Tuesday, August 24th, 2010

Our day trip to Boston was not fully as we expected… but then again, this trip has all been unexpected… so the unexpected is, well… expected.

Taking the train into Boston from Providence, we were getting excited as we researched all about the city…  but it didn’t look promising outside.

Studying up...

Studying up...

We hoped for the best and were hoping the rain wouldn’t last long, but when the city looks like this, it’s easy to lose hope:

Rainy, low visibility, with slight chance of dry socks

Rainy, low visibility, with slight chance of dry socks

We didn’t walk for very long until Jerry spotted his first new favorite spot… under cover:

Staying dry for another 15 seconds

Staying dry for another 15 seconds

It’s hard to get to know  a city, or look at maps, or wander around aimlessly to enjoy the city’s culture when it is super rainy and windy.  You are wet, cold, and none of the locals are out and hiding in their favorite cafes.  This day turned out to be one race after the next for a dry spot.  After about an hour this was our first dry spot:

Trying to get warm... and dry.

Trying to get warm... and dry.

We had a lot of fun but it was really hard to get to know the city.  We even bought tickets for tonight’s Red Sox game against the MARINERS in Fenway Park.  How cool right?  But before this, we brought our soggy selves through the Boston Commons park and stopped in the original Cheers bar for a beverage.  It turned out that this is the bar that inspired the show’s location, but isn’t where it was filmed.  But here is a picture anyways:

Cheers!  Where's Norm???

Cheers! Where's Norm???

After the bar, we met up with Brandon before the game.  It has successfully been raining for 12 hours without a break, and that is a feat in itself… but now was the test.  Would we actually make it into Fenway park for game?  The verdict didn’t take long, after a 20 minutes rain delay, they canceled the game.  We tried to enter after the cancellation but the door guy would not have any of it and promptly was kicked out.  Sorry, no pictures, but here is a picture of a baseball diamond in the beautiful and consistent weather we’ve been having:

Where did summer go?

Where did summer go?

We finally made it back to Providence and are drying up.  We planned to hit up New York tomorrow but do not want to experience another amazing city in this type of weather (as fore-casted).  We have called a few volunteer places earlier today and hope to get a call back but so far we’ve received nothing.  This spontaneous volunteering is harder than it sounds!  Wish us luck!