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Observations from Boston [Dec. 11th, 2010|11:48 pm]
Arvind Narayanan
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  • 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 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 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.

[User Picture]From: paper_crystals
2010-12-12 05:16 am (UTC)
In NYC the jaywalking laws used to be enforced. Also, because of the traffic patterns it is much more difficult to jaywalk in NYC than in Boston.
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