A couple of months ago, my longtime friend messaged me on Twitter as she always did. She said she was going to Boston in November. It’s been years since we last saw each other, so a meeting was long overdue. Plus, I have never been. As one who’s hard-pressed to turn down a chance to travel when it arises, I promptly told her that I’m going up to see her. And so, on a chilly morning last week, I boarded a shuttle bus to Newark and then boarded a plane to Boston for a four-day weekend.
I had an open to-do list this time around unlike my recent trip to New York. What little I knew of Boston was from the newly released Fallout 4. It sounds silly, but it’s true! That game did a great job replicating the real-world map. Coming back to the game and being able to easily compare its locations to the real ones was blew my mind. But that’s for another post.
My first day in Boston was cold and overcast. Having not slept a wink the night before, I chose to spend a few hours in my Airbnb lodging to get some sleep in. I couldn’t check in for a few more hours when I arrived, so I napped in the common room. Pretty sure I got some weird looks, but I’m used to sleeping in public. You do what you have to for that shut eye.
My room was located in Cambridge, a city located directly north of Boston proper. It’s not technically part of Boston, but you can easily get there by taking the Metro. I had no problems getting around.
I dropped off my luggage in my room as soon as I was able. How nice is my room? It was very clean, well-lit, and quiet. I have to confess, after living with a spouse for a few years, I was happy to have a room to myself for a few days. Of course, I did miss Mike and wished he could’ve come with me, but I also loved having a big bed to myself.
After a much-needed rest and freshening up, I left Cambridge to go to the Common and see my friend. The sun was quick to set, but we made the most of the light and took a short walk around the Common before meeting up with her professor in undergrad. We chased squirrels. Good to know our friendship hasn’t changed since elementary school!
We sat at a nearby cafe for a snack/late lunch. The pistachio macarons above were so good! I also had a hazelnut latte, one of my favorite coffee drinks. It went dark at half past 4, which was disorienting to me coming from just north of Philly. The sun shouldn’t be setting this soon yet! I stepped out of the cafe at 5 and thought it was time for bed.
The evening culminated with drinks at The Gallows in South End, but leave it to me to order a lot of food in a bar. We ordered three different shared dishes. No regrets! They were all delicious.
Here are their Roasted Bone Marrow and Beef Steak Pierogis. I definitely recommend the pierogis! Not pictured is the White Bean Hummus which was just as awesome. My friend picked out this place, so thank you beebs. Check out The Gallows too if you're ever in town! And that was my first day in Boston. I spent the morning traveling and didn't get to go out until 3 in the afternoon, so I think I managed to do a lot in that time. I will be writing an entry dedicated to each day of my long weekend, so stay tuned for Day Two! Featuring history, trails, and prestigious schools, oh my.