Miriam’s Stay Abroad in Boston – Storytime – Part Five

Providence, Rhode Island

On April 1, again with Katharina, I visited Providence, Rhode Island, for another fair, although this time it was a festival about the French language, and since I do not speak it I did not understand much of what was said. (I think the gist was that speaking French is important because it is important to know a second language, which I can of course wholeheartedly agree with.) The fair was fun nonetheless because it featured the performances of two bands which I did not know but enjoyed anyways.

On the way back to Massachusetts, we made a brief detour to take a stroll through Brown University, because, you know, when in Rome. Or, in this case, Providence.

Brown University, RIProvidence

Revere Beach

My favorite place in Massachusetts must have been Revere Beach. Simply because I love the ocean so much. It has to be paradise to be there in the summer. When I was there it was freezing cold, of course, but I loved it so much I still stayed there for hours, collecting sea shells and taking photos.

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New York

Near the end of my stay, a friend of mine from home, called Nadine, visited me for a couple of days, and she had the idea that we really, really NEEDED to go to New York City (Manhattan, to be specific), and even though I had not really felt the desire to see it before, I did agree that it would be pretty cool to be able to say that I have been to that place that is so ingrained in US pop culture. Thus we booked us some bus tickets and off we went.

The first place Nadine wanted to see was the Library, because some scenes of “The Day After Tomorrow” had been shot there. So, naturally, once we got there, the first thing we did was to find a telephone booth and re-enact the scene in which Jake Gyllenhaal’s character calls his father and almost drowns.

Next up was Times Square, where we were talked into taking photos with Iron Man (not the real one), several Elmos, Minions and Dora the Explorer. I thought it was nice, but of course it is a total tourist trap because those people do not tell you they expect a tip until after the photos have been taken and you would look like a total bastard not tipping them. It was cool, still, but really I would have liked to keep my money and not have those pictures now. But, oh well, you cannot change the past.

Then, of course, we walked through Central Park, where we ate our packed lunches and enjoyed the sun. It is a great place to visit, but I do not think I would want to live in Manhattan, because there are just too many people. They are EVERYWHERE. If you are not a fan of huge masses, I guess it is not for you; it was not for me, anyways. I enjoyed Cape Cod a lot more.

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Here you can find her other entries about her stay abroad:

Miriam’s Stay Abroad in Boston – Storytime – Part One

Miriam’s Stay Abroad in Boston – Storytime – Part Two

Miriam’s Stay Abroad in Boston – Storytime – Part Three

Miriam’s Stay Abroad in Boston – Storytime – Part Four

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Miriam’s Stay Abroad in Boston – Storytime – Part Four

Over the next couple of weeks there will be stories about Miriam’s Stay Abroad in Boston. If you haven’t already check out her other entries. They will be links after this entry. I hope you enjoy! XoXo, Jasmin

Cambridge

While I was living in Malden and working in Boston, I didn’t see just Malden and Boston, obviously. I took occasional trips to Cambridge, mostly for partying, since Cambridge has some great partying spots, such as the Middle East and the Middlesex Lounge. I did, however, have to get used to the fact that those places were pretty much dead until 11 pm, and only then did the party actually get started, which made next to no sense for me because those people who could not afford a cab or an Uber had to leave at 1:30 am to catch the last Red Line. Oh yeah, and briefly before I left the late night service of public transportation was shut down entirely, meaning the last Red Line left  at 12:30 am. In a University-populated city, that seems like the worst idea possible to me.

Of course, though, I also had to visit Harvard and MIT. I guess if you are staying in Boston that is a given, right?

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Cape Cod

On one sunny day in March, me and my fellow interns rented a car and went on a road trip down to Cape Cod, and it was absolutely beautiful. First we made a brief stop at the Kennedy Compound in Hyannis Port and visited the beach there, before driving further along the Cape until we arrived in Provincetown. It is a small place, and since we visited it off-season, it was mostly deserted, but it was beautiful nonetheless. It was freezing cold that day, as well, but because the sun was shining and I was at the beach, I could not have cared less; I could have just stayed there, waiting until summer would come around.

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Maine

On one occassion I was asked to accompany my boss to an exhibition in Portland, Maine, so of course I said yes (I think my answer was something along the lines of “How can I say no to that?”), because, how many chances will I have in my life to see Maine?

We drove there in a rental car, and because I mentioned that I hoped we would see the coast at some point, my boss (a really awesome chick named Katharina) made a 30-minute detour to Kennebunkport just so I could see the ocean and walk up and down the beach once. That is really all we did, because it was below 30 degrees (Fahrenheit) on that day, but you can not tell from the pictures, it was so beautiful.

The exhibition was called FLAME (Foreign Language Association of Maine) and it was set up inside one hallway on the first floor of the Holiday Inn in Portland, where no sunlight could reach us. It was uneventful, but fun. If you have ever worked at some kind of trade fair, you know it is a lot of fun talking to the different people and trying to interest them in whatever you are representing, especially if you can do it like we could, by throwing merchandise at them (not literally, of course). Because we spent most of our time cooped up inside the hotel, we did not get to see much of Portland, but we did take the time to go out for dinner, and what I could see, I liked.

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Here you can find her other entries about her stay abroad:

Miriam’s Stay Abroad in Boston – Storytime – Part One

Miriam’s Stay Abroad in Boston – Storytime – Part Two

Miriam’s Stay Abroad in Boston – Storytime – Part Three

You can find Miriam on those social media platforms:

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