visiting with the yankees

Once Tom and I stopped living together, and got married, Tom was welcomed with open arms by my family, he was however always, ‘the yankee’, or  even ‘your yankee’, as in and how is your yankee my dear!

After the Outer Banks, and the time with my mom and brother in Greenville we were once again on the AMTRAK.

I have to say, this is the way to go.  It cost us about 50USD each, each way.  No muss, no fuss, no driving, no getting lost, …

This time we were traveling to Union Station in DC, from there we caught a Metro to Shady Grove MD where Tom’s sister and bro-in-law were waiting for us.  This was so easy, from the AMTRAK it is a short walk, through the AMAZING Union Station, click here for photos,  which is going through a renovation.  Oh how I wish we’d had a few hours to explore this building.  Anyway, through Union Station to a sub level to catch the Metro, couldn’t have been any easier.  Well except this one weird thing – we went to a kiosk to purchase our Metro tickets, read the instructions, input for the tickets we wanted, paid, and received them, through the turnstile.  Easy right, errrr wrong.  When we tried to get out out the station at Shady Grove the tickets wouldn’t let us out.  A very nice metro staffer explained that because we had taken the paper ticket we had to pay an extra dollar each, we could have paid an extra 2 dollars each when we purchased for a plastic card, and then just used the card over and over to refill for trips.   So that was our only snafu, out of line, back to a kiosk, pay for 2 1 dollar tickets, then through the exit.

So there they were, waiting…

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We had a very good visit with the family, got to see most of them.  Tom also made some rounds to see old high school friends, and folks from his youth.  I didn’t go on those visits.


We did take the opportunity one day to do a battlefield and historic Gettysburg tour.  Things haven’t changed much, everything is quite as we both remember it.   I am doing a separate post or two on Gettysburg, it really is a beautiful place.

And once again, we ate, we drank, we reminisced, we talked, and did what you do when you get together.  We had fun!

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Now these are interesting,  these are some old photos of the house Tom and his sister Patt grew up in, it had been in the Kuhn family for a very long time. The top photos is of a post card that shows that the house had been used as a ‘rebel’ hospital during the civil war.  I can remember stories passed down in the family, and  being shown the hole in a door jamb where a bullet had hit, and names scratched in the wood, Very cool stuff.

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it was a good visit.


About Debi in Merida

I moved from Colorado Springs, Colorado USA to Merida, Yucatan, MX in January 2006. I love to read, garden, travel, and hang out with friends.
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6 Responses to visiting with the yankees

  1. Yankee? Whoa, MaryLand is on the wrong side of that equation, at least in the history I was taught in high school – being below Mason-Dixie line. Besides, nobody’s entitled to the term Yankee unless they meet Robert Frost’s definition: “someone who eats pie from breakfast.”

    • Tom’s family is PA, mine is North Carolina and Virginia. They was Yankees.period!
      I’d be interested to know Frost’s definition of ‘pie’ because trust me, we Southerners are not opposed to a bit of sweet potato pie for breakfast!

      • Perhaps Frost had read or heard this:

        To the European, a Yankee is an American.
        To an American, a Yankee is a New Englander.
        To a New Englander, a Yankee is a Vermonter.
        To a Vermonter, a Yankee is someone who eats apple pie for breakfast.
        And to a Vermonter who eats apple pie for breakfast
        a Yankee is someone who eats it with a knife.
        ~An old Yankee joke

  2. Lane says:

    I love the house! Very interesting.

  3. Good visit indeed. I particularly liked the train station photos. It’s great that those places are being restored in some cities.

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