New York Nights: Spider-Man and the Key of Awesome

As much as I would have loved to stay indefinitely in Boston, other things came up.  The next day (night) there was a YouTube Concert, the Digitour, playing in New York City.   Their headline acts were the Key of Awesome and the Gregory Brothers, 2 popular YouTube comedy-music acts. After a 4-hour bus ride I…

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America’s Stonehenge: Megalithic Ruins, Ancient Sailors . . . and Alpacas

North of Boston, less than an hour away, lays an interesting archaeological site.  The greatest debate about it is whether or not it is authentic.  If it is, it could rewrite many of the accepted notions of pre-Columbian American culture, or pre-Columbian European contact.  And if it isn’t authentic, it means someone spent a lot…

On and Off the Freedom Trail: Boston’s North End

 “Do not go where the path may lead, go instead where there is no path and leave a trail.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson Tightly packed brick buildings.  Narrow, curving and arbitrary streets.  Courtyards made of brick and cobblestone surrounded by walls a charcoal red and overgrown with ivy.  And not to forget that elevated, dilapidated,…

Onward to Downtown Boston

With rough directions from the Boston Federal Building to the central US Post Office, I headed out with a large, official envelope in hand stuffed full with Peace Corp informational material.  The direction the employee pointed me in took me past on of the buildings The Departed was filmed at, which she had described as…