Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Thoughts on Boston

Bodie is currently on his second morning of testing here in Boston, and in between the appointments, the kids and I have been having a ball here in Boston, doing just about every big touristy thing we can! Yesterday alone, we walked over 9 miles! Needless to say, we will be dragging ourselves onto the plane to South Carolina this afternoon!

Lots more on our Boston experience later (when I can wrestle the laptop away from Sierra!), but a few initial thoughts on Boston:

1. This city is beautiful. I mean, absolutely gorgeous. The history, the landscape, everything is breathtaking. I understand why people come here for school or a job and never leave.

2. The people of Boston are amazingly nice. I did not expect that, to be honest (not sure why, I just didn't - maybe because you hear about the "hospitality of the south" more than the northeast?). They have so much pride in their city (kind of the polar opposite of Los Angeles, where the cool thing is to complain about it!). The excitement at the Red Sox game last night was palatable - it was impossible not to be giddy with everyone else! And everyone who helped us (the servers at restaurants, cashiers at stores, etc.) Were so so nice and accommodating - they Really went out of our way to make sure we were happy and taken care of. And people actually let you in traffic (I know, crazy, right??? I'm used to LA, where you risk life and limb just trying to merge!)!

3. Ok, guys, notwithstanding points 1 and 2 above, would it kill you to have street signs??? I'm not afraid of traffic (thanks to years of LA traffic), but it is freaking impossible to drive in Boston. Even WITH GPS and my maps app, I still got lost multiple times. My GPS would be telling me to turn, but there'd be no street sign to confirm that I was in fact turning onto the street I was supposed to be turning onto! Ha!

4. "It's not the heat, it's the humidity." <- clearly spoken with the City of Boston in mind. Enough said.

All things considered, we have loved Boston and it has for sure been one of the highlights in an already great summer!

1 comment:

  1. We live 16 miles north of Boston in Marblehead (birthplace of the American Navy, historic fort where we saved Old Ironsides in the war of 1812, other awesomeness, next to Salem of the witch trials fame). My kids go to camp on an island off our town. It's awesome. I'm totally with you on the driving and street signs. I *never* drive in Boston, always take the subway.
    For ideas of what to do - highly recommend Franklin Park Zoo, the Arboretum, and the Fenway Victory Gardens. The aquarium is awesome (but expensive). I have a penguin-obsessed kid. The Peabody Essex Museum is one of the best museums ever, and it's in Salem. Boston Children's Museum is also awesome (and air conditioned), but my kids have aged out at this point.
    Hope everything goes well with Bodie's testing!