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Middlesex County

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  • Day1


    October 25, 2016 in the United States ⋅

    Meeting a friend of a friend über'n Teich 🇺🇸

    Im Dreamliner geht's mit Norwegian Airlines ziemlich günstig an die Ostküste der USA. Mahlzeiten/Getränke im Flieger sparen wir uns (35$ pro Nase?!?!?!) und halten uns mit Nüssen und Früchten über Wasser. Ach und außerdem reisen wir nur mit EINEM Check-In-Gepäck (zusammen). Man braucht ja auch nicht viel, wenn man mal so auf unbestimmte Zeit das Land verlässt 🙈

    So also first stop: USA!
    In Boston kommen wir bei Ashley (Freundin einer Freundin) unter und verbringen dort 4 Nächte in ihrer 5er-WG. In der WG gibt's Beer-Pong-Spiele und auch mal ein Bier aus dem Trichter vom Obergeschoss (so American!)😄

    Die Zeit in Boston vergeht schnell mit Shoppen und iPhone-Reparatur, bei vorrangig schlechtem Wetter. Es war wirklich sehr herbstlich, sodass es sogar lange Hosen und recht dicke Jacken auf die Shoppingliste schafften. In der Stadt schreiten wir den (Touri-)Freedom Trail ab und lassen uns auf dem Harvard-Gelände bei einer Art "Free-Walking-Tour" rumführen.
    Kulinarisch gönnen wir uns Super-Triple-Extra-Creamy-Double Cheese Burger with extra cheese and bacon and fries.

    Mit reichlich schlechtem Gewissen laufen wir uns das wieder auf dem Community Path (Fußgänger bzw. Trimm-Dich-Pfad) am nächsten Morgen ab. 🏃🏼🏃🏼‍♀️

    Boston ist zwar nicht groß, bietet jedoch einiges zu sehen und hat uns sehr gut gefallen! Unsere Gastgeberin hat sich hervorragend gekümmert und es war ein perfekter Start für unsere Reise!

    Highlights Jessy: Ashleys Gastfreundschaft und der Apple Customer Service

    Highlights Philipp: WG-Feierei, Autofahren in Ami-Land
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  • Day3


    August 8, 2017 in the United States ⋅

    Another day my family and I visited the infamous Harvard University. I was pretty excited because of the movie “Legally Blonde”, but I also set my expectation bar high. It frustrated me that there was so many wandering crowds everywhere and it was the exact opposite of Dartmouth College’s dewy grass, bushy trees, chirping birds and soft breeze. People were falling over themselves to take pictures in front of the statue of John Harvard and touch his feet, which was ‘supposed to make you smarter’. Meanwhile, I amassed a crowd ball-shaped house finches by throwing bits of bread. They seemed a lot more interesting than the boring burgundy brick buildings that added together were Harvard.

    However, Harvard’s Museum of Natural History’s exhibits and air conditioning was amazing enough to tweak my annoyed thoughts on the university. It wasn’t a zoo, where they just trapped animals for little children’s delight and where I feel sympathy for every species. It was a huge collection of species on Earth, from prehistoric to modern, tiny bug to bony dinosaur, from preserved in a liquid-filled glass to life-like on the ground. Every single exhibit - and there must have been hundreds - were so detailed and congruent to its much more alive brother. Tiny details, such as little hairs on the trunk of an African elephant or tiny feathers on a red-necked hummingbird, sometimes made me wonder if the animals were real. As if they were darted and put on display and sprayed with preservatives.

    They were separated in different rooms based on their habitats. In some of the rooms, the animals were placed beside fake trees and potted plants with natural sounds on the audio system, or in water-looking glass hiding in coral. My favourite was the Boreal room, but I might have been a little biased because the animals were all from Canada. But in that room there was a protective grizzly bear, a tall moose stood antlers raised, and my favorite animal, the wolf, puffing with pride from curious authority. How could I not enjoy a room with beasts like that looking upon me?

    After a bit of debating and a scrumptious pizza feast at Otto’s, we decided to take a subway to Massachusetts Institute of Technology(MIT). Everyone there had a sharp look in their eyes. I saw the actual university which was was fine and dandy, but I was especially impressed by the Technology Building. It looked more like a committed science museum or the Mad Hatter’s Haberdashery and Tea Shop, the way misshapen, splendid bits of building jutted out with even more jutting out windows. It curved in and out and looked way too wacko to be on a good university’s campus, but I was also glad it was there since it sort of proved adults and smart people still have a sense of humour and fun. A student - who was also, undoubtedly sharp - told us “the building is crazy from any angle, inside out”, so in the inside I imagined it to have black and white marble floors like a chessboard and random, high tech computers and TV screens everywhere. I let my imagination fly and I decided the building definitely had giant lightbulbs, human looking robot cops with hidden cameras, and a lounge of the next generation sofas. Probably even those really high tech projectors that create a hologram blueprint you can edit in the air, mini microbe robots that crawl inside your body and heal you up, and even magical red telephone booths like in Harry Potter. Probably.
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  • Day2

    McCallion (MA variety)

    December 20, 2017 in the United States ⋅

    The "packages" have arrived in Winchester.
    A chilly afternoon in Boston and a fine lunch at the Legal Test Kitchen... https://www.legalseafoods.com/restaurants/boston-legal-test-kitchen-seaport-46
    Now just trying to stay awake...

