Maryland is a mid-Atlantic state that contains Baltimore. Oftentimes I have heard that St. Louis is a lot like Baltimore. I don't know if that's true. I can't imagine many places being a lot like St. Louis. Or a lot like anything. Having been to many cities, I never look around and think, "whoa, now where am I?"
Maryland is where my aunt lives. I sat across from her in the bar a few years back and thought to myself, I am looking in a sort of mirror into the future right now. Having spent nearly no time with relatives growing up, this is always a little disconcerting. And comforting. A link to someone like me, perhaps.
Maryland is connected to me now on Facebook, which I stay on pretty much 99% of the reason is to stay in contact with my aunts.
Maryland is where emails come from when I have questions about genealogy. Especially when those questions feel tricky, too tricky to ask people here.
Maryland is sitting across from me at another aunt's house and telling me, essentially, "oh honey, let me tell you how it is." And it being exactly how she says.
Have I been to Maryland? No, but Maryland has been here.