Shopping in the Square

Dear Reader, Shopping during the pandemic has its challenges. When the lockdowns began in Massachusetts in March, we all turned to the internet for our needs and received our purchases through brown cardboard boxes in the mail. Amazon deliveries were so frequent to my apartment building that the storage lockers (where we sometimes receive packages)... Continue Reading →

There and Back

Dear Reader, One of the most convenient things I have found about moving to Boston is just how connected the city is to other parts of the U.S. and the world. For example, the Boston Logan International Airport offers non-stop flights to over 50 international destinations, even including a 15-hour voyage to Hong Kong and... Continue Reading →

In Four Years’ Time

Dear Reader, Cities can seem like impossible places to understand and navigate when they are completely unfamiliar to you. That is how I felt about Boston four years ago. At that time, anywhere outside of my bubble felt like exploration into unknown territory, especially locations beyond the city limits. During that time, some friends and... Continue Reading →

Day Tripping

Dear Reader, What is there to do in New Hampshire anyway? Although New Hampshire lies less than an hour north of Boston (where I live), aside from hiking and camping in the White Mountains, until recently, I did not find the state so alluring. In fact, it seems that Massachusetts draws people from New Hampshire... Continue Reading →

Next Stop Gloucester

Dear Reader, One of the things that I love about New England is that there are so many interesting towns and cities in close proximity to one another. This week, with the aid of a rental car, I had the opportunity to visit a small number of destinations within a two-hour driving distance of Boston.... Continue Reading →

Some Serious Sand Construction

Dear Reader, Can you believe that summer is already drawing to a close? To me, 2020, has felt simultaneously like the longest and shortest year of my life. Also, curiously, I feel like I have way fewer memories of this year. Before the pandemic, I was out and about 7 days of the week, securing... Continue Reading →

Quincy Quarries

Dear Reader, If you are venturing out to Boston and are searching for things to do, you will most certainly find the Freedom Trail and Faneuil Hall Marketplace high on any recommendation list. As a local, this past year, I have been expanding my personal horizons and traveling to — let’s call them — “B-list” tourist attractions.... Continue Reading →

Hidden Trails

Dear Reader, Clunky concrete buildings are so run of the mill in parts of Boston that it can be hard to see the beauty in the tedious industrialization. The Alewife bus and subway station is one such structure that blends right into the highway and office buildings surrounding it. At a glance, the Alewife station... Continue Reading →

All’s Bad that Ends Badly

Dear Reader, Sometimes leaving is the worst part. Does anyone else get the last-day-of-vacation blues (more here). I surely do. After a lovey few days in Newport, Rhode Island, I had a rough time returning home. As this trip is my only experience with the city, I associate Newport in my mind with sunny days... Continue Reading →

City by the Sea

Dear Reader, Have you ever visited the City by the Sea? According to Wikipedia, this is a nickname for Newport, Rhode Island. Over the weekend, I had the pleasure of visiting this small city and I had some interesting takeaways from my experience. Before I share my observations and impressions, it is important to note... Continue Reading →

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