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North America » United States » Massachusetts » Scituate February 2nd 2014

Jan 9th, left somewhat sunny but warm ( average 58- 64 degrees F) for my home, Boston. The main reason for going home was to surpise my wonderful, amazing and beautiful niece, Brooke for her 18th Birthday. I am also honored to be Brooke's godmother so I wanted to make sure I was there for one of her big birthdays- Welcome to being an Adult Brooke. I was in Boston from Jan 9- 25th, unfortunately just like most trips home didn't have much R and R time it was mixed with having to log in or travel into Boston to work in our US office :( ... The first week home, the weather was actually warm for New England in Jan - ( 30 to 40 degrees F).. Was nice being able to spend time with ... read more
Main Street
Main Street
Birthday Girl

North America » United States » Massachusetts » Boston » Back Bay December 31st 2013

New Year’s Eve traditionally involves going to parties, most with lots of alcohol. In 1975, a group of Boston artists decided the holiday deserved something better than repetitive pop music, bad drinks, and a televised ball drop. They founded First Night, a huge arts festival with performances and installations around the city and not a bar in sight. It became a huge success and spread to cities across the country. In 2008, the deep recession hit the non-profit that runs First Night hard. Last June, they finally ran out of funds for good and closed, leaving a huge hole in the city’s cultural fabric. Unwilling to let one of the region’s signature events disappear, the city of Boston took over organizing duties. Unlike the previous group, who tended to emphasize high-brow performance groups and family friendly ... read more
Handel and Hayden youth chorus

North America » United States » Massachusetts December 14th 2013

I am back! I put the blog aside for a bit there because I was back home, which is not to say I wasn't having adventures, but just that it's been more about internal journeys than external ones. For those of you who are close to me, you know that the past year has brought tremendous changes to my life. And for those who may not know me that well, I can tell you that 2013 has not been the easiest year of my life. Yet I embraced every challenge, overcame each obstacle, tackled the emotions, and walked away from the uncontrollable. The result of this has been a personal transformation- in the way I view myself and the world around me. In the words of Avicii, "all this time I was finding myself, and I ... read more

North America » United States » Massachusetts » Boston October 31st 2013

Monday 28th October Boston, South End Sunny 14'C This morning we woke up in Salem to another beautiful day. Our last task of the roadie ahead - just needing to drop off the RV at the Camping World RV depot. It only took us about half an hour to get there after refueling and emptying out the unmentionables at the West Essex Treatment plant in Salem - for free. Had a funny surprise when we walked into the office at the depot - Jimmy, who had checked us out from the NY office 10 days ago, was there helping out! In no time our vehicle was all handed back with no hassles; only an additional $175 for an extra 400 kms driven over our quota. The depot paid for a shuttle into Boston instead of to ... read more
The original Cheers bar
About to become a member of the Boston Tea Party
Get your ducks in a row!

North America » United States » Massachusetts October 26th 2013

Friday 25thOctober Fine, sunny and cool – 11c Newport, RI – Eastham, Cape Cod, MA 177 miles traveled Wow, another blue sky and bright sunshine - we are getting such great weather - so lucky! We left the RV Park about 9.30am and drove the short distance into Newport township. We retraced our steps of a couple of weeks ago when we were here on the Crystal Symphony. The day was just as glorious and perfect to show off the “summer cottages” along Bellevue Avenue. This time after a quick drive along the famous avenue, we decide to park up and wander the Cliff Walk. Unfortunately just half a mile into it we are met by a closure as there are construction workers making some repairs. We did manage to see the Breakers mansion from the ... read more
Buzzard Bay rail bridge
Cape Cod National Seashore
Chatham lighthouse


North America » United States » Massachusetts October 22nd 2013

2 months went by a lot quicker than I realized! Sorry for the absence, I know I left you all hanging there. But I'm sure most of you know by now that I am back home in the US (and have been for about 9 weeks). Let me rewind just a tad and get you up to speed.... I spent a rainy week in Amsterdam before catching a flight back to Iceland. What was supposed to be a 5 day stopover in this little country on the Mid-Atlantic Ridge was cut short when Iceland Air forgot to tag my bag in Amsterdam, meaning I arrived in Reykjavik sans luggage. Smartly, I carry all my valuables- wallet, passport, camera, ipod- in my carry-on. Unwisely, I did not also think to pack a change of clothes, my contacts, ... read more

North America » United States » Massachusetts » Cape Cod October 19th 2013

Luckily one of my home exchange partners has a house Brewster, Cape Cod and very kindly said yes to my request to stay here for a couple of days here we are in a beautiful condo in a village setting on an ocean golf resort. With only 2 days to explore we will give golf lessons a miss and we set off to drive up the coast to Provincetown making numerous stops along the way at beaches and lighthouses. Just what we imagined it to be like - sunshine on sparkling sea...long sandy beaches with waves of sand dunes and to top it all seals frolicking in the waves a few yards away. Along the tree-lined highway we drove oohing and aahing at the cute little ( and some BIG) shingle and clapboard houses with ... read more
Provincetown (10)
Provincetown (17)
Duck Harbour (2)

North America » United States » Massachusetts » Boston October 17th 2013

We finally met up with Anna in the evening and decided to go for Italian food. She said that even if you make a reservation in a Boston restaurant you should be prepared to wait as much as an hour past that time to be seated. She had selected a restaurant in the little Italy neighborhood in the North End, not far from Revere's house and the North Church. That meant walking another two miles or so to dinner, and then two more miles back to Boston Common. I'm going to say it was probably eight miles total for the day. -------------- On Sunday, Anna got a car from ZipCar, a subscription-based car-borrowing website. You just look on the internet for a car's location, reserve it, and then when you want it -- for an hour ... read more
The Minuteman memorial

North America » United States » Massachusetts » Boston October 15th 2013

Monday:We may not have seen a brown bear in the White Mountains, but when we left our apartment it was clear that 'daddy bear' had visited in the night - the rather large communal trash bin (aka dumpster) had been emptied onto the car park. Today's objective was to potter down to Manchester and the first stop was Center Harbor - this ticked two boxes, firstly, a coffee stop and secondly, the chance for us to view Lake Winnipesaukee on a bright sunny day. Next came the the highlight of the day - a Shaker Village. It's rare that my gnat-like concentration span will cope with a 90 minutes 'narrative' tour - it did this time!! I'm now ready for the quiz question 'Why are Shakers so-called?'. After the tour we looked around other buildings on ... read more

North America » United States » Massachusetts October 15th 2013

Mark did the advance work for our trip and found a great bed and breakfast just a block off Massachusetts Avenue, and about three blocks from the closest subway stop. Fare on the subway is relatively cheap -- $2.50 a ride, Or you can buy a multi-day pass for $11.00. Just use your debit or credit card in the automated ticket machine and you're off and running. I struck up conversation with a woman who had left her companions to look at the subway map. Turns out she and her friends are all history teachers from Denmark, and she was a teacher at the school our second exchange student attended. Small world! Like us, the boarded the Green Line train to Boston Common. The Massachusetts State House, with its impressive gold dome, looks over the sprawling ... read more

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