We were in South Dakota for 8 days (including travel). It’s refreshing to stay a bit longer in one place, after fast trips this year to Austin, Baltimore, and Costa Rica. I’d say a week for one area is fine, any less than that and it’s tough to not feel cramped. Of course, if you have longer than a week to explore an interesting place, you should absolutely go for it!
We spent a decent chunk of our time in Custer. Whether we stopped for a quick breakfast on the way to the lake, or drove through Custer State Park looking for the bison herds, it’s a town you’ll want to put on your South Dakota list too.
As some of you might remember, we were able to squeeze in a quick weekend getaway for June! This past Sunday night, we landed safely back in Boston after just 52 hours in the beautiful capital city of Austin, Texas.
But before we get into the trip itself, I think I owe you folks an apology. I haven’t posted anything in 3 weeks! I’ll give you the typical excuses: work, family, general laziness. Take your pick. Regardless, I’m humbled that people have still been stopping by to check in, and I hope you enjoy reading about our short excursion to the Lone Star State.
Somewhere between reminders to “Be careful!” and short interrogation sessions – “Why would you even want to go there, what is there to do?” – we planned our visit to Baltimore over President’s Day Weekend.
We walked around 30 miles this weekend, no joke!
We weren’t scared off. We didn’t feel scared at all, even walking through some of the trickier neighborhoods. I believe a little common sense goes a long way when travelling, and, let’s be honest, every city has its rough neighborhoods.
Despite all the warnings, we used the weekend to its fullest. Eating some great food, learning quite a bit of history, and enjoying one of the best weekend’s worth of weather I’ve ever seen during February! I mean, seriously, people acted like we were getting deployed into a war zone. I know Baltimore has had its fair share of troubles (recently and in the past) but we really enjoyed the city. It’s got character. It’s got a beautiful harbour. It’s got plenty of history and some great food. Each neighborhood has a different feel. I love cities like that. I want to walk from one end to the other, and see different people, different buildings, new food. That’s what make cites so great, you can find a little bit of everything.
Our last days in Peru found us coming full circle, one more day in Lima before flying home to Boston. When we finally got into our hostel, it was about 11PM on a Saturday night. Every one in the hostel was already asleep! Well, not everyone, we ended up hanging out with some folks from Australia, England, and Canada before meeting our Peru Hop tour guide to go out.
Boston isn’t New York or Tokyo. I’m used to “going out” around 10PM, and getting back by 2AM (and that’s if it’s a really crazy night). People in Lima don’t even leave the house until 1AM! We were out until 5 in the morning, with a much needed pit stop at a very Peruvian McDonald’s…
The next day, we woke up late, and wandered down to Mistura 2015 to experience Latin America’s biggest food festival.