The bit where I feel a bit legally blonde
12.08.2010 - 12.08.2010 25 °C
So I wake up and get up and showered pretty quick, Im going to have to move fast if I want to fit everything in.
I leave at 8.20 (a bit later than planned) and head to the Havard on the metro. The air is so clean here, it must be because we are next to the water, it is definitely notice compaired with New York though.
According to the map it shouldnt take me too long to get around the whole site as all the buildings are pretty close. I don't know much apart from it has a Law school, but I want to see it anyway.
Its as I imagined it to be, all the buildings are quite old with a grassy area in the middle. It is wuite picturesque. There are several buildings that I dont know what goe on inside, but I find the library and the science buildings. I want to see where the law building is (not really sure why, but I am here so why not). Its very quiet, I guess it is not term time. I can just picture Elle from Legally blonde walking around with her little dog, I like to think that I am not looking like that although I do have my blonde moments and I am not wearing pink!
After finding the law school, its back to the metro. On my way I pass a man getting pulled in his car by the cops, makes me chuckle to myself.
From North station, I head across the river on foot towards Bunker hill monument, you can see it in the distance it 67 metres high so it stands high above the buildings. It is an old area there are no other tall buildings which makes it stand out even more. It is also the end point of the freedom trail which takes you through all the historical points within the city.
As I am walking throught the streets I think how this is what I expected Boston to look like, much more historic, not the city I found yesterday. It seems that Boston doesnt know its true identity, it is lots of different things. I have enjoyed my time here, but it is not what I was expecting.
When I get there, it is having work done, so one side has scaffolding on which is quite ugly, I do manage to get a couple of pictures from the other side though.
Everywhere I have been so far is so patrotic. There are countless war memorials to mention. I wonder why Britain is not the same.
Now, time is about 10.30 and I have a plane to catch at 13.45 so I must get my skates on as you are supposed to be there two hours before. My map is not to clear, but it looks like it is easy enough to walk to my hotel. It is and takes about 20 minutes.The view of the clouds in the sky is quite magnificent.
So packing again! I also have a box which I am going to FedEx home with my old bag, some shoes, guide boooks and a few things I have picked up on the way. I manage to get out by about 11.10 and go to check out.
Again, people here are so friendly. Checkling out is not a problem. I fill in the form to FedEx and the guy gives me some proper tape (I had used thin sellotape!). We then realise that I need to fillit in for International and a customs form, I'm getting anxious because its 11.30 and its going to take about an hour to get the metro I reckon. I fill in the correct forms and have to put a price on it, I say $100 (although its probably a lot more) and the guy at the desk makes fun saying that its a lot of effort for a pair of shoes. I eventually get out, but decide it would be much easier to get a taxi,its not that far and my back will thank me (its getting worse every day), even though my case is nowslightly lighter!
I get a taxi from the hotel. The driver is lovely and very happy, we are chatting loads. I tell him how friendly I think people are, he says it will be even more so in Canada.He is from Hawaii and we are talking about surfing etc, I reckon Rich would love it there. The airport is probably about 4-5 miles so we get there pretty quick. I am outraged when it costs $45, no wonder the man is happy!!!
When I get into the check in desk, my flight is delayed grrrr, ah well at least I can chill for a while. Then I realise that I have FedExed my trip documents, double grrrr!
I find a seat, I email Contiki and decide to speak to Rich. I have had my phone bill through including the last fewdays, each call has cost about £10 so I will have to try and be a bit more careful or next months bill will be huge! As I am on the phone I manage to drop my sunglasses down behind the seat. As Icrawl under to get them, I forget I have a dress on and Im sure some people got an eyeful! When I go through the gate, I set off the metaldetector as well! I'm having a spoot of bad luck!!!
I sit and try catch up on my blog (I loose my first entry, which I am annoyed about), the flight is delayed by about 2 hours in the end so I get some food (I havnt eaten all day) and take a welldeserved chill. My feet and back are not doing too good. My back is hurting constantly and my feet have had a major athletes foot flair up, its the worst Ive had in years, but thats what wearing trainers all the timedoes to me, even with socks!
As I am about to fly to my 19th country, I wonder how many statesIve gone through in the last few days, Im too tired to work it out, maybe I will do towards the end of my trip.
Its pretty overcast outside now, so glad to be leaving. When the plane takes off, the view is amazing. There is lots of little bits of land sticking out into the sea and its a gorgeous view.
The plane is only half full, so I have two seats to myself. I think about watching Shrek, but opt for some sleep instead!...