Back in the USA!

Trip Start Nov 17, 2008
Trip End Feb 16, 2009

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Wednesday, December 10, 2008

I arrived in Boston late afternoon, and I'm staying with my friend Mehdi.  I met Mehdi last year in Barcelona for 2 days, and he's very kindly offered me a bed for my stay.  I just want to thank him again for being so awesome. :)

Boston isn't at all what I expected it to be like.  For a start it's very small and compact.  Which is great when you have to walk everywhere.  It's arguably the most historic city in America, this is where the Puritans landed coming from Plymouth (and landed on Plymouth Rock- how luck was that?!) and it was the beginings of the little argument that turned into the American War of Independence.  It's home of or has produced through it's Universities, Samual Adams, Benjamin Franklin, Paul Revere, John Adams, JFK, Barack Obama, George W. Bush, Malcolm X the Boston Tea-party and Ben fucking Affleck.
The nerd in me came out again on my first day and I went to take a photo of the 'Cheers' bar (where everybody knows your name) and Boston's Science Museum which was pretty cool.  Then it was onto to other historical landmarks like the USS Constitution, the oldest commissoned ship afloat in the world.  When the US gained independence from Britain, they suddenly realised they didn't have a Navy, so George Washington commissioned 6 ships way back in 1794.  The Constitution was one of them and is still going strong today.  After visiting the Bunker Hill Monument, that was enough for the history lessons and it was time to catch up with Mehdi and start drinking.

We went to a Boston Celtics game that night which was a lot cooler than I thought it would be.  The Celtics won at the end of the day, beating New Orleans, so it's all good.  The best thing about the game was the Celtic Dancers who came on to entertain the crowd between quarters.  I must make it clear that they are not cheerleaders, because it's quite insulting to them apparently.  They did have still compitition though from the "Irish Leprechaun" who came on near the end of the game and showed the players how to really score an impressive slam dunk.  Surreal?  Naa, just America. :)
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