Boston: Day 36 – November 14, 2010

Boston from Cambridge

Boston, looking out from Cambridge

Boston, as heard from various others, is known as a walk-able city and today I found that out. Didn’t go to downtown Boston, but quite close. It’s wide, open, and I thought Newbury Street was chic. Easy to get around and clean in layout, I think I like what I saw, which I know isn’t all of Boston, but then the bigger picture is made up of smaller snippets.

Boston path

Boston Park

Boston Street

Being here in the US is the second time in this trip that I’ve felt strange while being in a new place. I’d read that travelling for an extended period of time helps people find out more about themselves, but it’s only now that I’ve started to understand how that works. It’s sometimes a little surprising to find out things about yourself that you never earlier considered. It’s interesting to realize and understand how you respond, either by natural instinct or by habit, to a particular situation in a particular manner, and is something that becomes readily apparent if you experience it more than once. Being in new places on a very regular basis in the last few weeks has given me that opportunity, and I think it’s going to be helpful to me further in my travels to know that. Now that I know how I react habitually, I think I’ll be able to make better judgments about places I visit and stay in.

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About StrandedMike

Just trying to find my place in and on this potpourri of culture, language, and geography called Earth.

Posted on April 28, 2011, in Travel and tagged , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.

  1. Good post! I’m glad you’ve enjoyed Boston. I went there for the first time in my mid-twenties, when my parents moved to the area.

    I agree with you about how travel fosters self-discovery. When I travel I think I also learn as much about the place I call home as I do wherever I happen to be traveling. It’s exhilarating, right?

  2. Absolutely. All of us notions about the kind of people we are, but travelling through unknown places is a great wake-up call.

    I’ve grown up in an overly cosseted environment, but going through this on-the-road experience made me realize how much I like change, even though I always thought I’d never manage to adapt to it, that too at such a rapid rate. Additionally, being inside a different culture brings out the unique aspects of your own culture much more strongly than watching a documentary on Nat Geo ever will.

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