A Marathon Weekend

Trip Start Aug 31, 2011
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Tuesday, April 17, 2012

I can't believe there are so few days until the end of my first semester of college! I’m not entirely looking forward to the summer – because I’ll be working so I can actually travel when I’m in the Netherlands at Kasteel Well next fall.  But I am looking forward to going home and to not having classwork and interviews.

I crammed quite a bit into this one weekend!

Friday the 13th
I had Quidditch practice, as I do every Friday.  I was supposed to teach some elementary schoolers Quidditch (Kidditch!) instead, but it unfortunately got cancelled because our paperwork didn't go through in time.

Saturday the 14th
At 2PM I went with Susanna to see Café Variations.  We got the tickets last week (for $10! – normally they are between $25 and $70) and had wonderful seats – first row Orchestra, nearly the middle of it.  Absolutely no one was in front of us, and at one point when an actor climbed off the stage she was directly in front of us, but sometimes it was difficult to see the scenes happening farther upstage.  The show is a collaboration between my school’s musical theatre majors and professional actors.  It had some good songs, even greater voices, humor, dancing (including some tap!), and AMAZING costumes.  (There was also a baby sitting at the end of our row - very young, and he surprisingly stayed quiet!)  For an hour and forty minutes, it was definitely worth the student-discounted tickets. 

Friday was Allie's birthday, so today she, Kristen, Kim, Sheila, and Elidi (who was the only one I’d never met before) came into Boston.  I walked to the Government Center stop and met them at 5PM.  Then we all walked the short rest of the way to Quincy Market for dinner at Dick’s Last Resort. Dick’s is a bit of an odd restaurant – the whole purpose is to insult you.  They yell at you and throw things at you – like the straws, which hit me on the head – and they make hats of twisted paper that they write insulting things on.  I’d never been there before, and wasn’t sure I ever wanted to, but I had fun.  I also, strangely enough, have a lot more respect for it now – it takes a lot of wit and creativity on the part of the staff to live up to Dick’s hype!

Since we had a relatively small group, we were put at a table with another couple.  We got the plastic napkins tied around our necks, and had fun reading the hats around us while waiting for our food.  The couple next to us had great ones that they (and we) loved: "Match.com fails again" for him and “part-time Craigslist stripper” for her.
 
Sheila did a nice job dropping the hint that it was Allie’s birthday.  “Maybe the birthday girl should go first,” she said when our waiter came for our order.  He gave Sheila a great look when she took the plunge and asked what the “Big Woody” was – I swear they don’t explain it on the menu on purpose.  I got fish and chips since there wasn’t a whole lot I could eat there – it came in a bucket, without any sort of plate, which was a little awkward to eat out of.  It was decent, but you don’t go to Dick’s for the food!

Allie got a massive paper hat topped with four yellow balloons that read “celebrating my release from juvenile hall”.  We were mostly through our meal when I got one jammed onto my head – they sneak up behind you when you get one.  Mine was great: “I practice kissing with my Harry Potter poster”.  We’re not sure how he pegged me for a Harry Potter fan, but I’m glad he did.

  


After dinner I guided them to the North End. We walked down Hanover street, by Modern Pastry, Café Vittrola, The Daily Catch, and Mike’s Pastry.  Both pastry shops had massive lines, and while I love that café we were looking more for dessert.  I led us to Bova’s, but when we got there (which had a very reasonable line) several of the girls realized exactly how badly they had to pee thanks to the giant cups of soda we had had at Dick’s.  Allie knew of a little café back on Hanover street where Allie, Kim, and I waited outside for the others.  We saw a wedding couple walking down the street, with their photographer taking photos.  Some adorable older Italian man yelled at some street performers to play a song for them, and we got to see the couple dancing on the sidewalk.

Then back to Bova’s we went.  After getting our purchases (I chose to not get anything) we went to the Boston Common, and we sat on a hill eating our desserts.  I gave Allie her present – an Elmo mug (“Elmo loves mornings!”) that I found at Newbury Comics last week.  Then they got picked up by the State House and I went back to my dorm.

 
 


Sunday the 15th
Just a regular Sunday of hanging around the dorms, avoiding homework, hanging out on STAR floor, watching movies, etc.

Monday the 16th
Marathon Monday! Taina and I decided to go watch the Boston Marathon, since the finish line is a very reasonable walk from our dorm. We tried to time it so that we could watch the first runners come through, but by the time we got up, got ready, and had breakfast, we were cutting it very close. AND IT WAS SO HOT. In an effort to stay cool, we stayed on the shady side - which turned out to be a huge mistake. We got stuck by barriers far below the finish line, so Taina and I took a deep breath and walked ALL the way around, in the sun, then up Newbury Street before cutting over to a very sunny, hot, and crowded spot just below the finish line.

Sadly, we missed the first runners because of all the extra time it took us. We saw some runners finish, heard lots of bells, and risked third degree sunburns before we decided to leave. It was simply too hot! On the walk back we stopped in H&M (always a favorite; ran into some of our classmates) and Allsaints Spitalfields (amazing amazing clothes but SO expensive) for the air conditioning. We cut across the beautiful Public Gardens and the crowded Common so Taina could get a sweet tea at McDonald's, then spent the remainder of the day in the relative cool of our dorm.

 

 
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