Thursday, August 23, 2018

Up & About In Boston, Massachusetts

Boston is one of the oldest cities in the US and it so happens to be one of the cities that I have always wanted to visit but I was just never proactive in making the trip happen. My friend Angelica who I met in Cali, Colombia moved to Cambridge to attend Harvard University and I can't tell you how many times promises of a visit were made. I finally decided to fulfill my promise so here I am, in Boston. Well, currently staying with Angelica in Cambridge but easily commuting to Boston to see what the city has to offer, so far we have visited the following places....

Boston Public Garden

It is the first public botanical garden in America that was established in 1873. The garden is very pretty and ideal for relaxing on its grounds or taking a walk along the various pathways it has. It's not very big and a walk around is very do-able and highly recommended.

 Four years later and it's like we never missed a beat with our it miss a beat or skip a beat? hmmm?!

The Freedom Trail

A 2.5 mile trail through downtown Boston that has 16 sites that have historical significance in the history of the US. The trail is pretty easy to follow and there are signs all over to guide you, there are guides who can take you through the trail explaining each site but we opted to go through the trail by ourselves. I didn't take pictures of all the sites as I was distracted by all the activities around but I managed to get a couple.

Faneuil Hall/Quincy Market

These two are actually part of four places located around a cobblestone promenade, the other two places are north and south market. It's a nice area to watch street performers, do some shopping and grab something to eat.
PS: Faneuil Hall does have a long history which I am not going to pretend I am well versed in but I read some bits and pieces prior to visiting just to get an idea of what the site is all about.

Inside Quincy Market, there were plenty of food options that it got overwhelming.

Boston Harbor

Located adjacent to the city of Boston, it includes almost 40 miles of pedestrian friendly public access to the water's edge. We didn't of course walk along the whole harbor, but we still enjoyed what part of the location had to offer.

That's it folks, today was a long day comprised of long walks (just how I like it) and we managed to see more than I had anticipated. I didn't include all that we did as I am too tired to go into more detail but at least you get an idea of what we have been up to so far.

Random Thoughts of The Day:

I am very proud of my friend Angelica, just thinking of how far she has come and to now be attending Harvard University where she will be graduating with a doctorate degree. Very impressive indeed! her story was actually featured in some newspapers in Cali.

Today evening after doing all the sight seeing we could during the day, we went to an art exhibit that Angelica had planned. To be honest with you I thought I would be so bored but didn't have the courage to tell Angelica this because she had really been looking forward to this exhibit. Well, turns out I loved it! what made it even more interesting is that she was interpreting some of the art for me and I got to learn a lot about the story behind the various artists' work. She is very knowledgeable about art as it's her area of speciality.

Drivers here seem very aggressive, I can't tell you how many times I have witnessed road rage and it's only been my second day here! 

Barack Obama's daughter attends Harvard and Angelica has spotted her and her boyfriend several times around campus. I wonder if she goes through a lot of scrutiny being the daughter of a former president, now that's pressure I would hate to live with. 

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