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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Heeello dear readers!

It has been a while since the last time I posted something here, sorry about that. I have had so much to do, and the weather has been way to nice to just sit in front of the computer on my free time.

I got out from my last class for today 30 minutes ago, and I am now sitting with my friends in the library to study for a test I have on Friday in Trigonometry. I had never heard or worked with trigonometry before I came here, so I felt a bit lost when we first started to talk about it. I stayed for a while after class was over today and asked her to explain some parts that I did not understand so now I feel pretty good about it. I was so sure that I was going to law school when I was in high school so I did not take the last math course, which I now regret but my teacher is very helpful and understanding which makes the whole thing a lot easier. I am meeting up with my group from building construction at 7pm to work on our group project which is a 15 minutes presentation about metal roofing. Nothing huge but it still takes some preparations. I met up with my group for my Intro Lab this Monday to work on our presentation of the Burj Khalifa which I believe will turn out really good, and me and the guys I am working with are having a lot of fun at our meetings.

Except for studying for exams and working on group projects have I been watching way more hockey the last couple of weeks than what I usually do. I have a lot of friends who plays hockey for Wentworth, so I go to as many of their games as I can. I went to my first Bruins game ever last week, it was fun! Since our school is located in the middle of Boston, going to different places around the city it really easy. We took the T to both TD-garden and the arena that the guys are playing at.

Unfortunately, I do not have any good pictures for this blog post, but I promise to take some good ones until next time!

Good afternoon my dear readers!

 
I am back in school after an extra long weekend due to Columbus Day this Monday. On Saturday I went with some friends to see my first rugby game ever. I liked it so much that I went to their practice yesterday. It was fun! I am going on Thursday too, but until then I need to study some rules so that I know more until practice on Thursday.

 
Today has been a pretty good day for me. I started by 8am as usual with math where we are doing a group project about correlations and linear equations. My group is going to examine the relation between the number of viewers at a soccer game and games won. It is fun to do something outside of the classroom sometimes! After math I had an exam in building construction on concrete and foundations which I think I did pretty well on. After that I sat in the library and did some homework and had lunch before it was time for English. That is my last class today so when it was done I went to my chemistry professor’s office to get some help about some things I did not understand in class. We talked for a while and he gave me some exorcises to work with. I think I am going to sign up for a tutor in chemistry. My professor suggested that since he’s obviously not in his office all the time, and it is really easy to sign up for. Right now I am in the library and writing this, and then I am going to a meeting about residential construction. The meeting is voluntary but I thought that I might go since I want to work with that in the future. The fact that they are giving out free pizza is also a big bonus..

Because I talked about chemistry and building construction in this post, I thought that these two pictures might be appropriate. The first one is a very serious(not) picture of me and my roommate before chemistry lab last Friday, and the second one is from building construction lab when we tied rebars two weeks ago.

 

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9/28 – First post!

September 28, 2015 — Leave a comment

OK here we go, first post on my blog!

It has now been five weeks since I came from Sweden to America, and I love it here. Today is September 28th and it’s still like summer outside. These weeks have gone so fast, and I have had so much fun already. A normal day for me looks like this: I wake up at 6.40am to get ready for a day in school. After I’ve done my make up and changed clothes about seven times I leave Baker Hall at 07.20 to get breakfast in Beatty, the school cafeteria. There are several options for what you can eat for breakfast here, but I strongly believe that everyday is bacon day. School starts at 8am for me since I made my schedule like that, then I usually have two lessons followed by a two hour brake for lunch before my last class begins at 1pm. I try to do as much homework as I possible can at my lunch break so that I have the afternoons off, which I usually do. One of the best things about living at a campus in downtown Boston is that there is always something to do. I can easily walk to the big shopping center called the Prudential, and there are restaurants everywhere. I have a Swedish friend named Johanna who’s an exchange student at Babson college for this semester, and when she visited me last weekend we took the T (which stops right outside our door at Baker) to Park street for some shopping, followed by a coffee in the big park Boston common. Later that day we went to the Prudential for food in their restaurant on the very top of the building with a view over the entire city. A place I would really recommend if you want a place to eat in Boston.

Today has been a pretty good day. I got the result from both my construction management exam and the math test that I took last week. I’m happy with the result from CM, but the math didn’t go quite the way I wanted it to. My teacher is great though, she told me not to worry and I’ve signed up for extra tutoring at the learning center now. You can do that for every class, which I think is great since a subject like math is very hard to study by yourself if you are struggling. Later today I’m going for a run around Fence park which is only a three minute walk from our campus. I try to work out in some way everyday, and sometimes I force my roommate Andrea to come with me. We are allowed to use the gym as much as we want to here at school which is great, but I personally prefer to work out outside. Partly because of the fresh air, and partly because I think it’s a great way to explore the city. After I’ve posted this I’m going to meet up with some friends for dinner. I eat almost all my meals at school, or at MassArts’ cafeteria which is the school right next to us. I have a full meal plan and those are the two places that accept my student ID as payment.

Here are some pictures from my weekend with Johanna! Sorry about the last one. I’ve tried to turn it but it just doesn’t want to…

 

 

 

 

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