I think the best summer vacation I’ve ever taken was when I went out East a few years ago. Two of my friends and I went on a two-week road trip. At the time, I was living in St. Paul, Minnesota, in the Midwest of the United States. Anyway, we started off camping every night, but that got real old, real fast. So we started checking in to hotels after about the third day. We were headed for Washington, DC first. Checking in to the hotel was always a bit of a hassle.
I wanted to sleep in a double bed, my friends wanted to get a king to share. Lodging is more expensive at a hotel than in a campground, but it is much, much more comfortable!
We went to the major tourist attractions in Washington, D.C. – the Capitol, Lincoln’s Memorial, the White House. We then headed north, passing through Boston and headed towards Canada, to Quebec City. When we arrived at the Canadian border, we had to pass through customs and immigration. Customs was easy. We had nothing to declare. Immigration was more of a pain .
We were asked the standard questions. How long will you be staying in Canada? What is the nature of your visit? Finally, we were permitted to enter, and we drove on to our destination.
Quebec City is beautiful! Unlike many cities, there are no tourist traps to sidetrack you. We spent two days there, then drove on to Montreal. Of course, we had to pass through customs and immigration again when we re-entered the United States. Our bags were searched in customs, but other than that we got through fairly easily. A few days later, we were back in Minnesota–home sweet home.
Going to the Movies
I love watching movies. I like a lot of different genres. No matter what my mood is, I can always find something that fits the bill. When I’m feeling down, I sometimes like a good comedy. My favorite are romantic comedies. The plot is pretty simple.
A boy meets a girl and there are road blocks to them getting together. The lead actors are usually likable people, the supporting cast give comic relief and villains are people we love to hate. In the end, though, there is usually a happy ending. Romantic comedies, or comedies in general, can be predictable but they’re also pretty entertaining.
I don’t go out of my way to see slapstick or physical comedies that much. But, once in a while, I catch a good one on TV.
I like dramas, mysteries, and action and adventure stories, not to mention documentaries. My favorite are movies that have surprise endings that throw you for a loop . Just when you thought you had the whole thing figured out, there’s a plot twist. Good screenwriters or directors can pull it off.
One type of movie I don’t like that much are horror movies. Scary movies just don’t do it for me. But, there is one exception. I like movies by the director Alfred Hitchcock. Hitchcock was born in England but made most of his films in the U.S. Before he died in 1980, he made a lot of movies that are now considered classics. Most of them are nail- biters; some are mysteries and some are horror stories.
The scariest movie I think he made and that I’ve ever seen was a movie called Psycho. The movie is set in a seedy motel called Bates Motel. The main character owns the motel and lives there with his mother. Strange things happened at this motel.
People check in, but sometimes, they don’t check out. One day, a very pretty woman checks in to the motel. We know something bad is going happen to her. Sure enough, we see her get murdered. At the very end, we find out who the murderer is.
It’s one of those surprise endings. Just when you thought you have it figured out, it turns out to be a shocker. I won’t spoil the ending for you if you haven’t seen it. I recommend it though and give it a big thumbs up. But, be warned. It’s not for the faint-hearted.