Boston can be seen as the central hub of our country’s existence. Some of the best colleges in the country are located in Boston or within a 5 mile radius. Some of our country’s most famous historical sites are located here. The history here is abundant and can be found in unexpected places. The city is small enough to see a lot of it in one day, and close enough to visit so many wonderful weekend getaway cities and states. You can go to Maine, Martha’s Vineyard, Cape Cod, Rhode Island, Connecticut, New Hampshire, Vermont, or even New York if you’re willing to make the drive.

But- Boston has its high and low points, which leads me to our love/hate relationship.

Love: Public Transportation. So easy to get around!
Hate: Can you really get around? The MBTA is the worst public transportation system I’ve ever come across. The T’s are packed and unless you are ready to fight your way in to get to a teeny place to stand – you have to wait for rush hour to die down to catch a decent train.
Packed T

Love: Driving isn’t that bad in Boston. They won’t give you a traffic ticket for anything. Here they are “more like guidelines”.
Hate: Driving IS bad in Boston. If we want to make a grocery store run, a day has to be planned out for it. There is no parking anywhere and if there is, be prepared to fork over at LEAST $15 for it. People also don’t know how to drive because no one is obeying the traffic laws.

Love: So many weekend getaway options. You can explore a different city or state for a weekend.
Hate: Traffic. Or the difficulty in finding parking when you get back to Boston.

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Newport, Rhode Island

Concord, MA  The Old North Bridge Photo Taken by: Anthony Potgieter

Concord, MA
The Old North Bridge<br/

Love: The city is so old and has so much history.
Hate: This means a lot of older places have no AC. This also means that the streets don’t make any sense. They wind and do not run in a straight grid. Even using a GPS can prove to be confusing.

Love: It’s full of history and beautiful sights!
Hate: Otherwise known as a tourist hotspot, mostly in the summer. This brings a variety of people. Unfortunately, some not the brightest bulbs in the box. They like to take up lots of space on the sidewalk, block your way into buildings, and slow your day down.

Love: The best colleges are located in or near Boston.
Hate: There are a million colleges surrounding Boston. This = a million students. You wake up to hearing people yelling at 3:00AM because they are still partying hard and going strong since they are at that lucky age where they won’t get a hangover the next morning. They are also packed on the trains and yelling at each other. Ugh.

Love: Boston has seasons!
Hate: Boston has seasons. No one warned us that the enjoyable ones are only for 3 or 4 months of the year. Winter is COLD and lasts forever.

Love: People actually use “Wicked” here! Usually meaning “very” or “cool”.
Hate: I could never rock saying that. I leave that to only those from New England to use. Just as “hella” should be left to Northern California (and should STAY there btw).
wicked

Love: Summers mean people actually run out the door on the weekends. A lot of businesses have half day Fridays during the summer.
Hate: It’s hard to go anywhere in the summer. Going to the Cape = tons of traffic. Going to the beach = tons of $$. Did I mention the humidity? It’s terrible!

Love: The architecture here is incredible. You can see beautiful, historical buildings next to amazing, modern,  high-rise business towers.
Hate: Not being able to enjoy them if you have to take the train or if you are rushing to work trying not to collide with the person rushing in front and behind you.
architecture

Love: Seeing the first snow fall.
Hate: Seeing the 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, & 15 snow fall. The winter here is freakin’ COLD and lasts forever.
snow

cold

Love: All the delicious restaurants.
Hate: That most of them are in the North End. Can a girl get a decent Pad Thai? How about some Persian food? What about Mexican? Ethnic food is severely lacking here.The worst part is, a lot of people are blissfully unaware of how good ethnic food really is. I guess what you don’t know can’t hurt you. But this foodie is struggling. I miss those LA restaurants!

Love: The fall here.
Hate: Nothing. The fall is damn beautiful.

 

seasons

As you can see, it’s a tough relationship. Rocky in some areas, but then she catches me off guard and I love her all over again. I’ve been living in Boston for almost a year now and though I’m familiar enough with the city, but there is still so much to explore. That’s what keeps our relationship exciting. Good or bad, she never fails to surprise me.