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Breakfast is Better in French

Posted by Heliocentrism on August 19, 2010

August 8, 2010

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Mark soaking in the kid-free hot tub

A Vacation from Vacation

We had been running around so much on this trip, getting up early and going to bed late. This day was to be a relaxing day.

Ottawa is right on the border with Quebec. It was planned this way by Queen Victoria as a symbolic gesture to show the equality of both the French and English speakers. I can’t help but wonder how the Québécois feel, since Ottawa, the capital, is still in the English speaking province of Ontario.

In the US this problem was solved by having the capitol, Washington D.C. be it’s own district. This runs into another problem. Since it is not a state, it does not have a senator or a voting representative to congress. This is where the “Taxation Without Representation” license plates come in.

French Breakfast

Awkward for them, but for us this meant that we had a 10 minute drive before we could say, “We’re in Quebec!” We drove to the city of Gatineau for breakfast. The coffee was great!

Mark getting bad directions from some stuffed deer

Park it

Then we went into the town of Chelsea. We first went to the visitor center for some free maps and information. The place is filled with stuffed animals. It turns out, I don’t like taxidermy. It’s a bit creepy.

great view

It’s a great park. It’s very big. But we were really just killing time. We wanted to head back to our hotel. On this day the pool would be open at 15:00 to 20:00 and we wanted to be there for every minute of it. Mark in particular wanted to go down the big slide, but we had been busy sight seeing until this day. After a quick run through of the park, we headed back.

Marco!

Pool. Are you in?

This pool was amazing. Mark and I were the first 2 people in when it opened that day. I walked into the big pool and was disappointed. It was shallow and cold. I swam towards the deeper end and was told to get back.

I figured, “Why bother?” I got out and sat in the hot tub. It was a really nice hot tube with a most wonderful sign. “Adults Only”

in the hot tub!

If you have kids, you may not be as pleased with the sign as I was. Many parents tried to take their kids into the hot tub only to be told by the life guard to get them out.

You may think that just because you find little “Timmy” the most adorable little creature in the whole wide world, everyone must think so too. Maybe “Timmy” is cute. But those of us who aren’t his parents, don’t want to be around him when he’s crying, pooing, complaining, or doing whatever kids do. It’s nothing personal, that’s just how it is with us non-parents of “Timmy”.

As I sat in the kid-free hot tub, I noticed something going on in the cold pool. All the kids started squealing with delight. They turned on a wave machine! My mom headed for the pool. She stayed in the pool and refused to come out until she was absolutely frozen.

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Canada

How to get there:

You can enter Canada by land, air, or sea. But you’ll probably fly in unless you live near the border.

Go to the US and head north. Well, sometimes you will need to head south.

Needed Documents:

As a US citizen you will need either:

  1. a passport
  2. Passport Card
  3. Enhanced Driver’s License
  • Technically, you need one of these documents or just a passport to get into Canada, but in actuality the Canadian border control doesn’t always check them. You will need one to re-enter the US.  The US border control does a thorough check on each and everyone coming into the country.
  • Be prepared to wait in a long line to get back into the US.
  • You are not allowed to carry fruit from one country into the other.

Phone:

  • Use 911 for the police, fire department, or to get an ambulance
  • Use 411 for information (This might cost money.)

Website

Videos:

Books: 

Notes:

  • It’s a big country. You’re going to need a car.

Gatineau Park
Parc de la Gatineau

How to get there:

  • Coordinates 45°36’00.9″N 76°02’34.7″W

To the visitor center –

  • Take Route 5, exit 13
  • Head south on Chamin Scott

Address:

Visitor Center

33 Scott Road
Chelsea, Quebec
J9B 1R5

Phone:

  • 1-800-465-1867

Website:

Downloads:

Cost:

  • Free to enter

Hours:

The park is always available, but here are the hours for the visitor center.

  • daily 9:00 – 17:00,
  • except December 25 when open from 12:00 – 17:00

Notes:

It’s a huge park and there are many ways to get in. If you are in Ottawa, stop by the Visitor Centre across from the Parliament Building and ask for directions.


Travelodge Ottawa

How to get there:

  • Coordinates 45°23’04.2″N 75°44’16.6″W

By Car –

  • Take Hwy. 417 to exit 124 (Carling Avenue).
  • Turn left at the first traffic lights onto Kirkwood,
  • and left at the next set of lights onto Carling Avenue.
  • The hotel will be on our right.

