When you go through New England you will have several chances to go and see one of the Ivy League Universities you find in these states. We had missed most of our chances to go and see some of these famous institutions – but we did spend the night just outside New Haven Connecticut. So this morning was a golden opportunity to look what the buildings look like from the outside.
We drive into the center of New Haven which is dominated by a large green area and a few churches across from the big university of the town Yale. We stroll around the lawn with the churches first and then we head back across the lawn to the university area which takes up several city blocks in the central part of New Haven. We walk into a courtyard with the buildings of the university.
When you go inside the courtyard and the university area you can see this institution didn’t become what is today – with thousands of students – immediately. It is pretty clear the buildings of the university is from different eras and they have been added as the university grew out of its old buildings and need newer and bigger places to house all the extra students arriving as the fame of the school grew and attracted the students able to pay the tuition of the university.
When we walk around the center of the city it is pretty clear it is a university town. There are people riding bicycles – seriously people in the states riding a bike – not something you see every day when you travel around the country. And the Starbucks is pretty full with people drinking coffee and doing stuff on their laptops and iPads.