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Friday, July 12, 2013

Baltimore, MD August 22-24, 2013

I made reservations at the Hampton Inn in Downtown Baltimore near M & T Fields, Camden Yards and 4 blocks away from the Inner Harbor. Mom wanted me to stay here because the sports complexes are on major highways and she didn't want me crossing it (I probably couldn't). I was depressed about the price: $152 for Thursday and $161 for Friday, plus $44 in taxes, but I'm sure it'll save me on cab fare on getting to the stadium and Inner Harbor and it has a continental breakfast, so I can eat one other meal a day. I plan on spending $50/day. I was talking to Annah, a friend of Claire's, that lives near Baltimore.

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  • Jessica Marie
    Hey! Tomorrow I'm finally going to get my hotel for my Baltimore trip. I'm staying for 2 days from Aug. 22-24. I have a Ravens game and an Orioles game planned during the night and I definitely want to do the Aquarium. I'm looking to spend between $50-$60 a day. What restaurants are really good/worthwhile and what kind of attractions would you suggest?
  • Jessica Marie
    Also, I'm staying at the Hampton Inn near the stadiums. How far of a walk is that from the Inner Harbor? Are there buses that go that way?
  • Annah Victoria Madriñan
    First off check out groupon. They've got some great Baltimore discounts!
    That hotel (if its the one I'm thinking of) is within easy walking distance of the harbor. Wear comfy shows and you're golden! Also takes lots of water because its hot!
    There's sooooo many places to eat around there. I HIGHLY recommend the Kona grill, Edo sushi, an little Italian bakery in fell's point called Vaccaro's. for cheap food there's a food court by the harbor and a noodles and co.
    I've never taken the buses there so I can't explain them well. I'm more familiar with the metro, which is super easy to use.
    For attractions there is the aquarium, which is expensive, like $40 per person. But its worth it! There's also boat rides, bars, museums, lots of tours to take.
  • Jessica Marie
    Cool, thank you. I think we went to that Italian bakery once. This is going to be my first time alone for more than a few hours. I went three years ago for a day trip, but didn't really get to see a lot.
  • Annah Victoria Madriñan
    I uses to be terrified to walk alone but now I'm fine! There's lots to see so make some plans but allow for flexibility in case you see something extra
  • Jessica Marie
    Also, I'll be taking the Amtrak to the airport (at least that's what the site said it'll stop), how far away is that from the hotel? Have you tried Pickles Pub? A magazine I ordered mentioned it, but I wasn't sure.
    The magazine I was sent was a lot of high end places, haha.
  • Annah Victoria Madriñan
    Walking from the Amtrak is doable but its really long, like almost 2 miles. If you have lots of luggage I suggest budgeting a cab.
    I haven't been to pickles but I've heard wonderful things about it! Google free things to do in Baltimore and you should get a big list.
    Let us know if you need anything. We literally live at the end of the metro in Owings mills and can be there in a half hour
  • Jessica Marie
    Great! Thank you. I definitely will. Starting tomorrow I'm doing more planning. It;s been an odd summer (first summer without my grandma) that I've just been behind in doing things
  • Annah Victoria Madriñan
    Well baltimore is a great place to visit! Good choice!


    I'm going to Google some things to do, but the magazine I was telling Annah about mentioned The National Great Blacks in Wax Museum that I want to check out.  I might go early on the 22nd; my check in isn't until 3pm and the Ravens game is at 7pm. I might arrive at 1pm and go to the Aquarium. I definitely want to do the Aquarium.

    I still have to order my Orioles ticket. The other day when I looked, they were starting at $12.50 for the Friday game (which is what I need since the Ravens game is on Thursday). Then I have to get my Amtrak ticket. I'm not sure if it is better to pre-order that now or wait until the day of? If anyone knows, any advice would be great!

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  1. Sounds like you have a fun trip planned :-)

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  2. I don't know if my comment went through but I said it sounds like a good time :-)

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    1. It did. :) I was getting so much spam that I have all the comments sent to me first before it gets posted. I don't get spam anymore, thank goodness. :)

      I'm so excited. Now, I'm just going to Mapquest to see how far things are from my hotel and how to use the Metro if I need to.

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    2. I do the same thing with my LiveJournal, and I still get spam every once in a while. Most of my friends just baleet all the Russian stuff they get, but some of my Russian comments are valid, so I read it to check. The majority of the spam comments have links to porn.

      Мм, checking takes more time, but in the end is beneficial.

      Enjoy your trip! The Metro is not evil - I used so much public transport in Shanghai - in fact, I still have the second subway pass [I lost the first one, not expecting I'd need to use it the next day too]!
      I'm wondering if I should try to contact Teavana again with a better reference or if I should just leave it alone and trust the neighbour.
      I'm leaning towards trusting the neighbour, especially since I've already revised my application after submitting it a few times and I have reservations about learning to be a Teavana lackey. My family and my Chinese friends (including a girl who works at the Exton Teavana) say it seems very natural that of course Teavana'd hire me, but I've already made a few mistakes in contacting the corporation, didn't really clearly discuss my Chinese teashop visit or actually name the friend at the Exton Teavana, and I gave Dr Grabb as a reference but then said not to call him since he's on vacation. I didn't name the Teavana girl since I don't know her surname, only that she goes by Phoenix. And Teavana lackeys are scary! D: (But then again, Chinese is scary, too.)
      My basic application should be fine, there are just little things the inner perfectionist wants to change.

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    3. I usually love public transportation, the systems in Milwaukee and Green Bay were so easy to use. I think I might call the hotel and see if there are buses that go by it. If I don't call, I'm sure Google maps will tell me!

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    4. I have a love/wtf relationship with SEPTA.
      In China, the best mode of transportation when not flying from one side to the other was foot, as the vans often had trouble. We were delayed about 45 mintes going back to the University from a day in the city of Guiyang by a flat tire. It's, um, considerably worse standing in the middle of town in the heat of mid-day in China.

      What buses go by your hotel?

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  3. Awesome! I hope you have a wonderful time. :)

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    1. I'm really looking forward to it.

      @Claire: haven't looked yet. I will soon. 4 blocks might not be far to walk?

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    2. Why haven't you looked at public transport around your hotel yet? I don't mean for it to sound nasty.

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    3. Usually I do that at work when I have access to a printer. But, the Inner Harbor is a 10 minute walk. The buses don't look terribly convenient (I think I would have to walk a bit to catch a bus), so one of my friends told me to ask about the light rail/metro. I'll Google map that.

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    4. What is the light rail/metro news?

      I most likely totally screwed up my Teavana application form, but I am just existing there EVERY DAY to make up for it.

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    5. I haven't looked. Wasn't really on the computer much today. When I'm in the office tomorrow and next to a printer, I'll look.

      I also have to make a list of TV channels I want because we're getting rid of the package and only keeping the channels we watch.

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    6. I am not on the computer much, either. Tomorrow I'm headed back to the Exton Square Mall to follow through with what I say.

      What does your list include? I don't actively watch TV any more, but I'll watch NBC10 News ("I don't want to work, I want to bang on the drums all day!" is the Friday Morning Theme Song) and the Comedy Central when my family is.

      I don't want to laze, I want to sell tea to friends all day!

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