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Friday, May 23, 2008

Live from... Virginia!

Now you see me... now you don't! We drove all night and came to my brother's home in Burke, VA. The reason for such a crazy trip? My brother Paco is here too! He was in Orlando all week on a business trip, and came over before he flies back to Argentina on Monday. Since Gaby and the kids hadn't seen him in almost five years, we decided to come. But we didn't tell him, of course!
 
We left home at 11:45 PM and I drove until 2:15 AM, where I made a stop near Buffalo, NY. The process of going through customs was the easiest so far, we were in and out in a matter of seconds. Well, you might think there's not a lot of people crossing the border at 2:00 AM on a Friday.
 
We took the longer route, but that's the fastest too, because it's all highways. So we actually took I-90 west from Buffalo, and then took I-79 at Erie, PA. Then we drove past Pittsburgh, where we took the Pennsylvania Turnpike. From there, we took highway 70, then 270 in Maryland, then the Capital Beltway (I-495) and we arrived at my brother's place at around 10:30 AM.
 
Paco arrived about an hour later, and we were all in hiding. Once he showed up with my mother.... SURPRISE!
 
 
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Manejamos toda la noche para venir a casa de mi hermano en Burke, Virginia. La razón para semejante locura? Mi hermano Paco está aquí! Estuvo en Orlando toda la semana en un viaje de trabajo, y vino para aquí antes de volar de nuevo a Argentina el lunes. Como Gaby y los chicos no habían visto a Paco en casi cinco años, decidimos venirnos. Pero a él no le dijimos nada, por supuesto!
 
Salimos de casa 11:45 PM y manejé hasta las 2:15 AM en que paramos a cambiar de conductor cerca de Buffalo, NY. El proceso de cruzar la frontera fue el más fácil hasta ahora, pasamos en cuestión de segundos. Bueno, tal vez tenga que ver con que no mucha gente cruza la frontera un viernes a las 2:00 AM!
 
Tomamos la ruta más larga, pero que también es la más rápida, porque sólo se va por autopistas. Tomamos la I-90 hacia el oeste desde Buffalo, luego la I-79 en Erie, Pennsylvania. Luego manejamos hasta Pittsburgh, donde tomamos la Pennsylvania Turnpike. Desde ahí, la I-70 y luego la 270 en Maryland; finalmente la Capital Beltway (I-495), arribando a casa de mi hermano cerca de las 10:30 AM.
 
Paco llegó más o menos una hora más tarde, y estábamos todos escondidos. Una vez que apareció con mi madre... SORPRESA!
 
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That beautiful teenager is my niece -and goddaughter- Valeria
 
 
 
 
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4 comments:

  1. Que maravillosa sorpresa, me imagino que no se lo podía creer, que rico!
    Que disfruten mucho!!
    Saludos!

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  2. Lindo reencuentro. Esas sorpresas son impagables.

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  3. Hi Gabriel. Looks like you had a great trip. Your brother's place is about 40 minutes from my place. You picked the perfect weekend to visit DC. :)

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  4. It was great, Manny. It was a perfect weekend in more than one sense. :-)

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