Address:

1376 Carling Avenue
Ottawa, ON K1Z 7L5

Phone:

  • General Travelodge 1-800-578-7878
  • 613-722-7600

Website

e-mail: info@travelodgeottawa.com

Notes:

I’m recommending this hotel, not just because it was one of the least expensive accommodations in Ottawa… not just because it is located conveniently close to all the downtown attractions… not just because the staff here was friendly and very helpful… not just because of the kid-free hot tub… but, because of its amazing pool with super slide and wave maker!

Map:


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Proud to Be a Canadian

Posted by Heliocentrism on August 18, 2010

August 8-10, 2010

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poutine!

Canada?

I am an American. This means that other than it’s general geographical location, I know nothing about Canada. In fact when I first heard about Canada at the age of 7, I did not believe that such a country really existed.

My neighbor told me that she spent the summer in “Canada” and I ran home to my mom to ask where this strange country was. I found out that not only was the country real, but I had been there several times. What!?

A trip to Quebec taken was I was… 9 or so

You see the thing about Canada is that it is very much like the United States. They speak English, the roads look quite similar, their customs are indistinguishable from American customs, and Canadians, like Americans, don’t have a particular ethnic look. They are both heterogeneous societies.

Before 9/11, to get into Canada, all an American had to do was speak with an American accent. The border patrol would stop your car and ask, “Are you all Americans?” If you said, “Yes,” they would just let you go through.

So I must have been in the back of the car on one of these trips and thought we were just going through a toll. It could also be that, my family went on so many vacations, that a short trip to Canada, just didn’t stand out in my mind. Even now, I don’t really remember any of the trips to Canada I took as a kid. I just remember the pictures my mom showed me as proof of Canada’s existence.

Summer Light Show

Oh, …Canada! 

So what do Americans think about Canada? Well, most Americans don’t. But when we do, we think of Canada as a colder, more polite, unarmed version of America.

I spent about a week in Canada and the whole time I was trying to figure out what the differences between it and my country were. Honestly, there aren’t that many. I must warn you, the following is just my opinion. I am not an expert on Canada. I only spent 1 week there. I think a person would have to be in a country for at least 2 weeks to become an expert!

Enjoying the show

Why do you go to war?

An American would answer this question with, “For freedom.” As an American I have been told that a life without rights or freedom is not worth living. Remember the Give Me Liberty or Give Me Death speech?

During the MosAika light show at the Parliament a Canadian answered that same question. His answer was, “For peace.” My gut reaction was, “That’s not right. He should say something about rights or liberty.”

the translation booth

Inclusion

In Canada they seem to go out of their way to make sure that both English speakers and French speakers feel equally included in parliamentary activities. In the US we don’t really go out of our way to make sure anyone feels included.

Spiders are bigger in Ottawa!

So what did I learn?

Well I was trying to pay attention to the guide on the Parliament tour, but I couldn’t. She mentioned something about the House of Commons and the House of Lords. I guess it’s like our House of Representatives and the Senate. But to be honest, I’m not sure how they work either.

There was a horrible jail that was quite inhuman to the prisoners. Eventually it was closed down and then turned into a hostel. It is supposedly the most haunted place in North America.

I really don’t think I know much about Canada, but I love Ottawa! Maybe I’ll live there one day. How are the winters? …Warm?

new naked dancing friends

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Canada

How to get there:

You can enter Canada by land, air, or sea. But you’ll probably fly in unless you live near the border.

Go to the US and head north. Well, sometimes you will need to head south.

Needed Documents:

As a US citizen you will need either:

  1. a passport
  2. Passport Card
  3. Enhanced Driver’s License
  • Technically, you need one of these documents or just a passport to get into Canada, but in actuality the Canadian border control doesn’t always check them. You will need one to re-enter the US.  The US border control does a thorough check on each and everyone coming into the country.
  • Be prepared to wait in a long line to get back into the US.
  • You are not allowed to carry fruit from one country into the other.

Phone:

  • Use 911 for the police, fire department, or to get an ambulance
  • Use 411 for information (This might cost money.)

Website

Videos:

Books: 

Notes:

  • It’s a big country. You’re going to need a car.

The Parliament Building

How to get there:

  • 45°25’30.7″N 75°41’60.0″W

Just ask anyone. Apparently it’s so obvious that no one bothered to put directions online.

By Car –

  • Don’t bother trying to drive here during the weekdays; there is no place to park.
    • Parking downtown is free on the weekends.
  • Just try to find a parking lot as near Wellington St. as possible.

