Boston: A Love Story

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A Note on Work Travel

Anyone who travels for work knows that it's not as glamorous as it looks. Even if the conference boasts an exciting location like New York or San Francisco, you typically spend your days seeing nothing but the inside of the hotel before you're heading back home.

While that's mostly true for me, this past week I had the opportunity to travel to the Boston area and the flights worked out that I actually had an evening and half a day free to explore! Having been to Philadelphia and New York (a few times), Boston was next on my list of east coast cities to visit.  

 Outside Boston City Hall 

Outside Boston City Hall 

Historic Fenway Park

With less than 24 hours to spend in the city, I hit the ground running and headed to Fenway Park to catch a Red Sox game. We actually managed to get seats 10 rows up from the third base line! I honestly can't remember the last time I went to an MLB game, and visiting one the few original ball parks was an incredible experience. The energy there was amazing, and if you're ever in Boston I highly recommend going to a game. 

Harvard

The next morning I had about 6 hours to myself before I had to get back to the airport. On another recent trip to Palo Alto, I had the opportunity to walk around the impressive Stanford campus, and bought myself a T-shirt as kind of a joke souvenir. Since Harvard is near Boston in Cambridge, I couldn't pass up the chance to check it out and add to my (new) college T-shirt collection. 

 The Curious George Shop at Harvard Square

The Curious George Shop at Harvard Square

I took the train to Harvard Square and spent the morning exploring the campus. The school year was just starting and there were so many students around, it actually made me want to go back to school. Mainly because I miss back to school shopping, but still! 

First on my list while there was a stop at Mike's Pastry for the most indulgent cannoli I've ever had. No pictures, because....I ate it too fast, oops :/

Faneuil Hall

Next up was a visit to the shop to grab my T-shirt, and I spent the rest of the morning just wandering around the campus in the sunshine. I managed to walk around long enough for the cannoli's effects to wear off and I was actually hungry again. So I hopped back on the train and headed to Faneuil Hall, a marketplace that's been around since 1743 and is one of the prominent stops along the Freedom Trail. 

 North Market at Faneuil Hall 

North Market at Faneuil Hall 

North End

By this point, I'd worked up an appetite again and while I was surrounded by restaurants, the only thing on my mind was Regina Pizzeria. Regina is located in the North End which we easily my favourite neighbourhood to walk around. It's the oldest residential neighbourhood in Boston, and even though it's small there are so many little restaurants and bakeries! 

Regina Pizzeria

Finally, I came upon Regina and the lineup was long! The nice thing about travelling along however, is that you can typically skip the line to eat at the bar. At Regina, they actually had a tiny little table for one just beside the bar so I was seated right away, and immediately ate an entire pizza to myself. IT. WAS. AMAZING

 Regina Pizza. The stuff of dreams. 

Regina Pizza. The stuff of dreams. 

I didn't like Boston. I LOVED it. My time there was short, but long enough to know that I will be back someday.