After several quiet weeks on the blog, I’m back! I am taking two classes for my doctorate this summer, which has been a whirlwind because they are 8-week courses that are normally 12-weeks. One course is Transforming Human Systems and is completely online. The other course, Intro to Doctoral Studies (aka all the topics we need to know for our doctorate), is a hybrid course. Most of the class is online except for Residency Week in Boston at Northeastern. I just returned (and survived!) Residency Week, which everyone was correct when they warned me was intense. Think 6-10 page papers due every day type of intense.
Residency Week was Monday through Friday, so I flew up last Friday to spend the weekend in Boston with one of my best friends since second grade, Kim. She drove down from Rochester, NY, and we had a blast spending the weekend together!
(As a side note, John was in Africa the week before Residency and returned Monday afternoon on the day that Residency started. He will be writing a blog post for me about his time in Uganda. It was very difficult being apart for 15 days, which made me all the more grateful for the wonderful weekend that I spent with Kim!)
I flew into Boston around 1pm, and Kim picked me up from the airport. We rented an Airbnb apartment in Cambridge for the weekend, so we checked in and got settled before heading out to lunch. Airbnb worked out great for us… it was much cheaper than a Boston hotel and was easy, clean, and convenient.
After dropping our luggage off, we walked toward the direction of Harvard and had a late lunch at a restaurant called Daedalus. We sat on a rooftop patio, which was so quaint, especially in the gorgeous weather.
Afterwards, we walked around Harvard’s campus and the Harvard Square area. It was strange seeing way more tourists than students on campus! The campus was pretty, but I’ve also seen just as beautiful – if not more so – college campuses (like maybe Vandy, but perhaps I’m biased!)
(FYI You can click any of the photos to see them larger.)
We then walked from Harvard back to our apartment along the Charles River. It was a beautiful walk, and we watched lots of boaters and kayakers out on the water.
After freshening up, we went to the Seaport area for dinner. The harbor was very pretty at sunset, and we put our name in at Legal Sea Foods. Since the wait was 1 1/2 hours, we walked around and stumbled upon a restaurant across the street with outdoor seating and comfy cushioned couches. We decided to get a cocktail while we waited, and my Mona Lisa was very good. When our table finally opened up (around 9pm), it was worth the wait. We’d been told that Legal Sea Foods was crowded and a bit touristy, but we ended up with a table with an excellent view of the harbor and lights across the water. The food was also very good, and I had a delicious Portuguese seafood stew.
We slept in on Saturday, then took the Green Line to Newbury street. The first thing we saw off of the T was the Boston Public Library, and I am so glad we went inside. It was gorgeous with marbled columns, murals on the walls, and an outside courtyard.
We then walked Newbury street and enjoyed peeking in the boutiques. We got coffee at the Wired Puppy, which was a recommendation from my friend Alex. We had lunch at another recommended place on Newbury Street called Parish Cafe, and we sat outside in the perfect weather. I had an Asian fusion salad and Kim had a prosciutto sandwich.
After lunch, we walked to the Boston Public Gardens and onto Boston Commons. It was so pretty with all the flowers, rose gardens, and fountains, and we watched the swan boats too.
From there, we walked to Boston Harbor and listened to the live music by the water. A bride and groom were taking pictures under a colonnade, which was very picturesque.
Next, we went through Chinatown to the Freedom Trail. It got immensely busier and more crowded when we stepped on the Freedom Trail path. We walked the trail past Paul Revere’s house to Faneuil Hall, a marketplace and a meeting hall since 1742. Next to it was Quincy Market, and the area was touristy but a fun place to walk around and explore because of all of the live music and shops.
We then continued onto Little Italy and saw the famous competing pastry shops, Mike’s Pastry and Modern Pastry. Both had very long lines, but we chose Modern because the line looked a bit shorter… though the wait was still 20ish minutes. Kim got a cannoli, and I had chocolate covered strawberries. It was nice to sit down and enjoy a sweet treat after all that walking!
Next we walked to Marliave, a restaurant recommendation from my friend Heather. Marliave is 120 years old and a Boston landmark because it has survived World Wars, the Great Depression, Prohibition (though it was a speakeasy), and 23 different presidents! We had drinks on the rooftop patio, which was very pretty… though us Florida natives got cold from the blowing wind and had to head inside after 15 minutes.
We then took the Red Line back to Cambridge and had dinner at the recommended Rivergods, a funky vegetarian restaurant with strange decor (think throne chairs and a mermaid figurehead coming out of the bar) but delicious food.
Sunday morning we went to The Friendly Toast for brunch in Cambridge’s Kendall Square. I had the best gluten free blueberry pancakes… a perfect way to end our weekend! Kim then dropped me off at Northeastern to check in for Residency. It felt a little like getting dropped off for college freshman year because I was staying in one of the dorms (thankfully with my own room though I did have to share a bathroom). We had a full, fun, restful weekend exploring Boston before the intensity of Residency week!