There are so many things I love about living in Boston. It’s a big city, but it really never feels like one–its small neighborhoods and walkability keeps it from feeling oppressively large like New York. It’s beautiful; buildings aren’t just thrown together haphazardly, but, especially in Back Bay, they retain a great deal of elegance. Depending on where you are, you can get a taste of brownstones, tall buildings, or green space, so that you feel like there are multiple cities within the city to explore. You don’t feel deprived of nature; a walk along the Commonwealth Avenue Mall, through the Public Gardens, or along the Esplanade will satisfy any craving you might have for the outdoors. One of the best things about being at NECO is that we live in such an amazing city, but I’ve found in the past few months that some of the best parts of Boston are best experienced in the summer.
A few weeks ago, I was able to see my first Red Sox game at Fenway; actually, it was my first ever MLB game. I’m from Buffalo, and I never knew I could be so interested in watching a baseball game–compared to how fast-paced hockey is, it didn’t seem like watching a baseball game could be anywhere near as exciting. But I enjoyed watching baseball so much more when I was actually there, because I felt so close to the action. What I really enjoyed about the game, however, was the feeling of tradition that is inherent in Fenway–being able to sit in the famous Green Monster, singing “Sweet Caroline” in the middle of the eighth inning, hearing the vendors call out what foods they were selling.
I’d also been looking forward to seeing fireworks for the Fourth of July from the Esplanade this year, but I almost wasn’t able to see them at all. After wandering the Esplanade prior to the start of the fireworks, I heard an announcement that people were urged to evacuate the Esplanade due to an incoming thunderstorm and that the fireworks would be delayed. We could see the lightning across the river, and it combined with faraway fireworks to create an incredibly beautiful display. After watching the lightning for awhile, however, my friends and I decided to take shelter somewhere while we waited to see how long the fireworks were delayed. Luckily, we started back toward the Esplanade early to try and find a good spot, and found the the fireworks were starting just as it started to pour. I ended up watching the fireworks on the Mass Ave bridge, getting completely soaked, but it was worth it–the fireworks were the best I’d ever seen.
I was also able to try something this summer that I’d been looking forward to for awhile–kayaking on the Charles River. I love kayaking, and the views of Boston and Cambridge that you get from the river are really spectacular. I love that in the summer, you can spend a day in Boston kayaking and walking the Esplanade, or walking from Back Bay to Faneuil Hall and the North End, and enjoy going somewhere just as much as actually being there. But what’s really special about Boston is that even after experiencing so much of what the city has to offer, you realize that there are so many things you still haven’t done. I still really want to find a nearby beach, and to see a Shakespeare play on the Boston Common.
Until next time, when I’ll talk about what I’ve been doing in my summer jobs!