All my bags are packed…I’m ready to go

I am glad I chose to start and end my trip in Boston. I love it here and can totally see myself living here. In fact, the only reason Boston is second to Barcelona (for places I’d like to live in) is because it’s in America and not Europe. But the vibe of the city, the beautiful Charles river and the long walking trails around it, the Harvard Square, the suburban looking houses and the relaxed pace of life here have won my heart.

I spent my last week here in a very non-touristy way. I left my camera at home, went for long walks along the river and in the city and tried to memorize as much of this amazing city as I could, went to the cinema and just enjoyed being here and feeling grateful that I got the opportunity to see Boston.
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MIT

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After almost 2 weeks of being in Boston I finally decided to go to MIT. Turns out I had been passing by the campus every time I walked the Harvard bridge to Boston, didn’t realize they had such a big campus (spread across a mile).

I decided to get a map to begin with so I went to the visitor info booth within the main MIT building but they didn’t have any paper maps. I decided to get some info off the interactive map and take pictures to use as a guide but some of the functionalities on the system were not working! I guess even MIT underestimates the need for good QA, I should apply for a job here when I run out of money and teach them a thing or two about QA. Anyways, I managed to take pictures of the MIT Campus map outside the building and used that to get around instead. Continue reading “MIT”

Saturday night in Boston

Beautiful sunny day. (I know I keep repeating the “sunny” bit too often. I’ll get over it at some point, not just yet). Pretty relaxed start to the day, nothing new there. Went out for a walk coz it was sunny with clear blue skies but after walking about 10minutes I decided that I was in no mood for a walk so instead I went to the river and sat there enjoying the sunshine and singing at the top of my voice (after making sure no one was around to witness it). Rest of the day was spent at home doing something, I can’t remember now, probably just reading and eating like usual. Continue reading “Saturday night in Boston”

Harvard Museum of Natural History

Even before visiting the museum I had decided that the Harvard Square was my favourite area in Boston. I have mentioned my reasons in another Harvard Post so I won’t ramble on about it again. But today I visited the Harvard museum of natural history. I knew I would enjoy it but even so it exceeded my expectations.

The museum is set along 4 floors but only the 3rd floor was open to the public, probably coz it has all the exhibits. I started with the Planet and Earth sciences section where there was an amazing display of minerals and stones from different parts of the world. Continue reading “Harvard Museum of Natural History”

Day of free ‘stuff’

So you know how I spoke about my laziness in the last post? Turns out it isn’t just me being lazy but I have a cold, a cold! I’ve had about 2 bouts of cold in the last 7 years and then I get a cold now! Had forgotten what it feels like, quite amusing really, except the runny nose obviously.

So anyways, that meant I had a very lazy start to the day, or should I say lazier. Tea in bed after breakfast lasted couple of hours instead of an hour, reading in bed after that lasted another hour. You get the idea. But the sun was shining (I still cannot get over the fact that the sun shines in the winter here! Whoop whoop!) and I wanted to feel the warmth on my face so I went for a quick walk to the park. But it has gotten chillier in the last few days and what with having a cold I couldn’t say out very long. So instead I hopped on the train to go to this restaurant called James Hook and Company in South Boston to try their much raved about Lobster Roll. Continue reading “Day of free ‘stuff’”

The Freedom Trail and Mass-holes

After a few relaxed days which included a day in bed, it was finally time to leave the house and see a bit more of Boston. So for my friends back in London, I know I said I will be staying in Boston but turns out I am actually in Cambridge Ha! But Boston is a mile away so potato-potaato I guess.

I took a round about way to get to Boston hoping to walk along the river for a mile or two but I must have taken a wrong turn (or three) coz well, I only managed to catch glimpses of the river. Nothing spectacular about the walk except the sheer number of colleges here. Apparently there are 70 colleges in Boston alone! Continue reading “The Freedom Trail and Mass-holes”

Boston First Impressions

It’s been 3 days (I think) since I came to Boston and I already don’t remember what day or date it is. Is it Friday? No wait, may be Thursday? The only way I know it’s either of these 2 days is coz my sister mentioned her upcoming plans for the weekend.

Have I been so busy that I already cannot keep track of days? Actually no, its been quite the opposite. I haven’t done much at all! I’ve been sleeping, eating, reading, listening to music and just ‘being’. To be honest I am TRYING to let go of the need to keep track of the date or time. One of the reasons for my break is to do exactly what I want and when I want. I try not to think about what I will do the next day or even few hours from now. I wake up each day and ask myself “what do I feel like doing today” and I do whatever takes my fancy. I don’t care that I am in a new city and I “should” go sight seeing. Or that it’s sunny outside and I am indoors or it’s raining outside and I want to go for a walk. What I care about is what I want at this moment. The only touristy stuff (if you can call it that) I’ve done in the first 3 days was a walk along the Massachusetts Avenue (or Mass. Ave. as it’s called by the locals) which is the main street in Cambridge and leads to the Harvard Bridge which then leads into the neighboring city of Boston. Nothing exciting about this stretch of road, looked pretty similar to a busy high street in London except that there are TONS of places to eat in. Must try some out while I am here! Besides that I did manage to sort out essentials like I now have my new travel laptop (which is amazing btw, it’s a Lenovo Yoga 2, 11.6″, only 1.4kgs, can be used as a tablet and laptop and all for $450!!).  I also spent a few hours in Pret A’Manger trying to  make sense of my new camera and taking pictures of the street, the buildings and the… ermm… coffee cup. Pret coffee mugs are pretty, what can I say.

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So what is my initial impression of Boston?

  1. It’s a bustling city but the streets and pavements are so wide that the crowd isn’t overwhelming. Also, there’s an abundance of open spaces and parks.
  2. The city is colourful, houses along the street are different colours, ranging from purple to blue to yellow and the fall colours are absolutely stunning!
  3. People on the street will actually look you in the eye and smile and say “hey, how are you”. The first few times I caught a strangers eye I quickly looked away and then mentally reprimanded myself that I am not in London and that it is OK to smile at strangers.
  4. The cars are BIG, trains are more spacious but the underground tubes in London are better (that’s saying something!)
  5. Lastly, Americans like their food sweet. Their baked beans are really sweet and so is their “natural” hummus, the coffee @ Starbucks comes with sugar (unless you explicitly ask them not to) and their “natural” peanut butter is sweeter than the sugar added stuff in the UK. Ha!