University Student U.S. Trip: North American Trip (2) (Washington, D.C./Boston)


In January 2020, I re-compiled the diary of my backpack trip to North America as an article.

In part 3/8, we visited the Smithsonian Museum and boston's super famous universities!

It changes from the first half, and it is attacked by rain, snow, and even the cold that the hand does not move and fatigue is amicable …

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Day 8 (Washington, D.C.)

Washington Monument and Its Vicinity

Washington Monument and Its Vicinity

The breakfast was a hotcake baked by the host with maple syrup, and when I got on top of it, it was a lot of volume and it was painful in the second half …

I was thinking about moving to the next year on this day, so I gradually approached the bus stop from the Washington Monument, which is the most distant from the bus stop.

What comes to mind when you think of the Lincoln Memorial is the last scene of King's speech I have a dream and the new Planet of the Apes.

The places I visited are world famous places, but when I visit it, it feels like that.

You may want a track record of having been to a famous place, but if you want to see something really good, you may not want to be too particular about visiting famous places.

Personally, I think the statue of Einstein (bottom right of the photo) near the Lincoln Monument was better.

Smithsonian Museum of Natural History

Smithsonian Museum of Natural History

As famous as the Aerospace Museum, the Smithsonian Foundation's Museum of Natural History, the Smithsonian Natural History Museum has a central colonnage and is home to a large elephant taxidermy.

At my English level, I try to read the explanations as much as possible because the explanations of the museum that children can understand are just the level.

It was interesting to be able to see experts sketching and cleaning fossils through the glass at the fossil exhibition booth.

National Gallery of Art

National Gallery of Art

There are so many famous works that I don't really know what's amazing (the paintings below are da Vinci, Van Gogh and Vermeer from left)

In fact, my knowledge of painting is only the art textbooks I was looking at during the class, "Kaiketsu Zorori" and "Gag Manga Biyori", but it is interesting that it is useful somehow.

I went to the Smithsonian Museum in all four places, but all the museum admission was free, and "James Smithson" who founded the Smithsonian Society is great!

It would be reasonable if you think that it is $70 to Boston by negotiating directly with the driver at the bus stop again, and about 6,000 yen for the night bus from Tokyo to Osaka …

I was traveling around the city one after another because I was not used to traveling leisurely, but unlike traveling in Europe, I realized that there were not so many cities on a trip to the United States.

I feel that the U.S. has already been able to go where I want to go, and the U.S. does not feel much difference from Tokyo, so I wonder if there is a high possibility of moving to Canada early …?

Day 9 (Boston)

Take the bus to Boston

Take the bus to Boston

It took about 10 hours from Washington to Boston, so there was a break on the way, but I slept so much that I didn't even know there was a break.

I feel that the "talent to sleep anywhere" that I have learned in group life on the Nagambe campus and honed through many trips is very convenient.

Arrive before 7:00 a.m. and kill time by stopping by nearby Chinatown or eating by volume at a supermarket contracted with Amazon.

Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Massachusetts Institute of Technology

It is one of the few universities I have known since I was in elementary school, and I was finally able to go to the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, the highest university in my field of majoring now!

You can freely enter and exit the campus of the university without checking luggage, and you can dive into the cafeteria or class if you want to purchase.

What was interesting was that there were pizzas and sandwiches on campus so that students could eat between classes, so it was a scene that could never be seen in Japan.

I also felt a sense of playfulness, such as sculptures of contemporary art throughout the large campus and joke goods that fiddled with the university's abbreviation "MIT"!

I went to the MIT museum nearby, but I'm sorry that the contents were not enough for the admission fee.

M: E=mc^2 (mass/energy equivalent)

I: i^2=-1 (definition of imaginary units)

T: PV=nRT (equation of state of gas)

The Mexican is delicious.

The Mexican is delicious.

We had lunch at a modern Mexican shop and checked in early to the hostel Boston Fenway Inn by Found for some laundry.

The hostel you usually stay at is almost like a picture, and there are about 4 bunk beds in one room and lockers, and there are curtains on the beds in some places.

Morning and noon were gorgeous, so there was no dinner, and tomorrow morning I have dinner at the hostel, so I'm going to eat a lot (laughs)

Day 10 (Boston)

Harvard University

Harvard University

Last night I was able to keep my bunk bed to myself, so I slept soundly, got up at 8 o'clock, took a breakfast at the hostel, and then headed to Harvard University, the world's highest peak.

Today's weather is sunny, sleet, and sometimes it snows. The weather changes, but only the cold like cutting is always the same.

There was a restriction on admission from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, but students and professors at the University of Tokyo seem to be included because they are mutually affiliated with Harvard … Amazing right!

Harvard's Harvard Museum of Art is free for students and, even more pleasingly, has a free locker to store your luggage, so you can easily get there with a lot of luggage.

Despite the university's museums, the two-story building, including Picasso, Renoir and Contemporary Art, exhibits art from various fields.

I couldn't find an affordable place to eat lunch, so I had apple pie and fruitcake for a break at a museum café!

Museum of Fine Arts, Boston

Museum of Fine Arts, Boston

Admission to the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston is $23, a pretty bullish alternative to the museum, and can only be re-entered for one day within 10 days.

