“To be nobody but yourself in a world which is doing its best, night and day, to make you everybody else - means to fight the hardest battle which any human being can fight; and never stop fighting.” – E. E. Cummings

“To be nobody but yourself in a world which is doing its best, night and day, to make you everybody else - means to fight the hardest battle which any human being can fight; and never stop fighting.” – E. E. Cummings

Create Everyday Adventure

Create Everyday Adventure

At the beginning of the week, Taylor and I went for a little spring getaway to Boston.  We booked it only a few weeks in advance, when I realized I wanted to go on a trip before I dive into the second half of my yoga teacher training in April! 

I love travelling because seeing new places and exploring lights me up, it gives me energy and inspiration.  My favourite type of travel is to go somewhere and live like a local.  I don’t always want to see all of the major tourist attractions, I actually find more pleasure in exploring the quieter streets and checking out local restaurants.  Two of my favourite things to do on a trip are to only eat at places that I can’t get back home and to check out a local yoga studio.  As much as I wanted Chipotle every time we passed one, I resisted, and it was worth it because every meal we had was great!

Here are some of the highlights of our trip in case (1) you’re planning to visit Boston anytime soon and want some suggestions or (2) you’re just interested in hearing what we got up to!  If neither of those apply, skip down past the bullets to get to the main point of this post 😉

Sunday:

·       We flew into the city around noon but our AirBNB wasn’t available until 4pm so we went to a nice coffee shop called Caffe Nero for lunch.  I loved the atmosphere and it was so relaxing to have lunch there and then just lounge for a bit and read.

·       To kill some more time before our room was ready, we went for a walk through Boston Commons.

·       After we checked in to the AirBNB and dropped our stuff off, we walked down to the Charles River esplanade.  We walked through the park to get there, saw Cheers, and walked through some cute old brick streets that reminded me of Coronation Street.

·       On our way back, we walked along Charles Street which was probably one of my favourite areas!  I loved the historic architecture and cute shops.  We stumbled upon a place claiming to have the best ice cream in Boston, so even though it was a bit chilly, I had to give it a try!  I had peanut butter cookie dough and it was delicious!

·       Eventually we ended up at an Irish Pub for dinner, which was great.  We both had pasta.  I have dubbed Boston to be “the land of mac and cheese” because every restaurant had at least one version of mac and cheese on the menu…I’m not complaining.

Monday:

·       I went to an early yoga class at YogaWorks Back Bay and then Taylor met up with me and we got smoothies at Juice Press.

·       Then we went to the Trolley Tour Shop to buy tickets and when we were there, I noticed they had pamphlets for the Salem Witch Museum.  I thought that would be pretty cool so we took the trolley tour around part of the city to the North Station and then took a train up to Salem.

·       We got to Salem in the early afternoon and went to a pizza place for lunch.  It was nerd themed, which was really cool, and the pizza was so good!  We also got dirt and worms for dessert (chocolate pudding with Oreo crumbs and gummy worms) which was an amazing blast from the past.  I would definitely give that place a 10/10!  We ate around 1:30pm and we were both full for the rest of the day so we didn’t even end up going for dinner!

·       After lunch, we walked along and checked out some of the shops which were all themed around spiritual and esoteric things, then we went to the Salem Witch Museum.  I noticed that on the ticket it said we would get $5.00 off a reading at select stores in town.  I figured if you make the trip out to Salem, aren’t you kind of obligated to do a reading??  So I did.  I wasn’t expecting much but it was really cool.  She was very intuitive and a lot of things she said really resonated with me, so I’m really glad I ended up doing it!  If you ever visit Salem, I highly recommend giving it a try, regardless of your opinion of it, I feel like it’s just something you do when in Salem…why not?

Tuesday:

·       No early morning yoga for me today, I actually let myself sleep in for once!

·       We went for brunch at The Friendly Toast and then took the subway out to Harvard.

·       When we got back into the city, we finished up the trolley tour from the day before.  We got off near Newbury Street and walked through the shopping district back towards the park.

·       When we got to the park, we found the bench from Good Will Hunting and took some pictures.

·       In the evening we walked to the north end of the city where all the Italian restaurants are.  There were so many, it was hard to choose which one to go to!  We ended up finding a place for dinner and a dessert shop for after.  Can you tell I have a sweet tooth, especially on vacation?

·       While we were walking through all the little streets, we stumbled upon part of the Freedom Trail, which we ended up following backwards to Boston Commons since our AirBNB was near there.  I wanted to do the actual Freedom Trail tour but little did we know that all of the walking tours are only from April to October, so a little hint if you’re planning a trip, make sure you go during those months!

·       When we got back to our room, we ended the trip by having a movie night and watching Good Will Hunting (Taylor insisted that I see it since I didn’t get any of the references he was making throughout the trip).

There you have it, a summary of our quick getaway to Boston.  Overall, we really enjoyed it!  It’s a nice city and it’s very walkable which I love.  We were lucky and it was sunny the whole time we were there, although a bit chilly at times but I’ll take that over rain or snow!

If you’ve made it this far (or if you jumped ahead to here like I mentioned), here’s the moral of the story:

Sometimes I feel like I need to get away from the city, see something new, and change things up from my regular routine.  Often, that means I want to travel somewhere far, however, I have realized that I don’t always need to fly somewhere to get that feeling.  It can be as simple as going to a new part of the city that I’ve never been to before, walking around, and checking out shops or restaurants. 

I had that experience the Friday before we left for Boston.  I was hanging out with a friend who came into the city to visit and we decided to go to The Rock Store.  I had never been there before, and I realized I had actually never even taken the street car up Spadina before either.  It was cool to see a different area of the city that I’m always in and we spontaneously went to a new restaurant for dinner as well.  I really did feel like I was travelling even though I was right in the heart of my own city.  The point is, you don’t always need to spend a lot of money on flights and hotels and take time off work to get that sense of adventure that you’re craving.

Now that the weather is getting better, I’m excited to start exploring more in my own city!  If you’re ready to shake off the winter hibernation and open up to more of the spring energy that is surrounding us, I encourage you to give it a try!  Go somewhere different, even if it’s within your own city, and see what magic you can find!

Happy April 😊

- Alyssa.

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