This is where the fun began. My group was left in charge of Boston, so I definitely remember the most about Boston.On another note, just a small piece of advice for those of you that ever need to take hours and hours of multiple modes of transportation. Unless you want severe neck and back pain, buy a neck pillow. I can’t confirm the effectiveness of these neck pillows in preventing pain since I’ve never tried them, but it is too late for me. For you, not so much. We arrived in Boston around 1 PM, and our schedule was extremely tight so I urged the group to a short take-out meal at the McDonalds in the bus station. I couldn’t believe my eyes—Boston had a McPick deal for $5 where you could buy two Big Macs, two Filet O’ Fish. I’m not trying to be a sellout or anything, but... Anyway, we ended up running behind schedule anyway.
The first day of Boston will probably be remembered as the day we went everywhere, but ended up going nowhere. We went to the Massachusetts State Library, Black Heritage Trail info building, and the Skywalk Observatory in Prudential Center, but all of them were either closed or inaccessible. Somewhere along the way, we ended up stumbling upon a tour of the Massachusetts State house where I learned for the first time of the Sacred Cod. I don’t remember exactly how the Sacred Cod came to be, but it currently hangs proudly over the chambers of the House of Representatives. The State House also displays original rifles from both colonists and soldiers from the British Parliament during the Battle of Lexington and Concord. It might just be me, but I get a spark of excitement when I relearn things from tours and museums that I’ve already learned from my history classes.
I wouldn’t go as far as to say our first day in Boston is a tragedy, but it’s definitely disappointing. With our time constraint though, there really is no time to be disappointed. On a brighter note, one of Lisa and Danny’s mom’s friend ended up meeting us at Cheesecake Factory in Prudential Center and paid for our entire meal. On the off chance that you’re reading this, thanks for the meal!