Muli Ben-Yehuda's journal

July 31, 2004

OLS 2004 BLOG – day 5, Books-a-plenty

Filed under: Uncategorized — Muli Ben-Yehuda @ 10:21 PM

Monday, our last day in Boston. The first thing we noticed as we
stepped out of the hotel was the weather. Clouds, occasional drizzle,
relatively cold – this is what Boston weather should look like! Not
those hot sunny summer days we’ve had since we’ve got here.

We started the morning at “Filene’s Basement”, a Boston
institute. Orna bought tons of dresses, and even got one for
free. We spent a long time there, and I slowly lost my mind as Orna
tried on dress after dress after dress. But hey, whatever makes my
sweetie happy!

From Filene’s Basemen we went to another Boston institution, the
Brattle Bookshop, where we bought lots and lots of goodies. I don’t
remember what Orna bought, but I bought Feynman’s QED
and Flags
of Our Fathers

Then we went looking for FAO Schwartz, the famous bear and toy
store. We found the bear, but the store has apparently closed down
some time ago. Orna was not pleased.




We had lunch at a pretty nice place that serves salads, soups and
ready made sandwiches among a business crowd. Then we went to see
Trinity Church’s glass windows, but it was closed for renovations.

We headed back to the hotel to get rid of the books we were carrying,
and then when on a book shop tour of Cambridge’s book shops.

First, I wanted to see if we could find the FSF’s offices. Turns out
that it wasn’t far from our hotel. We went there, and couldn’t find
it. When we got back to the hotel, I checked and it turned out that
the FSF is located at a street with the same name – in Boston, not

First we went to Quantum Books, where I bought Minsky’s Society of
the Mind
and Neal Stephenson’s latest, The
. Then we went to the MIT Coop, where I really lost it. I
bought Gray’s Anatomy,
Feynman’s Lectures
on Physics
, Stephen King’s newest, Song
of Susannah
, and probably some others I can’t recall right now. It
was insane. It was great.



From the MIT Coop, we headed toward the Charles river, and eventually
made it to the place that was arguably the main reason we came to
Boston – the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, cradle of


me at MIT

statue at MIT

We walked around MIT a bit, taking in the atmosphere, and then went to
visit Hart’s Nautical Gallery.

entrance to Hart Nautical Gallery



On the way to the hotel, we passed by the MIT Museum that was
unfortunately closed. We weren’t too disappointed – together with the
Boston Tea Party Ship, they provide ample reasons to visit Boston
again one day 😉

Dinner was had at Sidney’s, the Hotel@MIT restaurant, which was
great. Afterward, we discovered we had a drugstore inside the hotel,
did some necessary shopping, and went to sleep. Tomorrow – OLS!


  1. Discoveries
    You forgot to mention that earlier to discovering the supermarket inside the hotel, you carried a gallon of mineral water (which we did not need) from the city center.
    And you missed one “Orna was not pleased” about the Trinity church with the Tiffany windows… 🙂

    Comment by ladypine — August 1, 2004 @ 11:47 AM | Reply

    • Re: Discoveries
      I wrote these in a hurry and to get it out of my system, and I’m afraid it shows (too much “shopping list”, too little human interest). Next time, I’m allocating 30 minutes each day to writing about things.

      Comment by mulix — August 3, 2004 @ 12:16 PM | Reply

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