Posted on January 10, 2016
Our first couchsurfing hosts were Frank and Katie from north Baltimore! First off Frank and I are complete travel twins, almost every conversation started with me saying have you heard of this website or used this trick and the sentence ended with of course, I did this last week or I will be doing this in the future. They shared with us their beautiful home, insightful recommendations, and the best wine and cheese. There were easily our best hosts to date and we feel very fortunate to have met them and hope to continue a friendship with them in the future.
The local buses and light rail were good and prices were similar to D.C. and Pennsylvania. Greyhound buses formerly Peter Pan Bus Company still runs trips to Phill, D.C. and the area for $10.
When we were preparing for our trip, we had so many people ask us, “Why are you going there? What’s in Baltimore?”
So, so much.
Most of our Baltimore sights included sampling from the local breweries (something DC lacked because of the cost to open and maintain, compared to Maryland), though we did enjoy going to Fort McHenry when Nick’s brother drove up to see us. Did you know that Fort McHenry is where the Star Spangled Banner was inspired? Because they only told us a billion times. The views were great, but it was pretty overwhelmingly patriotic. In contrast, the city of Baltimore does have an appropriate number (read: one) of statues of George Washington, unlike the nation’s capitol. Downtown Baltimore gave us an appreciation for the city’s aptly declared motto of The Charming City. Fell’s Point was beautiful, and the history of the city runs deep. We stayed in a suburb to the north called Towson, which is home to Maryland’s largest mall and was lovely overall. We will definitely be returning here in the future, not just because we missed seeing the bar that Edgar Allen Poe haunts, but because it was such a wonderful place to be!