D.C. and finally getting to Boston.
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August 25th, 2009 – by: jdsgos
Since I had a few hours to kill before I boarded another train for Boston, I decided to walk around a bit. I have to warn you, the Amtrak station and the DC Metro station all link up together at this one location....it was huge. You could so easily get lost if you weren't careful. Lucky for me, I use to spend my summers in DC so I was pretty comfortable with using the Metro. I walked outside to get my bearings. Right next door was the United States Postal Museum. And if you looked straight ahead down the main road, you can see the Capital Building. And unfortunately, you also notice all the bums that are still in DC. I don't think they will ever deal with that issue correctly.
But since it was frigging hot already, I decided to walk back inside, grab a soda and newspaper and chill for a bit.
Finally the train for Boston arrived. There were a shit ton of people waiting for this train. I was thinking man this is gonna be crowded as hell and good luck getting a window seat. But lucky for me, when I bought my ticket online I decided to upgrade this portion of the trip to business class.
The ride up the east coast was really pretty scenic. Except for when we got to New York. Just a bunch of old buildings and abandoned industrial sections of town. As we waited to leave, the conductor asked us to clear off everything on the seats next to us.
As we were pulling away from New York, only one other person came into our little kingdom. Everyone smiled and out came everything that was previously gathered up. As we continued north, we started to hug the coastline a little more. Man, there are a lot of sail boats in this region. I thought South Florida was bad with the amount of boats that are down there.
I finally arrived in Boston a little before 7 PM. Now this is where the train trip turned ugly. I went to claim my one big bag that I had checked in while in Deerfield. As I handed the baggage guy my ticket, he asked me which train did I get off of. I pointed to the one that had just pulled in. He looks at me and said "hmm, your stuff might not be on that train". I'm like "what the heck". He said "yeppers, the luggage for that train arrives the next morning". I'm like "what kind of crap is that". He said "they didn't tell you this in Deerfield or DC". So Maureen shows up to meet me and off we leave. We stopped by a CVS so I could get a change of t-shirt and some shorts to sleep in.
Right off the bat, I love Cambridge. This is where Harvard is located. Maureen happens to work at Harvard as a programmer. Her apartment is super cute. Except that it is on the fourth floor with no elevators. But everything you might need is within walking distance. So I showered and changed and we grabbed dinner at a local bar around the corner. After that we called it a night.
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