Cleveland

I truly wanted to go to Detroit during 4th of July or weekend after that, weather, however, disagreed with that plan. Weather forecast showed rainy weather everywhere around 4th of July, so I went to my list of places to go, and chose Cleveland, with sunny weather. Another reason for choosing Cleveland was that I could return to Chicago to see holiday fireworks.

Departed from Chicago at 11 PM on 3rd of July, the bus displayed destination – Washington. The ride went through the night, which was okay for my plan, and seats was comfortable enough to deal with that. Interesting thing is that I came to the station and proper exit just few minutes before departure, and, somehow, I was lucky enough to take one of the first places in the bus – seat near window was my choice. They asked to show my ID while boarding, so annoying.

The trip went successful, however I wasn’t able to sleep or relax normal during the trip, something was against it. The good thing is that on the way back there were plenty of empty seats, so I relaxed as I could. Bus arrived to Cleveland about 20 minutes before sunrise, it meant, that I had plenty of time to walk around while city still asleep, while there are empty streets without cars or people, nice time to enjoy.

The city was quiet during all the time I’ve spent there, not only during early morning. The few places where crowd was present was in the center of the city, all other places – empty by default, and I’ll add to this, that instead of people there were quite a bit of little annoying bugs near the pier, lake, parks and other places with grass and trees. It is possible, that they arrived from Canada, because it is pretty close from Cleveland, and the Erie lake isn’t so big, I even have an impression that I’ve seen Canada from Pier at 9th street.

Except bugs, city has some seagulls, not many with comparison to Milwaukee, but more than Chicago has. The pier at 9th street is very interesting by being so simple and familiar, that I recalled pier in my pre-historical city, where I grew up. It is located near city center, quite big, but not huge, you can walk there, sit there, there is a small park, enjoyable place. Another similarity is that city located on pretty high shore of the lake, so from the pier, so you’re looking upward to get a look of the city. Because of that similarities and memories I’ve spend some time there, just relaxing and giving some time to relax to my feets, and while I was siting there, some dark beggar came to me asking for money to buy new ticket to home, he lost the original one…

I do have the feeling, that beggars specially selects me as a target, maybe because I don’t look like people around me due to my choice of clothes – shirts and pants, maybe something else, who knows. In my blog I’ve wrote about those event few times already, I with that women came to me that often on the streets.

Continuing with stories about pier, somewhere close to it, there is an airport, and between that airport and the pier at 9th street, there is some military ground with buildings, which has a lot of “Do not trespass” signs around it. Anyway, there were a few of loud claps there, and the strange thing about that, is that there were no visible consequences after that – no smoke or something of that kind.

Enough about pier, I’ll tell about the city now, similarly to Milwaukee and Indianapolis, the city has backwards bus stops, also city has another bus stops, that has two entrances – one closer to roadway and second one – closer to sidewalk. Also there are a lot of places, that were designed to have buttons for crossing the streets, however a lot of places have only sockets for those buttons, and actual buttons are missing. A lot of buttons, that are still or already exists have additional signs with information telling which street you’ll be able to cross after button is pressed. This information should be useful, but for tourists like me it almost worthless, I don’t know what streets where, so just press all buttons.

I’ve already said, that there weren’t much people on the streets, and those who were – were pretty friendly, sad greetings, one man even asked a cigarette. I should also mention one interesting behavior pattern of joggers that jog on “Hope Memorial Bridge”. The joggers were jogging from west side of the bridge to the east, once they’ve arrived to the east part, they started to returning, who just walking, who – jogging as well. Funny people.

Because there weren’t a lot of people in the city, and almost all the places were closed, except Starbucks and Hard Rock Café, there was no place to enjoy some meal. However I found interesting place with cool logo – Noodlecat, I do recommend to check out it’s logo, the place was closed though.

While walking down the streets it is impossible not to notice that city center is filled with offices of different banks, similarly to Milwaukee, however banks are different. I saw following Key Bank, First National Bank, Charter One, 5/3, Huntington and few smaller ones. Conclusion – if you want to work in downtown – get a job in the bank.

While wandering here and there I’ve found one cent coin, it isn’t a first time I’m finding money on the streets in America. Interesting is the place where I found it – in court district, where courts and police station located. Also there located bail bonds firms, a lot of them. It’s the first time where I’ve seen bail bonds firms in US – something new, nice.

One more new thing – I saw as person actually used the device in front of the bus. From changing the position to horizontal, to attaching a bike to the device. I’ve never seen anyone to use it in Chicago, it is usually in vertical position with advertisements displayed to everyone.

Concluding with the story, I’ll say, that I’ve made about 300 photos, and my camera showed a red signal about battery capacity left. A lot of photos this time, usually it goes somewhere around 200.

Cleveland

The last thing for today – when I discussed the idea to go to Cleveland, some people tried to scary me, that, the city isn’t safe, and it’s highly probable to meet people with guns. Instead, I’ve seen very safe and quiet city, lovely one.

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