A Trip to the City

To contrast my travel post from Presidents' Day Weekend, here is a quick summary of our day trip to Boston last week:

Christian Tetzlaff, Starbucks, good friends, shopping, city walk.

Here is the long summary:

  • We drove 45 minutes to the nearest T stop, paid $7 for parking and a $2 fare per person to get to Downtown Crossing (i.e. shopping). This was so convenient and much cheaper than riding the Commuter Rail from Fitchburg all the way into North Station (over an hour ride and $15 each way per person).
  • We shopped the new spring collection (and the sale racks) at H&M with a gift card from Christmas and stopped at Starbucks for a chicken salad sandwich, greek yogurt parfait, and sweet tea lunch (again, with gift cards from Christmas! Can you tell we don't get out much?)
  • It was a sunny day (though, a little cold and windy), so we decided to walk from Downtown Crossing to Symphony Hall (45-60 minutes). I LOVE walking in cities.
  • We were greeted at the door of Symphony Hall by men in black vests. We settled into our second balcony seats, perused the program book, and watched people pour into the hall for the 1:30 p.m. concert. (1:30 p.m. on a Friday - what an innovative idea!)
  • We sat, mesmerized by Christian Tetzlaff and the BSO in a program of three (count 'em three) violin concerti: a short, sweet musical "appetizer" by Mozart, the second performance of a world premiere by Harrison Birtwistle, and the last, an exciting, virtuosic finale by Bartok.
  • We decided we were bold enough to make the walk back to Downtown Crossing (though, we did make a coffee stop at Starbucks on the way. Yes, more gift cards.)
  • Since we were in Downtown Crossing with time to spare, we decided to visit a few more stores and made the walk down to Chinatown and back.
  • We met some good friends from Eastman and a few new friends at Green Street Grill in Cambridge for drinks, homemade chips and dip, and good conversation.
  • We had a quick dinner at Life Alive (delicious three bean chili and bowl of Udon Noodles, tofu, shitake mushrooms, kale, onions, carrots, sesame seeds, and a sesame ginger marinade)
  • We had a great time.