In 2018, I left for Boston (Massachusetts) for two weeks. Before leaving, you have to fill the ESTA document that can be done online upon payment and it’s mandatory to enter the country, and make sure you have medical insurance. For me it was a study-holiday. In the morning I would go to the Boston School of Modern Languages (BSML) and in the afternoons I would wander around the city. The school and family were outside of Boston, in the very cute suburb of Roslindale. Roslindale fully reflected the idea of America. The houses, the streets, the flags everywhere, all in all it seemed to be in one of those many movies you usually watch on TV.
Boston, and America in general, is gigantic. Everything’s so big that no matter how hard you try, a building will never fit into a photo. You’ll feel like a little mouse wandering lost in a place too big for him. To me, Boston is special because it’s America and Europe at the same time. Tall skyscrapers in which are reflected historic buildings of red stones.
As far as transportation goes a season ticket card is necessary as they are very expensive. The weekly Charlie Card, which allows you to travel by bus, T line and subway is the best choice. The cost is $21 weekly, while monthly is $48. To get it, just go to an info point at any station!
An essential stop in the city are the Boston Public Gardens, with its colorful flower beds and perfectly green grass. To reach them just get off at the Orange Line Chinatown stop, at the corner you will find Park Street Church. From there you can stroll to the Swan Boats on the pond, and admire the statue of George Washington and the funny Make Way for Ducklings. Nearby, you can see the Massachusetts State House, which is the seat of the state legislature and the Governor, recognizable by its golden dome.
Not far from there you will find the Granary Burying Ground, a cemetery dating back to 1660 where the patriot Paul Revere and three signers of the Declaration of Independence such as Samuel Adams, John Hancock and Robert Treat Paine are buried. If you still want to get around the city you can walk the streets of Beacon Hill, a beautiful historic district with Victorian-style street lamps. You will be catapulted into another era, perhaps it would be even more impressive to walk through the small streets at night. Around Beacon Hill you can stop at Nourish Your Soul on Cambridge Street for a bite or a healthy drink.