Wednesday, November 5, 2008

More Boston

So, if I ever wanted more proof that moving to Northern Vermont has turned my children into total hicks, all I had to do was visit Boston. The kids were very cute. Every building we walked into received a "woa" or a "cool" or "this is so tall". Their favorite part of the whole trip was riding the T and going up and down escalators. Seriously, as we are at the top of the Prudential Center, looking down on all of beautiful Boston, all I kept hearing was a resounding chorus of "When can we go back on the train or ride an escalator?" Yeah, no strange looks from people there.

We did have a fun time. On Friday we spent the entire day at the aquarium. While it was a really long day, it was pretty fun. We then had dinner at Faneuil hall and went back for some bedtime swimming. The next day we were able to ride the T into Boston, which was cool. We went to the garden and saw the statues of the mallard family from Make way for Ducklings. That was pretty fun. (Mostly for me, but, whatever...)

After that we rode a carousel at the frog pond and played on a playground. There were some researchers there from Harvard doing some experiments with kids. They had a little game set up and were doing experiments on fairness. The game was a level that would either deliver candy to both players, or take candy away from both players. One child was in control of this. The kids were either given the same amount of candy or not. The kid in control got to decide weather or not they got to keep them. It was pretty cool to watch. Both Connor and Aisling participated (although, not at the same time. That would have thrown all their theories of fairness right out the window. Nothing is fair when you play with your siblings).

We then went back to Fanueil Hall for snacks and shopping. While we were there we stopped to watch some street theater. This was a troupe of hip hop dancers. At one point, just before they started asking for everyone's money, they grabbed Connor and a few other people and brought them to the middle. It turned out that one of the dancers was going to do a flip over the group. I'll try to add the video as it was pretty cool. We then had dinner in the North End. That's always great. A few pastries from Mike's Pastry, and we were on our way.

We did have a great time, as I hope the pictures will show. It was really great to be close to home again. Boston looks totally different now, since the Big Dig. There's a lot more grass, and you dont' have to walk under 93 to get to the North End! (I was lost amongst the grass and cleanliness...) We even hung out at a cool fountain. You can see the video of Connor daringly running across the fountain when the water is off.

Enjoy the photos.

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