Wednesday, October 10, 2018

New England Road Trip 2018 - Day 3 (10/1/2018) - Boston and meeting up with Nishant

We took it pretty easy this morning.  We were up and dressed in time to get some of the continental breakfast at the hotel around 9:15am.  But we didn't have anything planned until a 1:15pm trolley tour of Boston, so we decided to just hang out in the room after breakfast.  We left the hotel a bit after noon and drove into the city.

Our tour left from the City Place building downtown.  One somewhat noteworthy thing happened while parking the car in their underground parking garage...  Upon entry the security guard stopped our car and asked me to show my drivers license, saying that was required for everyone who came in to park.  My mom and I noticed that he didn't seem to ask the car in front of us to do that.  She interpreted the incident more pessimistically than I did, but it's hard not to think (based on the perhaps limited information that we have) that there was a racial component in play.

We checked in early at the Gray Line tour office, and then waited about 30 minutes until boarding for the tour began.  The tour lasted a little more than 3 hours, with extended stops at Trinity Church, Fenway Park, and the USS Constitution (though we only had about 20 minutes at each stop, so we didn't go into any of those places).  It began to drizzle a bit during the tour, but it didn't become too unpleasant (temperatures hovered in the low 60s); this continued on and off for the rest of the day.


After we returned from the tour, we got back into the car and headed to Norfolk to visit Nishant and Shipra.  We made it to their house right at 6pm and visited with them for about 3 hours, including being fed a delicious and bountiful dinner.  My mom and I agreed that it was great to see them, but regretted that we forgot to take a picture with them.  We made it back to the hotel around 10pm.

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Pictures here: https://photos.app.goo.gl/H6QCPXd5cfTcTrJ7A

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