Thursday, August 21, 2008

Vacation: Boston

The trip continues, and we've driven to Boston. It was about a 6.5 hour drive, which we began late in the evening. We got in pretty early and had a nap in the car before being able to check in early to our hotel.

The last two days have been fun, but slow and relaxing. We made an effort to get out and see a few things, but not to do too much running around, and spend plenty of time at the hotel, reading, and so on. So far so good. We've been around to a couple of the hot spots, got a good feel for the city, and still had a restful time.

On the first day, we tried to take one of the famous Duck Tours, which take you through the Boston area on land and water, using the same vehicle. They are so popular, however, that we were unable to get tickets, even after a wild goose chase through the subway. Instead, we visited the Prudential Tower and took a look at the view from the observatory near the top.

A view of Boston from the top of the Prudential tower

On the way into Boston from the north, one gets a clear view of an obelisk, a very impressive landmark. It is located on Bunker Hill, the location of a historical event... a battle or something, which I have not researched at all. We drove by at night for a closer look as well.

We also drove by the Boston office for the company I work for. It was a surprise visit, and it was really nice to see those I'd already met before, as well as the new employees. Dan, who handles all of the support for the product I work on, met up with us at a Starbucks tonight as he was on a business trip on Wednesday. I think we have a great team, and I am very pleased to be working with everyone in both of the branches.

The Obelisk on Bunker Hill (is that a window at the top?)

On our second day, we made the short drive to Cambridge to meet a Chess friend who works on the MIT campus. We've been playing online for a couple of years now, and since we were in the area, I thought it would be nice to meet.

One of the main MIT buildings.

The MIT campus is slightly more industrial than its neighbouring campus, Harvard (Harvard's buildings are beautiful, and much older). Still, it has some very nice architecture, and the grounds are spacious. I really like that care was taken to provide large courtyards, and wide sidewalks in most of the areas.

A short walk around the block from the main entrance to MIT, one finds a most interesting building called the Stata Center, pictured below.

The Stata Center

And here I am with Andreas. He has a chess site and blog located here: Squirrel Chess

Andrew & Andreas on the MIT campus

Two games, one win each. The tie-breaker will have to wait for next time.

Tomorrow, we meet with Dave and Erin at the Boston Commons for some more sight seeing. Then we're off on the next leg of our trip, to Pittsfield.


6 Smart Remarks:

Blogger Melissa said...

Looks like you guys are having a wonderful holiday!

So jealous that you're in Boston! That's one of the many cities in the states that I hope to visit some day.

Thanks for all the holiday updates!

How is Charlotte doing with all the traveling? I hope she's being a little angel for you guys! Give a squeeze for me!

12:01 AM  
Anonymous Mom Hoyer said...

Glad you hear you are having a
great and relaxing vacation in Boston!
The photos are very nice but...
where is the picture of
"Charlotte in Boston"!
So happy for you that she is
such a good little traveler :-D

6:35 AM  
Blogger Bro Trevor said...

Canadians!! Do you know nothing of American history??

*cringes hoping not to be asked of Canadian history*

Bunker Hill.

"Don't fire till you see the whites of their eyes"

This is the battle in the American Revolutionary war that the British won, in that they took bunker hill, although their casualties were so high, you could hardly call it a win.

When we went to Boston, we did the 2.5 mile freedom trail. (yes on foot) It was truly a unique experience.

7:29 AM  
Anonymous e. said...

Thanks for your holiday updates !!!

Andrew....Chess even on Holidays !!! You are one of a kind :)

Glad you are having a good time !

4:06 PM  
Anonymous Stephanie said...

Looks like you guys are having a nice relaxing time!

Please post some pictures of Charlotte & Natasha! :)

What did Natasha&Charlotte do while you guys played 2 games of Chess?!

Keep the pictures coming!!!

9:00 PM  
Anonymous Susanna said...

It's neat that you met up with one of your chess friends.

The Stata Center is awesome!

9:09 PM  

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