Today was typical of our lives here, but totally alien to the lives that we were living in Newcastle only a year ago.
Maya plays the trumpet in a local band, so she struck up a conversation with one of the musicians in the marching band. Music is important here. Every sports game we have attended, even the women's basketball match which only had a dozen people in the audience, has a band in attendance who play prior to the event, during any pauses that occur in the game (quite a lot in football), and then march loudly and ceremoniously through Harvard following the match.
Our experiences of American sport have been relaxing, enjoyable, and governed by the good manners which are rife in this area of New England. I have never heard anyone boo or swear or cuss a player or a coach. The crowd fall silent as soon as the play commences and watch attentively. At the end of the match, all the players shake hands and then the crowd files out. There were about 10 policemen in attendance for a crowd of 5000. Even the visitors from San Diego were smiling.
We walked back over the River Charles (the Harvard stadiums are all on the Boston side of the river) and then found an Americana music festival taking place in Harvard Square. Nathan and I settled down to listen to the music while the girls were entertained with sack races and chalking on the sidewalks. It's heading towards the end of summer here, but it's still warm enough to sit outside in t-shirts.
Finally we headed home by walking up through Harvard. There were buskers on nearly every corner, but we were music-ed out from the festival and kept walking, stopping only so that Iola could pet every dog that we passed. We took a short cut through Radcliffe Quad where new students were out in their deck chairs working away on their laptops and then we paused for a while to chat with neighbors, before chivying the girls up our stairs for a quick tea, hot bath and bedtime story.
Saturday evening is just beginning and I'm on-line. There's a Harvard vs. Yale football game coming up in a few weeks time and I want to make sure that I get hold of some tickets...