Boston – my first American city
Boston is one of the oldest cities in the U.S.. The first mention of the founding of the city dates back to 1630, which is, for American times, an ancient date. 😀 Thanks to the best universities in the world, namely Harvard and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Boston is the main scientific center and at the same time belong to the richest cities on the east coast. For me, Boston also has a symbolic meaning. It was the first big American city I’ve visited. I came to the USA within Camp America program and I took my first flight on the Amsterdam-Boston route. Already during the landing I felt huge excitment. When I looked out the window, another plane was landing at the same time. I saw something like this for the first time in my life! 😀 When I got on the bus towards Camp, I experienced another shock. Huge skyscrapers and an amazingly wide streets seemed endless to me. 😀 Let me share my new experiences with you and, by the way, I’ll explain why I didn’t drink tea in Boston! 😀
What am I doing in Boston? 😀
My first memories of this city are quite blur. Landing at the airport, then a terribly long check-in, then I got on the bus and went to New Hampshire. In this small state, about 2 hours far from Boston, was located my Camp, where I worked for two months. Boston was not planned at all. After work, we were supposed to go straight to Canada, specifically to Montreal. Fortunately, appeared a very favorable opportunity. It turned out that one club at the last minute didn’t come on camp and we got 2 extra days off. Without long hesitation, we bought Greyhound bus tickets from Orford to Boston and we started our conquest of the U.S.! This is how Boston became my first big American city I saw!
Looks like Asia, but we’re still in the U. S. – the Chinese district
The bus station is almost in the city center. That is why we don’t use public transport at all. Triposo mobile guide was helping us to not get lost! 🙂
Shortly after leaving the station, we felt a little overwhelmed. Powerful buildings caused us to be confused, so before we got where we wanted, it took some time. As it turned out later, it was a matter of time. We’ve quickly learned how to move in big city. At the beginning we headed into the Chinese district. The magnificent Chinese bow has intrigued us, and at the same time encouraged us to enter deeper into the Asian world. However, with each step we felt less and less sure and safe. Chinese district didn’t look too friendly for two young girls. We quickly retreated and moved towards the port.
Boston and its architecture
From the Chinese quarter we headed toward port along the Atlantic Avenue. We were hoping that the cool breeze from the ocean would cool us down a bit on this hot August day. We wanted to approach the New England Aquarium, although we didn’t want to enter it. 😀 We simply admired Boston architecture during our walk. As I mentioned above, this kind of architecture was new for me, so I absorbed these skyscrapers as much as possible. I don’t hide that I like cities (although I love nature and landscapes too), that’s why I pay attention to the style of building. After all, in Europe we don’t have such a big skyscrapers, as in the U.S. or Asia! 🙂
Boston is a fairly old city, as for American times. Hence, several buildings in its center, remember those (distant) 😀 times – (XVII and XVIII centuries). Among them is the Royal Chapel, which dates back to 1688. It was then the first Anglican church in the New England colony. The original church was a wooden structure, which was rebuilt after 60 years into a stone temple. Noteworthy is also a church next to it, belonging to the Baptists. It was opened at the end of the 19th century.
From the eighteenth century buildings, it is worthwhile to mention the Old State House, which was a house of court. It’s hard to believe that American buildings used to be so small in comparison to the nowadays. 😀 The building is very nice, but unfortunately I lost picture of it somewhere… 🙁
At the same time, Faneuil Hall was established, which was a kind of market and meeting place for residents. Unfortunately, we missed this place completely!
Massachusetts State House
Boston is the capital of the state of Massachusettes. In connection with this prestigious role, Boston is the seat of the authorities of the state of Massachusettes. In the same building there is also a general court and the office of the Governor. Interestingly, this building was also built at the end of the 18th century, although it looks much newer! 😀 Perhaps this is due to the fact that it was systematically increased after completion of construction. It is considered as a masterpiece of federal architecture and was accepted as a national historical monument because of its architectural significance. In my opinion, the words of appreciation are truly real, because I also liked this building. 🙂
What would be a powerful American city without a great park with ponds in the city center? Just like in New York we have Central Park, so Boston has a sizable Park and Garden. A real respite and relief for the body on such hot days as it happened to us. Beautifully landscaped, with ponds and fountains in which children splash. We played with the huge squirrels, who eagerly approached us to get something to eat! 😀 I don’t hide that these sweet cuties have stolen my heart! (Mom, can I get a squirrel as a pet?). 😀
The external building of the library looks at first glance an indistinct building. I will even say: it’s ugly for me! But what’s inside the library is beyond all expectations. It’s a real gem that looks more like a palace than a public library. Golden, marble walls covered with murals, magnificent and snow-white sculptures placed around the building, and colorful stained-glass windows! It’s worth visiting this place, especially since the entrance it’s free! 🙂
Boston – a city of churches
This is quite an unusual phenomenon in American cities, but as you can see, Boston is an exception to the rule. Even we were not able to visit all these churches. If I had to point out a concrete one that has been most memorable to me, then this is the Trinity Church). The origins of this beautiful building date back to the 17th century. It was built in English tradition and style. Unfortunately, during the huge fire in 1872, the church burned completely and today we have the opportunity to watch its faithfully rebuilt copy. We didn’t decide to go inside, because it is unfortunately payable !! 🙁
On the way, we also paid attention to the Emmanuel Episcopal Church Of Boston and the Old South Church! 😀
Who would have thought that we would be able to go from Boston to another city? 😀 Some American cities are small enough to easily and quickly get to neighboring towns. In our case, it was enough to cross the Charles River bridge and we were already in the famous town of Cambridge. Why famous? Because here are two world-renowned universities: the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Harvard. Of course, we’ve visited both universities, because we wanted to feel like the best students in the world (at least for a moment). 😀 Did we succeed? Hmmm … Under one photo from Harvard on Instagram, I got a comment “Congratulations of Graduation”, so I think I managed to convince some of you 😀
P.S. Harvard is already quite a bit from the center of Boston, so if you don’t have too much strength or time, I recommend going there by subway!
The Boston Tea Party
At Harvard, we ended up our trip of Boston. We returned to the bus station, where we had a bus to our Camp. So it’s time to explain the title – why I didn’t drink tea in Boston! 😀
In 1773, due to the excessive supply of tea, prices on the world markets dropped significantly. The East India Company, which had its large supplies, received from the British government the right to sell it in the American colonies, bypassing customary duties and taxes. This hit the American importers of this product. British protection policy has caused great dissatisfaction among American Britons, which led to a boycott of tea and the banishment of Company’s vessels to American ports.
In 1773 in the port of Boston, there were three ships belonging to the East India Company. There was a load of Chinese tea in their holds. On the night preceding the day when the tea was to be unloaded, dozens of men, members of the conspiratorial organization, invaded the ships and destroyed the whole load of tea, throwing it into the water. The whole action was carried out immediately and took place without violence. This incident has been remembered in history as The Boston Tea Party. I’m a tea fan (not to be confused with the expert) 😀 , so I don’t support this type of behavior and I don’t like the way of drinking tea in Boston! 😀
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