After the Providence performance, Karah and I drove up to Boston and pawked the cawr in a big tower for a lot of money, which we considered our admission ticket to the city. We then explored on foot. I've read about Boston a bit and my main visual reference is that average Ben Affleck film The Town, which makes Boston look great and made me want to go there. I keep going to cities or neighborhoods and being like "wow this feels so European", by which I mean the streets are wider or narrower than I am used to, the buildings are stone, or there are cobbles. That said, Boston felt very European, especially in the old town, which is very narrow and cobbly and Italian. Cars give way to people on foot and its a bit confusing but good. It's the scene of the the great Molasses Tragedy (look it up). We walked the Freedom Trail and saw the site of the Boston Massacre and the church where Paul Revere rang the bell and also Paul's house, which dates from like 1670.
Then the next day we all headed down to South Kingstown, (scene of the Great Swamp Battle/Massacre, look it up) where we were exceptionally well hosted by Ryan and the people at the Contemporary Theatre. Joel led the seminar there, and the crown was large and really energetic. It was cool to visit a smaller town since we've been spending all our time in major centres.
From there is was a seven hour trip down past New York again and to Philadelphia, which is where I'm writing this. None of us knew anything about this places, but guess what- it's great. The streets are vibrant, the houses and buildings are amazing, and the whole vibe is really positive. Joel did last night's show here, and it was a good sized crowd who wrote very smart events on the timeline. Really enjoying our time here.
Hope to add more to this post soon.