Weekend in Boston: Part One

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

This weekend was magical.  Magical.  I spent Friday night (actually 12:15 am Saturday) through Monday morning with my majestic friend, Lora, and her sister, Caroline, brother in law, Matt, nephews, Theo and Emerson, and samoyed, Aspen, in their beautiful apartment in the Beacon Hill section of Boston.  It was so wonderful that if I wasn't married and didn't have a house, I would have probably never left.

I took the Bolt Bus from Philly on Friday, which left at 4:15 pm and was scheduled to arrive in Boston at 10:45.  But, the trip took an additional hour and a half, I assume due to the horrible traffic we encountered.  I actually handled being trapped in a bus for eight hours very well, probably due to exhaustion, and slept for 95% of the time.  By the time the bus pulled in, I was so excited and ready for the weekend to start, and also incredibly grateful for my sweet friend who spent over an hour and a half waiting in the station for me.  

I decided early on that I wasn't interested in Lora taking me to specific landmarks or sites.  Instead, I wanted to spend the weekend doing our favorite things-- taking extremely long walks, enjoying the gorgeous weather, and eating delicious food.  Just relaxing and spending quality time together.  We definitely succeeded.

On Saturday, Lora and I spent the majority of the day walking up and down Newbury Street, window shopping and a little actual shopping (I finally got matching potholders to go with the apron Lora got me last year).  For dinner, we ate at Lora's favorite Indian restaurant on the south end, and it was absolutely delicious.  I was glad that I asked the waitress what was vegan and gluten-free, as most of the vegetarian options had dairy in them (even dishes like vegetable jalfrezi and baingan bharta), but could luckily be made without.  I got the mulligatawny soup, which was basically just broth, but still really yummy, and the vegetable jalfrezi, which was perfectly spicy (I chose medium) and filling.  Lora got her normal chana masala, and I finished it when she was full.  It was really good.

On the way back to the apartment, dark clouds began rolling in and it became apparent that it was going to rain any minute.  We power walked and made it home just as it began to downpour.  The windows were open, and a gigantic puddle immediately accumulated under the bar cart, but Lora cleaned it up quickly.  We spend the rest of the night watching Dallas Buyers Club (highly recommend) and then going to bed early since we were both still exhausted from staying up so late the night before.  Also, we had spinning class in the morning!

Part two tomorrow.


  1. Oh, what a fun weekend! That was such a great idea to just really enjoy quality time with your friend without worrying about hitting the tourist sites. I think you and I would be excellent shopping buddies. An afternoon at Anthropologie & WHBM is pretty much perfection. I can't wait to hear about the rest of your trip!

  2. Thank you so much for visiting me in Boston!!! You are the best friend and house guest ever. I enjoyed our long walks and interesting talks. I can't wait for you to come visit again!


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