|At M.I.T. they had two dormitories for graduate students. Ashdown, an older dormitory, for singles and a new tower for couples (mostly). I was able to stay at Ashdown which was most convenient (most graduate students who had stayed on from undergraduate work, were living off campus). Above is a picture of the 'Great Dome' (center of the academic area) on the right and Ashdown toward the left (brick building with the towers). Massachusetts Avenue is the big road separating the housing and student areas from the academic area. Massachusetts Avenue crossed the Charles River and can be seen just above the river along the left side of the picture. My first year I was able to get a room in an apartment which was three dorm rooms with a shared living room, kitchen and bath. All very utilitarian. I was on the sixth floor facing Massachusetts Avenue and had a room mate, Jim, for my first year. For my second year I was able to get in a similar apartment on the second floor with a smaller room to myself.||=0=|
|Right next to Ashdown was a newer building which was the freshman women's dorm (is that a contradiction)? It is visible in this picture along with the Mass. Ave. bridge (very uninteresting). I met Diane who was a new freshmen (?) shortly after I arrived. We were good friends, but nothing more developed.||=0=|
|I once teased her with one of my play phrases by accusing her of being lude and lascivious. She laughed as that was one of her play phrases. The picture on the right above is of the Longfellow Bridge (it is prettier than the Mass. Ave. bridge. These pictures were taken from the Charles River Reservation, a park along the Charles River in Boston opposite M.I.T..||=0=|
|Above is Storrow Drive which runs along the Charles on the Boston side of the river. Also, here are pictures of a New England squirrel.||=0=|
|Above are the last two pictures from the park. Here is the great dome which is the most impressive view at M.I.T.. The main (and oldest) academic building are a massive U with the open end facing the river and the great dome at the base of the U.||=0=|
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