Harvard and Hotdogs

August 20, 2011

After my fabulous two weeks in New York City, I caught the train to Boston to meet my beautiful friend, De, and her fiancé, Tim. They’re getting married in New Hampshire over the weekend, and I scooted up a little earlier to explore Boston.

I caught the Amtrak to Boston from New York Penn station, enjoying the stunning New England countryside on the way – everything is so luscious! I paid $30 for an upgrade to business class, and boy was it worth it. I had an incredibly spacious seat and was able to snooze, write in my journal and read my book in true comfort. Although after my 4 hour train trip standing, covered, in 45 degree heat in Morocco two years ago, any train seems luxurious…

American coffee (bad) plus cashew cookie Lara bar (delicious) and my book (delightful) make for great travel companions.

Before long I was hugging my gorgeous friend, and we were off driving through Charlestown towards Cambridge. We enjoyed paninis at Cafe Pamploma, an old and renowned eatery. We ordered goats cheese, avocado and olive tapenade paninis, delicious.

We then explored Harvard University. It was quite surreal being there, in such an historic place (which was also the setting for Legally Blonde, a terrible important film).

In the evening we saw the Red Sox play at Fenway Park.

Hot Dogs with mustard were involved. I was all rather fantastic. Tim is a big Red Sox fan, and taught me the ins and outs of the game. Now I know what “the bottom of the ninth” means, and that makes me happy.

It felt amazing to be in such a famous, old stadium. I soaked it all up. The week prior I was at a Yankees game, and was so excited I bought a hat. But I kind of regret that now. The Red Sox seem like a far cooler team. Like underdogs. And who doesn’t like an underdog with a side of hotdog?

Heidi xo

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  • Michelle Chin August 21, 2011 at 8:58 am

    I was here at harvard too

  • Leah August 21, 2011 at 12:11 pm

    wow Heidi, what a wonderful trip your having 🙂

    Love a train trip, I used to travel from Canberra to Sydney all the time. It reminded me of an old movie, with the dining car etc.

    Hope your having a great time. Soak up as much good weather as u can!

  • KittyCate August 21, 2011 at 1:14 pm

    I am enjoying your USA posts so, so much! I feel like I'm right there with you, from the way you describe everything. Enjoy every second! xx

  • Hannah August 21, 2011 at 3:11 pm

    Fabulous! I don't know if you remember them, but the wacky green fabric heels I'm wearing in the photo of me with the black dress that was on my blog recently came from a shop in Harvard Square 😀

  • The InTolerant Chef August 21, 2011 at 8:17 pm

    What a great day- friends, history, food, sports and more food!

  • Terry Turtle August 21, 2011 at 9:11 pm

    Underdogs and hot dogs sound like a match made in heaven!
    Your trip sounds amazing!!!

  • Lisa (bakebikeblog) August 22, 2011 at 7:50 am

    oooh I was sad I could not see a baseball game while we were in the US. There was one in San Fran – but it was sold out!!!

  • Julia @ Boredom Abounds August 22, 2011 at 10:34 am

    Harvard is gorgeous, isn't it? In fact, pretty much all of Boston is lovely!

  • Lisa August 22, 2011 at 2:06 pm

    Oh this sounds like an amazing trip! I went through a stage of buying baseball caps from places I had been and things I had seen. Eventually I decided this was crazy as I had too many hats so now I buy magnets so that my fridge reminds me every morning of wonderful adventures.

    Hope the wedding was gorgeous!

  • chutneyandspice August 23, 2011 at 3:53 am

    sounds like you are having so much fun over there!

  • denitapreston August 23, 2011 at 8:53 am

    Such a fun day! It was so special to spend some time with you before the havoc began. From the yummy panini's to the scenic walks and of course baseball with the crazy fans – ultimate Boston experience! Too bad the Red Sox lost.. Tim was quite crushed.

    Heidi, this was by far the best week of my entire life. I'm so lucky to have the greatest bridesmaids, family and friends(and of course husband!!) ever!! Thank you for making it so special. I can't wait to do the same for you in only 6 months! You will be such a beautiful bride.

    Miss you so much already xxxx

  • Ashley August 23, 2011 at 1:15 pm

    Aww, that looks like so much fun! 🙂 I'm terrible with sport, I always have to get Brad to repeat himself 10 times over all the details about cricket…I love how colourful the stadium is though! 🙂

  • April@MyFoodTrail August 23, 2011 at 1:56 pm

    Oh I'm loving all your US posts! Makes me wish I could have explored more while I was there last year. Lovely photos too!

  • Keely aka The Richest Girl in Bondi August 24, 2011 at 11:34 am

    What a fantastic time you're having! Did you get the hot dog sans sauerkraut? What about the crazy American liquid cheese? Love the effects on your pics.

  • Sherilyn @ Wholepromise August 25, 2011 at 8:41 pm

    What a wonderful adventure. I really miss my days of travelling the world. Now i just travel to the laundry with another load of little things to wash and dry.

  • Anna Johnston August 27, 2011 at 12:35 pm

    Arch…. One of the best days of my life was spent in Boston. Thanks for the trip down memory lane. I'm so jealous of your adventures. Thanks for sharing. Xxx

  • Blithely Unaware August 31, 2011 at 12:57 pm

    The train ride sounds VERY luxurious compared to Morocco, worth the upgrade!!!

    I know zip all about Baseball, looks like you had fun.