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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.

Map:

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