After arriving in Boston in the mid afternoon from Albany, Lloyd and I started walking around immediately after leaving the bus station with the intention of finding the room I booked. It was cold but it wasn’t as cold as it was in Albany even though Boston is further north. I think it might have had something to do with the fact the Boston is near a large body of water while Albany is inland. We were in no huge hurry so we spent a good amount of time walking around. One of the first things you’ll notice when walking around Boston is how clean the streets are.
When we were ready to check into the room, we walked to the subway station with the intention of trying to use rapid transit to get to where we needed to go. I’ve used enough public transit systems that I can typically figure them out fairly quickly and use them fairly efficiently. But it was going to get dark soon and Boston’s subway map is somewhat complex. We decided to take a Lyft to our room at the Oasis Guest House rather than arrive after dark because we spent too much time trying to figure out the transit system.
Dinner was at a quaint Thai restaurant about a block from the hotel called Pho Basil. I ordered their veggie pad thai since that’s what I was in the mood for. I’m easy to please when it comes to food. The dish wasn’t bad. It had a nice presentation, but I’d be lying if I said it was the best pad thai I’ve ever had. I would go back to that place again, but there have been better Thai restaurants that I’ve been to.
Later in the evening, we went out to a couple of bars in the area. I always tell myself that I am past the point where I pay a cover charge to get into a bar. But that night, for some reason, I did. I guess I rationalized it in my own mind by reminding myself that I don’t really go out to the bars in Hawaii. I usually only go out when I travel. The bars were okay. I had fun, but I’m glad those days are largely behind me.
We got a fairly early start the following morning because I don’t usually like to spend too much time in the room whenever I travel. We started out by walking to the Prudential Tower where we took an elevator to the Skywalk Observatory on the 50th floor. I’ve always loved the vantage points you get when looking out from such a high observation deck. The view of downtown is great from up there, though I think the view would have been better had a green modern building not been built right in the middle.
On our way back to the room from the observatory, we stopped at the Tesla Store. I don’t have any immediate plans to buy a Tesla. Maybe one day though. For lunch, we went to what looked like a large burger stand call the Tasty Burger. I ordered their veggie burger with onion rings. Both tasted good but onion ‘strings’ would have been a more appropriate name.
In the late afternoon/early evening, we explored the city a bit more. This time we took the train. Of a particular note. I think the train we got one was the shortest train I’ve ever ridden on. I think it was only two cars long. It might as well have been a trolley.
One of the places we went to look at was the house used for the Real World Boston back in the late 1990’s. I don’t know if that show is even produced anymore. We walked afterwards back to the hotel rather than take the train. It was a long, brisk walk. Good exercise.
For dinner, we went to an Italian eatery at the Prudential Tower. The margherita pizza we ordered was somewhat similar to the pizza I had in Naples a few years ago. Though unlike the pizza in Naples, it was cut into slices.
I had to wake up for an early morning flight. I left Lloyd at the hotel since he still had several hours before check out time. All in all, I liked Boston. It was very clean. The weather was nice. And it felt very safe, even when walking around at night. If I ever did move there, or anywhere in the northeast, I think I would need to acclimate to the cold because it seems as though I used to tolerate it better . Lloyd is a nice person and a good friend. I hope he one day finds what he’s looking for.