So, President’s Day Weekend, the Teacher and I went to Boston! We have a friend who lives there, and it’s our last long weekend before China. Of course, that’s the same weekend a blizzard blew in. Que sera.
We didn’t have a whole lot planned, anyway. Trip to the aquarium, eat some seafood, hang out with our friend. That’s about what we did. Neither I nor the Teacher had ever been to an aquarium, so while it was smaller than I expected, it was a lot of fun. (Also, due to our friend’s membership it was pretty cheap too!) For a Valentine’s Day gift, the Teacher asked for a salt lamp, which is really pretty but also odd. (As she said, she will not buck the tradition of women asking for large minerals.) I also got her two stuffed animals, an octopus and a humpback whale. They’re adorable. (She’s been sick recently, and she’s taken to napping with one or the other.)
The seafood was good. At Legal Seafood, our friend and I split some oysters, while the Teacher had some baked fish. We all shared some exquisite calamari. I also tried raw clams for the first time, and quite possibly the last. (They weren’t bad; they just were really, really oceany.) At that point, the snow had begun, so we made one more stop at Flour Bakery, to pick up the surprise Boston Creme Pie our friend had ordered us. We wanted to try a few other things too, and so I got some bread pudding. I never knew bread pudding could be light and airy, but this was. It was wonderfully subtle, something I’m not used to from bread pudding.
Aside from that, we just pretty much hung out at our friend’s and watched the snow pile up. He braved the cold and brought back a few pounds of lobster meat, which was the first time for the Teacher. I usually find lobster horribly overpriced, but this was really good and fresh.
Fortunately, the snow stopped early enough on Sunday that we had no problems with the airport Monday morning. Unfortunately, I learned an important lesson–I’m too old/sick to do 6AM flights, esp. when the snow means it takes an hour to get to the airport. We ended up getting in on time, but I needed the next snow day for my body to recover. Lesson learned.
Overall, I like Boston, and could see visiting more often, but our friend is moving out (probably) in August, and so who knows when we will get back.