asking in an airport in chicago about ways to get to detroit after my flight had been cancelled due to storms, the conversation went something like this...
me: hi there, i'm just wondering whether you know of any buses or other flights that go to de-troit?
customer service dude: you going where? de-troit? where's that now?
me: ummm (at this point i tried saying it again- de-troit). i said it a few times.
customer service dude: ooohhhhh, you mean you going to deee-troit? oh i see now.
having come from spanish speaking mexico, i hadn't quite fathomed at that point how different each accent and pronunciation of words would be in the states. like another language. now i did. now, i'm speaking american.
i stayed in detroit with this guy. michael lapp.
quite possibly the best tour guide going, he showed me around this city, full of an eclectic mix of housing and an amazing arts and music scene. we worked on a large scale art project he's creating and drank beers. watched the first game of the NFL in a bar and ate the most horrible fast food you've ever tasted from a place called white castle. never again for that one, i'm pretty sure the burgers were microwaved. but apparently you had to do it.
my impression of the city- super friendly people. artists and musicians are coming to detroit because the rent is cheap on spaces and the regulations are not strict, so trying to experiment with new things is easier, a lot of creativity and arts/music is happening here. there are new, funky coffee shops mixed with amazing old school diners. a bowling alley called magic stick which is one of the oldest in america- it serves pizza, beer, you can bowl there and see a gig whilst doing it. there is a lot i could write about with this city, especially considering the economic and social factors at play. i think to truly do it justice though i'd need to spend some more time there to fully understand it all. so i'm just going to put a whole lotta images up, and you can take what you will from them. highly recommend if you get the chance- visit detroit.