. We finally found some local bars and drank some good beer. We then headed back to Burbon Street and listened to some really good bands and comedians on stage!

Today we took a Cemetry + Voodoo tour. Really intresting, and very WET THANKS TO THE 3RD RAINFALL WE’VE SEEN THIS HOLIDAY.

More soon

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Aug 13

Im writing this in a hurry in an internet cafe in an expensive mall.
Last night we headed out on the second ghost tour. Was not quite as good as the first in my opinion but Jason likes ghost stories. After feeling rather faint from dehydration on the tour (seriously), we decided it was best to not go on the lash this evening. This pained me quite a bit because the lasses I saw going into town were fricking fine!

Today we have had to do another load of laundry, then had great fun trying to find somewhere in D.C. to sleep. Hint: Hostelling International DC are $5 on Hostels.com. Payphones have also eaten a lot of my quarters and I hate calling cards but I love them!

Well, better go before this costs me $2 I dont want to spend.

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Aug 16

Just spent 29 hours on the train from NO –> DC. Not a lot to say. We had the joyous company of kid with blocked nose, who spent the whole night snooring. Morning comes, think that its over? No! He is odviously paid to breath through his nose and spends the whole time sucking in a pint of snot with each breath. I resisted the urge to put a complimentary pillow over his face.

I’m now at the HI hostel in DC, paying $2 for 20 minutes for the internet. Jason is cursing his phone card. I think I’ll add on one more day before I send this.

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Aug 16 – two

Still waiting to check into the hostel, all their computers have gone down. This never would have happened if I worked here.

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Aug 17th

Finally time to send this I think.

We finally got checked in and got talking to some of the BUNAC Camp America folks. They have all finished camp now and are piling out of NY on some adventures. We then went for a bit of a wonder round town.
Town it seems, is full of monuments and seats of Government.

We played spot the sniper at the White House, which had a big sheet over the front of it for some (probably paranoid) reason. We then headed to the Washington Monument, a rather spectacular obilisk if I do say so myself. Great place to sit and people watch. We then headed down, via the WWII memorial and Reflecting Pool to the Lincoln Memorial. That was impresive, much bigger in real life. We then went to the first “scandal stop” the tidal basin.

After heading back to the hostel to grab some Ibuprofen for me (hip is still hurting and I had a headache) we went in search of food.
Initially we were looking for Subway to get a deal, we ended up in the Hard Rock (as usual on a first night). Saw Bill Clinton’s Sax.

Woke up today and go breakfast from the hostel, a muffin and a bottle of orange…. one step away from false advertising. Spent a while roaming town again, taking the long way to Union Station because we thought we would need tickets for a lot of stuff. Then went past the Capitol building. This is not that big in real life, but nice all the same.

A note to all travellers: The Library of Congress has not yet discovered the Internet.

Under a week left! Wow.

H

25 days in America

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Hello all!

Its been 9 days since I’ve had both enough to write about and “decent”
computer to type all this on. I’m now down in New Orleans! Having been to Chicago and then Memphis… lets review. I’ll write more the closer to today it gets, but theres a lot to cover!

We finally made it out of Buffalo, NY on Tuesday Night at 1am (train was already 1hour late when we got on). When we awoke after a less than comfortable night we found that our train was stuck behind a frieght train, making us 3 more hours late.

Anyway, once we escaped that and got off at Chicago, we checked into the Arlington House Hostel and got out to see the Chicago nightlife.
Its good. The drinks prices were still hurting our budget a bit, but we were finding bottles (longnecks) as low as $3.50. We also blagged our way into a small bar and got to see a pretty good live act for free! The next day we roamed the streets and stumbled across the Apple Store, where we spent rather more time than we should have done gazing longlingly at iPods. A bit of maths shows that the 20gb 4th gen photo ones are GBP 209 in the UK, but GBP 168 here…. part of me thinks it would be rude not to. Our 3rd Hard Rock Cafe visit was also made.

On our last clear night we went to House of the Blues, again, live music was heard. Pretty decent stuff, and a nice opener for the Southbound Leg of the trip, which as Jason puts it, is about music!

In the evening of the next day we headed south to Memphis. A big Superliner double decker train was our bed that evening, plus I got to watch Guess Who in the lounge car to pass the time. Once we got to Memphis we realised that it wasn’t a great move on our part picking early sunday morning to roll up. We had to wait 3 hours (in a visitors
centre) for the busses to start running and take us up to Graceland.
We set up the tent on our site, rightbehind the heartbreak hotel and 200 yards from Graceland! Damn sweet location if you ask me. It also turned out it was the start of Elvis week!

Back to town… our 4th Hard Rock visit. Unfortunatly this was followed by a migrane on my part which dominated most of the day.
After tea, we parked ourselves in the Heartbreak Hotel Bar for a few and met a rather intresting soul, Andrea.

Andrea, mid 40s, scary, basically said “Do u mind if I sit here, No”
and plonked herself down and wouldn’t leave us alone, insisting infact, on telling us about her wonderful way of commiting benifit fraud and what West Wales was like. After 1 hour of scary storys and uncomfortable silences that just didnt drive her away she decided to go. Me, Jason, the Barmaid and the Irish folks in the bar all breathed a comunal sigh of relief.

Day 2 of Memphis was Graceland. $24 for all the Museums. Graceland was very indepth and a great insight. Frankly, I’d love a house like that!
I didn’t expect to see Elvis’ grave I must admit! The other museums that we had were not as good, perhaps the exception being Elvis’
plane.

Day 3 we visited Mud Island and ran into a guy called Lee. We first met this guy IN MANHATTEN at the first hostel! And we just bumped into him in the cafe! Small world! It turned out he was on the same train as us to New Orleans the next day. After getting some leads on good things to do, we went to the Rock and Soul museum. Jason enjoyed this a lot, I found it quite intresting but not really my thing, but I did learn a lot about Rock and Soul.

That evening we went out on the historic Beale Street for tea. I was challenged to a game of pool by some crasy American, and I lost by fouling on the black! We found a bar that did 2 pints (I think, how many fluid oz in a pint?) for $3 and free crisps, we took full advantage.

Up early the next morning, taxi did not understand the phrase “half five” and turned up at 5. On the train to New Orleans we met Lee once again. Hopefully we will be seeing him again while we are here.

We checked into the hostel to the news that we had been upgraded to a suite at no charge… a suite you say? for $25 a night each? What does that get us? Just the biggest twin room we’ve seen on this trip! Full double bed (mine), air con, ensuite, fridge + kitchenette! We hit the jackpot, just wish we had a TV.

To end that good news day we headed to Burbon Street in the French Quarter, much seedier than expected. Strip joints etc all over, but lots of 3 beers for $6 deals + balconys to go out on. Beeds were also been thrown for stunts! Saw ANOTHER great live band! 2am return home was too early, but we were out of money. This is easily the best going our city we have been to, and we have loads more time here, thank god!

Today we woke up late, lunch in the French Quarter and then went to the markets etc to buy gifts for people, and were turning up good stuff.

I hope all of you are well, I’ll be back 6 am on the 24th August! I’m expecting my beloved phone to go nuts when I turn it on.

H