Friday, June 18, 2010

Boston Bound!

Five of us had the brilliant idea of traveling to Boston, site seeing, and returning to New York all within 27 hours. Our dear friends at Megabus made this possible. I have only been to Boston once before and it was about three years ago exact as part of my senior trip. I knew I could easily go back and catch a game at Fenway. So, one weekend when the Sox were in town we made the trip up north. Here's a log of what our day consisted of:

Saturday, May 29th

Midnight - Took the subway to Penn Station.
On our way, this man sat down next to Ben, gazed awkwardly at him, pulled out his supplies, and started drawing his profile. Ben was a good sport and the picture actually turned out pretty good. Love those subway encounters.

1:30 A.M. - Boarded the Megabus. Jordan and I tried to take up the entire back row however, some crazy woman prevented us from doing so. Regardless, Jordan could not have been happier to have the middle seat which provided him all the leg room needed. Slept for the majority of the four hour bus ride.

5:30 A.M. - Just Touchdown in Boston Town

6:00 A.M. - Wander aimlessly until we run into Boston Harbor. Who visits Boston Harbor at 6AM? We do. And apparently, no one else. This is where the Boston Tea Party took place.Jordan taking it all in...

7:00 A.M. - Took a nap on a nearby dock.

7:30 A.M. - Charlotte and I bought Boston jackets. Now we really look like tourists. Or locals, take your pick.

8:00 A.M. - Walked the historic Freedom Trail throughout Boston. It's a 2.5 mile jaunt that highlights major sites of the American Revolution. Hello American Heritage! I felt as if I was walking through the pages of the infamous textbook "A City Upon A Hill". Any cougar knows what I'm talking about. Lucky for me, I loved American Heritage. I know, crazy. But it's one of my favorite classes at BYU. I even contemplated changing my major to American Studies. My point being, I enjoyed the Boston's Freedom Trail.

Statue of Benjamin FranklinPaul Revere's Grave Site
John Winthrop's Grave Site
10:00 A.M. - Ate breakfast at Fanueil Hall. This was the cutest marketplace.
11:00 A.M. - Shopped around at Quincy Market, watched street performers, ate yummy fresh fruit from a nearby farmers' market. The atmosphere was so fun...I was loving every minute!
1:00 P.M. - Nap Time. We were exhausted and needed a lil pick-me-up. So we crashed in a nice park.2:00 P.M. - We had intentions of finding the Boston Temple however, after some inefficient iPhone usage and an hour of walking we were lead to an LDS Stake Center. Quite comical, really. We decided to cut our losses and head to Harvard. We did see a few cool things along the way.
The Boston Garden
Rough loss...

3:30 P.M. - We took the subway to Harvard University and walked around the historic campus. They were having class reunions that weekend so the courtyards were packed with alumni and their families. My favorite part of the campus was the Memorial Hall. It's absolutely beautiful.
The memorial is dedicated to those who died preserving the union during the Civil War. Each name had the birthplace, major, and battle of death place listed. I also loved the Harvard Law School buildings. 4:30 P.M. - We headed to downtown Cambridge, such a charming college town. We grabbed some yummy cupcakes at the cutest shop called "Sweet".
5:30 P.M. - Now for the highlight of the trip: Fenway Stadium. Out of all of the ballparks I have been to Fenway is my favorite. I love the colors. Red. Blue. Green. As in the Green Monster. There's something about the atmosphere that just screams AMERICA. Love it. This place is near and dear. Here are some shots of famous Yawkey Way.
And as for the stadium...
This woman has the best job ever. She is a sports reporter for CSN and works specificly with the Red Sox. What a gig.
This is a highlight of any Red Sox game. In the middle of every 8th inning the crowd sings Neil Diamond's "Sweet Caroline". It's a treat. See for yourself. Don't mind the shaky photography skills and magical voices.

The Sox beat the Kansas City Royals 1-0. It wasn't the best offensive game to watch, but just being there was a blast.
10:30 P.M. - We battled the crowd to get to the subway and back to the train station.
11:59 P.M. - All aboard the Megabus. Back to the city. Worked. We didn't get back to the Ihouse until 5. So we slept until 1:00 Church.

We packed our 27-hour trip full of fun. I think Boston is such a colonial, charming, historic, fun city. It's much more balanced and practical than the city. You can still enjoy the perks of city life yet live in a residential area ten minutes away. I could live in Boston...aside from the frigid winters. I'm so happy I was able to take a trip during my time on the east coast, it was well worth it.


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