Trip Start Mar 10, 2011
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I'm loving the food out here too- big portions just work for me (!) and the sandwiches are awesome! I'm keeping fit, running in my barefoot running shoes which has seen people laughing at me (Harlem today, loudly) and asking me if they work on ice (Ottawa, don't ask)
I've been really liking America, and Americans, who have proved very friendly and interesting, and I've been pretty surprised by some of the misconceptions I've held of these lands...
So to start, Toronto was really interesting, arriving in the driving rain and cold, getting lost finding the b&b (and Rory I think I walked down one of the roads you told me not to). Ottawa was a joy, a absolutely lovely city with great hosts (a big thanks Sam and Meri) and stunning blue skies and amazing architecture- the parliament buildings and canal (as pictured) were amazing. It's pretty cold up there, and my next stop and most northerly point, Montreal, was no disappointment either! It was a blast (and thanks for putting me up Mike)- then I took my last gasp of free (well free ish) world air and entered the land of the free and home of the brave...(and just a quick one for everyone who told me they would not let me in with no return ticket, plans etc etc they didn't even ask me where I was going in the end!) I then fulfilled one of my life long dreams - skiing in the US- in Stowe and had an absolute blast. Vermont really was amazing, lovely lovely people, great (home brewed!) beer and a really good time, and skiing is definitely very different, in a good way, in the states. I had to end earlier than I wanted because of the cost of skiing but led to going through New Hampshire to Boston, MA
I'm now heading south, after some more sightseeing in NY of course, and in going through Connecticut on the way here I really hope I've now seen the last of the snow and it will start to warm up! Philadelphia is next on the list. Quick note on transport, I've used busses the whole way, apart from hitching in Vermont which worked really well (would you believe state busses dont run on weekends!?). In Boston I accidentally found a cheaper way to travel, when running late for a bus without time to get a ticket from the counter, approached the driver with cash in hand who promptly helped himself to a note and pushed me on the bus!
That's all for now- I'm having a lot of fun and have somehow, even without starting my trip with any expectations, already found the unexpected (in fact it hit me rather inconveniently to be honest) which has changed the purpose of my trip entirely...
Answers on a postcard.