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  • Day3

    剑桥,哈佛和MIT

    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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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.

  • Day16

    Harvard University (Cambridge)

    August 13 in the United States

    Nächster Stopp Harvard University. Wir erkunden den Campuspark auf eigene Faust mit Plan und Informationsbroschüre ausgestattet. (Erhältlich im Visitorcenter für 2 $)

  • Day12

    Harvard University

    November 2, 2017 in the United States

    Heute sind wir in Cambridge an der Harvard Universität. Bekannte Studenten/Absolventen dieser Eliteuniversität sind unter anderem Matt Damon, Bill Gates, Al Gore, Mark Zuckerberg sowie Barack und Michelle Obama. Cambridge ist ein Vorort von Boston. Der Ort selbst ist ziemlich schön. Es gibt keine Hochhäuser und irgendwie fühlt man sich schnell wohl. Wir haben gerade eine Campus Führung mit einer Australierin gemacht. Sie ist gerade in ihrem dritten Jahr hier. Eine lustige Info von ihr: Die Statur von John Harvard enthält drei Lügen. In erster Linie die, dass es nicht John Harvard ist 😁Read more

  • Day12

    MIT und Harvard Campus

    May 27, 2016 in the United States

    Natürlich müssen wir von Charlestown über das MIT zurück. Abgesehen vom Flur kriegen wir da drin nur die Toiletten zu sehen... ein Amerikaner würde wohl sagen er war kurzzeitig am MIT beschäftigt :-)

  • Day34

    Harvard University

    May 16, 2015 in the United States

    Anscheinend bringt es Glück der Statue von John Harvard an die Füße zu fassen. Jedenfalls gab es dort eine regelrechte Schlange.

    Gerade war das Semester zuende und Wohnungswechsel angesagt - in max. 20 Minuten. Darüber wacht dann die Harvard-Police.

    Hoffentlich gut gelernt - denn die Studiengebühren betragen pro Semester 30-40.000 $; mit Unterkunft auf dem Campus.

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