Into the US, again!

Trip Start Jun 13, 2006
Trip End Jun 12, 2007

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Tuesday, July 25, 2006

Alex: Our 1st stop in the USA's lower 48 states was Buffalo. This was just a quick 5 hour stop on our way to Boston and somewhere to redeem our Greyhound Pass vouchers and have a quick look around (we purchased our 60 day travel pass before we left the UK). Buffalo is only about 1 hour(2 if you include getting through customs) from Niagara and was booming at the turn of the century because if its port (it is on Lake Eire I think) and because of the Hydroelectric plants at Niagara, but it then fell into decline shortly afterwards (I think a president got assassinated there). Because of that it has lots of beautiful buildings from that era and not so many sky scrapers, but it also feels a little run down. Main street was once obvioulsy busy and has a free tram down it but it was deserted and all the shops were empty or looked shabby. We went to the area we were told was a bit busier (but that was pretty quiet too although it was a Tuesday evening) and had some of Buffalo's most famous export - Buffalo wings (finally all the questions about which part of a Buffalo they come from can be answered!) and then went down the harbour area, which was fairly devoid of any of the ships that made buffalo rich but did have lots of people enjoying the sunset and the cool breeze, a lot of small boats and a big millitary boat that I think you could look aroud and a submarine! Again I had to keep reminding myself "this is not the sea, it is a lake" but I just couldn't quite get my head around that idea - they are just so big.

Then back to the bus station for another 14 hour overnight Greyhound trip to get to Boston (via New York for some reason?).

Dean: New York looks BIG! Can't wait to check it out, but first Boston...
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