Weekend: I’m in Beantown!

boston part I

It’s been years since I’ve visited Boston, which is a shame since it’s really quite close.  I had some comp days for work, and I thought it would be a nice time to get out of Vermont for a long weekend. Go to a city. I have a good friend who moved to Boston in the fall for an awesome teaching position, so I was excited to catch up.

I took the Megabus from Burlington on Thursday morning since it was so cheap and I hate to drive, especially in the winter. I ended up running into a former roommate’s ex-boyfriend on the bus. Small world! The bus is a direct route to Boston, but I needed to take the commuter line out to my friend’s place in Newton. So, I had a few hours to chill in South Station.

I love train stations in big cities. Fantastic people watching.

And it was funny to see advertisements for Vermont.

vermont ads in south station

But it ended up being like all day by the time I took the bus, waited for the train, took the train, then walked to Liz’s. I finally made it before dinnertime.

There’s her pug Smitty.


There’s Liz!

liz's kitchen

I planned on going to school with Liz on Friday. They were doing a tea and discussion in class – how adorable! – so we made salted caramel cupcakes.


I discovered the BEST salted caramel sauce! It’s Deb’s deep, dark salted butter caramel sauce.

I’m making this for all future gifts.

homemade salted caramel sauce

I also have to highlight a few very cool things I discovered about Liz.

liz's books

1.) Her range of books, from fancy Marxist theory to bitter boyfriend books. 2.) She really does have apples on her desk at school.


3.) A Pride & Prejudice BBC version poster (so she can stare at Colin Firth at work) across from her desk. 4.) A tea station in her classroom.

Later that night we went out in Harvard Square to meet up with a group of others for drinks at Tratta.


Almost all of us ordered martinis.

harvard square

It was a fun night!

harvard square

Tomorrow, I’m going to attempt to run (maybe) and then head back to Vermont. Supposedly, we got SNOW! I’m excited to see it.

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9 Responses to Weekend: I’m in Beantown!

  1. I love Boston so! Have you read Murakami’s “What I Talk About When I Talk About Running”? It’ll make you love running in Boston even more.

    • Sarah says:

      No, and I want to! That would be a good audio book to run to….

      Have you read his IQ84? I almost bought that at the train station this weekend.

      (Your marathon training looks like it is going so fab. I gotta get mine in better gear!)

      • 1Q84 is sitting on my bookshelf. It’s most intimidating and will have to wait until after my MIddlebury reading is done. Marukami is my favorite author – read The Windup Bird Chronicle. It’s so so good.

        It’s going okay, but I’ve been really tired; my plantar fasciatus (spelling?) has been HORRIBLE.

  2. Rock Salt says:

    I wish so much that I could hit Boston for a weekend! I like the look of those martinis…

  3. Kate says:

    How fun! I’ve never been to Boston. Actually, I haven’t explored much of the East coast, not even NYC! I think I need to borrow Liz’s bitter boyfriend book.

    • Sarah says:

      Boston is a great city! I want to visit again when the weather is warmer and explore more of the downtown area.

      And, oh yeah, I could submit a few chapters for the bitter boyfriend book, volume II.

  4. Lauren says:

    I’ve never been to Boston, but it’s on the top of my list! I just need to carve out the time.
    And I agree with the commenter above, What I Talk About When I Talk About Running is great!

    • Sarah says:

      Yes, I’m trying to get that book from the library. Can’t wait!

      And Boston is a lot of fun – I love its history – you’ll have to get there soon. I’ve never been to Philly!

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