Boston, Harvard and Molly's House

Trip Start Aug 21, 2009
Trip End Aug 20, 2010

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Thursday, September 17, 2009

Flo: We arrived in Boston after a REALLY long train journey of about 4 hours!! :) :) After checking in to the Hostel we took a walk to see my cousin Molly at the restaurant she works at. Was really good to see her as i hadn't seen her for about a year. On our way to the restaurant we walked passed Fenway Park home of the Boston Red Socks, there were sooooo many people about as there was a game that night. Molly told us we had to try and get tickets - so we did!! :) 

Simon: The Red Sox were playing the LA Angels, and we got some cheap seats at the door on the way past about an hour before the game started! We thought the seats would be really high up in the bleachers, but we were super close to the front in the lower tier! bargain for $25 each! The game was amazing, really close the whole way through, and the atmosphere was great! In the 7th innings the whole crowd stood up and sung along to "Take me up to the Ball Game"!! AWESOME! Also, everyone stood up after the 8th inning and started singing "Sweet Caroline", which was pretty random! We both sung along really loud tho. This was our 2nd Baseball game (1st was in Baltimore) and this one was way better than the first one, mostly because of the historic surroundings at Fenway, and the passionate fans who were going MENTAL the whole time!

The Red Sox lost by the way, but it went right down to the wire!

Next day we went out to explore Boston. The hostel was in the Back Bay area of Boston, so we walked along the Back Bay and down into downtown. On the walk down we saw loads of cool stuff, like the Public Library (the first library to let you take books home!), the John Hancock Tower (which doubles as the FBI headquarters in Fringe) which is the tallest building in Boston, Trinity Church, which is a really cool church with loads of ornate carvings and architecture and sits right underneath the John Hancock Tower.
The Back Bay walk was also right along the upscale shopping district, so we walked (quickly) past Gucci, Prada, Diamond jewelers, Luis Vuitton and lots more. We also walked past the Mandarin Oriental which we later learned was where Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes were staying at the exact time we were there, and they were photographed coming out of the hotel about 1 hour before we walked past!!! apparently they were filming a movie with Cameron Diaz in the area!

The Back Bay leads directly into Boston Common & Public Gardens, the former being where the original settlement in Boston was situated around 400 years ago. The roads around the common are really small and windy with cobblestones and brick buildings and the whole area reminded me a lot of England (i guess that's why they call it NEW England right?!) 

We finished our walk by walking through the Downtown area past the Town Hall, Faneuil Hall and Quincy Market where we saw some dance group (rubbish) and a golden statue lady (awesome) and lastly the waterfront. The coolest thing we saw that day was oddly something in a Bagel restaurant where we had lunch. to cut the bagels they had a giant buzz saw that spun ridiculously fast in the middle of a conveyor belt. When you place your order, they chucked the bagel on the conveyor and it hit the saw and flung 10 feet down the counter and into a basket!!! AMAZING!!! Sadly i didn't get a picture :(

Flo: The next morning we left the Hostel to meet Molly and Ben (her boyfriend). We were going to stay at Molly's house for the next 3 nights. Her house is about a 10 min walk from Harvard Campus in Cambridge (just outside Boston). We went for lunch at this little place called Charlie's Kitchen, kinda a diner/pub with a really cool beer garden. Then we just went for a wander around Harvard. Molly and Ben had to head of to Baby Shower so we just went back to her house, she lives with 2 other girls and a HUGE white cat, with a lot of hair!!! There house was so cool, it had a basement and a pantry and the bedrooms where huge! :) 

The next day we had a tour around the Harvard Campus by this very over excited Harvard student! She showed us around Harvard Yard, the dorm rooms where 9 American Presidents lived oh, and MATT DAMON!!! :) We had the coolest lunch ever soup in a bread bowl, it was an actual bowl made out of bread roll and filled with soup - AMAZING!!!! the soup didn't even make the bowl soggy!! 

Cambridge was so nice, really relaxed and just full of students! Much nicer than Hertfordshire.

On our last day we met up with Molly again to go on a Duck Tour. The tour guide was dressed as a marine soldier and called himself General Lee Lost (Get it, generally lost!!!!!) He was cool but said Wicked way to much!! Wicked Cool, Wicked Amazing, Wicked Awesome!! He took us on a tour around Boston by land and Sea! In the water he let people drive his duck, mainly the kids! The tour was really good and was nice to spend some time with Molly. After the tour we walked the Freedom Trail which is Historic Trail through Boston which is all about the American Revolution. We started at Boston Common and walked 2 miles to the Paul Revere House. (Simon: The guy who rode through the streets to Lexington shouting "The British are coming!")

The next morning we headed to the train station for the next 23hour journey!! 

Simon: So after 32 days, 7 train journeys, 2400 miles, 7 hostels, 5 hotels and 1 Cheesesteak(!) we finished our East Coast US journey! It seems like forever since we left England, but we've only just started!

Next up, The cross country part, starting with a 980 mile journey to Chicago!

See ya later!


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