April 15, 2005 Fri 1:45 a.m.: After a full day of travel, I made it to the Hostelling International hostel in Boston, where I’ll be staying for most of the night. My main purpose here, other than to check out the city for the first time, is to offer moral support for my friends Chris, Russ, Sharon, and Steve at the Boston Marathon. Some notes:
- Mass transit seems very good here; just took a shuttle to the “T” (the subway), and for a buck-twenty-five, got to the Back Bay part of Boston with no problem. Also, I was just talking with a Brit named Nathan, who’s been here for a few days already, and he says the city is so walkable he hasn’t even jumped on the subway since getting here.
- Met another British guy too, from London. We had a nice chat for about an hour, including a number of political topics such as capital punishment, urban sprawl, energy, the President, work & life balance, etc. I came out of the conversation feeling once again that politically I have much more in common with the Europeans than my fellow Americans, but will elave it at that.
- I couldn’t help but notice Nathan, the younger Brit, was wearing a Livestrong bracelet. Apparently, these are really hot items in Britain, especially after their footballers started wearing them. They are really hard to find over there too, he says. So he’s been buying a few over here (at Niketown, etc.) and then sending them back to his brother and friends.
It’s late now, so more later.
[Days later]: I did a tour around Boston with my friends from California. The wonderful thing about Boston is it is fairly compact and easy to walk around, with an excellent mass transit system. We also did a trolley tour but honestly it would have been just as easy to go around on foot/subway and save the $25.