Boston, Massachusetts

A family wedding brought us to Cambridge, Massachusetts yesterday. That meant that today, we got a chance to hang out in Boston. Having gone to school in Boston, I grew to really love the city. Living in Connecticut, 90 minutes away, I miss it, but enjoy making the short trip there from time to time. Debbie and I got a chance to take our son downtown. He loves mass transit (we do too) and construction equipment. A city is a great place to see both. There is always some sort of construction going on. We saw man lifts, diggers, cranes, and even bridge repair barges. It was cool. Mass transit, such as the MBTA trains, is just not appreciated in our country. The car culture is dominant even though our cities, like Boston, have decent public transportation. We rode the T in all of our glory.

Sam Adams

It was a short trip to town. We parked in Kenmore Square and grabbed the Green Line to Government Center. We walked through Quincy Market just to do some people watching. There are few places better to do that. Judging by the number of foreign languages we heard, Boston is a popular summer tourist destination for the international crowd. We checked out a cool carousel that was charging $3.00 for a ticket per kid. I thought that was steep until I realized that all of the proceeds were going to the Rose Fitzgerald Kennedy Greenway. Then, it was OK to buy a ticket.

We made our way over to the North End, where we did more people watching and browse some menus. We chose to eat at a restaurant that we tried to go to before. The last time, we were in our car, and it was impossible to park. This time, we were on our feet, which is a much better way to see the North End. Grezzo is a unique restaurant that only serves vegan raw cuisine. That is fine with us. We enjoyed it thoroughly, though the kitchen took this “slow food” thing a little too far and dragged out our meal longer than it needed to be. The brownie sundae was amazing and worth the weight. While dining, we were treated to an impromptu parade, which made the youngest of our trio very happy.

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On the way back to Government Center, we walked through the New England Holocaust Memorial, which made me think about my grandfather and his family. Anytime I see anything related to the Holocaust, my mood shifts. I think long and hard about how evil humans can be. We live in a complex world. The memorial gets you thinking. It is a reminder that some things never chance and that someone is being persecuted somewhere right now.

Our short trip to Boston was a nice way to spend a weekend.

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