There is a space where only Monet's work is exhibited, and about 20 pieces including four consecutive works are decorated around the sofa in the middle.

If you die while watching this painting with Patrush, you'd like to…

A chain store that originated in the United States

Today, I thought windy's world chain originated in the United States was a pasta shop without permission, so there were only hamburgers on the menu, and it was timeless.

I was often wondering what to eat in the U.S., but many of the chain stores originated in the U.S., so I might be going to visit chain stores from now on.

Is there a reason why there is no food peculiar to the land unlike Thailand and Europe because it is a "melting pot of race" with a short history?

Freedom Trail

Freedom Trail

I challenged oatmeal for breakfast, and it was not as unpleasant as I had heard, but it was hard to eat every morning.

I went to the library and skated on the park skating rink along the Freedom Trail, a red brick paved course for sightseeing in Boston.

When I was eating pizza from a convenience store outdoors for lunch, I couldn't move my hands because of the cold, so I rushed to the subway station (when I checked the temperature, it was minus 9 degrees)

After that, we explored the indoor shopping mall, gazed at the nearby aquarium from the outside, and went to the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston on day two to have a snack at Dunkin' Donuts.

Lobsters were also sold at the shopping mall, so if I put up with lunch a little more, I regret a little …

Dunkin' Donuts, which you encounter at the 7-Eleven level in Japan, is a huge donut chain store originated in Massachusetts.

A little over eight bucks with three donuts and a caramel latte. It was as sweet as I imagined, so I should have made it black coffee.

Tomorrow, I'm looking back to New York to see the museum that I lost, and then I'm thinking of heading to Niagara Falls.

Day 11 ,New York

I also admire group trips

I also admire group trips

Since I can't make a bus reservation at Kureka as usual, I will slide into the bus stop at exactly 10 o'clock when I arrive at the bus stop and return to New York once.

I talked with a Japanese fivesome on the bus, but it is good to travel alone that you like, but it seems to be fun to travel with multiple people … and was a little envious.

When the bus went halfway, it suddenly started to snow with great momentum, and by the time I arrived in New York, the city was completely white! (It is different from Tokyo that a snowplow comes out immediately)

Closing time with hamburger

Closing time with hamburger

I didn't eat anything on the bus, so I was gutsy about hamburgers, and chicken burgers in the U.S. seem to be called "sandwiches". $18.

If I was eating lunch slowly, the "Intrepid Marine, Air and Space Museum" was closed, so I would like to take only photos and go again tomorrow.

The New York Museum of Natural History is also closed, so there is no place to go, so I took an unsestionly walk across the blue intersection in the snow that began to fall again.

All night → hostel

The hostel I booked on this day was a room in the apartment, but I felt danger that there were no people / yelling from the next room / there was a disturbing upholstery in the apartment.

I canceled the hostel in a hurry, stayed up all night in Times Square, took a nap for about 1 hour on the bus and 3 hours at McDonald's, so I secured a minimum sleep time.

In the evening, Times Square is a little different from the daytime, with many 24-hour shops and lots of policemen, and tourists searching for ATMs to shop at street stalls.

I get sick due to sudden caffeine intake and fatigue, drowsiness and cold, but if I stay at McDonald's for a while, I will be kicked out, so I put on a sleeping bag and take a nap with the homeless.

Day 13 (New York)

evils that are not accustomed to staying up all night

The feeling of the previous day does not fit and Mac does not pass through the throat well in the morning, I was very weak, so I wonder if it was the correct answer to take an inn even if it was expensive …

It is quite difficult to stay up all night on an overseas trip because it usually prioritizes sleep over challenges, but I still walk to the American Museum of Natural History.

I was surprised that Yayoi Kusama's pumpkin had fallen casually in front of the hotel on the way.

American Museum of Natural History

This museum is good to be enjoyed by children and foreigners by subdividing the exhibitions as much as possible to reduce the number of explanations and increase music and videos.

However, it is troublesome that the lighting is too dark to understand the exit, and the diorama of the giant squid and sperm whale is deep sea, so what about zero lighting?

It may be an excellent diorama in that you can not see the fierce battle of the two bodies if you do not burn the flash.

Intrepid Marine, Air and Space Museum

Even students get $28, but it's worth paying as you can take a free observation tour of a submarine carrying a nuclear missile aboard an aircraft carrier and see fighters.

I thought there was a space shuttle, but it was hard to find … If you think, there is a building in front of the ship …!

To tell the truth, the space shuttle is very small, and it is about one size larger than the private jet.

What is exhibited at the museum was the point of carrying it to orbit by attaching it with screws on Boeing with the aircraft "Enterprise" that is used for landing tests and does not go into space!

I thought I would walk across from the U.S. to Canada by bus to Niagara Falls, but in winter there are no buses to the U.S., so I head directly to canada.

I was able to put the transportation fee in $100 from 21:30, so I wonder if it's okay …? Transfer at Buffalo at 5:00 in the morning.

Canada is a country that I researched and studied when I was in elementary school, so I'm looking forward to it quite a bit …!

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