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Review of fall 2015

December 8, 2015 — Leave a comment

HELLO!

I just finished my chemistry final, which actually went better than I expected. I went to my professors office yesterday and sat down with him for almost 2,5 hours, and then I studied the rest of the day with a friend. I can’t believe I’m flying home tomorrow. Time flies and I’ve had so much fun during this semester, here’s a quick review of my time is Boston so far!

 

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Me and Johanna outside of TD garden

This picture is from my second day here in the city. Me and Johanna decided to go exploring and
basically walked around the entire city until our feet bled. Neither of us knew anything about the area so we got lost a couple of times, but it was a really fun day!

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David on Newbury street

Unfortunately I don’t have any pictures from the first day of school, but David was one of the first juniors I got to know. He’s also from Sweden! This day was sooo hot. We had about 90 degrees Fahrenheit the first 1,5 months here. Pretty hot in other words. For you who read my previous post, this is at Newbury street!

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This is a picture of Andrea from one of our daily study sessions in the park right next to Tudbury residence halls, which is like one minute from our dorm. We came there almost every day when it was hot outside to lay in the sun and do our homework together.

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This is my friend Pablo! The picture is from a couple of weeks ago when we went shopping and stopped for some smoothies.

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The last picture is just from a walk I took one or two weeks ago. It’s by the river about 20 minutes from my dorm. I think I live at the perfect place. Close to both the city life with shopping and restaurants and to the nature at the same time!

This will probably be my last post for this semester. Have a wonderful winter brake everyone!

When in Boston

December 8, 2015 — Leave a comment

HOWDY Y’ALL!

(Note to myself, make that trip to Texas happen)

A while ago I got a message from an old schoolmate who’s in Canada for one semester. He told me that his girlfriend was coming to visit and that they were planning on doing a little trip through the States during her time over the Atlantic ocean. They we’re coming to Boston, and he asked me for some tips on what to do here. I’ve only been here for three months, but You defiantly asked the right girl, Sir.

THEREFOR, I thought that I might share the list I did for Hugo and Olivia with my precious readers (They didn’t get the pictures and all that, I added them just for you guys) Here we go!

We can start by walking out from my building towards the Prudential center. It’s basically the same street all the way, so those who wants to go shopping comes with me, and those who prefer sports can take a left after about two minutes and continue the walk towards the Fenway to go see The Boston Red Sox play baseball.

I’d suggest that we have lunch at The Top of the hub, which is the restaurant at the top of the Prudential center. You can see almost the entire city from there and it’s beautiful. If you want to go there for dinner, especially on Friday or Saturday, you should make sure that you book a table or to be there when they open.

After we’ve gone through all the nice stores in the Pru, I think it’s time to move on to Newbury st, which is only a minute walk from where we just came from if you exit the building on the right place. If you’re feeling tired and feel like a minute walk is too far, you have The Boston Public Library to your right, or the second biggest Apple store in the world across the street.

There is a wide selection of stores at Newbury. You can buy a jacket at Barbour, a dress at forever 21 or why not a pair of Star wars slippers or a Superman t-shirt at Newbury comics? If you’re still hungry I think you should go to Joe’s, Stephanies or Paparazzi which are some of my favorite restaurants here.

Lets continue or walk towards Boston common! If you’re still not done shopping you should take a right when we stand right in front of the big Park. There are a lot of stores in this area too. If you’re in the mood for some Chinese food, China town is just a ten minute walk away from there! If you want to go to my favorite area, take a left to Beacon st. The streets behind Beacon st. are filled with cozy cafe’s that are perfect for a Sunday brunch in the sun.

If we decide to go straight forward towards the harbor we’ll pass Quincy market. It’s a big market hall filled with all kinds of food and pastries. We’re not far from the Boston aquarium now so if you’re in the mood for some penguins, this is the place!

North end is not far away, and this is the place to go to if you’re in the mood for some Italian food. I can’t remember any names now, but I promise to look it up if someone wants it. Mike’s pastries are famous for their cannolis, and there is a reason why. Buy a box and bring them down to the harbor!

I think you should go by the water on your way back. Or if you want to go for a run, this is the perfect place. You have Beacon st. on one side, and on the other side if the water is Cambridge. Take a trip to Harvard or just walk around on the streets. Cambridge is a very nice place filled with small unique shops and cafe’s.

Helloooo readers!

Today is study day! I have my last final on Tuesday so I’m going all in on chemistry the next two days. I’ve already had my exams in English, math and building construction so I’ve basically been living in the library the last couple of weeks.

Yesterday I took some time off and went to a Swedish Christmas market at Tremont st. with my friend David. We were determined to buy tons of lussebullar (which is like a sweet bun with saffron) and ginger breads but they were sold out when we got there… We looked at the other things they were selling and listened to a Christmas choir until we both felt like it was time to go home and study. It’s pretty hard to get a true Christmas feeling when it’s like 15 degrees C outside and the sun is shining, but we tried our best!

At 7pm it was time to meet up with the rugby team for some skating in the frog pond in Boston common. We all met up at the leopard statue and took the T together to Park street, which takes like 15 min. We used to skate at the lake when I was a kid, so I wasn’t that bad. Maybe not NHL material, but not far away! After 1,5 hours on the ice we decided to go get food, and then we took the T back home again.

After my last final on Tuesday I’m going to start packing the things I have to bring with me back home. My flight is on Wednesday afternoon, so I got almost a whole day in Boston before I head back to Sweden for winter break. (I know that you’re reading this mum and yes, start packing one day before is enough!) It feels both great and a bit sad to go back home. I’ve missed my friends and family but I’m also going to miss all the friends I have here. College is so much fun and I wish that everybody would get the opportunity to study abroad, and if you can; DO IT!!

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Yes yes, I know. Thanks giving was like a week ago, but I just haven’t taken the the time to sit down and write about it until now. The time goes by so fast here! It feel like three weeks ago I stood at the west lot waiting for the keys to my room, not three months.. Time flies when you have fun, eh? (<— Sign of hanging out with people from Canada. Add eh at the end of all questions, haha)

Back to thanks giving! We had Thursday-Sunday off from school so almost all the students went home for the weekend, except for those who had games with the school team and had to stay because of that. Me and my friends started a little early by having a turkey dinner on Wednesday at the guys house. Everybody was supposed to bring something, so I brought meatballs. I know that they have nothing to do with a traditional turkey dinner, but I’m a rebel sometimes. Thank you guys for a fun night!

I got invitations to a couple of friends houses over the weekend, but I decided to just stay in Boston and relax. After sleeping for twelve hours on Thursday I went for a run and then I had dinner at a place in North end with a friend. North end is packed with great restaurants and the area around the harbor is so beautiful so if you’re in Boston; go there!

On Friday I met up with my friend again and went out for some black Friday shopping. The streets that were almost empty the day before was now packed with people. After going through some stores we decided to skip the shopping and eat instead. The weather was nice so we ha our lunch outside in the sun. Great day!

On Saturday and Sunday I slept way too much and did the extra credits for some of my courses so I wouldn’t have to deal with that after the break. It was a good weekend!

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