Hope all is well guys, here's a little entry on my time and experience in Boston, Massachusetts!
This was my first long haul flight, right after my first ever experiencing of flying to Milan in November. I didn't really know what to expect, apart from a longer flight and actually being fed on the plane.
Upon arriving to our gate, the waiting area seemed oddly empty, but I didn't think anything of it. Once we boarded and seated, and boarding was closed, there still seemed to be so many empty seats. I was lucky enough to grab a rows with 3 seats down the middle and just lie right across them for the majority of the flight.
|Sunny but freezing!|
I remember Dan saying "Look at you, breathing in that American air", but boy was it cold when we landed. We caught a free bus that took us further into Boston (why doesn't London do this), but we were still quite a walk away from the hotel. It felt like one hell of a trek in the cold too.
Since our hotel was near Prudential Centre, we thought it would be an ideal place to explore since it was within walking distance. The Cheesecake Factory, hands down, the best lemonade I've had (nothing has come to beat it yet). Since then, I've not looked back, lemonade here in London is nothing compared to lemonade in the US.
|The following morning!|
The following morning, I had my own little wander around Boston and Cambridge. Of course, I had to check out Harvard University, although I didn't get to go into Harvard, I just but gave myself a little tour on the campus grounds before trying to find somewhere warm, which meant SHOPPING! I've realised how much better it is to shop in Boston compared to the UK. I get that it was midweek and freezing, but shopping centres were pretty much empty, and it was quite awkward stepping into a store and all staff turning their heads to watch you browse.
When coming to America, Dan had to go to his beloved place - IHOP, for a late lunch. As it was known for a breakfast place, of course breakfast had to be ordered, regardless of the time of day. Although, I wasn't very impressed. I also realised the reality of the portions that they serve, and knowing me, I can't even finish the portions they serve in the UK!
Assembly (or 'asymby' according to the train driver) was a place I googled and knew I wanted to go to because it was kind of like a designer outlet, but couldn't make it to the area early due to a time constraint. The area seemed pretty new and built up, and as we exited the station there was a cute little wild rabbit, which was new for me!
After realising that the hotel's 'buffet' was absolutely bare and dreadful, we went to eat out and decided on Breakfast Toast. It turned out to be quite disappointing, especially from the supposedly 'amazing' reviews it had online.
Quincy Market was a really cute food market and had a bit of everything from each country. The market was quite ideal as well as it was built inside, and on such a cold day, it was likely everyone would gather where there is food and warmth! Like in a few places around London, there was a street piano in the food court and a few performers, which really boosted the atmosphere.
As I stated in my last post of travel to Milan, hitting up a McDonald's and I sure can say that we do better chicken nuggets! Later on in the day, I took Dan to Quincy Market because who could refuse food?
We sat down at the street piano and Dan asked me to just play. The odd thing is, although I study music and have been performing in school concerts and recitals for a number of years, I still get crazy stage fright and everything I'd memorised just flew out the window. According to him, people were just getting on with their lives and eating, but being the performer, you get all kinds of thoughts and think people are judging you!
Soon came the stomach rumbles and it was calling for food so we hit up a local Mexican place that did a pretty good steak! The thing with steak, you either love or hate having it medium rare, but I love it! Yet, when it comes to places that I don't really know or places that don't have a reputation for steak, I always go for well-done, because I'm not risking no food poisoning, especially in another country!
We headed back to IHOP for breakfast, but I couldn't deal with the breakfast food so I went for a full-on burger meal, resulting in getting odd looks from everyone else around us.
On the flight back, it was just as empty as on the way there and I was lucky enough to get 3 seats to lie across again! It was an overnight flight, so it was early on in the morning when landing in London and I managed to catch the sunrise on the plane for the first time!
Although I didn't really get a chance to go to many tourist-y places whilst I was exploring on my own, I think I wouldn't have enjoyed it as much in such low temperatures! There's always next time!
PS. Instead of just my recommended song of the week, I'm thinking of putting something else in it's place, maybe something funny or interesting I've come across.
PPS. I have thoughts of making this a fortnightly thing rather than a weekly post, I haven't made firm decisions about it yet, but it's a little bit of a struggle to keep up with and definitely will be more difficult once university starts back up again!