So You Flew Into Detroit and You Have One Day to Kill Before You Go on a Work Thing in Bowling Green.
I was afraid to fly into Detroit because I live on the west coast and we hear scary things about Detroit. However, it wasn't bad. The areas on the outskirts of Detroit are beautiful. Here's what I did for 18ish hours after landing in Detroit:
Went to Canada
I entered into Windsor, which was about a thirty minute drive from the Detroit airport.
Here is why it's worth it: To say you've been to Canada if you've never been there previously.
Here's why it's not worth it: The border patrol was extremely rude to me and treated me like a criminal. He made me pull into customs and immigration where they searched my car and asked me questions about places I've been on my passport from 2012 to now. Why? He thought it was weird that I only had one backpack for a week-long trip. (See my post about super-efficient packing from last summer). Also, there is really nothing to do in Windsor except go to bars. It's beautiful, don't get me wrong, but after an hour-long scenic drive, I was ready to hightail it back to America.
If I had to choose between Windsor and Grosse Pointe, I would take the latter. This is a beautiful little town that offers views of, and a drive specifically dedicated to, Lake Erie. I was unable to find a hotel by the shoreline, but the atmosphere was great all the same. I do not have pictures because there was a lot of rain.
There is a small collection of hotels outside of this town including Red Roof Inn and a Holiday Inn Express. Doesn't seem like anything extraordinary, right? But I stayed at the Holiday Inn and right outside of my window was a graveyard. I felt like Edgar Allen Poe sipping on my coffee next to that view.
If you do not like weird streets with confusing lights and lots of foot traffic in which you must maneuver your vehicle, I would say to avoid downtown. It's just like San Diego and Philly and Baltimore. I saw some restaurants, etc., but the driving was making me uncomfortable so I got out of there ASAP. If you want to know more about downtown, you're looking in the wrong place.
Now on to Ohio...
Gonna keep it short and sweet...
While in Ohio, we mostly hung out at Bowling Green University, but we also got tattoos--
And went to the Toledo Museum of Art and its sister museum of Glass. www.toledomuseum.org/
Toledo is much like any other downtown, busy city type area, except for the neighborhood called the Old West End District. The houses here are huge and amazing and worth driving by just so you can say... "wow."
If you feel like looking at some cool small towns, I would suggest Maumee and Waterville. They have a nice vibe, and although there isn't a crazy amount of stuff going on there, the houses are beautiful and the drive is nice.
Ashley and Cecilia work hard, play hard, write stuff, read stuff... because they don't know what else to do with their lives.
I- We should buy something superficial
II- Buy odd clothing
I- An Unusual Social Event
I- We should go somewhere with dangerous animals
I- Somewhere with strange food
When we get ten total votes, the item with the highest number of votes will be our next expedition.
(One vote per reader, per category).