Adventure #4.1 : from New York to Boston, Thursday 30th June 2016.
Waking up at 7am is quite hard. Last night the neighbours decided to have a little party and two other travelers of our Airbnb decided to get to know each other at a late hour… But we’re super excited to go to Boston so whatever!
Once our bags are packed, we leave definitively the Airbnb room to go to Boston. The Megabus stop is under the burning sun and the queue is endless… but we learn that those people are waiting for the 9:10am bus (it’s already 9:10am passed… let’s not mention punctuality…) so we go back to the top of the line and sit down in the shade to wait another hour for our bus.
Unsurprisingly, our bus leaves 40min late, but we really don’t care at all because we have reserved seats (not together but each on one side of the aisle), that there’s free wi-fi and outlets that work, that the weather is beautiful and everything seems (and is) okay in this bus.
It’s the time for us to deal with some business we couldn’t deal with before for lack of wi-fi or because we were too tired, we send important mails, check how are people and things, a friend (hi Pierre :*) introduces us to people in cities we still don’t have accommodations in, and finally I can work a bit. Actually, Simone and I probably annoy everybody around us by saying stupid things and laughing like kids every 5 minutes as usual…!!
We arrive a good hour late because of the time we left at, but also because there was some traffic to get out of New York!
In Boston the weather is beautiful and warm, and the hostel in only 10min away from the station. We go through Chinatown : the neighbourhood is really nice, everybody is outside, old people are playing card or whatever else game, kids are crying and chasing each others… This really feels like holidays for us !!
We do the check-in immediately when we get to HI Boston, room 302, bunkbeds 1 & 2. The hostel is amazing, with a huge lobby with lots of seats and a big screen, cheap pastries including a vegan banana muffin, a laundry room, a big kitchen with free breakfast, a pool table, TVs, computers, wi-fi, etc. The room is nice, we’re at the « red » level, which goes perfectly with Simone’s backpack, and we really wonder why we booked 2 beds when we know perfectly well we’re going to sleep is the same one… For now the room is empty, and there are several individual but shared bathrooms on our side of the floor, really big and well-equipped.
As always, we are starving, so we go for lunch (even though it’s 4:30pm) in a thai vegan restaurant we crossed on our way to the hostel : My Thai Vegan Cafe. It’s not unlike Simone’s favorite restaurant in Paris : you can have dishes with « vegan-chicken », « vegan-beef », « vegan-shrimp », etc. It is of course totally vegan and delicious!!
Once done, it’s time to walk around the city of Boston, a new contrast from what we have seen so far. The city is very nice, and shared equally by high glass towers and low old stone or brick buildings. It’s quite impressive and reminds me a little of Brisbane in Australia (as New York made me think of Sidney).
Culture is obviously very important in this (touristic) city : there’s a « literary » part, celtic origins are shown with pride, and the historical paths telling the story of Boston are showed by signs.
There is also a « Little Italy« , which was sometimes really fun for Simone, especially with this kind of street name :
Our walk is a big one and goes to the pier, Christopher Colombus Park and then goes back up to Faneuil Hall Market Place where there are lots of shops and restaurants, as well as table to play chess or paint for free under the sun!
After some relaxation time back at the hostel, Simone leaves to explore and find us something to cook for diner, while I’m resting some more. But he cannot find anything so when he returns we go to the shared space (near the pool table) so I can work and Simone can relax and do stuff. Just before we go to bed we have a look at what we’re going to do tomorrow : Simone found us a free outside yoga class in the morning, and we decide to go see Harvard in the afternoon.