Saturday, 31 March 2012

Ginger's exhibtion part 1

Friday 30th March

Well the day started smoothly enough, woke up just after 8, breakfast was bagels, fruit and cereal, i toasted mine and had it with butter, was a good start to the day :)
After i'd finished writing up yesterday's account and locked my laptop away, i got a cab to the Mugar Memorial Library, home to the Howard Gotlieb Archive Research Centre and also the location of the exhibition on Ginger!!!

The cab dropped right by the library and then i saw this most welcome sight!!! What a great view for the start of a wonderful day!!!

I found the exhbition very easily, as you enter the main entrance (up the steps takes you directly to the first floor) the Frost Room is first on your left :D

I followed Huey's Law and indeed Documented!!!! For most of the day i had the exhibition to myself apart from it being a starting point for Library tours, so i turned the flash off on my camera and snapped away to heart's delight ;)
I took two breaks during the day one for lunch where i had Italian Wedding Soup as it said it was great for celebrations ;) and then after that i popped upstairs to the 5th floor to the Howard Gotlieb Archive Center just to say thankyou to them for putting on such a wonderful exhibition. The guy who was responsible for the exhibition being hosted in Boston, gave me about an hour of his time to talk about Ginger and also about Fred and Adele, he was pretty amazed that i'd come all the way from England just to see the exhibition but fortunately he saw the draw ;) He told me there is currently no end date for the exhibition and they are open all year not just during the university semester so there is still time for others to make it to Boston ;) i'm already hoping to come back in June once i've finished placement.
As i'm sure ya'll can imagine i was very grateful to him for giving his time, it is possible to view the archive's first hand (with gloves on) i could quite easily live in the archives hehe

Photo's coming on next post ;)

Friday, 30 March 2012

Boston Bound (and actually leaving!!)

Ok so the Friday and and Monday will probably be of most interest to ya'll on here but i'm trip reporting for the whole deal ;)

Thursday 29th March

Mad morning rush with an assignment due, packing still to finish, books to return to my tutor, cab to call and a train to catch. The assignment got in (!), the books got given back (!), the packing was my worst job ever (but plenty of space to bring lots of goodies home hehe), the cab turned up on time but the traffic was bad and every traffic light turned red in front of us to boot and this evented in me missing the train :( the staff at the station were far from helpful, when i got to the station (on crutches with luggage) the train was still there and they recommended that if i ran i could get it, yea right was i running anywhere :( this meant i had to buy another train ticket :( but as i hadn't yet got a return ticket i turned this a little to my advantage.
Fortunately the next train was non stop to London (from Leicester) so i got to London a mere 15 minutes after i was originally due :)
The staff at the station there were much more helpful and provided a wheelchair and assistance to the underground, the tube from Kings Cross to Heathrow is a direct trip, normally it takes an hour but there had been signal failure which meant it took around an hour and a half :/
Was slightly panicing when i reached Heathrow with half an hour left to check bags and an hour and a half before the flight, i was offered help when getting off the train but they warned me they were busy and i might miss my flight, so i had to hop and pull my suitcase at the same time, so not a good look!

I'd checked in online so i just had to pick up my boarding pass and check my bag, i'd rung up on the Tuesday and asked for assistance at Heathrow and they were good with providing this. The only downside was that i had to wait in the area for special assistance so i was unable to get a bottle of water for the flight, gum or sweets for takeoff/landing or anything for travel sickness.
They were also pretty busy and i was the last person to board the flight to Boston which i felt a little bad about but the cabin crew assured me not to worry and to take my time hopping through the cabin.

I was sitting next to a family group, a mom and her two eldest daughters, they were really nice and i could not have asked for better seat companions!! :)
The flight was completely full, there was a group of 90 school boys onboard heading to Maine to go skiing, but for such a large group they were pretty well behaved no less than anybody else on board

The flight was pretty good, we got lunch about an hour after takeoff, for airplane food it was pretty good, Virgin Atlantic have improved on their services in Economy and Premium Economy since i last flew with them and they now give a menu out so you know in advance what the choices are and what meals to expect in flight, big improvement!!

We suffered a little turbulance  but i combined that with having a nap and slept for around 2 hours, waking up nicely for afternoon tea ;)
We arrived in Boston on time which was nice and assistance was waiting when i got off the plane :) but a big shock with the temperatures!! i'm so used to leaving a colder UK and arriving to a warmer USA and this time the temperatures were completely in reverse!! I may have to go shopping for some warmer clothes lol

Fastest track through customs that i have ever experienced, between getting off the plane and getting a cab, thanks to my lugagge getting off the plane quickly took no more than 20 minutes!! I'd hate to think how long it would have taken had i been on my own two feet!

I'm staying at the International Hostel in Boston, its fairly nice, only slight problem is no elevator, i thought wistfully of the International Hostel in Washington DC which does have a elevator but fortunatelyi only have one flight of stairs to go and for Sunday they are trying their best to ensure i'm on the first floor :)

I went out in search of a CVS and was interested to see that The Christian Science Reading Rooms are about 2 minutes walk from the hostel :) It took a little while to find the CVS after i walked in the wrong direction twice (yes you may ask haha) plus i stopped at Wendy's for dinner, oh have i missed it

Struggled along to about 10pm Boston time (3am UK time) chatted to Nina (erosenplatt) she'd sent me a easter parcel which was happily waiting at the hostel on my arrival as well as a map of Boston, although i'm thinking i may now have to take a lot of cabs :/

I have two days in Boston to visit the exhibition and a weekend stay in NYC, will post what is now today's blog entry with all about Ginger later!!

Wednesday, 28 March 2012

If we're G-ologists (are we related to Mimi?!)

A little more procrastination never hurt and its nice to look for others

I typed Ginger Rogers circa 1967 into google, ok so most of the photos weren't but this was pretty cool (if i may say so!)

I also found this not from 1967 hehe but a good shot of Ginger in Top Hat in that fabulous feather dress

Well i was procrastinating, ya'll know thats what students do best ;) and found a few more "new" (to me) photos of Ginger and Fred 

I love their expression's in this shot, all i could think was how cute!!

Ok so this one's a photo card but a couple of the shots on the side i hadn't been before, whoever owns this is one lucky person!! I have a couple at home for 'The Major and the Minor' but not in colour

Now i think this was taken at the 1967 Oscar's i saw a video clip on youtube once and it looks about right! If i'm wrong please someone let me know!!

I'm pretty much all set for Boston, except am on crutches with a suspected stress fracture in foot :/ I couldn't have picked a worse time for this to happen if i'd tried i don't think! But i'm determined its not gonna stop me, i'll just have to take more taxi's or get a scooter or something!

Tuesday, 13 March 2012

I was looking through photos on google trying to find a photo of Fred dancing in Paris (as ya do) when i found this instead!!

All too rarely do i find new pictures of Ginger and Fred that i haven't seen before, please say if you've seen it before :)

Sunday, 4 March 2012

Boston Bound

The crazy madness of school is clearly getting to me so i'm taking it to the next level and gonna go check out the exhibition on Miss Ginger Rogers in Boston at the end of March!!!! After the disappointment that it's not going to make it to New York (or anywhere else by the looks of it) i decided this was another take now opportunity that i may not get again.
Booked my plane ticket this afternoon, was conveniently visiting a travel show (free tickets non the less!) where they were offering money off flights if you booked with them at the show, so i got them to match the prices i found the other day and then still got money off, i have to say for a 4 day trip just before Easter it could have hurt my wallet a lot more than it did!