It’s that time of the year again, folks! Silly me is going abroad on a trip once again.
This time last year, I was asking you guys about Western Europe in winter. You guys gave me heaps of valuable advice, from beer brands to ghost walks and pizza. With your help and my survival skills, I came back alive with only three blisters on each foot!
So, I need your help again. For lack of a better way to say it, I’m a huge pudding who has no idea how to traverse the Freedom Land . Mainly because dark tales speak of guns been readily-available on Walmarts, anti-vaxxers hauling their frail kids around, Macy’s and, worst of all: obligatory tipping at restaurants.
I mean gee I am scared.
I’ll be staying with my family in Boston, MA for 2 weeks (from Dec. 26th to Jan. 8th)
*I’m visiting my family for the first time since I was 4 years-old, which is absolutely insane!
Tiny bit more about my family, for the curious
I was born and raised in Brazil. Some of you might not know this, but I’m also a US citizen.
Without going on for too long about my family on my father’s side, for lack of will and to preserve my privacy, let’s say I didn’t have the money to visit them, ever. My tickets were paid for by them – it’s a Christmas gift.
Worth noting I have a cousin around my age who just graduated from Arts college – she’s super rad.
MY PLANS - sleep
I’ll be staying with my aunt, cousin and uncle at their apartment in Boston. So bread and breakfast is absolutely covered!
MY PLANS - food
As always, this is the main thing I struggle with. I don’t eat red meat and I’m allergic to seafood. I also have low blood pressure so I never leave the house without something to snack on. Please share your cheap food chains, markets and general food advice with me! I don’t have a problem eating fast food on occasion, and love trying exotic food!
MY PLANS - culture
My favorite part of trip planning! Although I’m happy to stay cooped up with my family during Christmas and New Year’s, I’ll want to have some “me time” walking around and exploring the city as well. I’ve never been to Boston and I only hear things like “it’s full of people who think they are European.” I’m being 100% honest when I say I have no idea what that means and why all other big cities hate on Boston but whatever lmao.
ANYWAYS, I hear NYC is easily reachable by train and if you know me you know I’m a museum hoe and if you know anything about NYC you can put two and two together and everyone knows that 2+2 = MoMa. I know I’m being pedantic by explaining this simple and obvious equation but anyways. They have the Starry Night and I have a black set of clothes so you can put two and two together and understand I want to mourn for Vincent while crying looking at his masterpiece. Oh yes.
So you guys have any idea what I can do around the Boston area? Or things I could do for a weekend in NYC?
I’m super interested in wild life and national parks, even thought I understand that 1. I’m not going to Wyoming cries in Yellowstone and 2. It’s winter. But if anything nature-ish is open, please let me know! I hate aquariums and zoos but apparently the New England Aquarium is amazing so I might pay a visit.
I’m for sure going to:
- Visit the Institute of Contemporary Art (ICA)
- Fall on my butt on a skating rink
- Visit the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)
- Visiting Dartmouth College with my cousin
Can’t wait to cry and I’m hoping my aunt will crying more so I can dry her tears and pretend I’m not absolutely moved while I shake to death in the middle of winter. It’ll be fun.