It has been a while since I wrote my last post and so I would like to pick up on my experience in Boston. Like my last few trips I was limited to a weekend to explore a new place and learn as much as I can with the small amount of time I had. I believe this is possible in Boston where there is so many things to see. I remember asking a lady about Boston and she told me that “Boston is an interesting city,” which I found to be extremly true.
I went to Boston because I was always interested in seeing the city. There is so many cultural and pop references to Boston that I was curious to see what the city was like. There is a lot of history that I wanted to explore and I thought a trip to Boston would provide a better context of that culture and history from one of America’s great cities. This was my main motive to travel to Boston and I hope to share some of the highlights from this trip. Hope you all enjoy!
My first stop had to be Walden Pond near Concord, Massachusetts. I know! It’s not Boston, but it’s close to it. It was where Thoreau, someone who I have referenced in some of my previous blogs, came to find solitude and write his experience of living in the woods. However, it was much more than that and his purpose was to reawaken and transcend towards a natural and spiritual dimension that I thought was missing. I thought it would a perfect place to explore and to get a better background on Thoreau’s book, Walden. It was my own mini pilgrimage. The following is my experience at the pond.
I arrived at Walden during a chilly November morning. The sun was rising from the east and rose over the autumn trees whose leaves hung on arduosly in order for me to see them in all its wonder and glory. I was surprised to see the leaves still on the trees. The leaves were in hues of red and orange and was reflected precisely by the clear Walden Pond, which was like a gem. The light bounced through the pristine pond and sparkled like sapphire where it was deepest and emerald where it was shallow. It was as if I were looking through an iris. I felt as if I were looking deep into nature and consequently myself. The phrase by Thoreau “the earth’s eye, looking into which the beholder measures the depth of his own nature,”couldn’t be more true when referencing Walden Pond. I would have enjoyed staying at the Pond longer, but I was short in time and I had to make my way to Boston.
Boston is concentrated with tall skyscrapers looking over the harbor. Boston is a spectrum of different colors, which ranged from the warm red colors of the tall buildings against the cool colors of the sky and harbor. Boston was indeed chilly, but the warmth of the city provided us some life, which was seen from the buzz of the city. Boston is a time piece, which displays the past and present in front of the eyes. The jewels of the past are immersed with some of the modern inventions, which make it an historic city.
Boston has so many streets and avenues to explore that it is impossible to become bored. It is an enormous city and is filled with many specialty districts. There is the waterfront, the historic district, business district, Newbury Street (Shopping district), the theatre district. Additionally, there is a Little Italy and a China Town, which displays Boston’s diversity. This variety and diversity makes it difficult to see everything in such a short time, but it is enjoyable nonetheless. The following were three things that I loved about Boston…
Ahhh, Fenway is a gem in Boston. It is no wonder that Fenway park is one of the last two jewel park stadiums in existence. The other one is Wrigley field, which I hope to visit one day. I was able to get a tour, but because it was the offseason I wasn’t able to catch a game, which will be my excuse to come back to Boston. Fenway park is much more then a baseball stadium because of the history and culture that comes with it. It is referenced frequently, especially when making movies in Boston. For example, It is referenced in The Field of Dreams, Good Will Hunting, Fever Pitch, The Town, and Ted to name a few. Needless to say, there is a lot of history and stories to tell about Fenway Park and so it definitely was one of my favorite places in Boston. The tour itself was 17 dollars for adults (13 for students) and provides a lot of that historical and cultural context that I was trying to explain.
Harvard was one place I was excited to visit. It is an old college town with old buildings and older traditions. The Harvard name carries a lot of prestigious weight and grandeur that it was nice to finally see it all in person and see what it was all about. Overall, it was a quite campus, but perhaps that may have been because we went on a Sunday. I also missed my opportunity to eat at Mr. Bartley’s Burgers (referenced in The Social Network) for that same reason. It is suppose to have the best burgers in the country. Another excuse to visit Boston, again! I particularly enjoyed walking through Harvard Yard, which is surrounded by an old-Boston architecture (don’t know what the real architectural name for it is). I also walked by some of the old cobbled-brick churches and walked down the promenade, next to the Charles River as row boats made their way down the river passed the setting sun.
This is kind of a cheat, but I was hoping to reference the Freedom Trail, which is a great way to explore Boston in a short 2.6 mile walk that spans through most of Boston and provides a historical and cultural background to the city for avid know-it-alls and historians. It starts from Boston Common, a park that sits next to the Massachusetts State House, and ends up to the monument of Bunker Hill. In between, I was able to explore the Navy Yard, which illustrates the history of ship building and has a nice tour of the USS Constitution. Further south, I passed the Old Church and Paul Reveres Home. The roads were cobbled, which gave it an old feel. Further south, there was Fanueil Market, the Old State House, the Kings Chapel, and finally Boston Common. The park was particularly enjoyable because it is just a nice place to kick back and watch people having a good time against the facade of tall skyscrapers in the back.
I hope all those visiting Boston have a fun time. It is truly an enjoyable city!
Till next time!