The week started off pretty hectically. They arrived late, close to midnight on Friday. So, not much went on that night. Fortunately Heather (my team mate) was in Boston and able to pick them up. On Saturday, we took our counterparts to the Salty Pig in the South End/Back Bay area of Boston, closer to the Back Bay I suppose but really right on the line near Columbus Street. When we visited China, I don’t think we had eaten Cheese once, the Salty Pig is known for its cheeses and Cheese accoutrements, and hence it was the perfect place.
It had been their first full day in Boston and I was super happy to hear that they were really taken aback by just how clean the city was, they were amazed that they could see the sky, and the beautiful color it naturally is. It definitely made me happy to think about home, and particularly Boston in that light. What a beautiful city indeed.
The next day we had a Pot Luck in East Gate where they got a chance to participate in an age old American tradition! Monday, they got down to business. We had a quick New England themed lunch (Chicken Pot Pie, Boston cream pie, Mini Lobster Rolls and Clam Chowder), and immediately started heading to class. It was my hope to be able to take my teammates to Merton’s class, and give them the chance to meet a Nobel winner in person. They loved the class and were talking about it for days later! That was followed by a statistics course followed by a visit to the coop. The next day we had a Xi’an team get together at the Friendly Toast for some good old fashioned brunch.
From there, it was up to me to fulfill my teammates wish of being able to shoot a gun. So, with a lot of apprehension (which I of course kept to myself), I took them to the range. In their words, “it was better than class.” And a class at MIT is no small feat to beat!
In the end, 1 week was too short; I hope that one day I’ll be able to bring my family to Xi’an to see my new friends.