When Tim and I got married, one of our vows to each other was to keep adventure in our lives. One thing that we both really love to do is to travel, and one thing that we really wanted to promise to each other is that we would travel to new places and see new things together. Every year, we are lucky enough to be given the opportunity to take short weekend road trips with each other or with friends to places close be like Chicago (our very favorite!), Kansas City, Nashville and Memphis. These places are a short drive away and are perfectly suited for bachelor/bachelorette parties or just a quick weekend away. We also have our annual family beach vacation in Florida that we look forward to every year too. As much as we love these places, we also have a really big passion for seeing the world and exploring new places too so each year, we try to plan a trip to someplace new. Being young and just a few years out of college, it’s especially helpful that we have friends living in other places too that we can go visit. Our first year married, we did NYC (during NYE and Christmas time mind you!) (a very big dream come true and check off the bucket list for me), last summer we did New Orleans with friends and this summer we visited Tim’s cousin who lives in Boston (and seeing as how much I obsess over New York and being so close, we included a day back in NYC in this trip too).
Boston was a very cool city. A lot like I had expected, but a like I like I didn’t particularly expect either. So many things in the Northeast and in New England are just so different than what we’re used to in the Midwest. I could really really see myself living in the northeast. I’ve always dreamt this and thought this since I was a little girl, but having finally made the commitment to going there once we were married, I can see it in our future more and more. I don’t see us living in Boston, per se, but New York? Now that’s a different story.
This post in particular, though, is about our experience in Boston (don’t worry though, the next post will be all about our day in NYC). I’m currently writing this post from my ipad on a plane ride to Florida. Isn’t that ironic?! Anyway. Back to Boston. In Boston, we walked a lot. Good thing Tim and I are walkers. We tend to walk a lot, living in the city, but even more so when we travel. It’s to be expected. (We also just became a part of the Fitbit club last month, so now we’re even more into getting our steps in every day). As soon as we met up with Tim’s cousin after we got off the train (or subway, or trolly, or Charlie or whatever it actually is that they call it there…I could never actually figure this one out…) we started to explore the city of Boston. I was really trying hard the three days that we were there to get an explanation as to what was considered ‘downtown’ Boston or what neighborhood or part of the city that we were in. I tend to always compare everything to St. Louis. I need to stop that. Nothing is setup the way St. Louis is, and although I love stl, there are some much bigger and brighter cities out there. (I’m obsessed with all things city if you haven’t figured that out just yet.). We explored so many different pieces of the city of Boston from downtown (I think), the financial district to Beacon Hill and Newbury while also getting to explore areas outside of what most of the tourists see too, like the outer neighborhoods and the area where Tim’s cousin lives and has lived.
Public transportation is something that we are always so fascinated by. We wish it was more prevalent at home, but it’s just not aside from large downtown events and travel. The public transit system was a little different than that of what we’re typically used to in NY and Chicago, as it moved at a big of a surprisingly slower pace, but we still enjoyed experiencing it, and it seems that a majority of the city uses the public transit system. Apparently driving is pretty risky around those parts (I could totally see why). One of the Bostonians that we were with while we were there kept referring to Boston drivers as ‘mass holes’…this made me laugh.
Boston also has so much history. We were lucky enough to have a couple of locals as our tour guides for the weekend, but also did one of the guided tours too, and with history not being one of my strong points, I learned so much.
We explored Harvard, and I was surprisingly not nearly as impressed as I thought I would be. It was a beautiful campus, and I was excited to get to experience it, but I guess I expected a bit more ‘Elle Woods’ while we were there. I was, however, uber impressed by the train stop at Harvard and Harvard Square itself. So much diversity, so eclectic, so many awesome shops, restaurants and bars. I definitely would have enjoyed spending a bit more time there.
We also got to experience a game at Fenway. Being from a baseball town, we love our baseball, but it was no Busch Stadium, and certainly no Cardinals game (Boston Red Socks vs. KC Royals), but it was still a lot of fun, and they sure do have some loyal fans in Boston.
Boston also has a whole lot of beer, something that Tim absolutely loves, being a big craft beer fan and home brewer himself. I, being unable to drink beer (thank you gluten), was a big fan of the fact that cider and gluten free options were offered at a lot of places. Plus, Angry Orchard, once of my favorites and first ciders I ever fell in love with, is made in Boston, so that was pretty great too. We went on the Sam Adams brewery tour which was neat. My take from the tour, though, and it’s nothing even remotely related to beer? They rock their social media!
We also went to a neat place called Hopster’s, a restaurant/bar where you can brew your own beer (and they had cider too of course!). Despite not being the biggest beer fan (mainly because I can’t drink it), I’m still pretty intrigued by everything about it, especially seeing how much work Tim puts into his brewing, and I’m especially in love with the way different companies brand and market their products (because, whey wouldn’t I be?!). Everything that Hopster’s had to offer to their patrons, down to the design and style of their storefront was pretty spectacular. I was incredibly impressed.
Other than all the awesomeness we experienced while we were in this city, there were a few strange culture shocks that I think would be a little tough to get used to, the biggest one being the use of public bathrooms. All up public restrooms everywhere in downtown Boston require a passcode to enter. I see where this is good for the stores and restaurants because you must be a patron to get said code, so this prevents a lot of ransoms from coming in and out just to use the facilities, but for one who has to frequent public restrooms more often than she would ever like (major germaphobe over here), this would take some major getting used to.
Overall, I loved visiting this new city though. We did so much exploring. We ended the trip with a bus ride to NYC for a day before heading back home. More to come on that soon. But in the meantime, I’ve really done some rambling in this short flight. Time to head to the beach (my other love) for a couple of days with the Fam.