The next stop on our tour of the East Coast is Boston, the capital of the state of Massachusetts. It is one of the oldest municipalities in the United States and site of various historical events in the country.
We arrived in the city proper around 5:30AM. And as it’s too early for us to check in into our hotel, we decided to start our tour outright. Our first stop, Harvard. Yes, the Harvard University.
Harvard is huge! It’s practically an entire town with lots of interesting buildings in and around it. At times, I felt like being in a different time in a different world! There’s just so much to see and so many grounds to cover that you’d get a good exercise out of roaming around.
By the time we got tired of walking, our room was ready so we went back to downtown to check in into our hotel. We picked our hotel because of its proximity to the city’s historic sites.
After having a good meal around the area, we we’re off again to tour on foot. As Boston is a historic city, they made it easier for visitors like myself to have their own tour, anytime, without needing a guide by having “The Freedom Trail” markers on the pavement. You just need to follow these and it will lead you all throughout the notable sites in the city.
As touring on foot is exhausting, heading towards Faneuil Hall was an excellent idea to recharge and get our stomachs full.
Quincy Market. A great spot for eating, shopping, and people watching.
The following day, the runner in me came out of hiding and miraculously motivated me to get out and run! I normally am not able to squeeze a run in a short trip as the itinerary is usually tight, so the realist in me did not bother packing any running attire—suitable for the weather at least! Unlike in the Philippines where you can just get out and run in whatever clothes you’re wearing, the temperature that morning in Boston is 2°c—not exactly a shorts and singlet day (at least for me that grew up in the tropics). And so, I just wore whatever clothes I can run comfortably in without being too warm nor too cold, and that I’m willing to soak in sweat, never to be worn again for the rest of the trip.
And I was so glad I did get out for a run that morning! Boston has a lot of waterfront areas with great views along the way.
I ran from our hotel to the nearby Charles River Esplanade, got across to the other side, and back via Boston Common.
The runner in me was just overjoyed with finding such a beautiful playground! On the flip side though, I was extremely envious as I don’t have anything close back home.
It took me a bit longer than I planned (both distance and time-wise) as I admired the sceneries and avoided the ducks. I covered almost 13K that morning.
The rest of the day was spent touring around the places we have yet visited.
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- A Journey of Superlatives
- Taoyuan International and EVA Air Infinity Lounge
- Houston, We’ve Arrived!
- Exploring Houston
- Space Center Houston
- Hello Again, San Francisco!
- Delayed in Detroit
- New York City
- The Statue of Liberty
- Niagara Falls
- Washington, D.C.
- The High Line
- Central Park
- More of NYC