Boston Weekend!

Since we have impending storms for the day and I’m sick again, I’m wasting one of my last two day off stretches being lazy and not traveling! Womp womp. Feeling a little guilty about that, but I have about 0 motivation (I am still going to make myself go to the gym right after this, though).

Back to a quick weekend of my girls’ weekend! I must say, it really was fantastic to have my friends in Boston with me! I got off work at 9 on Friday night and went to pick them up at the airport. We came back to Plymouth and spent the night where I live. We stayed up talking about the high school reunion and telling stories and it was totally a fun little sleepover.

We got up early on Saturday and drove around Plymouth a bit (they loved it here) before heading to Boston! We checked into our hotel and then ended up driving back down to the train station. We got into Boston around 1pm and went straight for the Public Garden and Boston Commons (the oldest park in the US). This is by far one of my favorite areas in Boston (followed by the Charles River). It is just beautiful!

Boston Commons & Public Garden

Boston Commons & Public Garden

We spent quite a bit of time in the parks and I think I could have sat down and spent an entire afternoon there. I’m secretly hoping for a gorgeous fall day before I leave so that I can head back to Boston and just sit at the park for an entire afternoon. I am going to miss Boston a ton when I leave!

Parish Cafe

After exploring for a bit, we settled on Parish Cafe  for lunch since somebody had recommended it to Kass! Hands down, the best food I’ve had since I’ve been in New England (we all know I’m not a big fan of the food here though)! I had some turkey and brie sandwich with a cranberry sauce. It was heavenly. I wish it was more convenient to me because I would eat there again every day if I could! This even beat The Skinny Pancake from Vermont!

Declaration of Independence

We spent the majority of our afternoon walking along the Freedom Trail. You can download an app on your phone and then you follow a brick path that takes you by historical landmarks! This building was where the Declaration of Independence was first read and also the site of the Boston Massacre. One of the things I love about Boston is the historical aspect mixed in with new buildings (see the tall building peeking out overhead?). Atlanta doesn’t have much history because of the fire and I really think it’s just so awesome being surrounded by some of the most historical stuff in the US, as well as insanely tall glass buildings!

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We went in search of famous cannolis for quite awhile! The whole North End is basically Little Italy, but it was insanely crowded there! So much that I didn’t enjoy it at all! We stood in line for about 20-30 minutes to get our cannolis from Mike’s Pastry and then sat by the water to enjoy them. Unfortunately, I found that I’m not a huge cannoli person, but they did have a really awesome amaretto one. I would recommend trying it if you’re in the area. We asked a guy to take the photo above of us and were so happy a good one came out! It’s the only good one we have of the entire weekend! (By the way, left to right is me, Gina, Kassie.)

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Our night ended at the Harpoon Brewery, where we enjoyed plenty of beer! Well, I enjoyed one big one and two little ones since I had to drive home later that night! I was pleased to see that it was not nearly as busy late at night as when Jon and I went last time! We were close to the last to leave there and then headed back to our hotel room for the night!

Sunday morning we ended up wandering around Cambridge since it was also recommended to Kassie. I don’t think we found the right area, but we did enjoy a nice little breakfast and then crossed the Charles River. Unfortunately, it was really humid out and kind of miserable in the morning! Once we crossed the river, we ended up going in and out of shops for awhile to cool off! Kassie’s goal for the day was to find Chinatown, which we eventually made it to!

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Bubble tea was huge in China (Kass and Gina lived in China for 4 months teaching English, and Laura and I went for a 2.5 week visit a few years back while they were there!) so they were so excited to see an authentic bubble tea place! I got a coconut one that was seriously delicious! I have no idea what it was called (probably a Chinese symbol since everything was in Chinese), but I’d definitely go back! (Also, I skip the bubbles because they’re disgusting.)

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We ended up walking around the shopping streets in Boston and going to look at random articles of clothing. I bought a really plain sweater from H&M and then talked myself out of spending any money on clothes! We went to UNO for dinner and enjoyed some air conditioning since we weren’t sure when the rain was supposed to start! They had awesome pizza and a really awesome salad with goat cheese and walnuts! I’m not a big salad person but I loved it (and later got it in Providence too).