Address:

100 Wellington Street
Ottawa, ON K1A 0A6
Canada

Phone:

  • Tourist Information 1-800-363-4465

Website:

Cost:

  • Tours of the Parliament Building are completely free.

Hours

  • Starts at 9:00, but check the link above for the exact complicated schedule.
  • First come, first served.
  • Tours last 20 minutes to 60 minutes depending on what parliament is doing.
  • There is no way to book your tour ahead of time.

Notes:

  • On Saturday and Sunday many parking garages are free.
  • From July through mid-September every night there is a light show on the Parliament Building at 21:30 to 22:00. The show is free.
  • Stop by the Visitor Center across the street for more information, free maps, brochures, and the all important bathroom.

Haunted Walks Tours
(Crime and Punishment Jail Tour)

How to get there:

  • 45°25’30.4″N 75°41’18.4″W

By Public Transportation –

  • Take bus #97 or #95 (both to the Rideau Centre) and get off on the MacKenzie King Bridge then walk east to the stairs.
  • Take bus #4 to the Rideau Centre and walk 2 blocks south.

Address:

75 Nicholas Street
Ottawa, Ontario K1N7B9

Phone:

  • 613-232-0344

Website

Cost:

  • Adult $13.00,
  • Student/Senior/Member $11.00,
  • Child (6-12 yrs) $8.00

Hours:

  • Everyday at 19:00

Notes:

  • Don’t buy your ticket for the Crime and Punishment Jail Tour from the Kiosk.
    • Go to the hostel and get it there.
    • You’ll save 2CAD per ticket.
  • This jail is now a hostel.
    • Here are the rates.
    • It’s actually cheaper to stay in a hotel if you have 3 or more people.
    • And from what I hear, you don’t get a good night’s sleep here. It’s more about the experience of staying in a haunted hostel that was once a prison.
  • Somewhere I read that this is the most haunted place in North America.
    • It could be a wee bit more haunted for my taste.

Map:


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Surrounded by Falls

Posted by Heliocentrism on August 18, 2010

August 7, 2010

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The Horseshoe Falls

WOW!!

Niagara Falls is the name of the cities on the US and Canadian side of Niagara Falls. They are two different cities in two countries with the same name, but they are right next to each other.

This was amazing. I cannot describe how wonderful this was. I would take this ride several times a year if I lived in Niagara Falls, New York or Niagara Falls, Ontario. All I can say is go and take a ride on the Maid of the Mist!

On The Maid of the Mist

The Canadian Side 

When you go, try to be the first to stand in the front of the boat on the top-level. That way you have a clear view of the falls. You will also be able to take pictures without being in anyone’s way or having anyone in your way since there is not enough space for too many people to get a good view. And you will be able to look down on the people on the lower level and watch them get drenched.

Rain ponchos, you have no power here!

There was too much water so I had to put my camera away. I stole Mark’s photos for this blog entry. He has a water-proof camera. There isn’t so much water that you will get very wet, but it is not good for a non-water proof camera.

me at 10 maybe….

Once or Twice Before

This was not my first time at Niagara Falls. My family took many trips here when I was a kid. But I don’t remember much of them.

I know that we did go on the Maid of the Mist, because my mom said we did. I also know that we saw the falls from the Canadian side with my sister and brother. I remember that I hit him and he picked me up and put me in a trash can that was raised off the ground on a pole and I couldn’t get down.

My mom on a tour walking under the falls

But I don’t remember the falls themselves.

Tourists

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Canada

How to get there:

You can enter Canada by land, air, or sea. But you’ll probably fly in unless you live near the border.

Go to the US and head north. Well, sometimes you will need to head south.

Needed Documents:

As a US citizen you will need either:

  1. a passport
  2. Passport Card
  3. Enhanced Driver’s License
  • Technically, you need one of these documents or just a passport to get into Canada, but in actuality the Canadian border control doesn’t always check them. You will need one to re-enter the US.  The US border control does a thorough check on each and everyone coming into the country.
  • Be prepared to wait in a long line to get back into the US.
  • You are not allowed to carry fruit from one country into the other.

Phone:

  • Use 911 for the police, fire department, or to get an ambulance
  • Use 411 for information (This might cost money.)

Website

Videos:

Books: 

Notes:

  • It’s a big country. You’re going to need a car.

Maid of the Mist

How to get there:

  • Canada – 43°07’05.3″N 79°04’15.4″W
  • USA – 43°05’11.0″N 79°04’05.0″W

Remember to bring the required documents if you are crossing the US/ Canadian border.

