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Trip Report Bus to Cleveland: My Mistakes By The Lake

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My parents live in the Washington DC area; I live in Montreal Canada. Usually, when I do this trip I fly between the two cities, or go over land via New York City/upstate New York. This time I decided to mix things up a bit just for the fun of it, and return home by taking Greyhound from DC to Cleveland, spend 3 days in Cleveland (a city I'd never been to before), then catch the 'Hound again from Cleveland to Toronto by way of Buffalo (I spent the night at this artists-designed hotel called the Gladstone in Toronto I'd been curious about), and finally then take the train from Toronto to Montreal.

*DC to Cleveland*

$79 on Greyhound, the bus was maybe 1/3 full leaving DC, so I was very hopeful that the 10-hour ride would allow me to stretch out over two seats and possibly even get some shut-eye. Alas, it was not to be, since bizarrely enough, the bus filled up entirely as of Baltimore. So off we went through the beautiful forested hills and valleys of western Maryland and central Pennsylvania, this mish-mash of mostly working-class urban African Americans (woman sitting next to me had a toddler on her lap, periodically passed to grandma who was sitting kitty-corner), some white Americans from “the school of hard knocks”, a few random European backpackers, and one Texan guy who had brought along his drum set . I found myself thinking: what a different world from the fast-talking-on-their-cell-phone-important-business-call Acela crowd I'd seen a week or so earlier.

There was about an hour stop in Pittsburgh for supper and a few hours later we’d alighted in Cleveland. Greyhound has modernized its Baltimore and Pittsburgh stations I noticed relative to 9 years ago when I did that journey by bus (Baltimore’s station is in a different location in fact).

*Thoughts and impressions of Cleveland itself coming up*

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