Amazing! That’s the only word I can think of to describe my first Spring Break. I tend to love all breaks (lots of sleep, no homework, lazing about- what’s not to love), but this one was particularly enjoyable. The timing was also perfect, coming after a week of midterms. I took the opportunity to explore Boston during the first weekend by taking the ‘Freedom Trail’ which is a 2.5 mile trail through Boston that leads you to 16 important historical sites. This in many ways felt like a crash course in American history and left me feeling I knew Boston much better. I also visited China Town and had dim-sum. Ah, the joys of having a huge city a few minutes from Campus.
The next week my friend and I were in San Francisco. What a city! We went everywhere from Alcatraz where we saw Al Capone’s cell room, to Coit Tower which has a most beautiful collection of murals, to Haight-Ashbury which was a center of the hippie culture in the 1960s. Our hosts were phenomenal- they drove us around and showed us all of San Francisco’s hidden treasures. Oh, we also met up with a Harvard alum who took us out to dinner and showed us a grand time. See, that’s something I quite enjoy about Harvard, knowing that wherever in the world you go you’ll probably find people who went here, but I digress. The greater point is that San Francisco was amazing!
A note on being international, I thought San Francisco is supposed to be scorching all year long. In fact I was worried I hadn’t carried enough shorts and sandals. Turns out none were necessary- evidently it’s never really hot in San Francisco and it ended up raining for two days. I had fun nonetheless- I wasn’t about to make enjoying my spring break contingent on nature. Lesson: weather forecasts are there for a reason.
My biggest lesson from break was that all countries including Kenya need spring break (spring or no spring). We might also want to consider throwing in a break in autumn to compensate for all the years we’ve missed spring break (just saying).