The acronym “IAP” usually evokes several feelings, including:
– Euphoria, associated with a lack of problem sets
– Excitement, over having free time to participate in competitions, take a class in something you’ve always wanted to learn, hang out with friends, or do research in the lab
– Dread…knowing that January is the coldest month of the year, with an average high temperature of 36 degrees and an average low of 22 degrees.
That dreadful feeling was inappropriate today, as temperatures were around an extremely pleasant 65 degrees! My classmates and I took advantage of the warm spell by being outside as much as possible. I saw a group of friends having a picnic outside of East Campus (complete with a guitar, basket of food, and blanket), and I was pretty envious. I chose to read my book (Giving, by Bill Clinton) on the roof of Baker, take pictures (I included some below), and go for a run.
Boston is known for being a very walkable city, and it’s even more runable! It’s no sweat to get to some of the area’s most fun and picturesque spots, including the Museum of Science, Harvard Square, Fresh Pond, the Navy Yard, Newbury Street, the Emerald Necklace, the Harbor, and the Esplanade. The Charles River is only a few feet away from most of the dorms, and once you’re there, you can take countless loops around and along it. Just want to work off some stress? Do the Harvard-B.U. Bridge Loop (2.7 miles). Training for a marathon, like two blogger alums? Run the Harvard-Mt. Auburn Street Loop (14.1 miles)…twice! For a map, click here. Mitra had also written an entry about running, found here.
Finally, we had a beautiful sunset! (Sorry for the low image quality…)