GLP – The Calm after the Storm

6 Aug

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The calm after the storm.

It was pouring cats and dogs for a couple of days here in Boston and the overall mood of the place was simply gloomy, sulky, cold and wet. Even in Maseeh (our dormitory), there was no comfort from the cold as the AC/heater was turned on to a temperature which to me and many Singaporeans was too cold for comfort, and the overall temperature of Boston was at 18 degrees Celsius, however, getting wet and blown around by the wind was too much to handle.

Just a little context, this is week 8/10 and with most lessons drawing to a close, there were naturally many deadlines to be met. Firstly, K-12 presentation (creating an Outreach Programme for SUTD) was just submitted on Wednesday (we had a Skype presentation with SUTD staff and a report handed in). In addition, our EV was due for race inspection on Friday, the very day that I am writing about now. On this very day, our EVs had to be ready for a rolling frame test, which meant that it was to be able to move with someone pushing it and a driver on it, turn around corners (manoeuvrability test), have a firm frame (rigidity and completeness of frame), proper braking system (duh!) and a mounted motor (whoops!). These were the few variables that teams needed to meet to be able to compete in the race next week. Just taking these into account, imagine the flurry of activity in the workshop during the week. Teams staying up late and working overnight, rushing orders and designs (sounds very familiar to 3.007), prototyping and running around.

As the clock ticked closer and closer to 7pm, many teams were already rolling their cars around and frame testing it, while some, already resigned to fate, continued rushing till the very last minute. My team was one of the latter, although with at least a proper frame, managed to scrape through the test. After staying through a couple of sleepless nights, the rush was finally over, for now.

That was the storm.

As the title suggests, it is the calm after the storm, and right now it is Sunday, two days past our rolling frame test, and it is not only calm, it has been one hell of a roller coaster ride.

On Saturday, our entire jean gang took the Boston Harbour Cruise over to Provincetown. A quaint little town which the first settlers from England landed on the New World. I will not head into the details of history, all I will say is that all of us had much fun and at least one awesome meal (thank you SUTD!)

So now I will let the photos speak for themselves! (; 

Enjoy!

 

Ferry Services which brought us over to P town!

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Seagull just chilling

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View of Boston from the boat!

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Notice the rainbow created from the back wash of the craft!

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Some more rainbows from the bow of the craft

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Titanic (brokeback mountain style!)

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Out of the boat experience!

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Profile picture worthy shots of 5 muscular men standing at the bow. #Likkaboss!

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Our first glimpse of land in an hour and a half, hello Ptown!

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City hall of Ptown

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Inside city hall

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Ptown Theatre, although I have a feeling it was meant to be there…

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Kayaking!

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Commercial Street, the longest street in Ptown.

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One of the many houses with a wooden exterior, literally.

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A nice driveway and an awesome house!

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Looks like a padi field? It is a padi field. hahaha

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The heroes who trekked across Ptown in search of a lighthouse.

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Taking a break by the breakwater and dipping his legs into the frostic Atlantic Ocean

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Surprise!

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The beloved lighthouse. Looks great!

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Walking back to visit the Pilgrim Monument!

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Doorway to the insanely high tower.

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A picture from the top of the tower.Image

View from the top of the tower.

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Picture of stuffed animals taken from the Antarctic expedition

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More animals

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And more animals

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The Mayflower, the vessel the British first used on their voyage to the New Worlds.

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Public library of Ptown!

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Awesome view of the Boston harbour at night.

 

And to end it all off, looking forward to skydiving tomorrow! (;

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