  • Day37

    Day 37 - Cheers to Harvard

    October 14, 2016 in the United States ⋅

    Yesterday was about the history of Boston. Today was more about the educational and cultural contribution of the city.

    Alice and I decided on taking a tour around Harvard. This institution was founded in 1636, just sixteen years after the arrival of the Mayflower. This fact of the day and many more were revealed to us as we were guided around the grounds by a sophomore student. The tour was illuminating and we saw the buildings where famous students, including Matt Damon, Mark Zuckerberg and a large number of US Presidents stayed whilst studying here.

    We headed back into the centre of Boston and specifically to Boston Public Gardens. With the sun on its way down after another sunny day, it was a lovely place to relax for a short while. We were also on the look out for a bench that was made famous from the movie 'Good Will Hunting'. There is a scene in which Matt Damon and Robin Williams speak whilst staring out to the lake. There are many benches facing towards the lake and it took a little while to locate. This bench also made the news recently when it became an impromptu shrine to Robin Williams soon after his death. Although there was a couple already enjoying the view from this bench it was nice to find the spot. Alice and I then headed out of the park and towards a large crowd of people gathered outside a bar. This was not just any bar of course, but the bar that featured in the sitcom Cheers. Both the exterior and the interior of the building were used for the series and the narrow stairs that lead down towards the bar brought back memories of various scenes shot as the actors left the bar through the entrance. The venue now has three cramped bars and restaurants and somehow a gift shop too. The more bars that were revealed the more confused I felt as to which were actually used for the series. Once we reached the final bar, Alice and I had seen enough and started our journey to try and leave. Seeing a slice of US TV history was fun, however it was a bit too crowded and cluttered to enjoy as a drinking establishment. I doubt everyone knew our name but we were glad we came...

    We had dinner in the more spacious atmosphere of a vegan Thai restaurant. The choice of venue was a concerted effort on our part to eat less meat and the most interesting thing about this meal was the 'bubble' tea that Alice had. It was like a strawberry milkshake and had black balls of tapioca at the bottom and every so often they would travel up the straw and into your mouth. The spongy balls were tasteless and I seemed to like 'the experience' of fishing for tapioca a lot more than Alice.

    We spent the rest of the evening going over our notes from a very educational day.

    Song of the Day:
    Gary Portnow - Where everybody knows your name
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  • Day1

    Lesson in tolerance [Providence]

    December 24, 2017 in the United States ⋅

    Seemed appropriate to start the year with a lesson in tolerance. On Christmas Eve we visited the Touro Synagogue in Newport, RI. It's also a National Historic Site and the oldest synagogue in the country. What makes it really special is a letter George Washington wrote to the congregation in 1790 after they had written congratulating him on his election. In his letter he spelled out his belief that the United States was founded on tolerance and that people should be free to practice their own religion. This document is ranked as one of the most important in US history.

    Seems like revisiting these values will help make America great again.

    You can read the letter here:

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  • Day3


    May 12, 2017 in the United States ⋅

    In Harvard gibt es mit rund 7 Mio. Büchern eine der größten Bibliotheken der Welt zu sehen. So viel Zeit, um die alle zu lesen hatten wir aber leider nicht... und brachen nach den 2 Seiten der Infobroschüre ab...

    Nur 2 Metro-Stationen zurück stadteinwärts konnten wir am M.I.T. (Massachusetts Institute of Technology) den verbliebenen Wissenshunger stillen. Dort laufen auch nur scheinbar Hochbegabte rum, 95% aller Studenten mit einem Apple-Laptop unterm Arm bewaffnet, Donut und Milchshake in der anderen Hand... das typische Klischee wurde voll erfüllt.
    Aber: alle bestens gelaunt, eifrig am Wuseln und Arbeiten, laut Tour-Führer (selbst Student) auch stolz wie Oskar Teil des Ganzen zu sein und motiviert bis in die Haarspitzen. Klar, bei den Studiengebühren sieht es sicher niemand daheim gern, wenn der Sprössling hier vergeigt.
    Man konnte hier auch einfach über die Flure laufen und in die Büros und Labore schauen, wie dort fleißig gewerkelt und geforscht wurde.
    Wohnen tuen hier fast alle Studenten direkt auf dem Campus, so dass man theoretisch als Neuling reingeht und erst nach 4 Jahren fertig wieder raus muss. Trotzdem engagieren sich die meisten auch noch an 2-3 Aktivitäten außerhalb des Campus.
    Nach der Tour waren wir schwer beeindruckt und verließen mit vielen Annekdoten versorgt den Campus über die Harvard-Bridge zurück Richtung Bostoner Innenstadt, um dort den restlichen Nachmittag und Abend zu verbringen. Auf dem Weg gab's zur Belohnung auch nochmal einen top Ausblick auf die City.
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  • Day3

