After a crazy week of midterms, spring break is finally here! My roommate and I planned a super spontaneous day trip to Boston – and it was a blast.
Our bus schedule was truly designed for the adventurous (and sleepless); we left port authority at 12 a.m., and rode a Greyhound back at 10 p.m. I’m a girl who likes to get her sleep, but I think the bus rides will make this trip that much more memorable.
We arrived at Boston South Station around 5 in the morning and spent a good while in the restroom trying to make ourselves presentable and not like a five-hour bus ride. The only other time I’d been in Boston was in high school, when my family drove up from Virginia to see all the different schools there; back then, we didn’t get a chance to explore the downtown areas as much. I was pleasantly surprised to find that Boston is actually a very walkable city! The subway system seemed very organized (and cleaner than NYC’s), and a 10-dollar Charlie Ticket lasted me pretty much the whole day.
We got off at Park Street station and basically got to watch the sun rise – it had been a while since I was up early enough to do that! The weather in Boston was indeed chillier than New York, especially in the early morning when the sun wasn’t up. So we hurried to Thinking Cup – a cafe that we had set as our first destination.
This place is the first cafe in Boston to serve Stumptown coffee. We went inside as soon as they opened at 7, and settled in for a good two hours of warm and cozy conversation.
I ordered a low-fat cappuccino and warm oatmeal with walnuts and bananas; my friend got a blueberry muffin and an Americano. The coffee tasted amazing! They also had a very diverse selection of tasty baked goods, sandwiches, and beverages to choose from, which explains the crowds of people going in and out of the cafe.
By the time we finished our breakfast, it was nice and sunny outside! Next stop was “The Pru”, the Prudential Center building with an observatory deck on the 50th floor. On the ground floor level was a mall; I really liked walking around this mall because it had a bright, greenhouse-like atmosphere, so you could enjoy the sunshine without having to be out in the cold.
We bought two student tickets (at $13 each, $17 for adults) for the Skywalk Observatory. We got there right when they opened, so the place was empty; I think the silence added an element of awe to the stunning view.
It was absolutely breathtaking!
Lunch was at The Cheesecake Factory. I had been advised to visit this place by many friends and Instagrams – With a total of about $30, we had an amazing meal. We had some clam chowder, steak, and the Ultimate Red Velvet Cheesecake! I have to say, the cake was the highlight of the meal. So creamy and delicious!
We headed to the Financial District before food coma could hit, and walked up to North End. North End was kind of like the Little Italy of Boston, and we had a lot of fun marveling at the colorful buildings.
After that, we went to Quincy Market for an early dinner.
I was determined to get a lobster roll during this trip, and this was totally worth waiting for! The soft, buttery roll perfectly complemented the lobster.
Dessert was frozen yogurt in a white chocolate cone. Wow, were we full by then.
After our meal, we walked around the North and South Market, looking around and window shopping. The weather was not cold at all at this point! We slowly walked until we got to Tremont Street, then on a whim, we decided to get our nails done. I was a bit embarrassed to show them my dry cuticle and chipped nails (thank you, midterms), but I felt so pampered and nice afterwards!
Looking for a place to charge our phones and take some rest, we found ourselves a cafe and sipped on green tea for a while before we had to catch the train back.
Overall, it was a super fun-packed day with good weather, and I think we had a lot of luck finding whatever we wanted to do right when we wanted it. And I don’t know if this was a coincidence as well, but the people were so nice! Boston had a historical vibe quite different from New York City, and it was nice to be away from NYC’s crazy waves of tourists (and just people in general) we have to deal with everyday. T’was a day well spent!