Saturday, June 18, 2011

Break Dancing Through Life

Boston is bustling with Bruins fans! There was a parade downtown for the hockey victory a couple of days ago. Sports really bring people together. Like San Francisco, there were many street performers in Boston. Break dancers spun on their heads and flipped in the air as the audience clapped their hands to their music.

We purchased passes for the subway system to get to Fenway Park. The entrance to the station is activated just by touching your ticket to a receiver. The subway is much different than the rapid transit in the Bay Area. First off, you can walk across the tracks without having to worry about the third electrical rail. Next, the subway is very slow, bumpy, and loud. Lastly, the inside of the subway cars are very crowded. Apparently, Frank had an armpit in his face, and I was sandwiched between two large Bruins fans. We used a lot of hand sanitizer after we got off.
We visited the outside of Fenway Park. There was a Red Sox game scheduled for later on in the day so many fans were in the area purchasing souvenirs and buying peanuts and Cracker Jacks. Although we were only at the park for a few minutes, the adventure there was worth it. We are now masters of the Boston subway system. We ended our adventure with some ice cream before we headed back for dinner.
Ms. Larson squeezed the Tahoe into a parking garage (we barely made it inside the tiny entrance) and Cohort #1 changed into formal attire for dinner at Radius located down the street. We were the first ones there when it opened its doors! Radius was fancy but more laid back than L’Espalier. The waiters were personable and interested in our group. The restaurant is shaped in a half circle. Their colors are red and gray. We were seated as we waited for our guest, Amy Tan (Brown Alum 2009).

Grace Yuen from our L’Espalier dinner is good friends with Amy and she told us that she was awesome. How right she was! Amy is not the author of Joy Luck Club, but she was an International Relations major at Brown University. She told us of some bizarre traditions at Brown like the Naked Doughnut Run and the graduation ceremony. During graduation, Brown alumni line up outside the university gates and cheer as the graduates parade through the crowds. Amy said that it was an emotional experience. She plans to attend more graduations to cheer on future grads. I remember Jim Sinai (from our dinner at One Market) told me about graduation as well. It seems as though Brown alumni all had a great experience in college.
I had a wonderful dinner at Radius. First, we started off with a cucumber drink and some sashimi. I guess I was feeling for raw fish tonight because I also ordered the Tuna Tartar. Before our entrees, the waiters served us a truffle and carrot combination that looked really small. I was silently questioning this appetizer until a waiter poured soup into my bowl. That made more sense.
After dinner, we chose to share desserts. We ordered an “Every Day Is Your Birthday” chocolate cake which was served to us with sparkling candles. Everyone started to sing “Happy Birthday” to me even though my birthday is July 1st. I felt the love and blew out the candles as my Brown family applauded.

Our casual day ended with a lovely formal dinner. We left Radius and said goodbye to Amy and Dave (our waiter). One more day until dorm life! We will take advantage of our sleep in the hotel beds tonight.


  1. Erin,

    What a great blog. Everything you described (with the exception of your dinner) sounded so exciting and interesting.

    By the way, I think you all have some sort of conspiracy going and are actually making up some of the entrees and appetizers you're telling us about just to get a reaction from us/me.

    Your description of Boston's subway was informative but I'm not sure how it's all that different from BART. The overcrowded cars were reminiscent of many of our trips out of San Francisco after our formal dinners, BART can be so noisy you can’t even talk to your seatmate, and the temperature inside can be stifling. BART is relatively fast, though, and I can’t recall too many arm pit instances on BART (but then my head is a bit higher off the ground than yours and Franks. You didn’t mention, did Frank enjoy this part of the trip?

    Keep up the GREAT job with the blogs, Erin. And don’t let up on the photos—they’re a real joy.

  2. The T felt more like MUNI than BART to me.

    Loving the blogs too! :)


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