Bus from NYC to Boston & discovery of the city
Taking the bus from NYC to Boston
Waking up at 7am was quite hard. The night before, our 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 were super excited to go to Boston, so whatever!
Once our bags were packed, we definitively left the Airbnb in Brooklyn to go to Boston.
Megabus from NYC to Boston
The Megabus stop was under the burning sun and the queue was endless… until we learnt that those people queing were waiting for the 9:10am bus (it was already 9:10am passed… let’s not mention punctuality…). We went back to the top of the line and sat down in the shade to wait another hour for our bus.
Unsurprisingly, our bus left 40min late, but we really didn’t care at all since we have reserved seats (not together but each on one side of the aisle), that there was free wi-fi and outlets that worked, the weather was beautiful and everything seemed (and was) okay in this bus.
We took this time to deal with some business we couldn’t deal with before for lack of wi-fi or because we were too tired. We sent important mails, checked how were people and things, a friend introduced us to people in cities we still didn’t have accommodations in, and finally I could work a bit.
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!
ARRIVING IN BOSTON
In Boston the weather was beautiful and warm, and the hostel was only 10 min away from the bus station. We went through Chinatown : the neighbourhood was really nice, everybody was out, old people were playing card or whatever else games, kids were crying and chasing each others… This really felt like holidays for us !!
HI BOSTON HOSTEL
We immediately checked-in when we got to HI Boston, room 302, bunkbeds 1 & 2. The hostel was 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 was nice, we were at the « red » level, which went perfectly with Simone’s backpack. When we arrived, our room was empty, and there were several individual but shared bathrooms on our side of the floor, really big and well-equipped.
EATING VEGAN AT MY THAI VEGAN CAFE
As always, we were starving, so we went for lunch (even though it was 4:30pm) in a thai vegan restaurant we crossed on our way to the hostel : My Thai Vegan Cafe. That place is 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!!
We took the time to walk around the city of Boston, a new contrast from what we had 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 reminded 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 took us all the way to the pier, Christopher Colombus Park and 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.