Monthly Archives: October 2014

Going Charles River

Do you know the top 3 most popular sports in Boston?  Baseball (Red Sox), ice hockey, and regatta. Last week, there was a famous regatta competition named Head of the Charles and the street along the Charles River was wall-to-wall with a gallery comprised of people from all over the U.S.

First held in 1965, Head of the Charles is the world’s largest two-day rowing competition, and every year more than 10,000 athletes and 400,000 spectators converge on Boston for the event. The three mile course, starting from Boston University’s DeWolfe Boathouse and finishing at Northeastern University’s Henderson Boathouse, passes just in front of the HBS campus and luckily I can see the exciting race from my apartment.

Head of the Charles

It’s not only the athletes who enjoy recreation on the Charles. There are several rental shops along the river, and from spring through autumn, many Bostonians enjoy kayaking. Since the Charles has no current, it’s extremely easy to paddle up and down the river, enjoying the beautiful riverside view of central Boston. The most spectacular of which is, when you pass by the Hatch Memorial Shell which is located across from MIT, where, with any luck, you can hear the sound of an orchestra playing classical music! All while sitting in the comfort of your kayak.

Hatch Shell

It’s almost the end of October and in a very short time, Boston will get into severe winter weather which will freeze the Charles. And now I’m wondering how much time I have to enjoy the beautiful view of the Charles from my room.

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Iceland

This week is a week dedicated to recruiting for ECs and job interviews are underway. As I am not partaking of the recruiting opportunity, this is a vacation week for me. Off to Iceland! Taking a relatively short, direct flight of 5 hours, Iceland is one of the most popular short-trip destinations for HBS students.

Last year’s BGIE course totally changed the way I regard new countries. Pre-BGIE, my main concern was food and sightseeing. But now, as I look at a new country, I run it through the framework we learned in the course. During the class on Iceland, we discussed the country’s response to the financial crisis of 2008. At that time, the government had a huge external debt and current account deficit, the Icelandic Krona was highly depreciated, and the declining foreign reserve balance was sending up a red flag regarding the country’s economic stability. Should the country’s long-term sovereign bond rating be downgraded? Should they join the EU to escape from the crisis? We engaged in heated debates.

After 6 years, the situation has changed dramatically due to the rapid increase in exports, and it seems that serenity and stability has returned to the country.

Now, what I’m experiencing as a tourist is an expensive currency exchange coupled with high prices (especially foods and drinks). Umm, good for them, not necessarily good for me…

Yet, I’m enjoying my stay in Iceland immensely. There is a lot to see!

Blue Lagoon hot spring

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Geyser

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Allegedly the world’s best hot-dog store (Baejarins Beztu)

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