Sunday, December 21st, 2014

My 13 Best Travel Moments of 2013

In a year of travel taking me from Austria to Australia, Boston to Bangkok, Malta to Macedonia, Kyoto to Koh Lanta, the good times have been so good. To commemorate the year, I decided to do a round-up of my best travel moments of 2013. Rest assured, as good as the times rolled, it certainly wasn’t [...]

My Account of the Attack on the Boston Marathon

Yesterday I went to watch the Boston Marathon.  A few hours later, we were recovering from a devastating attack on our city. My friends, family, and I are fortunate to be uninjured.  We were watching two miles away from the blasts in Copley Square. Boston: Home to the World’s Best Marathon Boston is a lot of [...]

Boston’s North End in Black and White

Big news: after years of filling this blog with my iPhone photos, I’ve upgraded to my first DSLR!  I am now the proud owner of a Nikon D5100 and a Tamron 17-50 lens, the latter a recommendation from my wonderful photographer friend Ed. The camera body retails for $496.95 without the kit lens (I bought it used “like new” [...]

Home for the Scaled-Down Holidays

Last night I touched down in Massachusetts, where I will remain for the next 27 days. As I wrote in my post about Christmas in Sihanoukville last year, I’m not a Christmas person.  After aging out of childhood, Christmas, to me, has been more about stress and greed and going broke than about joy and [...]

Traveling in the Off-Season: Sometimes Great, Sometimes Awful!

I’m a big advocate of traveling in the off-season and reaping the benefits: lower prices, fewer crowds, a more local experience. But as I sit here in Turkey, I’m disappointed at my decision to come here for three weeks in late November.  Istanbul was great if a bit cold, Cappadocia was freezing cold and creepily [...]

Photo Essay: Cape Cod Houses

Spending time on Cape Cod is a rite of passage for Massachusetts residents.  If families in Massachusetts aren’t booking flights to Orlando, chances are they’re booking a week at a house down the Cape. That wasn’t the case for my Massachusetts-bred family.  Rather than spending our summers vacationing in our home state, we always went [...]

Boston Movie Tours, or, THE BACK OF MATT DAMON’S HEAD

I love Boston movies — and I love that there are so many of them lately! That’s because Massachusetts began offering tax credits to film studios in 2005.  Since then, movie after movie has been shot in the Boston area.  Coincidentally, a wave of gritty Boston crime movies began around that time — first, Mystic River, [...]

When Boston Turns Electric

Every city has a moment when it’s set on fire.  In Boston, it’s that moment on a hot summer evening when the sun’s mostly down, but every color intensifies brilliantly. I used to call this time twilight, before that godawful franchise came along and started teaching teenage girls that abusive relationships are okay if he [...]

Boston A to Z: 26 Perfect Photos

It’s time to pay tribute to my beloved hometown: Boston, Massachusetts. Since a picture can convey much more than words, here are my favorite 26 things of Boston, shown in photos, A-Z! Architecture.  I.M. Pei knew what he was doing when he juxtaposed the Hancock Tower with Trinity Church! Brunch cocktails.  Try a blood orange [...]

How I Survived A Mugging

Image: kahala Almost a year ago, I was mugged for the first and (I hope) only time in my life. At the time, I was living in Boston, across the street from Berklee College of Music and Boston Conservatory.  It’s a very nice neighborhood, home to students and musicians. I had recently joined a gym, [...]