Wednesday, September 10, 2008

East Coast road trip

Last week my brother visited me from the Netherlands. We made a road trip on the East Coast: after 2 days of Philly, we visited Atlantic City (hanging on the beach & in casino's), spent 3 days in NYC (still amazing) and went to Cape Cod, Boston and Cambridge.

Cape Cod is a special area. Its shape on the map led to the nickname bicep of America. It is a lot different compared to other parts of the US: houses are colorful, there are not as many fast food places but there are a lot of fish restaurants, ice-cream shops, and lighthouses. We did a whale watching tour in Hyannis: a tour of four hours on the Atlantic. After about an hour, we found a group of whales: huge!! The baby whales are really nice, they stay on the water surface and are curious about the boat, so they keep playing around it. On the way back we ran into a large group of dolphins that kept swimming in the waves of the boat!

The next day, we travelled along to Boston. This city has a lot of old area's and has the Freedom Trail, a 2.5-mile walk through the city which leads to many historic sights. It ends at the Bunker Hill monument, where you can walk up the stairs (296 steps) to get a nice view over the city!

On Sunday we went to Harvard University in Cambridge. It was nice to see this campus, after reading the Harvard Business Review many times while I was in college. The student live looked pretty nice, with many terrasses and squares which is (unfortunately) unique for cities in the US...

Here is a video of the Whale Watching tour & pics of the trip!