“I think Degas had problems.”

(quote courtesy of 60-something museum patron, speaking to her husband)

A few weeks ago, my friend Samantha mentioned that there was a Degas exhibit at the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, and suggested we make the 100-mile trek to check it out.  We study French together at school, and the exhibit seemed like a perfect way to expand our Francophone cultural knowledge.  Additionally, it never hurts to head to Boston for some shopping, so we planned a day trip of French Impressionism and thrifting.

A few facts about our trip:

While I once lived in Boston, I never owned a car there.  However, I took the wrong exit into the city and still managed to get us to our destination, then to Cambridge, and later home.  For New Englanders living outside of Boston, I feel like this is an impressive feat.

We never made it to a thrift store, and instead ended up at a few shops in Cambridge (which was a-ok with me, as I managed to procure a new yellow jacket for 50% off).

While in Cambridge, we stopped at one of my favorite places: Black Ink.  They have my favorite collection of greeting cards, and after Valentine’s Day I’ll share pictures of them.

When we arrived at the MFA and flashed our student IDs at the ticket counter, we were informed that, as students in the University of Maine system, we were exempt from the $20 student entrance fee.  I was astonished as the clerk explained that students at all Maine schools are provided free entrance to the MFA thanks to the Lunder Maine Student Membership Program.  THIS IS GREAT NEWS!  The museum is enormous and I would love to take my time exploring it.  Now, when I have days off from school, I can hop on the bus to Boston and visit the MFA as many times as I’d like.

Here are the pictures from our journey, all thanks to Sam and her iPhone!  (We somehow both managed to forget our cameras at home).

Looking at this last photo, I can’t help thinking of this segment of the “Rejected” cartoon series:

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