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North America » United States » Massachusetts » Boston March 1st 2013

It is 2 months & 2 weeks on the spot till the boarding oF Aer Lingus is to commence. The travel will take us from Boston to Dublin, and finally to Venice. The plan is for 2 days in Venice, 2 days in Florence and last but not least 4 days in Rome. The tickets are booked with Aer Lingus (all be it, I have never flown this airlines before), and the hotels are squared away. Although it is really 2 B&B's (Venice and Florence), 1 hotel in Rome, all at a fairly decent price I must add. The plan is to do all sightseeing by foot and follow are intution. Planning to do 1 tour ... read more

North America » United States » Massachusetts » Boston » Back Bay December 30th 2012

Departed Washington DC for Boston, an 8 hour train journey via NY. The Manhattan skyline was different when seen from the train although it was not possible to photograph as it was raining and the windows on the train were fogged up. The scenery was beautiful towards the latter part of the journey as we followed the coast through the state of Rhode Island which is the smallest in the US. We have now traversed 20 states in our "road trip" across the USA and when we tell Americans they are astounded as most of them have not visited that many states, and they live here. Very cold and snowy in Boston and we been shopping for warm clothes (watch for a preview in future blogs). I have to say that I won't be sorry if ... read more
The Boston Public Library
Boston Library
Trinity Church

North America » United States » Massachusetts » Boston November 6th 2012

Español / Català Over all these years I’ve been in several prisons. Also in some of the most prestigious western universities: the Sorbonne, Cambridge, Berkeley. I must clarify that I have never overnight in any of them ... nor in any of the first. Once, visiting family in Boston I was even in Harvard. Walking the long and snowy Massachusetts Avenue, a pleasant walk if the weather is fairly sunny, Somerville is reached through the old cemetery, a succession of dark slate tombstones contrasting with the brightness of the white snowed ground where squirrels roam dragging their feet among the tombs in search of something to eat. Somerville is a line of wooden single-family houses particularly beau... read more
Charles River
Old Milestone, Cambridge
Paul Revere Mall

North America » United States » Massachusetts » Boston October 17th 2012

Good morning Boston! We decided it would be much easier to take the T to get to our first tour at Sam Adams. Well, that meant an earlier morning than most because of the walk to the station then switching trains. Go to my friends blog to see some pictures of the T. Samuel Adams, Boston Beer Company, Boston, Massachusetts This was one of the tours I was excited to take. And what better time to start than first thing at 10 A.M. We waited for the tour in a room with pictures and factoids about the brewery and brewer, Jim Koch. While the tour is free, they did ask for at least $2 which goes towards a Boston area charity. Surprisingly, the place was pretty small. It turns out that most of their production ... read more
Bell In Hand Tavern
Harpoon Gate
Lower Depths

North America » United States » Massachusetts » Boston October 9th 2012

The Flight Logan is sooooo much better to park at and fly from than JFK. Easy Peasy. However, the Logan TSA Agents need some lessons from Miss Manners! Surly is the word. All of them. So many confused and non-English speaking people going through security, and they were unbelievably rude and impatient. Just really unnecessary, and an embarrassment as a citizen of the U.S. The flight was good, we met a fellow named Colin, from London (or thereabouts) and he and Tom spent a good portion of the flight discussing travel, politics, the Church, politics, history and, politics. Well, at least that is what it sounded like to me. Arrived at Heathrow on time and with not much room to spare, hurried our way through the terminal to our next flight. Found out that we needed ... read more

North America » United States » Massachusetts » Boston October 7th 2012

The place I have been staying at is called a co-housing unit. The people who live there are acommunity's who help each other and maintain the premises as much as they can without outside help. They each donate four hours a week to do something around the place, I.e. gardening, cleaning etc. There is a committee who organise things and there are communal areas where you can do yoga or work out at the gym they have. They also have guest roomswhere's guests can stay for a small fee. They are very supportive of each other and do not have any rules about who can live there. It had a really good feel, the people were friendly and everyone looked out for each other. The guy I stayed with was a community artist and worked with ... read more

North America » United States » Massachusetts » Boston October 3rd 2012

Have arrived in Boston, after a three house journey by bus from Brattleboro. I eventually got the hang of the T (subway) and found my way to the new accommodation. Another lady called Eileen from Co. Cork I. Eire is also staying here. We ventured out in the evening and found an excellent Thai restaurant. The following day I took a trip out to Spectacle island, so called because there are two small islands joined in the middle which resemble a pair of specs. The space between the islands has been built up over a period of time. I took a walk around the island which takes about an hour,it was a nice way to see some of the islands and the harbour. I imagine it would be really nice to picnic there in the summer. ... read more

North America » United States » Massachusetts » Boston September 14th 2012

We're back from another baseball in Boston adventure, and we had a great time... we made a point of seeking out places we've never before and it was nice to see some other parts of the city. Left Thursday morning in beautiful sunny weather. Stopped for coffee, gas, lunch (Whole Foods... mmmm smoothie), etc in Portland and that was pretty much all the stopping we did. Got to our hotel in Boston (same one as always - Holiday Inn Somerville) around 4:00. Rested a bit and played on our devices, and then wandered off to find some food. We walked from our hotel down to Union Square and found a thai place (Sweet Ginger). Food was fine. I've never been to Thailand, so I have no idea if it was even remotely authentic, but it tasted ... read more
duck boat in the water
duck boat reflection
trinity church

North America » United States » Massachusetts » Boston September 2nd 2012

Finally I could really sleep in. I didn’t have to be up early to catch a plane, train or bus, and I didn’t even have to check out. As a result, I left the hotel at about 12 to embark upon the so-called “Freedom Trail”. The trail is a series of historical buildings and places in Boston, mostly related to the American Revolution. They have mapped out a path between these locations and it was this that I planned to follow. First thing was to get something to eat. As it is a weekend and I seem to be staying in the financial district, there wasn’t much open near the hotel. So I walked towards the beginning of the trail and eventually found a small food court. I picked up a chicken sandwich and went over ... read more
My hotel
Boston Common
The New State House

North America » United States » Massachusetts » Boston August 23rd 2012

Sitting against the wall near the airport gate as I charge both my computer and iPhone, I realize that I never took the time to really sit and think. Am I ready? Having the 2 hours of just waiting in anticipation for someone to state that our flight to Munich, Germany is starting to board, it still hasn't hit me that I'm leaving. I'm leaving the US for a second time, to learn more about three developing countries and more. I have at least 10lbs in protein and granola bars, so does that mean that I'm ready? I just finished my second semester abroad application to go to Ghana for 4 months, so does that mean that I'm ready? I filled out my absentee ballot online form so that I can vote for the 2012 elections ... read more

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