Sunday, November 9, 2008

Syracuse, New York (Click here for Gwen's website)

I feel inclined to drive to Cleveland and spend time with my Grandmother. Since July she has been in a coma and now her physical health is declining.

On the drive up, I stopped in Syracuse, New York and stayed with two of my sister's friends. Gwen and Joey are California based graffiti artists who attend art school at Syracuse University. The husband and wife duo have been creating art and graffiti since they were teenagers. I slept over on their futon, we drank yerba maté and ate portobello sandwiches. Syracuse is a perfect halfway point in my ten hour drive to Cleveland. I don't plan to stay in Ohio longer than a week, but things always seem to change when dealing with my Grandma's health issues.

Draft of Route 1

Not finished yet...

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Boston For A Day

I took the train from DC to Boston. The scenery and Dave Egger's book, "You Shall Know Our Velocity," kept me company along my ten hour ride. I was excited to get back to normalcy and to Boston.

My Aunt and Uncle picked me up at the train station. It has been six months since I've seen them last. Three months in Cleveland looking over a sick Grandmother and then three month overseas. I was worried what they might think about my stint in Europe.

My worries melted when I saw the expression on their faces. They were proud of me and interested in what I had to tell them about the countries I visited. My Uncle wanted to know what route I took when traveling by bus and train. I've started to map them out using google maps. First route is partially complete and posted above.