After dinner, we decided to head to the Top of the Hub so they could enjoy some scenery from above the city. They enjoyed drinks and I enjoyed an espresso creme brûlée! So good!

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 Kass really wanted to go out for drinks afterwards and get a taste of the Boston nightlife! I was so ready for bed, and on our walk to the train station we got poured on! So we called it a night and headed back to the hotel, where we all crashed before having to wake up at 5:45 to take Kass and Gina back to the airport after way too short of a weekend!

Boston Day! Top of the Hub and Duck Boat Tours!

Yesterday was another awesome day with Jessica (and Christina, for the first half of our day!). I barely managed to drag myself out of bed at 11am, after receiving a call from my scheduler at work at 8:30 in the morning after not getting off until 11:30 the night before. Makes no sense, just like everything else at this job. I won’t even get into our conversation, but I will just say that I am so thankful for what an awesome scheduler we have at my home hospital.

Jess and I headed out to pick up Christina and take the T into Boston just after noon. We decided our first stop would be the Skywalk  at the Prudential Tower! I have been dying to do this as I absolutely love the Sun Dial in Atlanta! We got there and the Skywalk was closed, so we opted for the Top of the Hub, which is the restaurant at the top of the Prudential Tower. We decided to get a table and enjoy a drink, which ended up being a mistake because Jess and I were so tired the rest of the day! What old women.

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Too bad the reflection shows up in the sky! Ah well! Absolutely love this city! I think Jess and I talked about that a million times yesterday! I am so incredibly grateful to be living in this amazing area for 13 weeks! Even with the lack of real Mexican food and sushi, I still love it. Cities with water are my absolute favorite!

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Christina, Jess, and me! (Got that shift for $5 at Charlotte Russe the other day- hollaaaaa- love a good deal). We enjoyed some Kobe beef sliders and decided to be on our merry way! At the bottom of the Prudential Tower is a Cheesecake Factory so we decided to enjoy some cheesecake outside on such a beautiful day!

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We were pretty psyched to walk outside and see that fountain to sit by! After our cheesecake, Jess and I fell asleep for a few minutes sitting outside. It was so nice outside! Christina headed off to meet up with her boyfriend and Jessica and I decided to do a Duck Boat tour!

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These boats drive on land and go in water! I’ve seen them all over the place and have been wanting to do them so we were actually pretty excited about it! Sadly, our guide was extremely difficult to understand because he mumbled a lot, so I really have no idea what he was telling us about Boston. It was nice to sit down and enjoy the ride though. We definitely saw some areas that we want to go to next time we make it to Boston. Hopefully next time we wake up earlier and get a nice, early start on our day. Oops.

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I really love being on the Charles River! I loved our Charles River tour when Rachel and I did it and this was awesome too! The sun was setting and I wish we could have just stayed out on the water the entire time! How can somebody not love this city?!

Our tour ended and then Jess and I headed back to Plymouth! We had to eat at Burger King on the way back (I don’t even know the last time I had fast food- Jon and I didn’t even get it on our entire road trip that we took a few weeks ago). It was disgusting and we waited forever, but we found that nothing is open at 10pm aside from bars, and neither of us wanted to spend a long time eating.

I’m just getting ready now to go to work! I work today, tomorrow, and Monday. Tomorrow will be my first 12 hour shift at this hospital and I’m dreading it a bit, but at least I didn’t have to add an extra day at work to hit my 40 hour mark for this week! I definitely needed my day off yesterday and it was so nice to have a day off where I got to spend time with people! My excitement for travel nursing has been renewed a bit! I just have to have the time to go exploring or else I get too down with how much this job sucks! Jessica and I have been talking about our travels after this assignment (we’re going to NYC right after this assignment ends for a few days!) and I am super excited to start seeing some more new places! There really is just nothing more amazing than seeing new places! I still absolutely love that my career (/temporary career- until I go back to grad school) allows me to do this and I also am glad that I fully take advantage of this opportunity and am constantly exploring on my days off!

(Sometimes I need to talk about how grateful I am for doing this so when my job sucks and I’m near tears at the end of a day because of how rude the doctors are here, I have something positive to look back on and remember why I’m doing this.)