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Baltimore: If I Have To, I Guess.

Posted by Dave / March 14, 2006

BWI1.jpgI’m in Baltimore this week. Not by choice of course, but I’m here non the less. Where to start….oh…where to start. Well, lets start where every trip does, the airport. Baltimore Washington International Airport actually does a good job at welcoming you. After trying to get out of airports like Chicago O'Hare and such, a mid sized airport like BWI is a pleasure to pass through. The airport is surrounded mainly by trees and rolling hills, so you don’t feel stressed out as soon as you land.

Once you’ve taken a taxi into town (a $28USD before tip taxi I might add) you quickly realize that there are two sides Baltimore. You have the Baltimore that is so touristy that it makes your teeth hurt and you have the Baltimore that makes you wish you were….well…anywhere else. I am currently situated in the touristy Baltimore and man do my teeth hurt.

The city has done a very good job and preserving old buildings. They have unfortunately filled them with Barns & Nobles and ESPN Zone and Best Buy. However, credit must be given for at least not tearing these old beauties down. The best thing of all in Baltimore, Whole Foods Market. At least I can sit in my hotel room eating Organic Junk Food and have vegan Blueberry Muffins for breakfast. Another good thing is the endless smell of salt water. I don’t know what it is, but the smell of the ocean just relaxes me, and thank God it does, because being in Baltimore you take what you can get.

However, walk two blocks from thise touristy area and you have the Baltimore you've heard about. The Baltimore that doesn't have much to do and, after 5pm, makes you a bit frightened. Should I feel bad for being scared? Perhaps, but I call a spade a spade......well sometimes I call it a shovel, but more often than not a spade. You can't help being afraid in an area that empties at 5pm and feels rundown and dangerous.

You may ask, “Dave, I have tremendous respect for every word you say. In fact, I think I want to have your children, but don’t you find it hard to review cities when you only ever see 4 square blocks of them?” My answer: No, it’s not hard. Being this judgemental is not something you can just learn; you have to be born with it. Some may even go as far as to call it an art form.

The killer for Baltimore is that you have to buy any alcohol in a liquor store….which there are not nearly enough of. So I’m going to officially label Baltimore as BYOB.

Tune in next week for my review of Denver, CO. At least, a review of the 4 square blocks around my hotel.

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Sara / March 15, 2006 at 06:26 pm
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holy hell... that judge dredd thing slayed me. nice work, hill.

my orlando review is coming... pending the arrival of you-know-whose photos.
asmaa / March 17, 2006 at 10:42 pm
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as an on-and-off marylander, i feel i must leap to charm city's defence. but, alas, i am very tired. the only thing i'll say is, you should've taken the boat to fell's point. at the very least, you could've seen the "homicide" station -- and had some amazing crab cakes.
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