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Philadelphia, Atlantic City NJ, Washington DC

sunny 24 °C

Hello!

Just arrived in Nashville after a 14 or so hour overnight Greyhound trip from Washington DC, not the best experience of my life but i was expecting worse. Bus was 90 minutes late which meant hanging round the bus terminal, not the nicest of places. Somehow the bus made up time on the journey so we arrived on time. Planning on spending a few days here then moving on down to Memphis and New Orleans. We've done so much in the last week it feels like we've been away a lot longer than we have. After New York we got the train to Philadelphia, stayed there for 3 nights and it was great. Stayed in the Apple hostel in old town which was only a few minutes walking distance from loads of tourist attractions that we didn't know existed like the liberty bell? Apparently a big deal over here. Also checked out the Philadelphia art museum where they filmed the famous Rocky scene where he finishes off his run by running up the museum steps. At the top of the steps you get great view of the whole city. Old town was also great for bars and clubs. We did a bar crawl with all the guys from the hostel and the staff and it was a great night. The places they took us to were selling beer for 1 buck or less and one was even giving out free pizza.
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So after leaving Philly we headed to Atlantic City New Jersey.. Big Mistake! The place itself wasn't too bad, pretty much a massive board walk with loads of tacky casino/hotel complexes such as the "Trump Taj Mahal" but the hotel we booked was shocking. It was like something from a horror movie, no joke. So we stayed for one night, had dinner at Hooters and then got the hell out of there a day early. Atlantic City is probably worth a day trip or at best one night but only if you can get a room in one of the complexes.
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Checked into Washington DC a day early which wasn't a bad thing as there was so much to do there and its all free. It rained everyday except one but that didn't matter too much as a lot of the stuff to do was inside. We went to the white house, capital building, Lincoln memorial and Washington monument which were all awesome. Spent a day at Washington Zoo which again was free, and we went to the American history and natural history museum which were both cool and FREE. Could have spent another 4 days in Washington and still not seen it all. Opposite our hostel was a great bar called Millie and Als which sold slices of pizza for a buck and 1 dollar beers on Wednesdays, we went there everyday. That's all for now, I'll try and do another in Texas.
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Posted by ElliotWebb 14:50 Archived in USA Comments (5)

New York

sunny 27 °C

Hello all!

Just arrived in Philadelphia after 4 nights in New York City. Weather has been sunny and hot every day. Pretty much did all the usual touristy stuff in Manhatten, the Empire State building at night was impressive to say the least. Went down to ground zero which is pretty much the biggest building site your likely to see. Work has started on both of the new towers, one of which is allready the height of the other nearby buildings. East Village was pretty cool too, pretty much all student bars and retaurants which we couldnt afford to go into.
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Our hostel was right next to central park so we spent a couple of days just chilling out there. Apart from the odd weird homeless guy shouting out random John Travolta film recomendations central park is awesome, so big, really clean and the people in there just seem to really respect it. If it was in England it would be ruined by now. Went to Times Square a couple of times, Ash bought the obligitory I heart NY t-shirt. Times square is cool but you have to spend half the time avoiding the comedy store guys selling you tickets! They are everywhere and they're hard to shake off. Thankfully we went to no comedy shows! Ash has developed a quite worrying addiction to Mountain Dew which is putting a massive strain on our finances! So i am having to watch how much she drinks!
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So we're in the Apple hostel in Philly now untill saturday then spending the weekend in Atlantic City. Always thought that place was a bit of a hole but the brochure looks amazing. Its got a hard rock cafe so it must be... right? Anyway must go, its free pasta night tonight and we spent too much on lunch so we cant miss it. The hostel seems pretty good, organised pub crawl tomorrow which we'll probably attend. The internet here is not a complete rip off like New York so if you're lucky you might get an email your way soon.
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