Anyway, it seems like so many other places (LA and Vancouver for example) everyone here is from somewhere else. They're all going to Harvard or Boston College or have gone to one of those places of higher education .. or one of the many others around here .. and decided to stay.
Regardless, the stereotypical Boston accent has been sadly lacking so far.
People here are really friendly. Another nice city where that sort of thing is concerned. I don't know about Tiia, but to me it has a Chicago kind of feel about it.
So.. anyway, we got in around midday or a bit after, and made our way to the hostel. If you EVER come to Boston, check this place out. It's about $30 a night, which is more expensive than the ones we've stayed in before, but it's fabulous! A nice supply of internet computers (one dollar for 10 minutes), good sized rooms, free breakfast of bagels and others breaky type foods, and (this is the clincher!) the most immaculate bathrooms I've seen in any hostel. Seriously. Really, really clean and just .. nice. And they have hairdryers. It's the H.I. hostel in Hemenway street. Really, really nice.
Anyway, enough gushing over the hostel. We eventually headed out along Boylston Street into town, looking at the shops, checking out some churches and the public library, which is just MASSIVE! We ended up walking around through Beacon Hill, and down to The Esplanade, in the park along the water (near the Hatch Shell, for anyone who knows Boston) There I spotted squirrels. Masses and masses of them. Tiia made the appropriate noises to get one to pose for me! So bloody cute! We then went walking along Arlington street to Boston Common, went through the park, and checked out the iceskating at a place that I think was called the Frog Pond. Again, very cute! They have little statues of frogs there! So cute!
After we'd taken more photos, watched a woman feeding a bunch of squirrels, and had enough of the park for a while, we went back into town, via Chinatown and the Theatre District, which are really cool areas. Very pretty buildings, lots of Christmas lights, and plenty of people, doing late night shopping. (apparently everything is open late here -- because, as the girl at reception said: This is a college town. The kids stay up late! Of course she didn't look much older than about 25 herself! Very funny!
We had dinner at The Cheesecake Factory. Salads of course, so we could excuse ourselves for having cheesecake for dessert (I had the 6 carb one!! 6 carbs! It's not that bad... I don't think....)
Our plans for tomorrow are a little bit open at this stage. Tiia wants to go to Harvard, I wouldn't mind checking out Boston College if we're going to see Harvard, and we need to go to Fenway Park, because naughty Suz wants us to give it the finger. She's so, so bad. I feel like bringing her a Red Socks christmas hat or something back, and making her wear it! Only I won't. It won't go with the nice, pretty pink Yankees one she already has.
Hope everyone's well. And I'm crossing my fingers that there's no more fire activity in Victoria --at least nothing worse than it has been. Poor old Craig's Hut. Awful...