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The weekend June 3rd - 4th, I flew to Boston, Massachusetts to take Fulbright Spring Meeting. I met other international teachers who have been teaching in the US this exchange year and I also searched out exciting places... Boston is one of the most beautiful cities in the country and is also one of the easiest to explore.

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June 3, 2006: Welcome to rainy Boston!

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June 3, 2006: I stayed at Omni Parker House hotel, where luxury and history come together. The rooms are small here, but I was right in the heart of downtown. It made this a real Boston experience for me. John F. Kennedy made his first public speech at the age of seven in the Press Room while attending his grandfather Honey Fitzerald' s birthday party. The Press Room later became the place where he announced his candidacy for U.S. John F. Kennedy proposed to Jacqueline Bouvier in Parker' s restaurant.

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June 3, 2006: Boston is the birthplace of the American Revolution. No other US city is so rich with history. So I took a guided tour The Freedom Trail - The Path of Indepence. We walked Boston' s Freedom Trail with fun and entertaining 18th century costumed guide.

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June 3, 2006: BOSTON COMMON. The Freedom Trail starts on Boston Common, which is one of the oldest public spaces in the country. Initially used for grazing cattle, today the Common is a public park used for recreation, relaxing and public events.

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June 3, 2006: STATE HOUSE. The Massachusetts State House is the seat of state government. The dome gleams in the sun, thanks to a covering of 23-karat gold leaf.

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June 3, 2006: GRANARY BURIAL GROUND. This is the final resting place for Paul Revere, John Hancock, Samuel Adams, and the victims of the Boston Massacre.

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June 3, 2006: Paul Reverse, the folk hero of the American Revolution. Riding on horseback on the night of April 18, 1775, he was warning Boston-area residents hat the British were coming.

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June 3, 2006: Samuel Adams, a signer of the Declaration of Independence.

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June 3, 2006: The victims of the Boston Massacre (March 5, 1770).

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June 3, 2006: OLD SOUTH MEETING HOUSE. It was the site of a protest against a tax on tea on December 16, 1773 - a protest that culminated with the Boston Tea Party late that night.

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June 3, 2006: Home to a museum since 1877, the meeting house is a window into Colonial life in Boston.

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June 3, 2006: OLD STATE HOUSE. The oldest public building in Boston (built in 1713), the Old State House was a center of political life and commerce for much of the 18th and 19th centuries. On July 18, 1776, the Old State House was the site of the first public reading of the Declaration of Independence in Boston.

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June 3, 2006: On our walk tour we were passing the Omni Parker Hotel I stayed in.

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June 3, 2006: ... and some places, which reminded me England.

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June 3, 2006: FANEUIL HALL. The home to modern-day Quincy Market and known to many historians as "the Cradle of Liberty," Faneuil Hall continues to be one of the most important spots in Boston.

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June 3, 2006: Built in 1742 by merchant Peter Faneuil as a market and public meeting space, it continues in this role today.

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June 3, 2006: Quincy Market.

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June 3, 2006: The break-dancers giving a flawless street performance ...

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June 3, 2006: It' s a WOW!

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June 3, 2006: Quincy Market

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June 3, 2006: On my way home ...

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June 3, 2006: The Bostonians say: "We have five seasons of a year: Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter, and Fog...:-))

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June 3, 2006: At the hotel

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June 3, 2006: A typical colonial queen bed in my hotel room. Btw - what about having a glass of wine?:-))

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June 4, 2006: At the Fulbright meeting.

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June 4, 2006:International teachers. From left to right: Joyce from Ghana, Felipe from Chile, Jari from the Czech Republic, Claudia from Peru and Lynn (administrator) from Boston.

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June 4, 2006: Fulbright Staff and international teachers.

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June 4, 2006:Fulbright Staff. From left to right: Gennady Babankov, Spring Meeting Coordinator, Graduate School, USDA, Jennifer Nupp, Exchange Program Administrator, Graduate School, USDA, Lynn Evans, Coordinator, Professional Development, NESDEC and Art Bettencourt, Assistant Executive Director, NESDEC. So, goodbye, Boston, and thanks for your hospitality ...

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