Address:

Prospect Pt,
Niagara Falls, NY 14303
USA

or

5920 River Rd,
Niagara Falls, ON L2E 3E4
Canada

Phone:

  • US 716-284-8897
  • Canada 905-358-5781

Websites:

Cost:

US

  • +1USD elevator fee
  • Adult: 13.50USD;
  • Kids (6-12): 7.86USD;
  • under 5: free

Canada

  • Adult: 16.60CAN;
  • Kids (6-12): 9.57CAN;
  • under 5: free

Hours:

  • Varies based on date and weather

Notes:

Canada

  • There is a bathroom on the dock before you get your poncho but after you use the elevator.
  • Ask to have the Tourism Improvement Fee taken off your bill anytime you pay for anything in Niagara. Just look out for any odd looking taxes on your bills.

Map:

 

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Looking Down on Skyscrapers

Posted by Heliocentrism on August 18, 2010

August 4-6, 2010

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The Beta Shoe Museum

Girls’ Day

We came to Toronto because Mark had an interview there. So our first day in the city was Mark-less. My mom and I thought that it would be a great time to do all the things that would bore Mark to tears. We went shopping! But, to start the day and get us into the shopping mood, we made a stop at the Bata Shoe Museum to see the styles of shoes that have come and gone.

What should I try on next?

I learned something from my trip to the shoe museum. It was a question that had been on my mind for years. Why were high heels invented?

According to the museum, long, long ago, if you were a well to do, or some-what well to do guy, one sure way to boost your social standing was to have your daughter marry someone higher up on the social ladder than you. But there was so much competition. How was a guy to make his kid stand out among all the other homely girls?

Well, he could buy some ridiculously tall platform shoes and have her walk about town. It’s easy to stand out when you’re a good foot taller than everyone else.

The trend caught on. The platforms turned into heels. Women wore heels. Young girls wore heels. Men even started wearing them. Now, men don’t wear them so much, except for Prince and some drag queens.  But for women, heels are here to stay.

killer lift

Shopping was great. I was able to pick up a new suit that was on sale. I also found an Old Navy, my favorite store, and got a Canadian Old Navy T-shirt. My mom also found some deals and a milk shake.

Lunch High Up

 This time I’m going for it.

My mom said, “Before I leave Toronto I want to eat at the CN Tower.” My mom has been to Toronto many times before, but has always opted out of eating at the 360 Restaurant. In her earlier days, when she was putting her 3 kids through private school and college, the prices were too high for her.

But now she’s retired. Though she is not a billionaire, she had been saving her pennies and will now have a more than comfortable retirement. She also plans on having fun; hence the driving all over the earth with her nomadic daughter.

She treated Mark and me to lunch at the Tower. It was amazing. The food was great, but really, they could have served PB&J sandwiches and it would have been the most delicious thing at that height.

one of the most scariest photos I’ve ever taken

After the meal you can walk down to the observation deck and then to the level with the glass floor. There is no extra charge for it; it comes with the price of the meal. In fact, if you are going to pay about 23CAD per person for tickets you might as well pay 33CAD* per person and go to the restaurant. The view is really worth it.

* the cheapest lunch entrée at the time I visited

But I want to!

Tips for Touring Toronto

The car is holding you back. If you’re lucky, you can find a meter that gives you enough time. If you’re not, you will pay through the nose to park your car. The standard charge is 15CAD whether you’re parked all day or for 15 minutes. It’s better to leave the car at a metro station parking lot. Look at this website for your best financial and geographical options.

If there are enough of you in your group the subway might not be cheaper. Here are some other parking options.

Hotels in Toronto are really expensive. And to make things worse, they charge you to park there! Even at the Howard Johnson’s… So don’t stay in Toronto unless you have to. Drive an hour out of the city limits and find a more affordable hotel like a Motel 6.

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Canada

How to get there:

You can enter Canada by land, air, or sea. But you’ll probably fly in unless you live near the border.

Go to the US and head north. Well, sometimes you will need to head south.

Needed Documents:

As a US citizen you will need either:

  1. a passport
  2. Passport Card
  3. Enhanced Driver’s License
  • Technically, you need one of these documents or just a passport to get into Canada, but in actuality the Canadian border control doesn’t always check them. You will need one to re-enter the US.  The US border control does a thorough check on each and everyone coming into the country.
  • Be prepared to wait in a long line to get back into the US.
  • You are not allowed to carry fruit from one country into the other.

