Welcome to my very first travel blog post! Growing up, I didn’t think I’d enjoy traveling very much since I could be a lazy and anxious homebody who likes to stay in a cozy bed and all, but I surprisingly like it a lot. It can be stressful and tiring, but I think my enjoyment of traveling primarily derives from my innate love and appreciation for other cultures and history. Additionally, sometimes, everyone just needs to leave the mundane drudgery of daily life for a refresher. My trip to Boston was coming up at a pretty good time because I’ve been very depressed and stressed lately. I just needed to step out of my house, go somewhere different (although not novel to me), and find a space from which I could breathe in new air and leave behind the dark exhalations. Even a temporary departure from toxicity can help a lot (especially with good food).
So, as noted before, I have been to Boston before. I actually went to college near it, so I would visit it on free weekends, but I had not gone back in five years, so I was very excited for it! I was finally forcing myself to go back because my beloved friends were having a belated reception in the U.S. after getting married in South Korea a year before. I had to go back to them! I promised! I didn’t spend much time with them apart from their fun reception, but I had a blast seeing them and other college friends while there.
Otherwise, I spent a lot of time rekindling my love for Boston! It’s such a cute and cozy city, described as “walkable,” and it’s so rich in history and quaint buildings. The first day, my friends and I hit Newbury Street. It’s basically the Soho of Boston because it’s a long street of stores for a day of shopping. I used to go often during my college days, and they have some fun stores like Newbury Comics. It’s a cute and cozy street that looks half-residential and half-commercial, which makes for an interesting experience. It’s nice to just walk along it. As it gets dark, the trees light up and everything looks quite lovely.
We ate at CafeTeria, and then realized it was too dark to continue onto the Boston Commons and Public Gardens at the end of the street, so we Ubered over to Mike’s Pastry. This bakery is known for their cannolis and opened up a shop in Cambridge, where we were staying. The cannolis were so good. I got pistachio (one of my favorite flavors) and the hazelnut. My one friend does not like cannolis, but she really liked the nutella one she tried.
The next day, we got to hit the Boston Commons and Public Gardens (which I just consider to be one big thing since they’re right next to each other). I was so happy that the weekend was actually pretty great weather-wise. Boston is known to be gloomy and rainy. Sure, there was a lot of breeze, but the sun was out and shining radiantly! The trees were blooming! We went aboard the swan boats that took us around on a short trip through the lake in the Commons. Afterwards, we walked over to Quincy Market, seeing bits of the Freedom Trail, and got the must-eats: lobster roll and clam chowder. So good. I like seafood enough, but am not generally a huge fan. I would always go for the meat over the seafood, but I thought those were delicious. That night, I had the wedding reception, went back home exhausted, and fell asleep.
On the last day, we had an impromptu lunch, photo shoot at these amazing wall murals we stumbled across, and the most scrumptious ice cream ever before heading back home. The highlight, I’m telling you, on both this day and the overall touristy part of the trip to Boston… was this ice cream, which was recommended to us by our super nice Airbnb host. It’s called Honeycomb Creamery and I was in love. I legit think that was the best ice cream I ever had, and I went in not expecting much because I’m not a huge ice cream fan. I like it, but I don’t love it (much like seafood). But I loved this. I kept going “Mmmm.” I got two scoops in a really delicious waffle cone (their matcha flavor was out, but that would have been interesting to eat as a waffle cone) and they were both great. The matcha pistachio was super yummy, and I also liked the coffee toffee flavor I got (although it is a bit sweet, that one). Yup. My favorite part was ice cream, which I shouldn’t be so surprised by being a glutton and all.
Overall, the trip to Boston did not seem as short as I thought it would be, which was nice. It was a decent length; we were there for two nights and three days. I was pretty tired throughout but also felt reinvigorated. I do wish we got to do more. We didn’t get to go to the Charles River like I wanted. We definitely couldn’t visit my college campus because it is far away. I had wanted to go to a quaint street called Acorn Street, but we also knew we couldn’t get to everything in one trip. There’s always next time!
Now you can check out the vlog I posted up for footage from the trip!
Hope you enjoyed traveling with me through this post! I really like Boston, so I highly recommend you visit there sometime if you haven’t already!
(Dear Nat, I was going to get your address for a postcard way in advance, then realized while in Boston I never got it, so I was like, “Shoot.” Also, I didn’t see any postcards there… I will go somewhere way cooler someday and send you a postcard! I didn’t forget my promise!)