Whenever I go to Boston , whether it be for a 30 Plus Teams Tour or to visit family and friends , I like to get out the city and take a side trip .
My side trip isn’t far at all .
I can even take the ” T” to get there .
It’s not Cape Cod .
No matter what neighborhood in the city I’m in, I can get to my side trip .
I’m talking about the city that’s the home of of Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Harvard University .
It’s Cambridge , Massachusetts and many people are under the impression that Cambridge isn’t only a suburb of Boston , but it’s one of the Boston neighborhoods as well .
Sorry , but it’s not .
People in Boston call this city, “The People’s Republic of Cambridge “, due to their really liberal politics .
Cambridge has their own mayor AND City Hall .
I could take the Red Line train from the Park Street Station in Boston to the first train station in Cambridge , Kendall Square .
Kendall Square also happens to be the station for Massachusetts Institute of Technology .
One thing that you notice when you’re in Cambridge , it’s the names of the train stations .
Kendall Square , Central Square and Harvard Square .
See a pattern here ?
As I said , I usually take the Red Line train but sometimes no .
Sometimes I’ll take the bus going towards Harvard Square .
The buses in Boston are just as colorful as their trains are .
They’re bright yellow and like the trains, they also have a big black letter T in a circle , right in the middle .
As I’m riding the bus , it passes slowly by the Kendall Square station and a lot of people are getting off at the round white building known as the Massachusetts Institute of Technology or MIT , for short .
I’m not going to stop here now to take pictures , but on my way back to Boston , I definitely will .
The bus continues on to Central Square , which has lots of shops and restaurants as well as the Cambridge City Hall .
You might call Central Square the “business district ” of Cambridge .
The Cambridge City Hall looks like an old 17th Century building , very stately .
My destination is coming up and it’s a place that lots of tourists come to when they come to Cambridge .
It’s my quiet spot in the city , Harvard Square .
Like Central Square , Harvard Square also has a lot of shops and restaurants .
Unlike Central Square , but like Kendall Square , a university dominates this square .
It’s one of the oldest universities , if not the oldest in the country , Harvard University .
Like the other tourists , I like to go straight to the statue of John Harvard , seated in a chair overlooking Harvard Yard .
Or at least it’s the person who we THINK was John Harvard .
Since there are no pictures of the founder of the school , we have no idea of what he really looked like .
Urban legend has it that the person seated in the chair isn’t really John Harvard , but a friend of his .
Another place that I like to go on campus , and I’m sure that I’m not the only one , is the Out of Town Newstand .
This isn’t just any old newstand , chances are that if you’re looking for your hometown newspaper , you’ll find it .
Looking for that magazine that you saw and liked when you were in Dubai , ?
Guess what , they just might have it there , too .
They also sell drinks , munchies , lottery tickets , and of course you know that you just have to have a either a red shirt that says Harvard University Crimson on it or the ones that tell you to Park your car in the Harvard Yard . ”
The city of Cambridge isn’t that far away from Boston , but for a few hours , no matter if you decide to go to Kendall Square , Harvard Square or even Central Square , let this city across the Charles River be a stop on your own 30 Plus Teams Tour of Boston .