Phone:

  • Use 911 for the police, fire department, or to get an ambulance
  • Use 411 for information (This might cost money.)

Website

Videos:

Books: 

Notes:

  • It’s a big country. You’re going to need a car.

The Bata Shoe Museum

How to get there:

By Public Transportation –

  • Go to St. George subway station
  • Go south on Bedford Rd.
  • Turn right on Boor St.
  • It is on the corner of Boor and St. George St.

Address:

327 Bloor Street West
Toronto ON
CANADA
M5S 1W7

Phone:

  • (+1) 416-979-7799

Website

Cost:

  • 14 CAD    Adult
  • 12 CAD    Seniors (65+)
  •   8 CAD    Student with ID
  •   5 CAD    Kids 5-17 years old
  • 24 CAD   1 Adult with up to 4 kids under 18
  • 35 CAD   2 Adult with up to 4 kids under 18
  • Every Thursday between 17:00 – 20:00 admission is Pay-what-you-can (5 CAD is suggested)

Hours:

  • 10:00 – 17:00 F-W
  • 10:00 – 20:00 Th

Notes:

  • Wear socks. There is a room of interesting shoes to try on.

Eaton Mall
(Toronto Eaton Centre)

How to get there:

By Public Transportation –

Address:

220 Yonge Street Suite 110
Toronto ON M5B 2H1

Phone:

  • (416) 598-8560

Website

Hours:

  • M-F 10:00 – 21:00
  • Sa 9:30  – 19:00
  • Su 11:00  – 18:00

Notes:


The CN Tower

How to get there:

  • 43°38’33.2″N 79°23’13.4″W

By Public Transportation –

  • Go to Union Station
  • Walk west along Front Street or along the SkyWalk.

Address:

301 Front Street West
Toronto, Ontario M5V 2T6
Canada

Phone:

  • (416) 868-6937

Website

Cost: 

  • Dinner or lunch at the 360 Restaurant come with admission to the Observation Experience.
  • Make reservations if you plan to have dinner at the 360 Restaurant during the peak season.
  • You might not need reservations for lunch since most people come for dinner, but call just to make sure.

Hours:

  • 9:00 – 23:00
  • Restaurant and Cafe are open at various time. Click link above for more details.

Notes:

  • The restaurant, though not cheap, is not overly expensive.  Check out the menu online and see for yourself.
    • As with most restaurants, lunch is less expensive that dinner.
  • If you are going to pay to go up for the Observation Experience, you might as well pay 10CAD extra and have lunch at the 360 Restaurant.

Map:

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Detour Detroit

Posted by Heliocentrism on June 18, 2010

June 12, 2010

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Bring Your Passport in Case We Go to Canada

It’s not everyday that you can just go to another country for breakfast and head back to your home country once the meal is finished… unless you live on the US/ Canadian border. Even more unique is to head south from the US and end up in Canada. But that is the miracle that is Detroit.

I don’t remember if the Canadian border guard even looked at our passports. They asked us our nationality and where we were heading. They were more concern about our bringing fruit into Canada than matching up IDs.

Re-entering the US took a long time though. There was a 10 minute question and answer session, a thorough check of our passports, and some friendly conversation before we were let back in. Ironically, from our little chat with the border guard, I found out he did not own a passport himself.

Canada looks bazaarly just like the US. Sorry Canadians. I know you work so hard to set yourselves apart. But after we put an American quarter into a parking meter and it gave us 15 minutes of parking time, I just didn’t feel like I was “abroad”.

Cheating a Canadian Parking meter by using a US quarter

Detroit Grown

After breakfast, Mark’s brother, Matt, gave us a tour of Detroit. Our first stop was at the Eastern Market to get some goodies for our camping trip.

The Eastern Market is a parade of fresh fruits, vegetables, plants, and flowers. Most of the produce are grown in Michigan; some even grown right in Detroit. In fact, there is a push to tear down some of the old burnt out abandoned buildings downtown and replace them with little farms.

Feels like I’m back in Thailand…

Swimming in Detroit

The next stop on Matt’s tour was Bella Isle. It’s a great place to watch or play a game of cricket, have a picnic or bar-B-Q, go swimming, or just go for a run. Mark and I wanted to swim, but we didn’t have swimsuits.

playing cricket

Street Art

Then we went to see some socially aware art in Detroit. The Heidelberg Project started as a veteran’s protest of the decline of his neighborhood. It is now a protest against the war, America’s oil dependence, drugs, and apathy towards the environment.

