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April 7, 2012

Down by the banks of the river Charles

Our family spent the day in Boston yesterday, and I had the song that those lyrics come from playing through my head for most of the day.  Can you name the song without Googling it?  Think about it while you read my post.  I’ll include a YouTube video with the answer at the end.

Our original purpose for yesterday’s visit was a campus tour of Boston University.  Expecting heavy traffic for our drive in, I roused my troops early from bed on that non-school day to give us plenty of time to work our way to the “T” station (how locals refer to the public train/subway system) just outside our state capital.  We arrived with surprising ease and little traffic, finding ourselves at our location, the BU admissions office with time to spare.

I took the opportunity to look around at my exact location and, of course, take some pictures.


Before arriving at BU, I hadn’t realized just how close to the Charles River the campus is.  I peeked around the corner from admissions to discover it right across busy Storrow Drive.  ( I thought I took a picture at this point to show you, but I didn’t find one. Hmmm… maybe I accidentally deleted? Or maybe I really didn’t take one)

One of my favorite spots in Boston is also within walking distance….

Can you guess the place I’m talking about before you scroll down….

I bet you know…


Yup, Fenway Park.  The boys will be back in town for the home opener this coming Friday.

After an unfortunately disappointing campus tour that left Meghan even more uncertain about her feelings about the school, we headed for lunch and another ride on the T, to the Boston Museum of Science.  This was Meghan’s request.

At the museum, I was taken in by the gorgeous views of the Charles River from the museum’s gigantic picture windows.


View of the picture windows with the perpetual motion machine:


We didn’t have the time or energy to get to all of the museum’s great exhibits (we missed the Omni theater, the planetarium and the butterfly garden), but we did stroll through the new live gecko area.


Feeling rather tired after hours of walking (the tour, the museum, back and forth to the T) the four of us gathered to decide how to wind up our day.  Starting to feel a little hungry and facing the ride home, we decided to head for the famous Faneuil Hall and Quincy Market to find some dinner.  Tucked in an underground store in the marketplace we found a great little place called the Zuma Tex-Mex Grill.  Far from fancy, this restaurant had truly delicious food.  Hubby and I shared some of the best jalepeno poppers I’ve ever eaten.  I had a tender and flavorful fajita-style steak sandwich.  Hubby loved his burrito, and the girls were happy with their meals as well.

Exhausted and satisfied, we happily hopped on our last T ride of the day – uncrowded with seats for all four of us- and made our way back to the T-station, followed by a 75-minute drive home from the station to dogs elated to see us.

Did you figure out the song without cheating?


  1. Looks like a beautiful day! Sorry the BU tour wasn’t a success. What about those Red Sox?

    Comment by Becky Sue — April 7, 2012 @ 5:27 pm | Reply

    • It looked much nicer out than it really was – the wind was really cold! The tour guide was unfortunately a ditz.
      Oh, the Red Sox! Off to another lousy start. 😦

      Comment by Karma — April 8, 2012 @ 8:39 am | Reply

  2. Tell Meghan the tour of BU killed it for me too. I was strongly considering it, then toured the campus and didn’t like it so decided to go elsewhere. Hang in there, she’ll find the right fit for her; it can be a long process though.

    Comment by Andrea L — April 7, 2012 @ 7:11 pm | Reply

    • It is a daunting process for sure, but one we are only beginning.

      Comment by Karma — April 8, 2012 @ 8:40 am | Reply

  3. Looks like a nice city! I’ve been there before, but only at the airport.
    And thanks for making me hungry 😛 😉

    Comment by TheDailyClick — April 8, 2012 @ 5:12 am | Reply

    • Boston is a really nice city. For being as close as it is, I really haven’t spent that much time there. I’d like to go more often. I don’t think many of us will want to go very far at all this summer with the way gas prices are going! 😦
      The thought of Tex Mex food makes you hungry at 5 in the morning? 😉

      Comment by Karma — April 8, 2012 @ 8:41 am | Reply

      • Yup! I loooove Tex-Mex!! 🙂
        And if the time is correct on your blog, then it was 4am for me 😉

        Comment by TheDailyClick — April 8, 2012 @ 10:28 am

      • So there’s one thing, at least, that you must like about living in Texas! 😉

        Comment by Karma — April 8, 2012 @ 12:37 pm

      • Nope…. I can get Tex-Mex anywhere 😉

        Comment by TheDailyClick — April 8, 2012 @ 9:19 pm

  4. I remember those days of visiting college campuses. Luckily, we didn’t have to visit too many. I’ve never been to Boston; it looks like it would be a fun a visit–but lots of walking. P.S. Liked your blackbird video–what a swarming dark cloud of them! Happy Easter, Ms. Karma…

    Comment by Kathy — April 8, 2012 @ 8:43 am | Reply

    • BU was only our 2nd visit. We have plans to visit several more.
      Those blackbirds were pretty wild, weren’t they?
      Happy Easter to you – hope you had a good night’s rest last night!

