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Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Growing up in the suburbs Boston, Massachusetts, I have been surrounded by history, whether I liked it or not. We would take field trips to walk on the Freedom Trail and see where Cripus Attucks was shot and the Boston Massacre occured. Living in Lexington, we ate lunch on the Green, where the first shot of the Revolutionary War was heard around the world. Every Patriots' Day, there is a reenactment of the first battle of the Revolutionary War at 6 in the morning, and the entire town either participates or shows up. My dentist is a Red Coat, and my friend and her family are Minutemen and nurses. I became so used to seeing old houses and Masonic lodges, that I never really thought that my city and my state were any different than other places in the United States.

However, coming to Boulder, everything was new. There were no old houses, people dressed up like Minutemen walking around the town center giving tours. It felt bland. I have felt that way for the past three years, but that all changed Saturday night, when I went on the Banjo Billy's Boulder Tour. I always thought that Banjo Billy's was just a touristy thing to do, and that you really just sat on a bus and looked out the window. But it is nothing like that. I learned so much about Boulder and Boulder's history, and I was shocked at how much history there actually was. My favorite part of the history lesson was learning that Boulder is a Clovis site, which means that there were settlers here over 13,000 years ago. The Revolutionary War was only about 228 years ago. Whoops. I felt completely ignorant for not having found out these things about Boulder before! But it was honestly one of the best things I have done in my four years here at CU Boulder. I highly recommend it to everyone! You'll learn things that will shock you, as well as hear some pretty awesome ghost stories along the way!

Other than that, finals start on Saturday, and studying is taking over my life! And on that note, I hope everyone has a great week and passes their finals!

Julia
Italian • Boston, MA

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