Mapparium

Sunday, July 31, 2011

Borrowed image from christianscienceneworleans.org
The Mapparium, which is housed at the Mary Baker Eddy Library near the Prudential Center, was an amazing sight to see.  Designed in 1935 by Chester Lindsay Churchill the Mapparium is essentially a giant stained glass globe.  Unlike most globes, however, you view the world from the inside of this one.  At over 3 stories tall there is a bridge that crosses 30 feet from one side to the other.  It hasn't been changed since it original design so the world today is drastically different.  There is a short tour that goes along with it and for the $6 I would say it's worth taking a look.

With the admission cost of the Mapparium we also got to look around the Mary Baker Eddy Library which gives a history of the development of the Christian Science Monitor, founded by Mary Baker Eddy in 1908.  I will have to admit that the Library did not really help me learn much more about the Christian Science religion but they did have some hands on exhibits that are always fun. 

Institute of Contemporary Art: Boston

I will be the first to admit that I am not a great art enthusiast.  I would chose a history museum over and art museum any day but I am always willing to try experiencing new things.  Although I probably would not visit on my own I did take a trip with my roommate to the Institute of Contemporary art along the Boston waterfront.  I may not have understood many of the piece but they were definitely interesting to look at.  One exhibit focused on records as contemporary art.  There were decorated album covers, art using records themselves, and even a few audio pieces using records.  There were also some very eclectic pieces... one of my favorite being an avocado wrapped in newspaper and another that was a piece of sod on a table.  Again,  I may not understand most of the art but I at least appreciate the fact that others enjoy it.  If for no other reason I would suggest going for the beautiful view of the waterfront.

Freedom Trail

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

I won't go into too much detail about the Freedom Trail but I will say that for anyone interested in history this is a must see of Boston.  The Trail takes you along where some of the most important events in American history took place and it also allows you too see some of the best parts of modern day Boston, too.

The Trail takes you through Boston Common, past the State House, and into some of the oldest cemeteries in the country. One of my favorite spots is the site of the Boston Massacre.  It is just a small plaque in the middle of a busy intersection, but it is amazing to stand there and imagine what it was like back in 1770.  Just a short walk from the site of the Massacre is Faneuil Hall.  Although one of the more difficult place names for non-natives to pronounce (after Worcester, of course), it is apparently one of the most popular tourist sites in the country.  Here you can find every type of "Boston" food, souvenirs, and street performers.  You could easily spend a few hours here just people watching.  From there the trail takes you through the North End to see Paul Revere's house.  While you are in the area I strongly suggest you make a stop a Mike's Pastry. Though technically not part of the trail it is an important part of Boston culture today.   The end of the trail takes you into Charlestown to see the Bunker Hill Monument and the USS Constitution.   For a walk that is a little less than 2.5 miles, the Freedom Trail is a great wait to experience some of the best parts of Boston. 
Quincy Market at Faneuil Hall

Paul Revere's House

USS Constitution

Bunker Hill Monument

Sam Adams Brewery

Although I have lived in or around Boston my entire life I will admit that I haven't experienced most of the quintessential "Boston" things.  Every once in a while in elementary school we might take a trip into the city to go to the Museum of Science or Aquarium but there is so much more I still haven't seen.  Luckily since I live within a T ride of everything and I have a roommate who refuses to leave the country without seeing and doing everything Boston has to offer, I get to play the part of a Boston tourist.  I don't really consider it traveling but they are all fun places that I would recommend for people to visit so I may as well share them here.

The first place that I would HIGHLY recommend is the Sam Adam's Brewery.  Located just a short walk from the Orange Line,  the tour begins by taking you into the brewery where they give you quick history of beer, cover the different types of beers, and then give you a handful of hops to rub in your hands. They also let you eat some barely.  I'm not sure which barrel they were from, but only take a few of the dark ones... they compare it to chocolate but I'd say it's a bit closer to burnt popcorn.  After that you get a rundown of the brewing process and finish off the tour with a half hour of drinking!  It is a great tasting session in which you get to try three different Sam Adam's brews and also learn how to compare and analyze beer.
Yum!

The Future

Thursday, July 7, 2011

They reason why I have been working frantically to catch my blog up for the past month is because I have some big things planned.  After working for 6 months at my job I realized I did not want to be there long term.  I still wasn't sure what I wanted to do but I knew this was not it.  I started applying at other places mainly in the city however I realized that all I was qualified for or felt comfortable doing was basically what I was already doing.  I even interviewed for and got offered a job as a real estate paralegal right in downtown Boston.  Although it was a great location, the people seemed fantastic, and (after some negotiating) they agreed to match my pay, I realized that it was a completely lateral move.   I knew I would end up spending another six months there and be right back where I started.  I was terrified to do so but I turned the job down. 

It was then that I started looking at grad schools for September.  I thought going into business would be very helpful however most MBA programs require 3-5 years experience or a really impressive business undergrad degree.  I also soon realized that I couldn't afford school anywhere in the US so I began looking in Europe.  My roommate mentioned that her school had a great business program so I looked there.  Not only did they have an affordable program, but they also had a business degree designed for people who did not study it as undergrads.   So I applied.  And waited.  It only took them about two week but felt like much longer until they accepted me!

So today, after almost a year of working in my office, I've decided to call it quits and head back to school.  As of September 1st I will begin my life in Dublin as a student again.   It's a little terrifying but I'm more excited than anything else.