A couple weeks ago I had a few days off & planned a visit to see my cousin, Jennifer, in Boston. Jennifer is my younger cousin & she’s someone I look up to – which is funny because she might be one of the few people in the world who’s actually shorter than me. Ha!
Anyway, this young lady is the first person in our entire family to ever move to the East Coast. What took a California girl across the county, you ask? Oh, only grad school…at Harvard! How awesome is that? I know…I’m so proud of her.
Jennifer and I have a special bond. We come from a very large family. After almost ten years of not seeing each other, we reconnected when I moved to Philadelphia. I had a Boston layover & she gave me a tour of Harvard’s beautiful campus.
During that first visit, we had a wonderful conversation about where life has brought us & all that we’ve been up to. It was so great to hear (and to witness first-hand) how intelligent & incredible this young woman is. I couldn’t wait to get back and see her.
On my last Boston layover, a few months ago, we met up for a late dinner & enjoyed another stimulating conversation. Again, I was left looking forward to more visits with her.
It’s almost mid-night when I arrive in Boston. I’ve been flying all day. Jennifer is picking me up from the airport, even though she has to work in the morning. She’s so sweet.
When she pulls up, I meet her passenger, friend & temporary roommate, Clayton. Clayton is from California, as well. They attended the same high school. He’s visiting & exploring the east coast to see if it would be a good fit for him.
It’s such a nice drive through the city, as we make our way to Cambridge (the area where Jennifer lives). The neighborhood is adorable. Each house is unique and looks nothing like the others. They’re all different colors and sizes, they each have different a style gate or fence…some have larger yards…you get the picture. I love areas like this. I’ve never been a big fan of track homes.
I get the grand tour of the house. It’s so cute! I adore the hardwood floors, the fun interior design, and the fact that there’s lots of space.
Since it’s late, we all head to bed. I sleep in ’til noon…I guess I didn’t realize how tired I was. Since Jen had to go to work, Clayton and I are gonna hang out today. After a delicious brunch of eggs, veggies, and gluten-free waffles topped with fresh strawberries & homemade whipped cream, I get ready & we head out.
Our plan is to hit the Freedom Trail & take in all the historic sites. We hop on The T (train) and start our exploration day. It’s a little chilly out & despite the guiding red line in the road, we keep getting lost. We stop for tea & continue our attempt at staying on the trail….
The Freedom Trail is marked with either red paint or bricks like in the photo above. This red line is what guides you to all the historic sites.
The park where the Boston Common Visitor Information Center is located.
After a while, we make it to the famous Faneuil Hall.
We look around for a bit, then we notice the iconic Cheers Bar up ahead. Of course we have to stop in for a drink. There aren’t many open seats around the bar, so we walk around. I take the first open seat I see, and when I look down, I notice that I snagged the best seat in the house…!
After drinks, we’ve come to the conclusion that it’s too late to enjoy what the Freedom Trail has to offer; most of the facilities are closing for the day. So, we head back to meet up with Jennifer, grab some dinner & to get ready for the Grouch & Eligh Tortoise and The Crow show. (More on that in my next post).
We have a hearty homemade dinner at the house. Dinner is accompanied by a delicious Irish whiskey that my thoughtful cousin picked up for us. A little pre-partying is always a good idea…
We have a blast at the show. We dance the night away & get some fun pictures. Then, we make sure to get home responsibly and call Über for a ride.
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The next day is another late start for me. Jen’s at work, Clayton is working from home & I’m just enjoying the down time. My original plan was to leave tonight, but I’ve decided to stay another night.
Clayton and I take a nice walk to have a late lunch at a near-by cafe. He’s gonna finish some work and I’ll attempt to work on the blog. It’s nice to get out on a weekday, & watch all the hustle and bustle in the city.
We meet up with Jennifer in the evening and plan our night. We’re going to the North End for dinner and drinks. We take a little detour to see the beautiful Boston Public Library. This place is immaculate! I’m glad we stopped by.
Our next detour takes us to the mall, where we stock up on goodies from Sephora. Then we’re off to dinner. We have a fun, casual dinner and after the big night we had at the show, we’re all pooped. We head back to the house to get a good night’s sleep…then, I’m of to Philly in the morning.
Another great trip to Boston for the books!
Stay tuned for my next post where I’ll share a little more about the show we attended…