|Today was one of my favorite days of the trip. I got the chance to take Cosmo around Boston as I remembered it from my days as a grad student/working woman in the mid-1980s. I wanted to convey the essence of what I loved and remembered, so I skimped on the history and went straight to my favorites. I showed him the old Granary where some of the patriots are buried amidst green, New England foliage and crooked headstones. We walked through the Boston Common and into the Public Gardens, where I used to spread out a blanket and read on my days off. We took pictures of the Swan Boats and walked past what used to be the Ritz Carlton, where my mom would stay when she visited me. We ambled down Newbury Street, where Cosmo bought, of all things, a 49er's hat, which he had been wanting. I showed him my old apartment on Charlesgate East near Fenway Park. Then, we got on the T at my old Auditorium stop and rode back out to the North End. Cosmo had pasta and a chance to try a freshly made cannoli, which I just haven't been able to find in California. After a brief stop at Paul Revere's house, we headed off to the JFK library, which I had never visited. Time ran short and we ended up on a mad dash through the Boston public transit system, but arrived at the commuter train's Back Bay station just in time to meet up with the rest of our crew for the ride back to Westborough. Dinner was at a local pub, where we were joined by Judy, Eugenio, and Judy's sister, Tracey. We laughed and reminisced about traveling and family vacations. Arfter dinner I packed us up, finished the laundry and fretted about leaving stuff behind. Everyone went to bed early to prepare for a fearfully early 5:00am wake up. Thanks Judy and Eugenio for putting up with us.