"wherever you go becomes a part of you somehow..." - Anita Desai
With everyone staying inside and multiple trips canceled, I wanted to reflect a little on one of the trips I took in 2019.
In spring of 2019, I got to check off two cities from my travel bucket list. If you have been following my journey via instagram or the YouTube channel, you are aware I spent two years living in a home affectionally called the House of Chaos. Two of us lived there the entire time, but there were others who revolved out. One of those roommates was Sam who moved out to obtain her Master's Degree closer to home after about 9 months of living there. Since she was one of the original 4 and was sort of the mom, a piece of our hearts followed her to Massachusetts. So when she said she was going to be graduation in May 2019. we decided what a better location for a trip than Boston, MA.
I had been in love with Salem, MA forever (where she currently resided) and Boston is such a historical city, my little nerd heart always wanted to take a trip. Four of us planned our trip together, which included anything historical and food related from my point. Two of our group (myself and Alissa) only were able to spend three days there, including the graduation day, so we were determined to pack AS MUCH as possible in the 72 hours we could.
So with our Google Doc, Google Maps, rental car and camera, we set out to fit in as much as possible before our flight back to Texas.
After getting into Boston Logan at 1am on May 19, Alex and KT came to pick us up (bless them) and once we reached our AirBNB in Quincy, MA, we stayed up until 3 am catching up and planning. I then proceeded to wake everyone up at 6am so we could be out of the AirBNB and in Boston by 7:30am. Were they happy? Probably not. Did we manage to have the best, jam-packed day? Absolutely.
We stayed in Quincy, MA at a shared AirBNB and I wish we would have spent more time there but for us, it was go go go. Thankfully, it was only about a 20 minute drive into Boston so by the time 8am rolled around, we had found a parking garage to park the car for the day close to our first destination:
I had a very short list of absolutes, and Tatte was on there. Besides being ascethically pleasing , I had only been hearing good things about it. So to fill up our stomachs and give us energy to tackle the rest of the day, breakfast was taken there. And it lives up to the hype.
After everyone had their coffee and food, it only made sense for us to continue to walk everywhere since 1) gas is expensive up north and 2) we had so much to see and did not want to waste precious time trying to find parking. The Old State House was right across the street from the location of Tatte Bakery we had eaten at so the museum was our next stop. From there, we filled our minds with history, our phones (and camera) with photos and our fitness trackers with steps as continued our walking tour of Boston.
Sunday was spent getting rained on at Sam's graduation and then driving KT back to Boston so she can catch a flight home for personal reasons, so our Salem day got cut short but thankfully Alex and Alissa agreed to head back early Monday morning so I could get some of my fill of it. We also celebrated Alex's birthday later at dinner, where we spent way too much money at a way too nice of a restaurant for us.
While I would have loved to spend more time in Salem on Monday, unfortunately time was not on our side and we had to rush back to Boston to see the last bits of the city before everything closed. The last bit of our trip ended eating a crab boil and reminiscing on the trip, as Tuesday saw Alissa and I flying out at 5 in the morning.
If you wanna see more of our adventures or just want to see some of Boston through my eyes, I've linked the two YouTube videos from there down below.
Here's to many more adventure,
"If it scares you, it might be a good thing..."