New England Vacay

At the end of September we spent a whirlwind week back east to attend the Hackett/Roy wedding affair, visit with friends in Boston and spend some quality time with family up in Maine. It went by WAY too fast, but we had a fantastic time catching up with everyone and getting to experience a little sliver of autumn in New England.

We took a red-eye on Wednesday night so that we could maximize time our one day in Boston. We landed and headed straight to Becky’s apartment in Cambridge to drop our bags- stopping for the obligatory Dunks along the way of course! Dave took a little nap while I headed back into the city to meet up with Anthony and Mike (a couple of my favorite former Husky Ambassadors) for an early lunch. It was so much fun to catch up and hear what they’d been up to the past year or so. We also did a good bit of reminiscing about the good old days in the VC and took a little stroll through the Public Garden.

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After we parted ways Dave and I spent a little time soaking up the Boston weather- which was perfect compared to the hellish So Cal weather of 104° we’d experienced the day prior. From there we hopped a bus to JP to see Mary and attempt to watch the returns come in from the Scottish vote for independence. We threw back a few beers with Mary, but unfortunately we were a little early for the returns. By the time we left the bar was filling up and Dave even got interviewed by a public access reporter! Who knows if his commentary made the cut, but it was fun to be involved!

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That night we met up with Becky and Zack at their apartment for a few beers and catching up before making our way to Aeronaut Brewing Co. in Cambridge. We had a great night indulging in tasty beers and food truck tacos. Noah also stopped by to hang out- diversifying the friends we were able to connect with throughout the day even further! Such a fun way to kick off our vacation.

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Friday we slept in and then caught an early afternoon train up to Newburyport, MA. Where we had a quick chance to greet the groom before checking in to our hotel and getting spruced up for the rehearsal dinner. The rehearsal was at a cool, very New England pub and the food and drink were both delicious! We had a super fun table filled with Glenwood Crew members and spent a few hours after the dinner party up in the hotel catching up with even more friends.

Saturday brought wedding day and some day-of “honorary wedding party” activities for Dave and some shopping for me…I needed to buy a coat, California has already turned me back into a giant wimp with weather! I had a good time shopping and getting ready with Amy and Jenn before my duties as wedding shuttle dictator commenced. It was actually incredibly easy to get everyone on the shuttle and over to the venue and we made it just in time for the simple, but thoughtful ceremony to begin.

The party following the ceremony was fantastic, with lawn games, a lobster dinner and free flowing beer, wine and specially crafted cocktails. We had premium seats at the head table with beautiful views of the harbor and great company. It was a wonderful wedding and we were so happy to be a part of it! #dalix

From MA we headed up north to Maine and were able to spend the next three days with Dave’s family. We celebrated Bo’s birthday with a retro themed party, got to take a spin on the boat in Casco Bay, meet Jack’s lovely new girlfriend Kate and of course enjoy many a delicious meal. It was the only time we also had to get in a little relaxation.

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Our trip went way too fast and we were back in CA and back at work before we knew it. Coming back also meant the start of my crazy fall travel schedule. I’ve been traveling to different cities around the US every weekend since we returned and will be doing so until early December (with the exception of an on-campus open house and Thanksgiving, of course!). It’s been a lot of fun, but exhausting…hence the delay in timely blog posts!

Until next time…Daverian

 

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What I will and won’t miss about Boston, Massachusetts

Adrian and I lived in Boston for a about two and a half years and now that we’ve moved on to Berlin, I thought I’d write down a couple things I will and won’t miss about our old city.

Will Miss:

  1. The local sports teams – For some reason it’s always comforting to be able to count on the Red Sox being on at every bar you walk into, that Patriots will always be on on Sundays and that the Bruins and Celtics are playing their home games just a mile or so down the road. Here in Germany I’m either stuck going to over crowed American bars or watching spotty online streams so this is definitely something I’ll miss.
  2. The Boston Common/Public Gardens – Sure it’s not central park, and sure its covered in trash and infested with rats, but the Common is such a great place to go for a walk and it’s so quintessentially Boston… it’s probably my favorite spot in the city.
  3. The Charles River – Memorial Drive is the best road in Boston to cruise down and the perfect way to scope out the Charles on a nice day. Just don’t go swimming in it.
  4. Singing Beach – Adrian and I had season passes to this beach in Manchester-by-the-Sea. It was about 45 minutes from the city but well worth the drive. Some of my favorite days were spent here. Adrian will surely miss Captain Dusty’s- the ice cream place down the road from the shore. She made sure we stopped there every time we went to the beach.
  5. The food – So many great restaurants in Boston, but my favorites for lunch were Dorado in Brookline and Mikes Deli in Brighton. For dinner Redbones in Somerville, Giacomos in the North End and Harry’s in Allston for their wings (not a big breakfast guy, sorry). Also Dunkin Donuts… in Germany they only have one size for coffee and it’s about 1/3 the size of a Dunks small.
  6. The weather – People in New England constantly complain about the weather but the changing season are one of my favorite things about the region. Whether it’s heading to the beach in the summer, opening the windows to let in the cool fall air or skiing in the winter, I love all the seasons in New England and for me it has the perfect climate
  7. The people – This is sort of a given, but being so close to my family in Maine and have some of my best friends living in Boston made it a great place to live… New England will always be my home for this reason.
Won’t Miss
  1. Public Transportation – Going from the Green Line to the U and S Bahn in Berlin is basically going from world’s worst to world’s best. I can’t say enough good things about German public transportation. Really the only bad thing is it’s a little expensive, but since unlimited travel is included in my tuition, that’s not a problem for me!
  2. Having a Car – Having a car obviously comes in handy (it’s probably the only reason I was able to find a job in Boston right away) but by the time I left, I was convinced owning a car in the city is more trouble than it’s worth. If you don’t believe me, trying digging your car out after a 2 foot snow storm at 5 in the morning so you can get to work on time.
  3. The rent – Rent is so overpriced in Boston that I have difficulty discussing it without getting angry. We are paying half as much right now in Berlin.
  4. Traffic – Mosquitos and traffic are the two things that are universally hated by human beings.
  5. Overcrowding – I heard once that there are 12 million people living inside the 495 loop. If you want to run in to half of them, take the Bourne bridge to the cape on a summer weekend. People are everywhere in Boston and they were always in my way.
  6. Pot Holes – I had six flat tires during the two plus years I lived in Boston. That’s right, six.