|Observations from Boston
||[Dec. 11th, 2010|11:48 pm]
I have somewhat unusual interests in traveling, and I'm befuddled by the nature of standard tourist activities and destinations. I spent a few hours doing them anyway just in case I was missing something amazing, but as expected, it was all like, "here's a really old building and here's a statue of a dead guy who was really important." Grrreat. Chinatown was the only moderately interesting thing but nevertheless a letdown after being spoiled by San Francisco's.
- I've never been anywhere in the US with such ubiquitous jaywalking (Edit: there's Manhattan, of course, but I'm not sure if it's true of the rest of NYC. Someone clue me in?)
- A lot of people still have the accent, but I assume it will die out eventually
- Not counting the Greater Boston area, the city isn't as big as Bostonites seem to want to believe
- After about 4 hours of walking around in sub-freezing weather, you get desensitized and it's easy to walk indefinitely after that
- Holy crap Harvard has a lot of money
- The taxi situation is the best I've experienced in the US (in terms of cost + convenience)
- The distribution of chains is very different. I noticed a lot of Dunkin Donuts and Ann Taylor
I spent an hour roaming around inside Mass General, which is my kind of travel activity. I enjoyed it, but it didn't yield quite as many insights into the human condition as I'd hoped for. I should have done more of the offbeat stuff and planned it better. The other thing I usually do is talk to strangers and homeless people. I didn't do quite as much of that as I'd wanted to, either. I guess there's always a next time.