John F. Kennedy

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I’m in Boston, the birthplace of the United States most esteemed President – John F. Kennedy – how could I not check out a whole museum dedicated to the leader who’s reign sadly ended prematurely?

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I’d read about the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum before I’d even left Australia and it was on the top of my list of places to go in Boston. The museum is in the Columbia Point area of Boston and features an enormous glass panelled section that houses an American flag, the largest flag I’ve ever seen.

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The museum began with a video introduction to JFK and how he rose from the son of an American Ambassador to a military serviceman to campaigning for Governor of Massachusetts and later for the President of the United States.

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Then we walked through the history of JFK’s campaign for President up until November 22, 1963, the day JFK was assassinated in Dallas, Texas.

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A map of a Cuban missile camp.

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Replica of JFK’s White House Oval Office (minus the flat screens)

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This coconut saved JFK’s life when he was stranded on an island as a seaman.

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I hadn’t realised how much President Kennedy had accomplished during his reign of 1,036 days. He had handled issues such as the space race, the Cuban missile crisis, Berlin Wall, and had done a lot to bring to light issues surrounding people with mental disabilities.

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The day of the Cuban missile crisis

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A piece of the Berlin Wall.

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I very much enjoyed checking out the John F. Kennedy library and museum and would recommend it to anyone who’s visiting Boston – even if you’re not that into politics.

Boston I’m Here!

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After a long 31 hours of sitting in four different airports and flying in three different planes, I’ve finally made it to BOSTON!

All but the last leg of my trip went smoothly when my American Airlines flight was delayed at Los Angeles International for an hour due to a snowstorm in Boston. This meant I had a six-hour layover at LAX, which I filled with sleeping – sorry to the people at gate 42A for snoring!

After sitting on a cramped AA flight for five hours all I wanted to do was stretch my legs and sleep in a proper bed! Arriving in Boston couldn’t have come at a greater time. By the time I managed to collect my bags – which arrived without any delays – the previously mentioned snowstorm had made its way back to Boston. I jumped in the closest taxi and headed for my hotel, where that king size bed await me!

The taxi ride to my hotel was slow due to the amount of snow on the road – and we nearly slid through traffic lights. Once checked in, calling my parents, it was 11PM, I hit the sack and slept for 14 hours straight.

The next day I woke at 1PM, chucked on as much as I could and headed out to explore the area around my hotel. Luckily there was a shopping centre just down the road so I headed there first to buy a pair of snow boots – a must if you’re coming to Boston in winter.

From there I explored the shopping centre (Prudential Centre), bought a US sim card, and then I realised it was getting late; I guess I did sleep half the day. I went back to my hotel room. My first of many days in Boston had come to an end.

One great thing about Boston that I haven’t seen elsewhere is this website called Foodler – they deliver from most restaurants in your area and it’s really cheap! Lets get this in Melbourne!