Logistics and Accomodations
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Hotels: Drupalcon conference sold out! The local organizing committee has lined up a block of hotel rooms at a reduced conference price. We’ve made some commitments to these hotels to fill them, so please go reserve from them now.
To book your room at either the Royal Sonesta (in Cambridge for USD $189.00 plus tax) or the Holiday Inn (in Somerville for USD $115 plus tax) go to the lodging website. NOTE: The special rates are available until February 22, 2008 for the Holiday Inn, and February 22nd, 2008 for the Royal Sonesta. The Royal Sonesta is about a 10-minute walk to the Red Line. Take the Red Line to South Station then transfer to the Silver Line bus and get off at the Word Trade Center/Boston Convention & Expo Center stop). The Holiday Inn in Somerville is three blocks from the Sullivan Square Station on the MBTA’s Orange Line. Take the Orange Line to Downtown Crossing then transfer to the Red Line. Go one stop to South Station then transfer to the Silver Line bus and get out at the World Trade Center/Boston Convention Center stop. For door-to-door public transportation directions, go to the MBTA’s website and use the trip planner.
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If you are traveling to Boston from outside the U.S., you are solely responsible for obtaining your own visa to enter the U.S. Of course, travelers from areas such as the E.U. and other similarly situated areas have few requirements. When a formal visa is necessary, based on changes to immigration laws, the U.S. State Department advises anyone applying for a temporary visa to enter the U.S. should plan on the process to take significantly longer than it has in the past. The visa application form in now available here: http://evisaforms.state.gov/
Apply early for your visa, as there is typically an interview required before issuance, and the wait time to schedule these interviews may be long. For additional information on the wait time to obtain an interview, contact the Consular Section of your http://usembassy.state.gov/
Be prepared to show proof that you have strong ties to your home country, and if possible, have proof that you have traveled internationally and have returned within the time restrictions of your visa. For more information, visit the Visa Section of http://travel.state.gov, an official source of information about United States visa policy and procedures.
NOTE, however, that the Drupal Association is not a U.S. entity, and thus is not able to provide a Letter of Invitation, which may be required (and the lack of which may prevent you from attending this Drupalcon.)
Location of Convention
The Boston Convention & Exhibition Center is located on historic South Boston’s waterfront. The BCEC is only two miles from Logan airport, two minutes from Boston’s major highways, and three minutes from Amtrak and inter-city bus service. It is immediately adjacent to downtown Boston and more than 35,000 hotel rooms.
There is public transportation across the street from the Boston Convention and Expo Center. The “T” (as it is locally known) has added a new electric bus line (the MBTA Silver Line) that links downtown to the BCEC and the airport. The Silver Line bus is only one stop from Boston’s Logan Airport, and is a recommended way to get downtown from the airport.
Driving in Boston is not for the faint of heart. Boston drivers don’t mind being a bit aggressive, and is full of one-way streets that don’t go where you want. There’s an old saying locally: “You can’t get there from heeahh.” The BCEC is close enough to downtown that if you’re staying downtown, take the T.
Taxi’s are commonplace, and are “typical” big-city taxi rates. Read: “Not terribly cheap, not rapaciously expensive. But use them for in-city transport only; a taxi out of the city center gets costly….”