Side walk leading to Maureen's place.
Maureen woke me up super early this morning (well early for me). We wanted to beat the rush hour crowd heading into work. And since she is allowed the freedom to show up a little late at work, she came with me to the Amtrak station so I wouldn't get lost. We took the red line that heads into Boston. Man, was that thing packed. Just as the guy said the night before, my bag was there waiting for me. We hopped back on the red line and headed back towards Cambridge. A whole lot less people on this leg of the ride. Get there and back didn't even take half an hour. After we got off, we grabbed some breakfast at a cute little bagel place. I headed back towards the apartment as she headed off towards work.
For lunch we went to a gyro place that was a block from home.
Maureen's place, fourth floor - no elevators :-)
It was okay, but I've had a lot better. But the place was packed, so I guess you go with what you have in an area. After lunch, I went with her back to Harvard to see where her office is. She works in Harvard's Herbaria. I have no idea what that means, she told me but I forgot :-( I was pretty surprised at the type of buildings Harvard has. For being the oldest university in the United States, I was expecting a lot more the American Gothic style. This style is what most American universities were designed upon. But I was really surprised at the amount of modern designs in some of the buildings. We're not talking a horrid mess of old and new say like downtown London. But I love the older designs so much more.
The city of Cambridge is amazing.
Maureen at work.
I love this place, its my kind of town. Its got the college town vibe, full of cool little shops and places to eat. And yes, I'll try as many of them as I can and do some reviews. Traffic here is a mess though. I can see why Maureen got rid of the car. But the mass transit here is very good. And if you really need a car, you can always rent a Zip Car. Its a program up here of rental cars that are parked throughout the city. If you need a car, just go online and reserve one. You can have it for a whole weekend, just a day, or even just an hour. Just pick up and return the car to the same spot. You don't even have to fill the tank up. But a program like this would never succeed in South Florida. Maybe we just don't have the right mind set for something like this.
I love old architecture, I can look at that all day. Probably from my one year of design school :-) Anyway, Maureen printed me up a map, with her office and where the apartment is for me in case I needed it. I mean the map covered a pretty big part of the city. So I just walked and looked and walked and looked. Happy in my old little world. Until I looked at the map and looked at the street sign, only to find I had wandered off the map. Crap. So I did what any sane man would do. No I did not ask for directions, I just wandered off back in the direction I came (and prayed I would see something I had pass previously). Lucky for me I found my way back to the apartment after about an hour.