Thursday, October 13, 2016

Vermont: July 30, 2003

A continuation of the cross-country adventure I shared with Ben during the summer of 2003....

Day 54--Wednesday, July 30, 2003

We got up early to start our day.  As we drove into Burlington, however, we realized that the only things we had planned on doing in the city involved eating--a pleasant change after denying ourselves store-bought food in favor of budgeting.  Since our stops in Burlington were more for lunch that breakfast, we had the whole morning to kill.

We parked across the street from Nectar's, the restaurant and bar that Phish made famous in "A Picture of Nectar," and walked around downtown Burlington.  We browsed a bargain bookstore and stopped in the Tourist Center.  Eventually, we walked down Church Street, which is made of bricks and is for pedestrians only--no traffic.  We located a Borders bookstore and spent several hours sitting there and reading, me working on the latest Harry Potter and Ben reading the latest Adbusters.  I really liked Burlington.  It seemed to be a friendly city with a laid-back pace.

We shared a scoop of Phish Food from the Ben and Jerry's across the street from Borders, which is supposedly built near the original Ben and Jerry's location.  We then went to Nectar's for lunch.  We spent a nice leisurely time eating, me watching "Scooby Doo" on the restaurant TV and writing postcards and Ben reading the newspaper.

After Burlington, our next stop was Waterbury for the factory tour of Ben and Jerry's.  I was highly impressed.  Our guide, Jay, was hilarious, cracking silly jokes and keeping it entertaining.  We got to watch a video about the company, see how their ice cream is made, and try free samples of Cherry Garcia and Chocolate for a Change.  What impressed me most was learning about all of the different philanthropies and social projects that Ben and Jerry's participates in.  They are very environmentally-conscious and civic-minded.  I left the tour feeling that I would never eat any ice cream but theirs again.

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