Boston

Early flight in, late night flight out. it is definitely not as crowded and bustling as NY, but it has its charm in its own way. i found it more difficult to get around, in terms of helping apps for transportation schedule, than in NY despite all the brains across Charles river.

public librarybooksOn the other hand, the culture for education is impressive. As a direct result, the first institution that I will mention the public library. It is yet another architectural masterpiece on the outside, as well as on the inside. the reading roominner court of the libraryThe impressive facade shelters an impressive amount of books, available to anyone who has the will to grow as a person and educate him/herself. The inner decoration and architecture is as beautiful as the inner court little oasis of peace.

public garden

boston common

Unlike NY, it is a much smaller main city, yet I found it much noisier too. I guess here the ambulance or firefighter car is more obvious when passing, since there is no bustling street life humming in the background. I love the countless parks on the other hand. The weather was surprisingly chilled, but very pleasant at the same time. Walking around the city was a pleasant stroll all the time. It is clean, despite the same phenomena of the missing trash cans. Whenever someone would ask me about impressions about the US or Boston in general I would end up saying it is not that different from Europe, especially England (obvious reasons) therefore there was no really severe cultural shock. Some reactions of differences that I noticed and I still remember, which stroke me at first.

 

Positives:

  • people would meet you with a smile and will actually establish eye contact, which I find very human and pleasant; even compliment sth on you, or give a free advice–take ti or leave it, but I still find these reactions pleasant, more human than a cold, straight, blank face or total lack of contact
  • ice is served in abundance everywhere
  • once you ask for adjustments on the service, it is done right away, which is considered rather awkward in Europe
  • doggie bag is as usual as tipping; no one would object it unlike here… where basically the equipment thus the concept is missing entirely
  • there’s a huge variety of cuisines, most of the time good as well, at least in the big urban agglomerations
  • while walking through the train station’s tunnel under the road, in Lausanne, I noticed that people in the bigger urban agglomerations know much better how to share the common space– they are better democrats. I actually started associating the lateral line from fishes with the crowds from the US. They would be just far better at avoiding individuals that the folks back here…
  • sailing on Charles riverone particular thing that I liked about Boston was that going sailing is so easy once on the shores of the Charles river, or of one of the ponds
  • second handsecond hand/not right from the shelf of a super fancy store is not a crime!! there would be various opportunities to find great articles (treasure hunters, attention! ) of high quality, at actually affordable prices. e.g. Boomerang thrift shop– even serves a good cause! — ok I saw there is the salvation army in CH as well, so little less criticism for this one …
  • softball gameI just assisted at my first softball game! :) it was fascinating to see how people with so different backgrounds, would actually be on the same wavelength for that one hour game, leaving any kind of differences outside and actually enjoying a non-competitive game, where being on a team is the main focus

Less positives:

  • toilet bowls fill up too much with water, which can cause unpleasant even gross situations; the hygienic paper in most of the places is so thin… :)
  • one must be always sharp on the maths, cause (S)he will have to deal with tipping and total sum computations all the time; which is quite ok though
  • what is more disturbing is that the prices don’t contain tax, you see one you pay sth else…well more usually ;) ; same goes for tips. I feel like once the tip is added, the price is a bit high for the service.
  • public transportation…
  • pubic library homelesshomeless? -)social aid — there would be quite a few homeless ppl sleeping in the parks
  • seemed that people wouldn’t really thrive for better understanding of what’s happening around them; I cannot forget this happening that I assisted at, while traveling by tram (locally called street train !) where a grandma’ would give her nephew a full white flour doughnut topped with chocolate, and the little cute redhead boy would eat it all ( this is even much for me as calories) and all that she could show would be a full contentment with her deed, asking the child whether he enjoyed –the unhealthy thing she just gave him. There was another scene as well, which kept me wondering for long, again a grandma not being responsible enough about her nephews. …
  • I missed speaking other language than English… I missed the variety from Europe, e.g. Switzerland
  • there is so much variation from one state to the other one… when I found this Colgate wisp (I wonder if it is available here, but so far I haven’t seen it… :( ) in industrial quantities all over the duane reader stores in NY, in Boston I had to pay a fortune for these ingenious inventions and had a hard time finding them. Probably the plus point here is Amazon’s efficacy, but still… not to mention the difference with the west coast …
  • one more that stroke me was that centralized car locking systems make the car honk as they lock it, instead of the usual blink of hazard warning lights. It just took me a while to get used to it :)

Well, these are example that stroke me, just to name a few, but of course the list can go on and this is only a tourist perspective. Anyone has different reactions to add?

More pics here.