Jeremy and I went to Boston this past week. He had a conference to go to and I saw the city while he was listening to talks. It worked out well for me. Boston is only about 4.5 hours from us so the drive wasn't bad at all, that is, until we got into the city. After getting lost once, we found our hotel and settled in.
I got to spend some time with Cecilia while there, since she's a grad student at BU. She showed me around the area we were staying in and we also went to the Science Museum together. That is a pretty cool place. I'd highly recommend it to anyone visiting Boston.
I got a "Boston City Pass" that gave me access to the science museum, sky walk observatory, aquarium, art museum, and either the natural history museum at Harvard or the JFK library for much cheaper than it would be to buy separate passes. I ended up going to all but the observatory and I picked the natural history museum over the JFK library, mainly just to see the Harvard campus. Jeremy was able to accompany me to that one. It was pretty lame and the campus wasn't as impressive as I expected it to be either. The art museum was my favorite attraction (I would also highly recommend it). It was HUGE and they're adding on another big wing. The aquarium wasn't the best I've been to. It was rather small and overrun by small children so it was hard to see a lot of fish. They do have a rather impressive penguin exhibit though.
We celebrated Jeremy's birthday while there and had dinner at an Italian restaurant in the North End followed by some awesome cannoli. it was pretty good, but since he didn't get a cake I'm making him one now. He has requested white chocolate with raspberry this year.
Also while in Boston, we were able to see my friend from Texas, Ceci, who is a grad student at BC and Jeremy's friend from Baylor, Derek, who is also a grad student there. Who knew we knew so many people in Boston? It was fun seeing them. We played trivia with Derek and his wife at a bar and were in the lead until they threw in a baseball "lightning round". We basically lost because we didn't know what teams all these baseball players are on. We got all the science questions though!
We came back Wednesday afternoon and will probably go back sometime for a weekend vacation now that we know how close it is. We're closer to Boston now than we were to Memphis when we lived in Knoxville. Crazy.