Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Das Meer ist keine Landschaft, es ist das Erlebnis der Ewigkeit. – Thomas Mann

It’s Duo again. Today we spent our afternoon on a ferry observating the Boston Harbor area. I was my first time on the sea since I came to Boston a few weeks ago.
This trip was only about learning how to observate and shaping our observation skills.
As a student of Law and Sinology I have never done anything like observation through my studies – it was time to be in uncharted waters.

We met in front of Mariott Long Wharf at 1:10 pm. It was a very sunny and hot day. The ferry took off at 1:30 pm. Just before we got onto the boat we were able to see that the tide was slowly getting lower and lower. We noticed it because the seaweed just over the water surface was still wet – meaning that the water just hit this part before. The seaweed was a bit greenish and a bit brownish.

I have not expected the wharf being so busy. There were a lot of people – young people and old people. I believe that most of them were tourists. Also, there were a lot of different kinds of boats: sailingboats and motorboats

The ride on the sea was quite calm, I would have expected it to be much more bumpier. But Boston Harbor is is protected by land masses.

On this boat trip we were able to see the neighborhoods Noth End, Charles Town, Quincy and South End. Some places looked like it would be an industrial area.
Halfway through our trip we were cruising among islands: Long Island, Moon Island, Deer Island (lots of deers are living there), Peddocks Island (which will be three islands one day if the water countinues rising) and Spectacle Island (looks like a pair of glasses).
Aside from that, I was fascinated by the many houses on the islands and the shelter for homeless people on one of the islands and the sewage plant on Deer Island with ist huge „eggs“.

Professor Berman told us about the history of Boston Harbor. About twentyfive years ago the Boston Harbour area was very polluted – it was a landfill. After raising public awareness people started an environmental movement. Rachel Carson found out that birds were silencing as the bird population around the area was declining. Also, the Clear Water Act was established in order to improve the quality of this area.
Today Boston Harbor has one of the cleanest water in the whole country.

We came back to the wharf at about 3 pm. At this time we could observate that the tide started to rise again.

I have never been on an excursion like this before but I found it very interesting. It gave me an overview on the the Boston Harbor and Massachusetts Bay area.

1 comment:

Amine Yakine said...

I read Buddenbrooks few years ago, I am interested in knowing what does that sentence mean by Mann.