Enjoying up close
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North America13 days / June 2016
Highs & Lows
Spending so much time in the city
The cold surprised us on some days
Having family abroad is always fun, there’s a charm in knowing someone that lives miles and miles away, specially when you travel over there and are able to visit. This happened some years ago with the wonderful city of Boston.
For our trip we started out staying some nights in Cambridge itself, the city where some of the most famous universities are: MIT and Harvard. This meant that we were staying right on the MIT campus where our family member lived, right in the action, able to walk among students and enjoy the perks of being so close to these two academic landmarks. There’s something about this city that makes you want to go out and be a part of everything that happens here, from going out for a run by the Charles River or the esplanade, to attending talks on the university bookstores. There isn’t a dull moment here, all you need is some nice music to enjoy walks from Kendall to Harvard square and the time to enjoy something to eat at either of those.
The remaining time we were there, we stayed in Boston itself, enjoying the historic city as much as we could. Boston is absolutely beautiful, not only referring to its culture or history, but to how incredible it feels to walk around each street and gaze at each corner. There is so much to do here that no matter how long you stay there, it’s never enough. From walking the Freedom Trail through all the historic landmarks, having a picnic by Boston Common or the Public Garden, or even looking around for the famous Cheers bar for a drink and a bite; everything feels right out of a movie. One of the most amazing things I would recommend, is checking if it’s whale watching season while you’re there so you can have a peek of that amazing sight, leaving a few minutes walk off the aquarium.
One of the most unexpected plans for me was a fun one day trip we took, riding the subway for less than an hour until we got to Carson Beach. From the station it was a few minutes walk over to the actual beach itself, where we found a nice spot on the sand and started our day of relaxation and fun. This is one of those things around Boston that you’ll be able to do if you’re there enough time or if you’re looking for this kind of activities. It’s a great spot with great water for swimming and with the privilege of being so close to the city itself. There was no better way to try and relax for a while on an already wonderful trip.
Q & A
What would you have changed?
I would take some time to drive over to nearby towns like Salem.
How was the food?
There are so many great restaurants! I can clearly remember a Mexican place by Harvard Square, and definitely try a lobster roll somewhere!
What tips would you give a friend?
If you’re into it, check out what conferences and talks are going on at the university book shops, they’re usually open and can be very interesting.
During summer it’s really warm, but the wind can get pretty rough near the harbor so pack a jacket.
I mostly walked or used the subway or bus
I usually book everything on expedia or directly with hotels.