USA Week 5: Rest and baseball in Durham
road trip through the USA
is already halfway through and we are in need of some peace and quiet between all the major cities and sights. In
we find that peace, and much more! Find out what our week in this – for most readers still unknown – city in North Carolina looked like!
After America’s NationalParks, and the other previous sights of San Diego,Los Angeles and Las Vegas, we were now in need of a little rest. It can certainly
be tiring to travel a long
time and it is important that we take some rest in between. A better place to do that than in this city, we don’t think there is.
Durham is a city in North Carolina that belongs to Raleigh. This city has a big airport,is known for duke university and of course its excellent baseball games. This city is also known for its absolute times against racism. Last year, for example, protesters took down a statue that glorified slavery during the civil war. Everywhere you see placards with anti-racism texts and texts about love. Their common message reads “Hate has no home here” and “Doesn’t matter where you’re from, you are welcome”. They want to say that really everyone is welcome in their city, it doesn’t matter where you come from. A beautiful thought,we think.
Beyond these fun facts,we chose to stay in this city because of its location. North Carolina is located roughly between Miami and New York,our next and last 2 destinations of our road trip. So it’s the perfect place to relax among all the hustle and bustle of the big cities.
Durham is a beautiful city. You see a lot of greenery and the streets are kept clean. The houses there are usually gigantic large and painted in beautiful colors. That’s our house. It is a large house with a terrace at the front and a large terrace at the back, with stairs to the extensive garden. Our house also has a porch that overlooks the garden. It’s a house as you see many in Durham. Beautifully maintained and typically American built.
Most of our time in Durham, we spent on the lovely terrace or the large porch of our temporary home. With temperatures over 30 degrees,it was the ideal place to stay. But every now and then we also took the time to watch baseball games. The
– durham’s baseball team – didn’t do badly in their league and we loved cheering them on during the games we saw. Of the two games we went to see, they lost one and won one. The latter was very exciting!
If you’re going to watch a baseball game, we’d recommend watching on Thursday night or Friday night. On weekends, more families with children come and the entertainment around the field is also provided. Unless you have children, of course, then Sunday is the best day to go and watch! Even for people who don’t like sports right away, baseball is really fun to watch. Especially the entertainment around the field, but also the actions on the pitch, can be very amusing with moments.
What to do?
This town is more than just baseball. Downtown you will find many cozy restaurants with an eye for healthy food. In all the places we have already visited in America, we didn’t actually find any restaurants without fast food. So this is the way we are, and we’re happy about that. The restaurants they have here are really good. Recommendations are definitely Mateo’s and Alley 26. Both restaurants make tasty, refined tapas and drinks. You can also find a restaurant in Downtown where they all have kinds of beers on tap. There is even Belgian beer to be found!
Also the American Tobacco Campus is a place you can’t skip! Especially in the evening it is very pleasant to stay and it is near the Bulls Athletic Park, the stadium where the baseball games take place.
Furthermore, the typical American high schools and universities are the hallmark of this city. It’s nice to walk past and through these campuses. We were lucky enough to visit it at a time when many students graduated. It was nice to see these students, in traditional attire, celebrating that they had graduated.
This town certainly brought us peace. The new energy we have, we will use for our next and last two destinations in America.
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