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The Annual "Where to Eat for Otakon" videos

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These are videos I do every year to help supplement information of where to go for good/cheap eats and various information and con tips. Keep checking back for links to see the latest video. This year, starting off with "How to Keep Safe". Hope these videos help!

Part One:

 

 

Part Two:

 

 

Pre-Otakon Tip Video - 

 

 

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Here's the next video on the list: getting there from the airports and why driving is not the best idea, but if you HAVE to....

 

 

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I will agree to a point in regards to driving.  Though if you’re traveling into the city from the Northern areas like Baltimore, the best routing should be 295 to 50 better known as New York Ave.  

That is essentially a straight shot right to the main hotel.  Leaving is actually easier, but that’s beside the point.  

I will also agree that Amtrak is by far and wide the best option, especially if you’re traveling solo.  Union Station is conveniently located essentially downtown.  Though I’m sure that will be mentioned in the upcoming video.  Only hitch is if the railroad goes to crud IE: trespasser strike , well you could be waiting an hour or two between stations.  More than likely problem should be minor heat related slow orders. 

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Trains and cosplay tips!!!!  Next week I will talk about Metro and what to do if a strike happens during Otakon...in the meantime, here's the new video!

 

 

 

 

 

 

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First let’s clear up a few miscommunications with the above about train travel.  Starting with VRE and Amtrak.  VRE does have a cross honor agreement, though restrictions apply as to what tickets are applicable and an $8.00 step up ticket needs to be purchased.    https://www.vre.org/service/rider/amtrak/. Here’s the lowdown.  

The other major miscommunication here is checked baggage.  Chances are that your NEC train will not have a baggage car, therefore no checked baggage.  Amtrak’s carry on policy is very generous and so is the checked baggage policy for trains with a baggage car ( last I checked at least 1 bag is free, might be two ).   

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I hope we get some interesting food trucks. DC has lots of them, but maybe we need to reach out to them to let them know about Otakon?

Here's a good tracker for food trucks around DC:

http://foodtruckfiesta.com/

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Msprintz, you are right about the upcharge fee, but my point is that a lot people believe that any VRE ot MARC ticket is automatically an Amtrak ticket, which it is not. And as I said before, check the links for baggage details..however, conductors for the local lines (not Amtrak) can, and have had to deny boarding during peak/rush times. People should look at the link you provided as well as the ones I provided on my YouTube channel to get more details on these issues. Which is better than listening to them from my father-in-law who was a conductor for both Amtrak and MARC...dude can goon for a looong time....

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All about the DC Metro...be warned, some of the information about the strike may be old, if so just skip to the next part, thanks for watching!

 

DC Metro site  - https://www.wmata.com/

Smarttrip Card - https://www.wmata.com/fares/smartrip/

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