Some stuff we did during the winter in Boston.
Going to the hairdresser
After a few weeks here, it became urgent for Manu to get a haircut. In our neighborhood, there are a lot of hairdressers. But everyone comes out with a shaved head. Manu was not ready for this kind of change. After a benchmark, he found a hairdresser close to the university: Louie’s. It was very different from France, where the hairdresser is a very girly shop. Louie’s is a 100% male place: rock music, sweat smell, retro chair. Honestly, Manu’s hairstyle is perfect.
Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum
I visited this museum on Wednesday afternoon, with my girlfriend Nathalie (who is a real person, not an imaginary friend). I could’n take pictures inside the house… This museum was the house of a wealthy collector, who created the museum in the early 20th century. Isabella built a Venetian palace on the edge of the Fenway. She travelled around the world to fill the house with objects and paintings. Italy, France, Russia, music, baseball ($ 2 off at the entrance when wearing Red Sox label)… she had many passion. Every room reflects her eclecticism. It may look like the house of an extravagant pop star, but Degas, Matisse, Giotto… on the walls.
I bought ‘Fluff’
This marshmallow cream seems very popular here. It is unknown in France, and I assume in all Europe. Marshmallow isn’t that popular either. I found the texture very strange: both sticky and fluffy, it also defies the laws of physics as never falls from the spoon… The taste is sweet, nothing more. New… but not good news. Even Obama likes marshamallow (see the video where it tests a marshmallow launch).
Black History Month
February is dedicated to Black history, even if this event is controversial. I had no idea that it existed (it started in 1926 though). At the bookstore, I saw a special table dedicated to it, I took the opportunity to buy the biography of Malcolm X. Honestly, I know only a few things about him… Time to update my knowledge ! (besides, I love reading biography, since I’ve read some written by Stefan Zweig …).