Today was quite an easy day – we seem to have been on the go since we arrived in the US, so we decided to visit a couple of places this morning and then come home early afternoon.
We did the educational tour today, visiting Harvard University and the MIT. Fortunately these two campuses are in Cambridge and are therefore not too far from Alewife and our hotel.
Harvard University has quite a small, compact campus – There are two large gates each flanked by two side gates on either side of Harvard Square (the grassy quadrangle that encompasses both the student dorms (for Freshman) and the main classrooms). Apparently you are only supposed to use the large gates twice during your time at Harvard, once when you enter University and then when you graduate. We didn’t actually find this out until we joined the tour, and so Seio and I had already proudly strolled through the main gate three times looking for the information desk!! Never mind….
Our tour guide was a final year student called June – she showed us the main buildings on campus and told us some of the famous stories about Harvard. The tour lasted about an hour and was really quite interesting …
After stopping off at the Harvard Co-op to buy some souvenirs we headed off to an area called Porter for some lunch. The Porter Exchange has a lot of Japanese restaurants and we decided to try out a place called ‘Cafe Mami’ to see how authentic it was….the food was really good and not bad value either.
After lunch, we hopped back onto the Red line to Kendall, which is where the Massachusetts Institute of Technology is. The MIT campus is completely different to Harvard – It’s a huge campus made up of a number of different buildings and institutes sprawled all over. I think there are around 85 buildings all together!! We visited a couple of them and then decided to go home….
I can’t believe we’ve been here a week already! The time is just flying by.
Off to do some laundry now…
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