      Comment by Karma — April 8, 2012 @ 8:53 am | Reply

      • I did, thank you! Feeling quite chipper this morning. No matter what I did yesterday I could not a) get in a good mood or b) not feel sleepy. Today it feels so much nicer, back to normal, whatever that is.

        Comment by Kathy — April 8, 2012 @ 8:55 am

      • Oh good, I’m glad! 🙂

        Comment by Karma — April 8, 2012 @ 12:38 pm

  5. Did you give the liaison office feedback on the tour ? I know they’d appreciate it.

    Oh that magnolia tree !

    We just had an unexpected snowfall here on the eastern shore of Nova Scotia — it was s’pozed to be rain.

    The rich, green colour of that gecko is wonderful.

    Is that the stadium that has the “big green wall” ?

    Now you’ve made me feel old — never heard that music group. 😉

    Comment by Sybil — April 8, 2012 @ 9:57 am | Reply

    • I emailed BU’s admissions office. I really thought they should know.
      That gecko was pretty neat – I think it said it was a “neon” gecko.
      Fenway Park is indeed the stadium with the big green wall – known locally as the “Green Monster.” The back of it is visible in my picture.
      That band is actually from the 1960’s, and the song “Dirty Water” was a hit in 1966! Before my time! 😉

      Comment by Karma — April 8, 2012 @ 12:42 pm | Reply

  6. It looks like it was a beautiful day. I didn’t come up with the song, and before I hit play I thought, “I’ve never heard this one before.” I was wrong.

    I may have to visit Boston again someday. You make it look like a great place to be. It’s the first city I’ve visited that I didn’t like, and I’m not sure why. There were parts of it I enjoyed immensely, but overall I’ve never had a desire to go back.

    Comment by Robin — April 8, 2012 @ 6:03 pm | Reply

    • Just thinking that my comment probably sounded rude (in regards to your post and Boston). Your photos are wonderful (and are what made me think I should visit Boston again!). And I should explain that I encountered one or two really rude people while in Boston and I think that colored my view the same way encountering one rude person at work can almost wipe out a whole good day.

      Comment by Robin — April 8, 2012 @ 6:07 pm | Reply

      • No worries Robin. I take no personal affront to your feelings about Boston. 😉 I wouldn’t have taken it that way anyway. I would think that it is possible to run into rude people just about anywhere, unfortunately, and it’s too bad that those people colored your view of Boston. I haven’t spent a lot of time in Boston myself, despite it being only about 90 miles away. I’d definitely say its worth further exploration, and I’m pleased that you would say my photos and post would make you want to reconsider visiting some day! 🙂 Thank you.

        Comment by Karma — April 8, 2012 @ 7:07 pm

  7. I would really let the university know about your tour experience. You would think they would want to put their best foot forward instead of allowing poorly trained and prepared work-study students give tours to perspective students. I remember going to several colleges with my daughters. Some knew what they doing and gave excellent tours, others were like your experience and were quickly checked off the list.

    Really enjoyed your photos and I wish the wind would stop already. I think I got more wind burn last week than sunburn.

    I have been to Boston a couple of times and just love it. Might have to go back this summer as you got me hankering for some Chowder! 🙂

    Comment by Scott Thomas Photography — April 9, 2012 @ 10:43 am | Reply

    • I did let them know about our experience; I emailed the admissions office. I am curious to see if they will respond. We had an excellent tour at Stonehill College a few weeks ago, and it really makes a difference as far as your impression of a school.

      I agree on the wind; it was very windy in Boston that day and I wished I had dressed a little warmer.

      Head down to Cape Cod if you’d like some really excellent chowder!

      Thanks Scott.

      Comment by Karma — April 9, 2012 @ 3:40 pm | Reply

  8. Those are beautiful pictures of the Charles..seeing those boats reminds me that we still have a wedding present of a tour on the Charles. It will have to be warmer though. Meghan will find somewhere she feels really comfortable. Boston must seem really daunting too.

    Comment by trish49 — April 9, 2012 @ 8:25 pm | Reply

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