Bhaktivedanta Swami had to pass through U.S. Immigration and Customs in Boston. His visa allowed him a three-month stay, and an official stamped it to indicate his expected date of departure. Captain Pandia invited Bhaktivedanta Swami to take a walk into Boston, where the captain intended to do some shopping. They walked across a footbridge into a busy commercial area with old churches, warehouses, office buildings, bars, tawdry bookshops, nightclubs and restaurants.
On board the ship that day, Bhaktivedanta Swami wrote a poem that he titled, 'Markine Bhagavata-dharma' - Teaching Krishna Consciousness in America. He wrote, "My dear Lord Krishna, You are so kind upon this useless soul, but I do not know why you have brought me here. Now you can do whatever You like with me. But I guess you have some business here, otherwise why would You bring me to this terrible place?"
Reference: Excerpts from Acharya book with illustration by Bhaktisiddhanta Dasa