Welcome To Bean Town!

Earlier this month I went to Boston for a few days. It was my first time in Boston, and I had a great time. It was a fantastic trip, and I definitely recommend that everyone visit there at some point!

I left for Boston early Sunday morning. I landed at Logan Airport and made my way to South Station in the downtown area, where I met up with Sally, Michelle, and Moxie. Jennifer was also planning to come to Boston for a couple of days, but was, unfortunately, unable to make it. Next time! We went to lunch at the Cheesecake Factory (yum!) and headed to Harvard Square, where we took in the atmosphere, and wandered around some shops.

That evening we split up, and Moxie and I went to the Paradise Rock Club to see Death Cab for Cutie. The concert was amazing! I’m so happy I was finally able to see them live! The venue was very small, and general admission, but we got there early and nabbed perfect seats.

On Monday Moxie wasn’t feeling well, so I headed in to the city solo to meet up with Sally and Michelle. We started the day off with the Swan Boats in the Public Garden. Inexpensive, fun, and different!

We then wandered through the Boston Common, saw the start of the Freedom Trail, City Hall, King’s Chapel Burying Ground, and then grabbed lunch. That afternoon we walked down to the harbour and to visit the aquarium. It was so much fun! We saw penguins, turtles, and fishes. Oh my! We even made a few friends!

Later that afternoon we saw a film about whales at the aquarium’s Imax theatre. Meh. We then walked back to South Station and said our goodbyes for the day. I took the train back to Harvard Square and decided to have a better look at Harvard.

After that I continued on back to Moxie’s house, where we ate dinner and I spent the evening being thoroughly entertained by the comedy stylings of Benjamin and Miranda!

Very early Tuesday morning I set out for Sally and Michelle’s apartment. I dropped my stuff off, and we headed out for a day trip to Salem. It was a long, but fun filled day!

Our bus driver, Bob, spent a large portion of the drive there pointing out spots where people he knew (but never actually him) had met or seen celebrities. He stopped first at an island that had a lovely spot called Castle Rock, and numerous Adam Sandler anecdotes. At Castle Rock Michelle and I were the only souls in whole tour group brave enough to hike up the rock. Thankfully we were rewarded with a great view!

The next stop on the way to Salem was at Abbott Hall, home of “Spirit of ’76”. Being that none of us are American, we didn’t have the slightest clue what any of this was. But, by the end of our short time there, at least one of us had felt it. 😉

Oh, and Sally also wedged herself between two houses at this stop (Bob is to blame for this, honestly):

We finally made it to Salem! We had lunch and then toured The House of Seven Gables, Nathaniel Hawthorne’s home, the Salem Witch Museum, and the Salem Dungeon. Our driver, Bob, seemed to adore us and drove us around Salem throughout the day (as well as two other couples). The other 20-something tour goers had to find their own way around. We were quite thrilled with our luck!

It was a long bus ride home, as we hit rush hour, but we eventually made it back. We spent the evening gorging on pizza, Dunkin’ Donuts (Boston Cream!), Diet Coke, and watching Nancy Grace. We also did a photo shoot in out awesome shirts from Jennifer Eolin’s Cafe Press Store!

On Wednesday we headed back to the Boston Common area for lunch at Fajita’s and Ritas, which was delicious. Next door we found an awesome book shop, in an alley way!

We then headed for the post office where I discovered just how inexpensice USPS is (or just how expensive Canada Post really is…) for any sort of international shipment. I sent parcels to the US, Australia, UK, and Finland for a grand total of… $9. What?! Yes, I’m sure no one needs to hear my glee over the cheapness of a post office visit, but, c’mon! $9! Still floored by this! (For reference, this would have cost me at least $40 at home)

Anyway! Moving on!

We then headed to the mall. To buy shoes. We really know how to live it up, we know! It was then time for me to head home. Sigh. I made my way back to the airport, and, eventually, got home.

I can definitely see another Boston trip in the future. Good food, shopping, and plenty of sights that we weren’t able to fit in. Yes, Boston 2012 is a must, I think!

New York City, 2011

This may not be a first trip to New York, but it’s a first blog about it!

I had a great time this past weekend. I left horribly early Friday morning, but was sitting in a coffee shop in Manhattan by 10:30am. All was right with the world.

I soon after met up with Vi and tagged along as she ran some errands. One of said errands was in Limelight, which I’d never been to before. It’s an old church that’s been turned into a shopping centre. Very strange, but very cool. We also went to a Japanese restaurant for lunch.

That evening we headed to Times Square, grabbed dinner with a couple of Vi’s friends, and then went to see American Idiot. The show was excellent, as always, and after we were given a backstage tour by one of the cast members. Very surreal.

