Sorry for the break. We are now safely home and normal service has been resumed! The hotel in Boston needed you to pay for Internet service and I was too tired and busy to make paying worthwhile, and it was the weekend so Gary didn't feel inclined to deal with work email.
So where were we? I meant to add in the last post that on Friday night we didn't have any shows booked or anything. I am afraid Broadway is totally lost on me - as I may have mentioned before I absolutely loathe musicals - I would rather they got on with the plot instead of bursting pointlessly into song every five minutes. It's lucky real life isn't like that or we'd never get anything done.
So anyway we wanted to do something and Gary was looking through the magazine that came with the hotel room and found a Hip Hop show that was in a theater just across the road and started in 20 minutes. We went straight there, and there were officially no seats left but we were told to hang on til the last minute to see if anything opened up. At the last minute there suddenly were two seats available (we think they might have been the ones reserved for VIPs who turn up at the last minute expecting tickets). The show was good, featuring dancing, Djing and beat boxers, and a guy who drummed very skillfully on plastic buckets (Note no singing was involved!). Afterwards we ate very well at the Bubba Gump Shrimp Co.
The next morning we got a cab to Penn St Station again and caught the Boston bound train. The autumn colours along the way were spectacular.
We enjoyed staying at the Hyatt Regency in the Financial District of Boston. The bed was really comfy and (I hope other hotels follow this lead) instead of sachets of shampoo, conditioner, and shower gel, they had dispensers in the shower. It must save heaps on packaging, and guests can only use what they need so there is less wastage. It must be cheaper for them to bulk buy the stuff too in huge bottles, after the initial outlay for the dispensers and having them installed.
During the afternoon we took a stroll around the city. There seemed to be something going on on the common so we went to investigate. It turned out to be a pumpkin festival where they were trying to beat the world Record for the number of jack-o-lanterns in one place. They hoped to beat 28,000 and when we walked through they were up to 22,000+. I hope they made it. Actually I see from this CNN article that they well and truly did! Good Job, Boston!
This is a tiny sample - there were pumpkins as far as the eye could see!
Later on we ate at a Malaysian restaurant and I had the chance to taste Rambutans for the first time in years. When we lived in Singapore in the mid-60s the rambutan man used to come round on his bicycle and we would eat them fresh. They are a bit like lychee to look at - white with a centre stone, but they taste different and grow in a spiky case - a bit like a conker but with soft spikes. They tasted wonderfulm, but I am sorry to say not nearly as wonderful as when they have been freshly picked.
In the evening we saw the Blue Man Group. We have seen them before in Las Vegas a few years ago and it was great to see them again. This time the theater was much smaller and although it was essentially the same show as in Las Vegas, it was much more close up and personal. I would recommend this show to anyone. It is a mixture of sketches (some involving members of the audience) which are very funny, and music (no singing!!!). Just the way they looked at each other kept me in stitches the whole time. I would go again in a heartbeat.
On Sunday Morning we picked up a rental car, and I will tell you about the next phase of our tour tomorrow. In the meantime see if you can guess what the post will be entitled???!!!