A short visit to Boston

I love not having set plans while traveling. This way I can pick up tips on where to go and what to do from locals as well as other travelers. While travelling through East-Central Europe I met so many people who recommended Boston to me so I decided to spend a few days there. Boston is one of the oldest cities in USA and the site of many important events in American history.

The bus company Megabus operates between dozens of large cities in USA. If you’re lucky and buy your ticket far in advance, you can pay as little as $1 for a one way bus ticket. I bought my tickets a couple of weeks ahead of time and found tickets from New York to Boston for $5 one way. Buying bus tickets in advance does limit your travels, in case you want to stay somewhere longer. But an unused $5 bus ticket anyone can live with. I ended up leaving Boston earlier than planned and only payed $12 for my new bus ticket anyway. The trip from New York to Boston takes five hours (unless there is an accident on the road and your bus stands still on the highway for three hours…).

I couchsurfed in Somerville, an area North West of the city centre. Once again, I had a great couchsurfing experience. Not only did I meet my host, her friend, her roommate and three cool cats (two of them named after Finns), but there were two other couchsurfers staying at the apartment, so there was always someone to talk to.

On my first day in Boston, I visited the annual Boston Vegetarian Food Festival, where I basically got a free lunch from all the samples they were giving out. Afterwards my host took me around Boston and in the evening she cooked a tasty seafood stew.

I walked around the serene Park with my host Sarah and one of the other couchsurfers with her.
I walked around the serene Boston Public Garden with my host Sarah and one of the other couchsurfers staying with her.
The River runs between downtown Boston and Cambridge.
The Charles River runs between Cambridge and downtown Boston.
It's easy to spot all the major sights of Boston - just follow the Freedom Trail, marked with a red line on the ground.
It’s easy to spot all the major sights of Boston, such as the Old State House – just follow the Freedom Trail,  a 4 km path marked with a red line on the ground.
Faneuil Hall is one of the most important sights on the trail.
Faneuil Hall is one of the most important buildings on the trail. It is also one of the most visited buildings in USA.
The courtyard and entrance to Old City Hall, also located along the Freedom Trail.
The courtyard and entrance to Old City Hall, also located along the Freedom Trail.
The Freedom Trail continues to Copp's Hill, where several notable Bostonians are buried.
The Freedom Trail continues to Copp’s Hill Burying Ground, where several notable Bostonians are buried.
The Freedom Trail ends at the Bunker Hill Monument.
The Freedom Trail ends at the Bunker Hill Monument.
There are some modern sights in Boston, too.
Besides historical buildings along the Freedom Trail, there are some modern sights in Boston, too.

Boston is a big university city, with dozens of universities around town. I visited Harvard and participated in the free tour led by a Harvard student.

The statue of John Harvard, who was the biggest benefactor of the university. Rubbing his shoe alledgedly gets you, or someone you know, accepted to Harvard.
The statue of John Harvard, who was the biggest benefactor of the university. Rubbing his shoe allegedly gets you, or someone you know, accepted into Harvard.
Most buildings are out of bounds for non-students, but we did get a chance to visit this beautiful hall.
Most buildings are out of bounds for non-students, but we did get a chance to visit this beautiful hall.
 One time, I took the wrong turn while getting out from the subway station and stumbled upon this restaurant. I'm glad I did! Life Alive is probably the best restaurant I've eaten at during this trip. After discovering this place, I didn't need to eat anywhere else.
One time, I took the wrong turn while getting out from the subway station and stumbled upon this restaurant. I’m glad I did! Life Alive is probably the best restaurant I’ve eaten at during this entire trip. After discovering this place, I didn’t need to eat anywhere else.

As Boston is such an old city, I think it’s the best starting point for a better understanding of American history.

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