I definitely wouldn’t consider myself a city girl by any means, but if I had to choose a city to live in it would probably be Boston. That’s excluding Burlington, of course. According to CollegeBoard, Burlington is a “large town”, haha! Boston is small enough that you don’t feel completely lost, but doesn’t have the same attitude that you can find in some bigger cities like NYC.
I have officially used the T and commuter rail on my own without getting lost. SUCCESS! I’m sure I looked like a complete idiot looking at my map the first few times, but hey, I figured it out. Plus, the few people I asked for help with directions were exceedingly nice. My friends in my physics class laughed at me when I told them it was the first time going on the T by myself. Yep, I’m from the country.
Apparently the college that I’m taking my summer classes at is not in a super safe area. There are two locations that the school is located in and I thought it was going to be in the other area. My class is in the evening and gets out around 9:15. Afterwards, the policemen that work at the school walk students over to the platform to catch the T. Ummmm, WTF? I guess we’re not in Vermont anymore.
My mom and I went and checked out the Friendly Toast yesterday in Cambridge. Breakfast is probably my favorite meal of the day, so that was perfect. I got some coconut pancakes with peanut butter on the side and a glass of soymilk. Yes, I eat my pancakes with peanut butter. Who doesn’t?!?! My mom got an omelet with beans, salsa, and avocado. Yum! There was a lot of sharing between plates of course. Sweet and salty compliment each other very well.
As far as running goes, I’m not that excited about running in Boston. I’m taking some downtime right now, but I’m sure once I get back on a normal running schedule I’m going to get bored pretty quickly. The running here is definitely limited. There are only so many variations you can do on the Charles. Plus, I hate to say it, but I miss my hills in Burlington! I’m scared I’m going to lose my hill fitness running in the city this whole summer. I’ll probably be coming out to my sister’s house on the weekends to search out some hillier routes. Check out the view from their back porch. Can you say paradise?
All in all, I’m getting used to the city. It’s a big adjustment going from Vermont to Boston. The views from the tracks are definitely different. I miss the mountains, but Boston is growing on me in its own way.
What are you up to this summer?