I want to write about my road trip from Charleston to Boston in March 2006.
I travelled with my boyfriend. We are both 23-year-old German college students. However, in 1999/2000 I spent 10 months as an exchange student in Everett, MA (on the outskirts of Boston), so I was quite familiar with the country.
My bf happened to intern in a company in Charleston from January thru March. So I thought that would be a be a good opportunity to go visit the US again. And of course I wanted to see my high school friends from way back then. But they still lived in Boston.
So here was our plan:
My bf bought a crappy old car in Charleston (Geo Prizm with a very high mileage) to go to work everyday. So we decided that we could as well drive all the way up to Boston.
When I arrived in the US, we first spent about 10 days in Charleston which is an awesome little city. I can recommend visiting it! If you go there, go visit Patriot's Point, The Battery, the beach, go on a ghost tour and just enjoy the atmosphere of this place.
While I was there, we also went on a day trip to Savannah, GA. It was nice, but definitely not as great as Charleston.
Then we were about to start our road trip. However, the day before we were to leave, the crank handle (do you call it that?)vof one of the car's windows broke and the window would just slide down, it didn't stay up anymore. Obvioulsy, we couldn't leave like that. So instead of packing our suitcases, we spent an entire day at a scrapyard/auto parts place (what's it called? I dunno).
But in the end, it all worked out well, it just cost us a lot of money... And then, the trip finally got started. Our plan was to drive up I-95 just cause it was the easiest way to drive and it enabled us to visit major cities.
We left Charleston and kept going north for hours. And we were really wondering about all these South of the Border/Mexican signs. We had no clue what that was about.
We kept driving for about 8 hours, some breaks in between. As we got very close to Washington DC, which was supposed to be our first place to visit, we looked for a motel/hotel. We had a bunch of coupons and finally decided to stay at a Day's Inn somewhere in Delaware. That wasn't the cheapest place to stay at but as international tourists, we just wanted to be safe.
The next morning we got up early to enjoy the continental breakfast. Well, if a European thinks of continental breakfast, we'd expect freshly bakened bagels, scrambled eggs, jelly, all sorts of cheese and cold cuts, fresh bread, oat meal, cereals, yoghurt, fruits, juice and coffee. That would be a decent breakfast.
An average American hotel's continental breakfast slightly falls short of our expectations: The Day's Inn offered just toast and pretty gross muffins and donuts. It was pretty hard to get used to eating this extremely sugary stuff early in the morning...
But after that, we checked out and left for DC.
That's it for part I - I promise to continue as soon as I can.