    Harvard University

    May 12, 2017 in the United States ⋅

    Nach einem recht leckeren Frühstück mit "Powerwrap" bestehend aus Spinat, Eiweiß und Bacon sowie einem "kleinen" Kaffee (halber Liter) beschlossen wir, schlauer zu werden und zur Harvard-Univerity zu fahren. Gesagt, getan, gefahren.
    Dank der Rush-Hour ist man hier morgens zum Glück auch nie allein und findet in der teilweise wie eine Sardinenbüchse gefüllten U-Bahn immer jemanden, bei dem man sich anschmiegen kann. Wie zu Hause... Heute fuhren wir zum Glück einen Tick später und hatten daher mehr Platz für uns.

    Wetter anfangs eher so LaLa, mit leichtem Sprühregen und typischem Schmuddelwetter.

    Angekommen liefen wir erst auf eigene Faust durch den Campus und nahmen dann an einer von Studenten geführten, kostenlosen Führung teil, bei der es allerhand Interessantes zu lernen gab. Die Studenten sind sichtlich stolz hier zu sein / sein zu können und man merkt, dass hier Geld sitzt und auch einiges an Wissen vorherrscht. Da wir jedoch nicht bereit waren, die 60.000$ pro Jahr an Studiengebühren zu investieren, verzichteten wir dankend auf die Immatrikulation und beließen es bei der Führung.

    Zwischen all den typischen japanischen Touristen gelangen dann auch einige Fotos, ohne dass die Kollegen aus Fernost gleich auf jedem mit drauf sind. Auch wenn das nicht leicht fiel.
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  • Day48

    Concord, Massachusetts

    September 30, 2014 in the United States ⋅

    Drove into Concord and got a map and information from the Visitors Centre. It was spitting very lightly and we walked around to get our bearings. Went into what looked like a small gift shop called "Nesting" but it turned out to be a few rooms and was one of the nicest stores we've ever seen. Drove to the North Bridge, where the shot that was "heard around theworld " was fired. Saw the Minuteman Statue, which was made by the same person responsible for the statue of Lincoln in the lincoln memorial. Walked up the path to the Visitor Centre in a mansion previously owned by one of the colonists. There was a volunteer at the site who was very informative and interesting. Next stop at the Concord Museum which contains one of Paul Revere's original lanterns. It had excellent displays of period rooms and extensive dislays about Henry David Thoreau and Ralph Waldo Emerson, who had lived in the area. Next stop Louisa May Alcott's family home, where we did the guided tour. Fascinating - her parents were very progressive and liberal in their attitudes to raising girls. Her sister's bedroom had drawings on the walls, which her parents allowed because they felt it would help her to practise her skills. Drove to Lexington but had trouble finding the township and decided to return to Concord. Unfortunately we ended up taking a couple of wrong turns and ended up back on an Interstate more than once. Very stressful because it was also drizzling by this stage. We finally got back to the motel!! First shot isbthe Minuteman Statue, second an info board about Ralph Waldo Emerson, who wrote the poem that mentions the shot that was "heard around the world". Third shotnisnthe Alcott House.Read more

  • Day2

    Harvard University - Cambridge

    September 30, 2017 in the United States ⋅

    Boston is famous for the Harvard University from which many famous people have dropped out, including the designer of Facebook, Bill Gates, Ben Afflick & Matt Damon who wrote Good Will Hunting while studying at Harvard before dropping out to make their fortune.

    The tour guide gave us a walking tour of the campus in the Cambridge area of the city.Read more

You might also know this place by the following names:

Middlesex County, مقاطعة ميدلسيكس, Мидълсекс, মিডলসেক্স কাউন্টি, Condado de Middlesex, Middlesexi maakond, Middlesex konderria, شهرستان میدلسکس، ماساچوست, Comté de Middlesex, Middlesex megye, Միդլսեքս շրջան, Contea di Middlesex, ミドルセックス郡, Middlesex Kūn, Hrabstwo Middlesex, مڈلسیکس کاؤنٹی, Comitatul Middlesex, Мидлсекс, Округ Мидлсекс, Міддлсекс, مڈلسیکس کاؤنٹی، میساچوسٹس, Quận Middlesex, Condado han Middlesex, 米德爾塞克斯縣

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