Monday, September 14, 2009

Disembarking on a Sunny Boston Day

Pictures will follow of our cruise, particularly pictures of the winning Progressive Trivia Team, "One Short of a Dozen," which blazed its way to a one-point victory on the final day of the cruise. We were quite justifiably very pleased with ourselves.

In the meantime, we're relaxing in our room at the Hilton Back Bay, after walking most of the Freedom Trail on a hot and busy Boston morning.

Disembarking the Jewel of The Seas was a real fiasco this morning. Luckily for us, we weren't in any hurry. When the foreign citizens reported to US Immigration starting at 6:30 a.m., apparently there were only two ICE officials on duty at first. We stayed in our stateroom for awhile, used up our remaining Internet minutes, and eventually even played a little table tennis before finally lining up and leaving the ship nearly three hours behind schedule. It appears likely that a few folks may have missed their flights, or at least suffered stressful moments making them.

We took a taxi to the hotel, our room was ready, and it offers us a great view of Fenway Park a few blocks away, the river, and a whole bunch of beautiful old Boston brick buildings. Interesting to be back in one of those Eastern North American cities with a couple or three centuries of history on display.

We walked the first part of the Freedom Trail before stopping for lunch at McCormick and Schmick's, where Kathy enjoyed a great lobster.

We walked back to the hotel, and will concentrate our efforts on the nearby neighborhood for the rest of the day. Tomorrow we'll explore more of Boston on foot before heading to our airport hotel.

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