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We woke up rather late, around 8am. Perhaps I didn't realize that I was too tired the previous day. Also, I was unable to decide what to do for the day. So we just go by SJ's invitation to attend One Laptop Per Child discussion near MIT. On the way there, we stopped by the post office to post Rita's book from Singapore, then continued to the bagel place for breakfast. We had sausage wrap, which Noe really loved. Gosh, eating out is really expensive in Boston.
I spent the whole morning packing to move out of the dorm that day. Then we had breakfast at the Harkness Commons. A cup of coffee with a bagel for me, and Noe had apple for breakfast. I then spent the whole morning chatting and exchanging pictures with the Wikipedian (Nicholas and Dror). The participants from india and nepal planned to go to New York by bus together, before going home to their respective countries. While I was chatting, Noe was playing and running around the Harkness Common. He was quite excited with the architecture of the place, with a lot of ramps and staircases. Great design by Walter Gropius. Also, I distributed gifts to the conference committee members as tokens of appreciation.
We started to establish a routine of waking up early and took a stroll along Harvard Yard. And Noe would always chase squirrels and birds. I would teach him how to pluck out flowers and leaves.
Noe and I woke up very early in the morning, like 3.30am, because we went to bed quite early the previous day.
We woke up rather late, at about 7am because we slept late the night before. I put the laundry from the previous night into the dryer and continued to have breakfast: fried rice brought from the Nine Tastes. Again, Noe was eating a lot of fried rice, food that he missed a lot while in the US.
Again, we woke up early and had a walk around the neighborhood. We had the leftover from last night as breakfast, and had great coffee made by Catherine. At 10am she drove us up to the Chocolate Factory and we had a deep discussion about chocolates along the way. In the factory, Tom then showed us around, from the unloading of raw material, storage, production, to the final packaging. He showed us the chocolate melting machine that works fast. However, once he didn't know that he had a 'tropical chocolate' to melt, and it took the machine 12 hours to melt a bar of 'tropical chocolate'. He showed us the machine for making the blueberry coated chocolate.
Today I just plan to go easy with Noe and let him adjust to the new surroundings slowly. Noe woke up at 4am and I tried to put him to bed again, but couldn't. So we decided to take a walk along the peninsula, through the woods. It was a nice place with rural atmosphere. Noe ended up chasing cats.
Noe woke up around 3 am crying and looking for Bapak. I tried to put him to sleep again but he was so jetlagged and couldn't sleep. So we decided to spend some time eating popcorn at the dining hall. I made a skype phone call from my PDA phone only to discover Indi who was so worried about my well being. I also wrote my blog entry.
I woke up at 3am, anxious about the flight. I ran everything through over and over again, making sure that I didn't forget anything. I was all set to go at 4.30, but waited for Masindi to get prepared until 5.00. However, big stormy rain poured in at 4.50 and didn't stop until 5.15. I thought I was really destined to not go this time, considering all the hindrance and disruption that I have been experiencing, from ticketing problems and visa etc. Nevertheless, we decided to call a cab at 5.20 and braved ourselves through the rain. Once we were in taxi, the rain stopped! We were really cursed!
noe & i arrived safely in boston after 26 hrs of grueling sardine-like flight, not to mention our luggage got lost in chicago and we had to wait 2hrs in logan until it arrived. also, the subway stations are not really stroller & suitcase friendly, but luckily people are really helpful.