It’s neither the city nor the nature – it’s a little bit of both. fast yet slow, noisy yet quiet, and bustling with expats from all over the world aside from natives- this city is well rounded. Much to my convenience, the flight from IAD to BOS was 1.35 hr which got exceeded by another half an hour of a cab ride to the hotel by Harvard Business School (HBS).
It’s May and so I thought spring had already hit, but not quite. The trees had yet to sprout it’s leaves and the winds had yet to slow down. But that didn’t keep the town form being alive. People were still kayaking and running around the Charles river. The roads kept busy and the hotels busier. I got off at Doubletree Suites by Hilton Hotel in Boston-Cambridge – a refreshingly classy and comfortable hotel. The courteous services included a free shuttle that had set timings to take guests around town.
Hungry as I was, I settled my luggage in my room and set off to Harvard Square on the shuttle. After all, what could be better than checking out the main campus of Harvard and having dinner in the most student intensive part of the town?
Because of it’s top ratings, Toscano was where I had dinner – A nice Italian meal in a great ambience. It was 8 pm and I had called it a night as the shuttle got me back to the hotel.
Two more days to go and a lot to fit in my travel bag- What was next?
I walked to HBS with my dad that morning; he had more than the two days to plan for- an entire Owners/Presidents Management (OPM) course at Harvard. It was his orientation while I got my share of enjoyment from the delicious breakfast. His dorm suite was one to look at. I’d kill to live there.
After a delicious brunch, we set back to our hotel in a hurry to catch the shuttle to Copley place where we could board the famous duck tour ship that would take us around Boston. We were just on time when the ship set sail. 14-15 people and our Captain Mack, we first took down the roads seeing the historical buildings, gardens, and offices on the way. 40 minutes of information, fun and games along the way, we let the tires hide back in so the ship could convert into it’s true form and we could sail through the Charles river. So many fun facts about the dazzling city and few minutes of our own hands on the steering wheel as he hoped and trusted his sailors wouldn’t drown his ship.
Day 2 was down and I knew I had to save my last day here for shopping at the Newbury Street. I woke up early to get a tour of HBS with my dad’s batch mates and spent my lunch networking with them. BCBG, Bebe, Zara, D&G etc were some of the shops I swung by at Newbury Street. I loved the vibe- it felt very downtown and alive. The best was seeing diverse faces shop till they’d drop. Hours went by and it was already dinner time. This was my last night with dad and so we went back to Harvard Square to fine dine at Maharaja- indeed a delightful place to go Indian at!
My time at Boston was Short and sweet and I ended it with getting a Harvard hoodie to express my pride for my dad is now a part of one of the world’s most prestigious Universities!