|The Chocolate Factory|
|Children playing while waiting to enter the Chocolate Factory|
(and the mirrored wall)
|Easter eggs of Wooster|
|Digital and big bird at Mike's parents'|
|Digital with Pat & MrP (Mike's parents)|
|Park by the Scioto River|
|Having fun at COSI|
|Scioto River (emptied into Ohio River, |
that emptied into Mississippi River)
|Santa Maria replica by the Scioto River|
|Columbus in Spring|
|Nice art on the street of Columbus|
|On the way to the Library|
|Right at home!|
Our mode of transportation was to be the economically priced Mega Bus. Two seats were booked and paid for with good saving made. On the day of departure Mike drove us to Columbus downtown, heading to Nationwide and North High Street junction where the Mega Bus was to pick us up. That never happen. All roads to High Street and Nationwide were blocked. A traffic officer directed us to a road paralleled to High Street, and as close to where the bus was going to pick us up. But he also told us no way a bus could enter Nationwide, not until the event of the day, which was a Cancer Walk concluded. Mike managed to drop us a block away from the pick up place, and we walked to Nationwide - High Street junction. Not a single vehicle, just walkers, in the thousands and music. Wow, we had missed this event announcement from our Columbus calendar.
It was fun to watch the proceedings but also it was a very confusing time for us. We badly needed to get to our bus, that would take us to Pittsburgh for a connecting bus to Washington D.C. Another traffic officer managed to get us in contact with the Mega Bus costumer service. Mega Bus costumer service said they would call us back to let us know where we should go for the bus. Still in the noise and all the chaos the bus left without us. When I called Mega Bus again, they told me I did not answer their call that was supposed to tell us where to get the bus. I did not hear my phone rang, we must had been right in the middle of all the people making their way on High street. I was heart broken. It took so much to arrange our trip to Washington DC and then New York. We had hosts waiting for us in both cities. Later I found out that another pick up place was at the Ohio Sate University, further North of the Columbus City. If I had known I would had gone there right away. On the street with no internet access - that was the hard reality we faced of being unwired in a wired world. For me that was Murphy Law at its best.
|Digi trying to shut out loud sound and music|
|The crowd coming from North on High Street, |
right at the Nationwide Junction
We finally called Mike (who had to leave to meet a friend in another part of the city) to tell him what happened. I just wanted to fly to DC. But Mike thought the Greyhound was probably a much cheaper option. We managed to get two greyhound bus seats that cost us USD 180, that probably was just slightly cheaper than flight tickets. The original Mega Bus seats from Columbus to Washington DC was only USD 24 for both Digital and I. But instead of departing at 9.00 in the morning, we departed at 10 at night, and only arrived in Washington D.C. early morning, the next day.
|Digi eating his breakfast out of Ziploc bag|
We headed to our hotel for a short rest and to clean up after a night of bus ride. The hotel was booked because our Washington D.C host could only host us from the 2nd night onward. Funny how we planned life, and how life turned out.