On the stage:

With Christina (Cast member/Tour guide!):

After the show we decided to do what any one who has been running around all day and has not slept the night before does: We caught a midnight movie. The King’s Speech. It was fantastic.

On Saturday we had a bit of a lazy morning and then headed out for lunch. At 2pm we saw a play at a tiny off Broadway theatre, called Three Sister’s. It was starring Maggie Gyllenhaal and Peter Sarsgaard. The show was quite long, and a bit confusing, but we enjoyed it.

Classic Stage Company:

After the show we headed back to Times Square and got dinner. That night we boarded a subway and went to Long Island City. The is probably the sketchiest part of New York I’ve ever seen! Lots of barbed wire fences, chained up doors, and boarded up windows. Also, all of the cross streets we passed had the same name. Seriously, weird.

Why were we wandering around Long Island City? We were going to see the awesome and uber talented funny lady, Jennifer Eolin perform in the Long Island City Theatre Festival. It was so nice to meet Jennifer, and she was great in the show!

With Jennifer after the show:

After the show we headed back to Vi’s place and I tried my very first bacon brownie. It… Did not go well. Heh. At least now I know, such things are not for me. I love bacon, and I love brownies, but I’ll continue to keep them separate.

On Sunday we got up early and headed to Penn Station to pick up Sara, who had come in from Long Island for the day. After (finally!) finding her, Vi headed back to the apartment to get her forgotten wallet, and Sara and I headed to Brooklyn for lunch with her friends Jessica and Courtney. That afternoon we headed back in to the city, found Vi at the St. James, and then got dinner.

Sara in Brooklyn:

Back in the city:

That evening we went to the Rockwood Music Hall where we saw one good band (NICKCASEY), one fantastic band (Jones Street Station), and lastly, the ever awesome John Gallagher Jr.

Myself, Vi, and Sara and Rockwood:

Jones Street Station:

Johnny:

Sara headed out to catch her train back to Long Island around 1am. Or, so we thought… Poor thing missed the train and was trapped at Penn Station all night. As my phone doesn’t work without wifi, and Vi’s phone died, we didn’t learn this until the following morning. So sorry, Sara!

On Monday morning I slept in a bit, got ready, and then headed off the airport around noon. I would up on an express train, once again, and was at the airport quite early. I’d rather be early than late, of course! I was just surprised to have gotten express trains both ways!

Anyway, there was some drama at the airport. Delays, cancellation of delays, more delays, gate changes. We left late, but got in to Buffalo early. Oh, JetBlue.

Canadians For A Saner America

I spent late October in Washington D.C. and had such a great time! I saw all the sites, got to see lots of friends, and spent two glorious hours with Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert.

I flew into Dulles, and the ever awesome Vi came to pick me. We drove into the city and found Pippa sitting on the steps of that Air and Space Museum, after which we all went out lunch. Vi drove us around to do a bit of sightseeing, and then dropped Pippa and I off at the Canadian Embassy so we could ask about getting into the White House. We then went to the Museum of Natural History, and then to find Emily, who was sweet enough to let us stay with her. When she finished work we all went for dinner in China Town, and then headed back to her place.

Day two was Pippa and I’s epic sightseeing day. We took the train in with Emily, and she went off to work. After grabbing some wifi time at Starbucks we started our journey. The first stop…

The White House

We then headed towards the National Mall.

Vietnam War Memorial (and National Monument):

Lincoln Memorial:

National Monument:

We later ran in to the setup for the Rally To Restore Sanity And/Or Fear (and the Capital Building):

Capital Hill:

That day we also had lunch and wandered around the National Museum of the American Indian. We couldn’t get into the Capital Building, but we spent some time in the visitor’s centre and little museum they have there. We also went to the National Archives and saw the constitution.

Day Two was the Rally to Restore Sanity And/Or Fear. Pippa, Emily, and I headed into the city bright and early to get a spot. There were already thousand of people there. Thankfully we found Moxie, who had scored some awesome seats, and let us share her space. We then buckled down and waiting the four or so hours until the Rally Started.

Jon, Stephen, and Anderson Cooper’s Tiny T-Shirt:

Stephen, and puppet Stephen:

After the Rally we then wandered for a while trying to find Sara. She took the Huffington Post bus from New York City and missed the Rally. As the Huff Bus plan turned out to be horrible.

And we finally found her in Union Station! Sara and I’s group costume was complete! Jane and Daria:

We then wandered, found food, and saw Sara off to the bus station.

On my last day, I drove with Emily and Pippa to see Pippa off at the airport. Emily and I drove back in to the city where I met back up with Vi. We drove around and saw some last minute sights.

Washington National Cathedral:

View from the top of the cathedral:

We got lunch and then drove around a bit more. Saw Georgetown, went into the Kennedy Centre, and then headed back to the airport.

So, yeah. It was a really great trip.