So…I went to Boston for the 4th of July weekend. I was there for 4 nights so I think I got a good taste of what it was like. Boston felt extremely livable, not too much traffic and things are conveniently close. The city proper is so small that you can really just walk everywhere you want to go within half an hour max. There’s also a train system that will take you across the river to Cambridge (apparently not part of Boston). It’s unusually clean and there is a lot of greenery for a city. Commonwealth Street sports a grassy median with tribute statues to significant people of Boston/American history. This leads into the Boston Public Garden, a manicured garden with a few ponds where you can find ducks and swans. All in all, very pleasant.
However, this isn’t really what I want to be highlighting when I am traveling somewhere. Am I really forced to remark on the Garden? It’s just a park. To me, Boston overall felt mediocre as a destination. The food was good, not great. There were not any super unique attractions. The local chains did not stand out. And I’ve been to Rome, so I’ve had better Italian food.
I think Boston is livable but would I even want to live here? The floor for any experience is decently high, that should be said. What I’m disappointed in is that the ceiling for any given experience also feels only an inch or so higher than the floor. Everyone thinks Maryland is boring but there are definitely highlights here that exceed anything I managed to find in Boston. There just isn’t anything going on.