September 16, 2008
Ok, I’ll keep this short as we’re on the verge of falling asleep (still a little bit of jet-lag I guess).
Today we took the bus (and subway) into Boston, which is a much easier way than trying to get there by car. We exited Downtown Crossing, which is near the Boston Common (a public park), because that’s where the famous Freedom Trail starts. The Freedom Trail is a red-lined footpath through Boston which includes a lot of historic sites and buildings, so it’s an easy way to see some of the most important things when it comes to the history of Boston (and the United States of course). As you can imagine the path is quite frequented (especially by more senior citizens) and at some points has become somewhat commercialized (we didn’t really go into any of the buildings, avoiding the charge and saving some time). Near the end of the path we rested at the USS Constitution and decided to go aboard the ship itself. As the USS Constitution is still commissioned, it (and the surrounding facilities) are US-navy installations, so we had to go through airport-like security in order to get in. Afterwards we finished the trail at the Bunker Hill monument and then made our way back downtown in order to get some food (we had breakfast at about 7:30 am and were nearing 3 pm at that time). After a somewhat disappointing meal at one of the usual fast-food-places we finished our first day downtown with a nice Latte and then headed back.
While this all might sound like a pretty quick tour I can assure you that it was not, especially distance-wise. So, now we’re at the hotel, the last thing we managed to was to get some food at a supermarket (can’t really eat take-out twice a day) before putting up our numb feet for the last time today.
After a day in the city, a trip to the supermarket and about 2 hours of CNN I already noticed a few things that bothered me somewhat about the way things work over here, things that didn’t really strike me as negative the last time I was here (which is about 5 years ago). Maybe I’ll find the time to put those things into a separate post at a later time. For now enjoy the photos ;)
By the way: Our car is a Toyota Corolla S and you should buy the diet-version of joghurts as they taste what I would call “normal” ;)