Hi! The day I wrote my latest post (check out my 1-month lessons in Cambridge & MIT) I had had enough. Enough of spending 10 days straight at MIT without a day off, feeling so sucked into this wonderful campus, but I needed to get away. Since I have a flexible work schedule, I thought a very windy afternoon would be perfect to get going. I had to run a few errands in the morning but in the afternoon I was ready to go where the road would take me to clear my mind.
I was going to attend an event from Women Who Code around Downtown Boston later in the afternoon so I had to cross the Longfellow Bridge. The day was sunny, but extremely windy and cold, but anyway nothing discouraged me from my mission of walking around. Longfellow Bridge is one of the 13 bridges connecting Boston to Cambridge through crossing Charles river. This bridge was inaugurated in 1907 and seems quite neglected, such that now it is undergoing major constructions. Despite the bridge not being super beautiful, the fact that you get awesome views to Boston and have the red line MTBA train passing through with its beautiful red cars often makes for a curious walk.
I arrived in Boston without much planned. I heard Beacon Hill is supposedly a very beautiful neighborhood, and as soon as I saw Charles Street standing to my right side, I was completely drawn in. The mix of bricks, black metal stairways and gold details was totally perfect. And off I went, exploring the street, knowing my camera battery would be off soon because yes, who comes so unprepared for a scenic stroll? Wouldn’t you be in love with such beauty? Prettiest street in Boston for me so far.
I continued walking through Charles Street and I love myself nice postcards. I even make a postcard collection and buy one whenever I travel. I found this nice shop, Rugg Road, and I swear I spent like 15-30 minutes inside exploring all the postcards and cute stationery.
I ended up making a somewhat useless acquisition of a new bullet journal because it was so beautiful and I needed to get myself more organized. I got sucked in the beautiful music, the atmosphere and also another lady with the same dilemma as me regarding the said bullet journal.
“Should I buy the blue or the green one?”
Back then I thought the green would suit her more, and I was confused whether I should buy the blue or green for myself. So, I got into my most daring self and asked the shop assistants the same question. They recommended the blue one for me and couldn’t be happier. What do you think of my new bullet journal?
Let’s get back to the purpose of this post, which was telling you about Beacon Hill and not about my workspace. I continued falling in love with this street, with the golden details and even their fancy cupcakes. At some point a school bus passed and the yellow color is a perfect combination with the bricks, black and golden details. While doing this and photographing random shop plates, I felt such a relief and a happiness from being enjoying thoroughly the small wonders of life.
At some point, a building in a street to the right caught my attention with its towers. It was the Church of the Advent, an Anglo-Catholic church. I had never entered an Anglo-Catholic church and I always like the peacefulness of churches with a simple decoration, a somewhat dark light, and tall ceilings like this one. I didn’t take photos inside the church, but this small detour to get a little warmer got me more inspired to explore houses in quieter streets.
Going into the secondary streets made me feel completely whimsical, like if I was somewhere lost in a fancy neighborhood in England. I found a brick house with mint balconies, creepers crawling up the houses, and the black staircases. I was almost running out of battery at this point, so I couldn’t photograph all the houses that made me curious about what could be lying inside.
Before I knew, I was reaching the end of Charles Street and was in one of the entrances of Boston Common. Boston Common is the oldest city park in the United States, dating back from 1634. I could have spent more time strolling around this park but I felt so compelled to go back again to the upper streets of Beacon Hill, climbing all the way up to the Massachusetts State House. However, my camera battery totally died and I can only show you the last pictures at Boston Common. I don’t think I felt so much the historical relevance of the park this time, but when some places call us from the heart, there’s nothing else to do than follow the calling. I will dedicate some time to Boston Common exclusively some other time.
Well, in the end I have a small picture of the Massachusetts State House, the seat of government of the state, dating back from the 18th century. This is not from the main façade, which is more impressive, but nonetheless I recommend strolling around it since it is a huge and beautiful building.
This post is very raw and based on my personal impressions, without much historical insight like I like to bring to my posts. I want to highlight the purity of changing your routine and scenery, once in a while, when you have the chance, without much guidance. Your heart will know the way, and in the next day you’ll feel better and with more energy to work. I am looking forward to the next time I will be able to stroll around Boston by myself, in a different area, getting enchanted by everything, and preferably with more battery on my camera. And less wind, you have no idea how cold it was!
Did you visit Beacon Hill already? What are your favorite sights there? Feel free to let me know in the comments below! In the meantime, follow my journey on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Pinterest to keep up to date with my travel and PhD adventures in the USA!