Walking Boston

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: walking is the best way to see a city. I spent the last couple days in Boston. Here’s what I learned in walking 25k steps (according to Fitbit) between the downtown Financial center, Harvard Square, and back.

  • People think you’re a local if walk with a dog, especially if your dog looks like Chewbacca. On top of that, my wife and I probably looked like graduate students since we were both wearing backpacks, jeans and a pair of Nikes. After all, Boston is the epitome of a college town.
  • It’s easy to give other people photography ideas. All you have to do is take a photo in a unique spot and the tourists flock. It also helps to have good weather and shadows to add to the ambiance. Side note: it’s easy to mistake golf clubs for selfie sticks.
  • Going the wrong way allows you to discover new things, even if it means walking through a grungy neighborhood. Yet again everything looks a bit downtrodden after walking a city campus.
  • Walking through universities, let alone MIT and Harvard brings back memories of academic stress. Only if college students knew that the hardest part is taking all that knowledge and using it in the real world. Business is too damn practical.
  • If you’re in the food truck business, or any business for that matter, all you need is one hit product. As the cook told me at the the “Chicken and Rice Guys” truck, the creamy garlic sauce is the reason they’re still in business.

Lastly, if you walk a lot you’ll probably have some deja vu. Where there’s lots of people surrounded by buildings, the same scenes repeat themselves.

So, Boston, it’s not New York but it feels so right to be there on Memorial Day Weekend. PS: I still had the urge to throw a bag of tea into the harbor.

More Boston pics, on the VSCO Grid.

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By Wells Baum

Wells Baum is a daily blogger who writes about Life & Arts. He's also the author of and four books.