16.05.2012 20 °C
Day 2 in Boston and I'm glad to report that the BeeGees have exited my head and stopped singing "Massachusetts". Just like the Blues Brothers kindly left my brain when we left Chicago. Tomorrow is New York and as we all know, this city has the most songs written about it. It is true that my Brain is 70% lyrics.
Breakfast is so pathetic at this establishment here in Newbury St that we brought our own and ate at their tables. Fruit and yoghurt should be de rigueur as far as I am concerned.
We had a fun day taking tours. First we took the train to Harvard university. ("Hahvad") since we have learnt that Bostonians don't pronounce their Rs. The tour was led by a girl in her 3rd year. She was a good tour guide with lots of anecdotes and facts. it's a good thing we didn't stay with this fuddy duddy old man who wanted to take us on a tour. I thought he looked dodgy and anyway he was dead boring. Whilst we were led around the campus, we got to see and appreciate the history and notable alumni, but unfortunately we were not allowed into any buildings. The campus feels smallish and more crowded but is somehow still so stately and grand. We learned how much it costs to go to Harvard and general student life and what they are offered.
Lunch was had a flat patties, a burger place.
Next we took the train to MIT to keep up the theme of campus tours. We both agreed that this felt more like a university we were used to. it was old and modern, seemed to have better student life. The sports amenties are amazing. If I went there to study, it would be hard to tear myself away from all the FREE fitness facilities and activities. MIT students have a lovely campus too, it includes sculptures like Henry Moore. Unlike Harvard we were able to walk the corridors and peer into class rooms and labs. So we got a better idea of the place.
My pedometer stopped counting at around 4000 today. Perhaps he is as tired as I am? This evening, we are going to join another tour group. This time the ghosts of Boston. It starts at one of the burial grounds near here. I hope to get scared out of my wits. I am not sleeping anyway, so no chance of nightmares for me!
We have a few hours left in Boston tomorrow morning, after which we take a 4h Amtrak ride to The Big Apple. We are staying in an apartment studio. No idea if there is wifi so there may be a pause in this blog.
So who will sing in my head tomorrow? Grace Jones, Frank Sinatra or Alicia Keys?