Goodbye Washington, DC – The USA to Canada

Today it is my  husbands birthday. For the first time in our seven years together, I haven’t showered him with gifts or given him a homemade birthday cake. Instead, we crossed the border from America to Canada, and for the first time in our lives, we looked in awe at Niagara Falls.

It might not have been a birthday present, but it was in my opinion, an amazing way to spend his birthday. (He has already had a birthday present earlier in our trip, I’m not just a thoughtless wife!)

Usually, I post a music update every so often, but I’m not listening to any. Instead I’m watching my first ever episode of NCIS in our hotel room.

Let’s backtrack by a day shall we? Yesterday morning we awoke in Silver Springs, Maryland. It was where we were staying for our Washington, DC visit. We went there everyday of the frew dayas that we were in Maryland. It truly is a fantastic place. I won’t go into too much detail at the moment, I’ll save that for when we et home.

When most people think of England, I imagine they automatically think of London. I also imagine that a lot of people from outside of the UK visit London, but rarely anywhere else. Washington, DC is the capital of the USA. London is the capitol of England. The difference between the two, in my opinion anyway, is that you don’t primarily think of Washington, DC as a touristy place that lots of people visit. When I think of America, I think of New York City… Las Vegas… California… Florida… you don’t realize that DC is one of the best places for tourists to visit.

First and foremost it isn’t typically touristy. There isn’t a souvenir store on every corner. There isn’t a loud, rowdy strip of bars. You don’t worry about pickpockets. Instead you have a fantastic selection of free – thank you Smithsonian – museums and stunning monuments. There are a selection of wonderful eateries and bars, AND there is a lot of history there. Plus, there’s the Whitehouse!

It’s safe to say that we really enjoyed it.

Silver Springs is also a wonderful place to stay. We were amazed at how much was on our doorstop. It was a great choice and not far from DC on the metro!

We said goodbye to our hosts and got on yet another coach which took is to New York! It was a nonstop trip, and I must say that the loo on the bus was a strange experience. Ever been on a coach toilet? If you have, you might have noticed that there isn’t a sink to wash your hands, but instead a foamy substance that is similar to hand sanitizer. If you haven’t… well it’s not really something I can describe to you. It’s something you must experience.

I will never forget the first time I glanced the New York City skyline. I was listening to Wild Horses by the R0lling Stones. It was amazing.

For one night we stayed in a lovely hotel in China town. Then it was up early to catch our tour bus to Canada.

It’s taken us pretty much all day to get here but that is because we stopped in a couple of places en-route. We’ll be here for 3 nights, travelling around a little bit and seeing lots of different things.

As per usual, not everyone on the bus is pleasant. Some people feel the need to be impatient and loud, but mostly everyone seems very nice.

I’ve no idea what to expect of Canada but I’ve only ever been told good things about it!

And don’t worry, my husband will get a homemade birthday cake eventually. For now he’ll have to settle for birthday beers!

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  1. Our Whistle Stop Tour of Canada | Sweet Silver Linings.

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