Beantown: Day 2

Trip Start Feb 15, 2010
Trip End Feb 14, 2011

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Brock and Jennapher's

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Thursday, April 22, 2010

Today, I stopped over at the Boston Common, the oldest city park in the country, on my way to visit Boston University.  The common is a very green and peaceful place in the middle of the big city, and it was interesting to see the wide variety of folks who were stopping to take a break in their day.  One older gentleman had taken off his suit jacket and shoes to lay down in the soft green grass and rest for a while.  There are a lot of over-stressed people in this world that would benefit from taking a page out of that guy's book.

Once I was at Boston University, I was making my way across the campus when I stumbled upon a chowder competition.  About a dozen or more contestants from different groups in the university had made different chowders and anyone was welcome to step up and try them all before placing a vote on their favorite.  I hadn't had anything to eat yet, so I figured a dozen or so dixie cups of chowder would really hit the spot.  After my impromptu lunch, I continued up to the Drama Dept.'s admissions office and met up with the rest of the tour group and guide.  For some reason, Boston University thought it would be wise to have a freshmen student conduct tours of the department for prospective students.  I can't say that I agree with that decision, and I would have liked someone with a little more knowledge about the school and the program.  It was good to see the facilities, though, and I have the contact number for their admissions office to call later with my questions.  The campus is very nice and has a lot of quiet spaces along the Charles River and the streets between.  It was somewhat surprising to find since the school is right in the middle of Boston and only steps away from Fenway Park.

After the tour of the drama department's facilities, I walked around the campus a bit more and spent a half hour relaxing on a bench in the park along the Charles River before going to the school's visitor office for a campus tour.  The campus tour led us through the various other common buildings of the university and gave a little more information on the school, but I still have a number of questions I will have to call about later.

Once I had left the school, I headed back to the Boston Common and got ahold of Brock.  We made plans to meet up at the common and then go for dinner at a restaurant called Fajita's and 'Ritas.  After dinner, we walked around the city for a while before stopping over at the bar that inspired the television show, Cheers.  The bar was originally named the Bull and Finch Pub, but they eventually changed their name to match the show.  After grabbing a drink there, we headed back to their apartment for the night and watched a few random youtube videos before turning in for the night.  
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