Welcome to America 😀 !
My parents and I landed safely in Boston on the 8th of August at around 18:40 p.m. local time. The flight was nice and calm – and I watched a lot of movies! We got out of the (very big!) plane and stepped into the airport, where we had to get through the passport control and customs declaration (all fears were groundless, the people where very nice and we had no problems getting through). We stepped out of the Security and Baggage Claim area and found ourselves…. in a surprisingly small entrance area (compared to Munich at least!).
We rented an AVIS car, but couldn’t find any information about where to get it – we had to take a shuttle bus. And again! Everybody was very nice and three high-fives later, we stepped out to see our car – long live the upgrades – a white Jeep!
We drove to Lexington, where the Bed&Breakfast is located and went to sleep. I have NEVER been so exhausted. It must have been around 11 p.m. local time, which means 5 a.m. in Austria (I stood up at 8 a.m. the day before…) But in this short time I have learnt a few things about the U.S.:
- They have American flags EVERYwhere. I mean it! (I now found out that it is specific to this area)
- There are a lot of Dunkin’ Donuts
- It is not like in the movies, but somehow it is again…
- FINALLY! Yellow school buses
- A lot of roads are named “School Rd”
The next morning, we all woke up at 5:50 a.m. Totally normal for me – in european time it would be 11:50 a.m. 😉 We had a whole fantastic day ahead of us: the North Shore road going through Gloucester, Rocky Neck and Rockport. This is definitely worth seeing! Afterwards we returned through Salem – the witch town. The museum was already closed – but the town itself is beautiful. (especially this one bookshop. Believe me – you have never, ever seen anything like it!! It was like paradise!). The picture on top shows a restaurant on Rocky Neck, the picture on the right side shows, well… a completely random bookstore (I’m kidding – it’s not random at all!)
And the following day, we drove to Harvard, which is impressive! We unfortunately didn’t see much of it… Afterwards, my father wanted to see the Kennedy Museum and Library. The architecture is breathtaking and the museum is very informative and not boring at all. Then we headed to Boston Downtown, the financial area. Skyscrapers surrounding the Old Town Hall – it looks weird… I had to get a phone plan, so we ran from AT&T to T-Mobile, back and forth. I got it after all, but they are enormously expensive!
Inspired by Harvard, we decided to visit some other universities too. So yesterday, we first drove to Providence, RI, where Brown University is. It looked nice from the outside – but we unfortunately didn’t have the time to walk around, we wanted to catch the guided tour at Yale, and were late…. We luckily managed to get to New Haven, CT in time and found Yale very quickly. Both my parents and I were astonished by the beauty and ideas of Yale. The whole idea behind it looks fantastic. While waiting for the tour to start, they showed us a movie, which was said to be informational. While we expected to see something very dry about history, this came up:
Dunkin’ Donuts (we couldn’t help trying) are not as good as they look…. Well maybe that’s only our taste – there are tons of them, and somehow people must like it! Starbucks is way better (and more expensive!)
And today, we decided to stick around Lexington and Concord, MA, which were very significant on April 19, 1775. It was here, on 5:30 a.m., that “the first blood was spilt in the dispute with Great Britain,” as George Washington wrote in his diary. This was amazing – the bus tour called “Liberty Ride” was very well done and everyone enjoyed it.
Every now and then there is this little tweak in my stomach – I guess that is to be considered as normal, but still…
This is definitely getting too long – sorry!