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Ben's in Boston: Day 1-3
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unwiredben
I got into Boston's Logan airport on Saturday night about 10:15PM, and before long kazanya was at the baggage claim to bring me back to her place. My first experience with the T (the rapid transit train system) was mostly positive. I've got three trips left on my card, one of which is allocated to my Monday morning run to the airport. I had a late dinner at Spike's Junkyard Dogs, a local hot dog chain that has a veggie dog option; I had Buffalo dog (blue cheese, buffalo wing sauce, scallions) and shared my curly fries with Ani.

On Sunday, we got up and walked over to Harvard Square, a nice hike in hot and humid conditions. It reminds me of a better version of the Drag, with nicer resturants and more shops. I finally got to visit a Newbury Comics store after seeing them mentioned online for years, and we shared some nice southern Indian food at a bruch buffet. I also got to visit a very cool kids' bookstore where I scanned through "Make Way for Ducklings", a classic illustrated book about a family of ducks living in the Boston parks.

We picked up my rental car and went back to Ani's place where we waited for her friend Andrew who was going to meet us to hang out and catch dinner. We went back to Cambridge, parking near Common Square, and ended up at an Ethopian place called Asmara, which serves on traditional basketwoven tables with portions distributed across big pieces of injara bread. It was quite yummy, and we followed up dinner with a car tour of downtown Boston, including a visit to the theater district and a stop at the Boston Natural Gardens. The Gardens were really pretty, and we were able to get pictures of all of us sitting on the statues of the ducks from "Make Way for Ducklings".

I made my way up to Andover for my work visit this morning, my first real experience with navigating in Boston and its surrounds. I was only 40 minutes late, after making at least five wrong turns where I had to reorient myself. On the drive up I-93, I had to swerve around an orange wheelbarrow that had fallen in the middle of the road; I hope no one hit it before they were able to get it removed.

I'm pretty tired right now, so I'm looking forward to a comfortable evening at my hotel. My next night of rest will likely be Thursday as plans have already been made for fun on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Friday nights.
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I love Boston. I went there when I was 19, and was just very impressed with the mass transit system. I also have photos of myself with the duck statues:)

Friends of mine in Pittsburgh thought that you needed at least four people in a car to drive in Boston: the driver, the navigator, the spotter (idiot at 2 o'clock!), and the shrink (to calm down the first three).

Have fun. I'm glad you're getting to see some of the town.

Bwahahahahahaha!

It's just a subway, dude. I promise.

well... part of my ride was above ground, so I didn't feel "subway" was appropriate.

I did get to experience one train shutdown/reboot cycle on the way to Ani's place, so that happened.

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