I spent most of Saturday traveling to Boston. It made for a very long day. I arrived, however, in time to have some infamous New England clam chowder for dinner.
It was good (!), by the way.
I've never been to Boston before, so I thought I'd share some of my initial thoughts with you now that I've had some time to explore. Also, I'd like to thank so many of you who gave me (via email and/or Twitter) tips on making the most of my Boston trip. I've been getting Boston tips for weeks now. Honestly, I have the greatest group of Internet friends!
First of all, Boston itself is a very beautiful city. Here's a photo of the Back Bay area. I'm staying somewhere back amidst those buildings. (And no – I can't be more specific because the city is still a confusing maze to me.) All I know is, I'm not too far from the two tallest buildings on the right side of this photo.
Second observation, they really like brick here. It's everywhere (and very charming).
Third, it's immediately apparent there's mass confusion in this city about the letter R. The letter, for the most part doesn't exist. It's a silent letter R. Car is pronounced caw. Chowder is chowda.
Unless, of course, there's no letter R in a word … and then it's added for no reason at all.
Whose idear was this R mutation anyway?
It took me a good half hour to figure out a man meant Arlington Street when he gave me directions to Awwinton. So confusing!
One of the first things I did was go on a Duck tour. The "ducks" drive on land, but also drive in water. They're amphibious vehicles. It makes for a fun land/Charles River tour.
And um, exploring on my own …?
Might have resulted in getting really, really, lost.
I thought I was headed to the Back Bay and I ended up lost in Charlestown – for hours. The two places are in total, complete, opposite directions. There are no taxis in Charlestown on Sunday afternoons. Just in case you were wondering.
But I'll save that vacation-gone-awry story for later.
Have I ever mentioned I have absolutely no sense of direction?
Um, yeah ….
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