Took a quick weekend trip to Boston to visit my friend Angel, who had a few days of FSI training at the US Department of State. (Woohooo! Our future Ambassador! Lol!) That one Saturday was the only day I can have her—as she’s flying to other states before going back home to Manila.
As much as I looooove roadtrips, I find my energy easily drained and I have to sit down every so often. Still, I won’t miss this for the world! Angel and I have been friends since 2005– and it’s one of those friendships that don’t really need physical presence or daily conversations. We can go months (even all year) without seeing each other, and just immediately pick up where we left off.
With less than 24 hours to spare, we headed straight to our (and everyone else’s, I guess) dream school, Harvard University! I just learned that there’s a free public tour during the day for about 10-15 people. All you need to do is go to the Harvard Information Center about 15 minutes before the tour starts to register. See their schedule here. But if you’re a big group and would like a private tour, fees apply. Check it out here. Sadly we missed the 10am schedule and cannot wait until the next one. So we bought maps and went around ourselves. 🙂
I’ve often heard of a tradition of touching the foot of John Harvard’s monument for good luck. So we did– I touched it and took a picture, for good luck on Pnut’s future…
… only to find out later on that YOU SHOULDN’T. Harvard students actually PEE on the monument– for good luck or something I cannot understand why. The monument is being washed every morning, so there wasn’t any smell or trace when we were there– but still! 🙁 Please tourists, DO NOT TOUCH THE FOOT OF JOHN HARVARD. It was our mistake to just go with the flow and copy what other tourists are doing. Tsk. Tsk. LOL!
There’s a bunch of restaurants within the campus, but for our late lunch, we opted to go to a great brunch place called Cafe Luna, near the MIT Museum. Small and always packed, it was quite a wait since there was 5 of us. It was soooo delicious that none of us were able to take photos of what we ordered. Warren and Kevin both got Steak and Lobster Eggs Benedict, while us girls got Everything But the Kitchen Sink Sampler (Belgian waffle topped with corned beef hash, sausage, ham, egg, jalapeno cheese sauce and home fries). YUMMMMMMM.
In the evening, we got to eat at the famous Quincy Market. They have everything from clam chowder to lobster roll, to barbecue ribs and even Chinese food! I love exploring food markets like this! Trying out different food in just one meal. 🙂
Traveling far won’t matter if it’s for great friends you know you’ll always have. Til our next trip, Angel!