You can walk around most of the art. But there are some houses included in the project  in which people live. You can view the outside of the homes, but you should stay off the property unless invited.

Art

The Piano Men

The end of our time in Detroit was actually in Pontiac, another city in Michigan. JD’s Key Club is a favorite spot of Mark and his friends. JDKC is a place where two or three guys sing songs by paid request and urge the audience to join in.

For some extra bucks they will serenade your friend with a dirty version of a song that seems to fit the occasion. According to Matt, because the singers and the patrons are a little older, late 30’s early 40’s, they don’t do many recent pop songs. There were requests for Lady GaGa’s Poker Face that were completely ignored.

Dueling Pianos

After living in Korea where I paid good money to sing the latest pop songs with my friends, it seemed odd to pay to have someone else do the singing.

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Canada

How to get there:

You can enter Canada by land, air, or sea. But you’ll probably fly in unless you live near the border.

Go to the US and head north. Well, sometimes you will need to head south.

Needed Documents:

As a US citizen you will need either:

  1. a passport
  2. Passport Card
  3. Enhanced Driver’s License
  • Technically, you need one of these documents or just a passport to get into Canada, but in actuality the Canadian border control doesn’t always check them. You will need one to re-enter the US.  The US border control does a thorough check on each and everyone coming into the country.
  • Be prepared to wait in a long line to get back into the US.
  • You are not allowed to carry fruit from one country into the other.

Phone:

  • Use 911 for the police, fire department, or to get an ambulance
  • Use 411 for information (This might cost money.)

Website

Videos:

Books: 

Notes:

  • It’s a big country. You’re going to need a car.

Windsor

How to get there:

Go to DetroitMichigan and head south through the tunnel.

Website:

Cost:

Hours:

  • The tunnel is always open, through it does have heavier traffic at rush hours.

Notes:

  • No motorbikes or scooters are allowed in the tunnel.
  • Windsor is one of the many Greyhound stops in Canada.

The United States of America

How to get there:

You can enter my country by land, air, or sea. But I think flight would be your transportation method of choice.

I have no clue how to get a visa to the US or who needs one. Just assume that you need one if you are not American or Canadian and check with your local US embassy.

Phone:

  • Use 911 for the police, fire department, or to get an ambulance
  • Use 411 for information (This might cost money.)

Website:

Downloads:

Videos:

Books: 

Notes:

  • It’s a big country. You’re going to need a car.

Eastern Market

How to get there:

  • 42°20’54.9″N 83°02’25.0″W

The Eastern Market is about 1.6km northeast of downtown Detroit, surrounded by Winder street, Riopelle street, Wilkins street, and Russell street.

You can get to it by going on I-75 and getting off at the Chrysler Freeway. Check the link above for more details.

Address:

2934 Russell Street
Detroit, MI 48207

Phone:

  • 313-833-9300
  • 313-833-9309 (fax)

Website

e-mail: admin@detroiteasternmarket.com

Hours

Map


Belle Isle

How to get there:

  • 42°20’35.2″N 82°58’26.8″W
  • Take East Grand Blvd to the island.

Address:

Belle Isle Park
Detroit, MI 48243

Phone:

  • 1-(313) 628-2081

Website

Download:

Cost:

  • Free

Hours:

  • Access to the island is always available, but some of the facilities may close.

Map:


The Heidelberg Project

How to get there:

Address:

3600 Block of Heidelberg Street
Detroit, MI 48207

Phone:

  • 1-313.974.6894

Website

e-mail: information@heidelberg.org

Cost:

  • Free, but donations are welcomed

Hours:

  • Always available

Notes:

  • People live in some of the houses. Be careful not to trespass on private property.


How to get there:

Take I-75 exit 77B.

By Train –

According to Wikitravel.org  you can take the Amtrak from Chicago to Pontiac. The trip takes 5 to 6 hours and costs $25-$50 with the weekend special. You can buy a weekend special ticket only between Tuesdays and Fridays.

Website:

Notes:

  • What’s there to do in Pontiac?
  • Not sure, but how could you not want to visit a town named after a car? 🙂

JD’s Key Club

How to get there:

Address:

1 North Saginaw
Pontiac, MI 48342

Phone:

  • 1-248-338-7337

Website

Download:

Cost:

  • 6USD

Hours:

  • 8pm-2am – Wed
  • 7pm-2am – Thu-Sat

Notes:

  • The more you pay the more likely the song you request will be played.
  • If they hate your song, they will not play it, unless you tip very, very well.

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