Doop Doop Doop Lookin out my back door!

Trip Start May 08, 2006
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Trip End Mar 07, 2007


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Friday, January 26, 2007

Charleston South Carolina

You know your heading south when the guy behind you on the bus says; "Where are you from?" and you say; "Australia" and they say; "Wheres that?" and you say; "Down under" and
they say; "It must be cold down there".

Thats right, some people in the south dont know where Australia is. And if you say its on the same level as Brazil. They say "wheres brazil?".

South Carolina rolls off the tongue. Greyhound overnight bus-ing is a pain; I had to transfer 3 times. They always check your carry on bags for guns and knifes, but dont care about what you put under the bus. On the longest journey part of my 14 hour journey; the 1 am till 7 am part, i got on the bus and all the free seats of two were taken. A southern lady called out "ya can sit errree". As soon as i saw her I panicked. I dont know if you have seen the movie, (The hills have eyes) but she looked from that movie. I sat next to her and tried to sleep. She had already been on the bus for like 12 hours and wasnt tired and kept talking to me. Then when she did sleep she cuddled into me and tried to spoon me, and kept randomly kneeing me every 5 minutes or so to wake me up. I moved away and she came closer. A bit scary but i survived.

Eventually I arrived in Nth Charleston. You have to catch a bus from Dodgy Nth Charleston to nice South Charleston. Then walk to the hostel. The hostel, called NotSo Hostel is a house. No one staying there but me and a couple of couple. Later on an aussie girl checked in.

Charleston has a college going for it in the center of town. Its a small town and i think the college is the only thing that keeps it going. The streets are full of young people and southern hospitality. Girls say hello when you walk down the street. At first you get a big head then you realise everyone says hello. Even at midnight in a dark street. You say GDAY!! back to them and they dont know what to do! I love watching their reactions.

People down south are more inclined to talk to you. At the supermarket, on the local bus. People know your different and are amazed by your accent. I love it. Im just waiting for a southerner to say "You talk all funny like!".

There isnt really much at all to do in Charleston. Besides walk around and look at the pretty houses. Theres a bubba gump shrimp shop here. I think thats why I came to Charleston. Im just following the bubba gump shrimp map on www.bubbagumpshrimp.com. The hostel im staying at is pretty cool but there is no tv reception. Only crappy videos. There is free internet and no one here, so hence I have caught up with all the diary crap.

The first day I slept (because of crazy bus southerners), the second day i walked around and saw everything. The third I used the internet all day (tryed to get a job as a diswasher here but it wasnt worth it) and eventually got drunk at a bar with the aussie girl Jessica. The 4th I went to leave and missed the 3pm bus to Savannah because I waited at the wrong station and then missed the 3:45 (last bus) by 1 minute and so therefore right now im still in Charleston and leaving tomorrow!

Still waiting for an email from Pete...
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