Last weekend, Selma and I went back to the Land of the Amish for some R&R with her family. We usually try to fly as much as we can (1.5 hours vs. ~7-9 hours) but sometimes the tickets are just too expensive. Unfortunately, this was one of those times. Luckily, we only had to take the bus there and were able to fly on our way back.
As a side note, we were able to take Bolt Bus together for only $1! The story is as follows: Bolt bus always advertises their “bolt for a buck” deal but I’ve never actually seen any tickets in real life. According to their website, every bus has a $1 ticket that becomes available at a random time. Bolt Bus also has a frequent rider program (completely free) that gives you a free one-way ticket once you have purchased 8 one-way tickets as well as priority boarding (which is awesome because you can board before everyone else. Why everyone doesn’t take advantage of this program is beyond me). So last year, while looking for bus tickets, I stumbled upon my first $1 ticket from Newark, NJ to Baltimore, MD. It was a magical moment that you just have to experience on your own. Anyways, I quickly bought that ticket after paying the $1 service charge (so $2 for a ticket). Pretty awesome right? Now, you may be wondering why I would buy a random ticket from NJ to MD for a random date. Answer: points. The cheapest I’ve ever seen a ticket from Boston to Philly is ~$25. Therefore, eight $1 tickets would only ever cost me $16 (including service charge). And sometimes, you can even find multiple $1 tickets and save on the transaction fee. But the best part is that you don’t even need to actually ride the bus to get the points. Now, this may sound like a lot of work (and it is) to save a few bucks which is why I eventually gave up. However, one day while showing Selma the mysterious $1 tickets, I came across a glitch in their system. They were selling tickets for a certain trip for $0. Yes, free! I wanted to see if it was actually a real thing so I bought one for $0. I didn’t get any errors so I did what anyone else in my situation would have done. I bought 48 tickets for $1(service fee) giving me 6 free one-way tickets. Win. And these came in handy this past weekend because tickets were $50 each if we had to pay for them! To this day, I have yet to receive any form of contact from Bolt Bus regarding this incident. Looking back, I should have bought 1000 tickets.
Anyways, back to the events of the weekend and why you’re really reading this post. As I was running to the bus station, I stumbled upon the Girl Scouts selling cookies. Obviously I had to pick up a box. It’s for a good cause right?
As you can see from the picture below, New Holland got hit pretty hard with snow. There was so much snow everywhere. Look at this poor car. I bet it’s still frozen under all that ice.
We started off the morning with some eggies and burek. You can’t come visit Selma’s family and not have burek. Plus, check out this double yolk!!!
After breakfast, we went and got our hair did. Selma got her hair cut a little shorter than she wanted but I thought it still looked good. I mean how can you resist this face?
And what is a trip to the land of the Amish without an obligatory stop at Shady Maple!
For dinner, Selma’s dad picked up a bunch of these fresh smelts from the fish department. They are tiny finger length fish that you can eat whole, bones and all. You just lightly batter them in flour and your favorite seasoning and give them a quick fry. Then, drizzle a little lemon juice on top when they’re done. They are surprisingly more addicting than you would think. And apparently, they are a great snack to have with beer. But I would not be having any beer at Selma’s house.
When we weren’t driving around and eating, we spent our time building snowmen. Well actually, Selma made the snowmen. I decided that my time would be better spent digging a trench in the snow. For some reason, I really like shoveling snow. And plus, you never know when you’re going to need a good military style bunker….
And lastly, the pictures below are from the last few meals we had before heading home. Selma’s parents really liked my stew so I couldn’t leave without making them a batch. While I was preparing the stew, Selma was juicing some lemons for some homemade lemonade. And we even had time for sushi with our friend Christina before we left for the airport. We went to a place called Sakura Asian Fusion in Lancaster and even though the decor was odd, it was pretty good overall. Oh, and if you haven’t noticed, all we did was eat while we were home. Up until the point where we packed the car to head to the airport, there was still more food to be had (like that rotisserie chicken).
All in all, it’s always a good time in the land of the Amish. The food alone is worth the trip.
Thanks for reading!