As I was going all the way to America on a birthday holiday I thought it made sense to try and see more than just one place. The flights were going to cost the same if I stayed for 7 days or 14 days and I considered that staying in New York for more than a week might have been a bit much. So I opted go to Boston, for no other reason than someone told me it’s a nice place and I could get there with the minimal amount of fuss.
I booked a train ticket to take me from Penn station, New York to Back Bay station, Boston. The train was clan and spacious, the cost was reasonable at about $70 and the views along the route were great. Much more enjoyable than my daily commute to the office.
Boston is expensive accommodation wise, probably due to the large amount of famous universities. So rather than book a hotel I managed to get a studio apartment in one of the Victorian Brown Stone buildings in the Back Bay part of Boston. Its a great area with stacks of character and charm. Having an apartment with a kitchen allowed me to eat better than what I had been back in New York.
My visit to Boston coincided with Halloween. I decided to take the train out to Salem, a place I’m sure everyone recognises as the location for the famous witch trials. I had read that a lot of people go there in fancy dress and that there would be plenty of things to do. Salem is a small quiet place and after walking around the town I decided to make a swift exit, due in part to the less than frequent return trains and the huge amounts of people still pouring in. I’m glad I’ve seen it but I won’t be rushing back.
One thing I did want to do whilst in Boston was go and see a basketball match. I managed to get a ticket to see the Boston Celtics play the Philadelphia 76’ers at the TD Garden, it was great fun and thankfully the Boston Celtics won, its a shame Larry Bird wasn’t playing though.
Boston is a lot less hectic than New York, there wasn’t quite as much in the way of tourist attractions but seeing as I just wanted to wander round and explore it wasn’t a problem. There are some nice buildings to look at and the free tour of Harvard was interesting. The harbor is nice and if you like eating you won’ t run out of restaurants to choose from.