The Charm City

0e44463c-7a8e-33ec-ad5e-fc15485de780inner harborOur Baltimore visit

A free bus? What? Takes you all over downtown? Really? Right down the street? You’re kidding!

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Do I sound like a yokel? Well I certainly looked and sounded like one in Baltimore. But it was a novelty to me, having a bus pick me up and deposit me no more than a few blocks from my desired destination. Once , right on the doorstep! Baltimore was the last stop on our trip so we were tired though we now had experience slinging those heavy suitcases around. But we’d decided to indulge ourselves and get a taxi.

While trying to decide how to get one big enough for all five of us and our luggage, a stranger in the terminal asked why we didn’t get the circulator. He patiently explained where to go and assured us that we didn’t have to pay a thing and that we wouldn’t have to wait long. We thanked him profusely. He turned around and thanked us for not treating him like a pariah. I had suspected but didn’t want to make an assumption, that he was a bum. He wasn’t overtly raggedy or dirty. And he spoke very nicely. I’m sure there was a sad story there but we didn’t stay to hear it. Gave him money for a cup of coffee and left to catch our bus.

There was another nice lady, dressed very professionally, who was equally nice. Did I say we looked like yokels? lol. Well, it’s hard not to when you’re dragging suitcases,  double checking street signs, huddling the children, asking everyone ‘what color line is this’, and other yokel-y things. Another working class guy, helped us wrestle our extra bags on the bus, and we got additional reassurance from the driver that indeed this line goes right past our hotel. Unfortunately, the lady from our stop got hassled by a more stereotypical drunken bum on the seat beside her. But a nice young student type ordered him to stop it and he got off at the next stop. The lady shrugged it aside as a part of city life.

I guess that shows you can’t take anything for granted. Except the Charm City Circulator. We used it a couple of times during our 2 days in Baltimore and it was always dependable and easy to use. Great for workers as well as tourists.

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