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USA | Friday, 7 January 2011 | Views [324]

Hey y'all!

First up, I hope you enjoyed the best American greeting I could muster, and second up I hope you enjoyed even more the "Karate Kid" reference in the title!

So the time in New York came to an end, and as I breathed in that last bit of cold, polluted air we jumped on the train and headed for Boston. The train ride was a serene mix of beautiful scenery, falling in and out of sleep, and conquering the world of computer Solitaire.

When we arrived the first job was to check into our hotel. The second task was to celebrate raucously at the fact our hotel was equipped with a fully-functioning shower and a laundry. Boston was already off to an impressive start.

The first day in Boston consisted of undertaking the Freedom Trail tour. I quickly discovered this was aptly and accurately named. It did follow a trail, and I did indeed feel free while doing it. It was an enchanting and humbling trip around the historical sites of Boston. As we took in the quaint buildings and cobblestone roads it felt like we were in the small towns of the UK. Very pretty. We also took in the markets on the way, where I found all manner of stalls selling t-shirts and other paraphernalia ensconsed in puns that seemed to be written for my own heart. Highlights included a bead store called "The Bead of my Heart" and a sock store called "Sock it to Me." Boston was going up and up in my impressions. It was showing me "Who's the Boston." 

Day 2 had us picking up the car that was to become our chariot for the next month. As I stepped into the wrong side of it for the first time it felt a tad odd, but as I realised how effective the car's heating was this quickly became less of an issue. Hopefully soon we will know driving on the wrong side of the road like the back of our hands. Or perhaps it is like the front of our hands over here.

We then took a stroll and I started to like Boston even more. It just felt a bit less crazy than New York. It actually reminded me of home a little; people would give you a smile as they raced to get out of the cold. As we got a cab the taxi drivers also made Boston seem even nicer. They were all keen for a chat with a couple of lost Aussies.

Our destination now was Harvard. Evidently it's a university or something. Sarah was particularly keen to purchase a jumper - apparently so people here and at home would think she was smart. This illusion was partly undone as she tried to push the quite obviously "pull" door on the way out of the store. Definitely one of the highlights of the trip for me so far. I was also going to buy one of the Harvard beanies with earflaps so that I could look both smart and stupid at the same time. However I decided against this when I realised I would still be wearing something from Harvard. A highlight of this tour was the Museum of Natural History, which was unfortunately cut short when I couldn't stop laughing at someone with uncontrollable hiccups. In case you were wondering both the person concerned and myself made it out fine.

The night finished with a second trip to our new favourite restaurant called "American Joe's". Tonight for me it was good old American Mac and Cheese, and oh yes, it was good. Tomorrow we farewell Boston and start the road trip for real. Next major stop: Chicago. We will have one night's stop-over in small-town America on the way, where I will probably really fit in with the locals. I have been dared not to shave until we reach Memphis, which is another few days away. So far my attempt to mimic Dr Beadface from "Scrubs" has been going for a week and has me looking a tad seedy to say the least. But who knows, a few more days and maybe I will be able to pull of the half-nerdy and half-rugged effect that Conan O'Brien has got going on. Time will tell.

So until next time, stay safe... and stay Australian. Remember, you can't spell "USA" without A-U-S.

Peace out, beautiful people! New York Nicks, xo.  

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