Wednesday, October 20, 2004

Boston - Part 1

October 17, 2004 – Day 2

I’ve been severely neglecting this blog lately partly because I’ve been keeping pretty busy and while it may seem contradictory I’ve had nothing that interesting to write about. Well I am currently in Boston attending a JavaPro conference so figured this would be a good time to start up again. While the official conference doesn’t start until tomorrow I am actually in a pre-conference workshop today.

Let’s start with yesterday...

So, what have I been up to up until today? Well I left home at 6:00 am on Saturday to catch my flight to Boston and arrived at 1:30 pm. Boston is pretty far eh? The flight is 1.5 hours but missing your Ottawa flight and having to go through Toronto instead takes an additional five hours!

Ok, so I finally got to Boston and checked into my hotel. The hotel was built in something like 1927 so needless to say it is very old and very grand. Many of the rooms, like mine, used to be two rooms. As a result they are quite big, have a king sized bed and two bathrooms (albeit fairly small bathrooms)!!!

After quickly settling in I found my co-worker and his wife and we set out to Boston’s north end in search of the New England Aquarium. We took the subway and found it quite easily. As we left the subway some local came up to us and asked if we were from Boston. We said “no” and then she said “do you want to go to the Aquarium for free?” Obviously we agreed so we followed her to the aquarium, she handed some magical coupon to the front desk, we entered the aquarium and then our mystery guide disappeared! Oh well, at least we saved $20 each on the price of admission.

After the aquarium we headed to a part of Boston called Faneuil (sounds like Daniel) Market. This is kind of like the Byward Market in Ottawa. It is a bunch of old buildings with restaurants, stores, stalls, street performers etc. It was early evening by now so finding dinner was next on our list. We found a restaurant called Chart House that was a steak and seafood type place ... let me digress ... Did you know Boston is right on the Ocean!!! Well apparently places that are close to the Ocean like to serve seafood. As none of us really like seafood this was a bit of a problem. For appetizers I did try some lobster spring rolls which weren’t too bad. For dinner however I wanted some real meat so got the prime rib. I guess ordering red meat in a steak and seafood restaurant in a city on the Ocean is a mistake. Needless to say the prime rib wasn’t too good and I think we were the only ones in the restaurant not ordering some type of seafood. Oh well by now we were getting tired enough so we decided to head back to the hotel for an early evening.

More on Sunday and beyond soon...

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