What I’ll Miss About Boston… & What You Should Visit

Today’s post is by Matt Kepnes, world traveler and writer. Matt, who is from Boston, is setting off on his next big adventure this week. In this article, he reflects on what he’ll miss about Boston, and gives you an insider’s look at the must-visit sites in his home city.
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It’s a matter of days before I leave Boston again. In 2006, I left for a year of adventure. Now, six months after I came home, I’m leaving again- this time for much longer. Except for sporadic visits to see my parents, I doubt I’ll live here again.

I love Boston. It has a lot to offer, to see, and to do. It remains one of my favorite cities in the world. I’ve just outgrown living here. But there are a lot of things I’ll miss:

Eating on Newbury St.

Newbury St. is famous for its luxurious shops and fine dining. In the summer time there is nothing better than pulling up a table outside and eating at one of the many great restaurants as the people go by. From the beginning of summer until its end, you can find me here.

Bar Hopping Allston

Allston is the college, young adult area of Boston and many of my friends live here. Every weekend we go out and bar hop. It won’t be the same without witnessing their crazy antics week after week. Even if the bars sometimes get boring, my friends never do.

Sushi Dinners

I know you can get sushi anywhere, but Boston has some of the best restaurants in the world and I love eating here. More importantly, I love eating with my two friends, Ashley and Fran, who are just as die hard about sushi as I am. I can always count on one of them to go and satisfy a sushi craving with me.

Eating in Faneuil Hall

Boston’s historic Faneuil Hall has been a center for eating and partying since its creation. It’s home to Quincy Market, a long hall filled with dozens of little restaurants. I love to pick up lunch and head outside to watch the crowds and street performers. It’s a good way to enjoy a nice day and watch the tourists stare blankly at their maps.

Legal Seafoods

Legal’s is a Boston institution. Its seafood is amazing and I love eating there. You’ll never get a bad meal at Legal Seafoods. There’s nothing like it in the world- its atmosphere, staff, and great calamari! I’m hungry already. Too bad it’s a little expensive.

Summer in the Commons

Boston Common is the city’s downtown green space. I love just sitting there, reading, taking a nap, or playing some sports. Great way to lazily spend the day.

Relaxing at the beach

The beaches around the city may not be the best in the world, but they are good nonetheless. Great sand, warm water (on a good day) and good restaurants on the boardwalks. I love pigging out on fried clams while getting a nice tan.

Hikes outside the city

Boston is surrounded by parks that provide amazing hiking opportunities. Every summer my friends and I head to Breakheart Reservation or Lynn Woods to spend the day hiking around and swimming in the lakes.

Free Concerts

Every year, the city has a series of free concerts right by the Charles River. Crowds descend on the riverbank bringing food and drink, sit in the sun, and listen to the tunes all day. I’ve seen countless bands there and it’s a great (free) summer activity.

What do you like to do in Boston? Submit your favorite places in the comments!
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Read more of Matt’s work on his website, www.nomadicmatt.com. In particular, check out his interview with Lonely Planet guidebook writer, Leif Petterson.

Boston skyline photo: Pear Biter (creative commons)

Boston Common photo: Foraggio Fotographic (creative commons)

Where in the Web Are We?

It’s been a busy week for CollazoProjects!

If you’ve missed any of these projects we’ve just finished, just click on over and get caught up!

Why Travel is the Most Patriotic Act You Can Do: In celebration of July 4, Julie reflects upon why she travels to Cuba (hint: it’s not the rum or the sun) and why travel is the most patriotic act an American can make.

From the article:

I believe that the act of traveling and then sharing is the most American, the most patriotic, the most democratic act an ordinary citizen can take.”

On another Cuban note, we want to give you advance notice that Francisco will be teaching a Cuban cooking class at the Whole Foods Culinary Center on Bowery Street in New York City on October 24.

The three hour class (6:30 PM-9:30 PM) promises to be informational, hands-on, fun, and tasty– all in Francisco’s usual signature style! Be sure to keep your eye on the Culinary Center’s calendar and sign up page: tickets are sure to go fast and there are only 12 spots in the class!

Top 10 Tips for Stretching Your Travel Dollar : A two-part series on MatadorPulse with Julie’s suggestions about how you can make your vacation dollar go the extra mile. Part 1 is here; part 2 is here.

Tips for Traveling in “Dangerous” Places: As we get prepared for a Colombia trip and hear “Be careful down there!” one too many times, Julie offers some practical tips for traveling safely in “dangerous” areas… and anywhere, for that matter. From the introduction to the article:

“…our perceptions of what make a place seem dangerous are shaped by many factors—the hyper-dramatic media more interested in getting a quick and juicy story rather than sticking around to figure out the complicated dynamics of a place; government agencies driving their own political and economic agendas; and rumors that have taken on a life of their own. All of these are dubious sources of useful information for the traveler getting ready to depart for a place that’s perceived as having a high danger factor.”

Finally, Julie’s guest blog about living your dream life appeared on Christine Gilbert’s website earlier this week. Be sure to check it out!

Thanks for visiting and have a great week!- Francisco & Julie

Cuba postcard photo: wedgienet
Colombian girl photo: Philip Bouchard