I Heart Boston

31 May

Last weekend a group of us decided to go to Boston. My first reaction to the Boston excursion suggestion was, “What’s in Boston?” But now I know it is one of the best places in the world. I can’t think of a better place to spend Memorial Day weekend.
We left at 6:30 am Saturday morning (4 hour drive) on the Chinatown Express and came home 8 pm Sunday. It was a pretty sweet deal; it only cost $15 one way and then we split the cost of the hotel room. Our hotel was right in the middle of town, meaning that we were pretty much within walking distance to anywhere in town.
Coming from NYC, I couldn’t believe how small and clean Boston was. Their subway system is way less confusing and cleaner. Even the street performers better and the bums were totally high class. I loved seeing all the old architecture surrounded by all these new, tall buildings. Most of the remaining old architecture were churches from the 1700s. I couldn’t believe how well they were kept up. We went to two cemetaries that are in the top three oldest cemetaries in the country. We saw the graves of Pul Revere, Samuel Adams, John Hancock, victims of the Boston Massacre, Ben Franklin’s son (I know, kind of a jip), and Mother Goose – that’s right. Her real name is Mary Goose and she had like 20 kids.
We walked through Boston, following the Trail of Freedom. It took us by the Old North Church (“One if by land, two if by sea”), Paul Revere’s House, all kinds of old government buildings, and the Bunker Hill Memorial. We walked to the top of the Bunker Hill Memorial, which is 294 steps. You better believe I couldn’t feel my legs when I got to the top and they wouldn’t stop shaking when I got to the bottom. We tried to see the Boston Tea Party boat, but apparently it is invisible. Or perhaps it is sailing the high seas.
Boston also has the best Little Italy I have ever been to. It’s not like New York’s where it just feels like someone put tons of Italian restaurants down the street but made sure to keep the Chinese vendors. I really had some of the best Italian food I have ever had in my life. And it was probably about half the price of New York.
And you better believe that we went to Cheers. I have really been singing the Cheers theme song for about 5 days. I go to sleep singing it and pick it back up right when I wake up. It actually become our Boston theme, not just the Cheers theme. And you know what, it really did feel like everybody knew my name and they’re always glad I came. I want to go where everybody knows my name.
There were also this really cool break dancing group that put on a show in the middle of one of the squares. My friend Sara and I were used in their show. Our job was to stand with six other people in two rows and bend over while this guy did a front flip over us. Sure I couldn’t see what was going on since I was looking at my toes to avoid dying, but I heard it was really cool.
I know that this goes against everything that most people believe in, especially since I already blogged about how cool the Yankees are, but I am also a big fan of the Red Sox. We ate in this restaurant that is really just in the outfield. There is really just a metal gate separating you from the grass. It is really cool, too, because you can just eat their during the games without buying a ticket and you have some of the best seats. Go Red Sox!!!
Two days was the perfect amount of time to spend in Boston, even though I wanted to stay there forever. It’s amazing how many things there are to do in Boston, but everything is so close that you can do everything in a really short amount of time. It as this amazing energy, too. You are surrounded by all of this history that you can’t help feeling patriotic and reverence for what happened there. But then it is such an exciting and alive town at the same time. Everything seems so relaxed and calm, as opposed to NYC. I felt like people were actually human and have feelings, which I don’t think has been discovered in New York yet.
Anyway, if anyone is thinking of going to Boston, I highly recommend it. And if any of these pictures really cool, they probably weren’t taken by me. 🙂

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