Up to Beantown

19 Jul

Hello all! If you can’t tell from the title, it’s going to a Boston recap kind of post. So if you’re not a fan of Boston or recaps, please feel free to move along.

The plan on Friday was to wake up early which shouldn’t have been a problem since I’ve been working up at 6am with no problem at all. But of course the day I have a train to catch, I decide to start using the snooze button like it’s no ones business. I never hit the snooze button since it’s one of my biggest pet peeves ever. I don’t get the concept of setting an alarm if you’re just going to hit the snooze button over and over again. I would rather wake up, bitch about waking up so early and get on with my days but yeah, the day didn’t start out well. Neyal drove me over to the Metro and gave me specific instructions on what to do. I’m not sure why I was so nervous about riding it alone but she assured me I would be fine since the mentally challenged do it all on their own every day. I’ve been on there before with others but I guess when going at it solo with a time restraint, I wanted to make sure everything would be right. I was surprised at how easy it was. The only issue as always was sketchy people on there which odds are, there will always be a few bad apples. This girl was sitting across from me and just kept staring at me. It was very creepy, when I was look over to the side, so would she. When I would look down, so would she. I wasn’t sure if we were playing the whole don’t bat your eyelashes game but I was relieved when the Union Station stop finally came up.

All I had to do was go up the escalator and I was there. They have a bunch of self serve kiosks just like the airport so it was easy to get my ticket and go.

Leave it to me to sniff the aroma of Starbucks in the air. The line was absolutely out of control as expected however I thought it was pretty efficient of them to have someone going to each person in line, getting their order and then telling the baristas via headset. I thought I would go up to the cashier, grab my coffee and go since there eight or nine people in front of me. But I got up there and my drip coffee wasn’t ready and I got my sandwich and the cheese was melted to the bag, it wasn’t a good way to start the morning. Add that to some creeper hitting on me while charging my phone and I was ready to get on that train.

Well, Matilda was ready as well. She was excited for her first trip to New England.

All aboard!

Matilda was the perfect girl to have with me since we got a seat on the quiet car. I wish planes would adopt this because it was so nice and peaceful. No cellphones, loud music, loud conversation or crying babies What more could you want? When someone’s phone went up, the conductor came right over and told them no phone calls, how it was the quiet cart and all. I just raised my fist in the air a little and mouthed “Word” since silence is golden.  I slept a little and chatted with the lady sitting next to me. She boarded in Philly and was telling me about the u2 concert in Philly the night before. If I can’t get tickets for the u2 concert, I will happily life through someone else who has been. I would have loved to have been at that particular concert because another favorite band of mine, Interpol, opened for them instead of Florence& The Machine, who has been opening for them this tour. I wanted to sleep more but it just wasn’t in the stars, this better not happen when I go to Italy because I will definitely need to rest on that trip.

I even got to see a bit of NYC before we got into Penn Station.

While on a 20 min break, Matilda got her own seat

I should have kept her there because maybe that would have kept the people at bay. Apparently, everyone wanted to sit next to me and the girl who sat next to me at Penn Station broke the cardinal rule of being a girl with big hips : Thou shall not sit next to another girl with big hips. It was uncomfortable all the way to Boston.

The second part of the trip was pretty dead. I broke into my Clif Carrot Cake bar right after we left NYC

I wasn’t sure what to expect with this flavor. I’ve liked just about any CLIF bar flavor I’ve tried in the past but there is always the risk of making a bar out of a popular flavor and it turns out like crap. To say the bar was extremely tasty would be an understatement. It was flavorful, moist for a bar and the only thing that would have made it better was some cream cheese drizzle.

By 5pm I was in Boston, hooray I survived the Amtrak! Stephanie was gracious enough to let me crash at her place and show me her city for the weekend. We took my suitcase over to her car then made our way over to the Seaport District for much needed dinner and drinks (not in that order). The plan was to go to Temazcal, a newer upscale restaurant right on the water but there was already a wait….at 5:15. Um no. We tried to find a spot at the bar but the place was absolutely jam packed, which is definitely a sign it’s doing well. I even got to hear my first Boston accent while waiting in line to speak with the hostess. I heard some guy say “We’re just going to the bah (bar)” and I giggled to myself, I love Boston accents!

We went over to Jerry Remy’s  right next door. There was a little wait and when I say that, I mean 10/15 minutes not this hour long bull crap. We made our way straight to the bar to get some hoppy refreshments in our system and the place was a complete sausage fest-score! Not only did it have nice views of men, it also had nice views of the food. We noticed that pretty much every table had an order of nachos on it and they looked heavenly with cheese, chips, sour cream, meat galore. When we sat, we finally found out why the nacho craze at Jerry Remy’s. On their menu, they guarantee cheese on every. single. chip. I’ve never heard of something so wonderful and now questioning why we didn’t order the nachos?  I ordered the Remy Burger with a side of sweet potato fries because I needed real food stat. I’d been chowing on snacks all day so a big meal was a must plus I needed a little something something to soak up the beer.

Sweet potato fries count as a vegetable serving right? Right. Even though they weren’t orgasmic, they were good enough to down. The burger was magnificent and I ate up every single bite, Jerry Remy’s was a great spot for a low key,  dinner option after a long day of traveling.

I marveled at the skyline, well, a part of the Boston skyline on the way back. Also at the beautiful scenary, people walking around and smell of the water. I feel spoiled when I go to a new city since Charlotte’s skyline is lame and the Uptown area is pretty much a ghost town after 5pm.

And that’s all for now. I am leaving DC tomorrow morning and have way too much to take care of in the next 15 hours. Stay tuned for more Boston fun!

Do you like the process of traveling such as packing, waiting, sitting next to strangers, etc or would you rather just get there without the fuss? Some of my friends hate going to the airport and having to wait with others then sitting next to strangers but I find it oddly exciting!

When you travel, are you chatty with others around you or do you keep to yourself? I’m a chatty Cathy most of the time but occasionally like some quiet, alone time.

30 Responses to “Up to Beantown”

  1. Kace July 19, 2011 at 4:58 pm #

    I took a quiet car on a train from Baltimore – DC once. it was gllllooorious. It also made me wonder how, if trains have been around for hundreds of years, it took till the 2000s to think of something as simple as that!

  2. Amy at TheSceneFromMe July 19, 2011 at 4:58 pm #

    I do love to travel, but packing takes me a whole day as I like to try on every outfit with jewerly and shoes etc.
    I always travel with someone, but often times we do talk to strangers. Locals are filled with knowledge of the best restaurants and sights to see anyway!
    Beantown, home of NKOTB:)

    • simplyshaka July 21, 2011 at 9:56 pm #

      Thats why I love chatting with strangers/locals, you always find the best hole in the wall places you arent going to hear about on tv or in a magazine. Oh NKOTB, I heart you!!

  3. Sara@Runninginpinkproject July 19, 2011 at 6:44 pm #

    I dont mind the traveling once Im on the plane/train but I HATE carrying all of my crap through the Amtrak station, lifting it over my seat etc. I love that you met a lady who just left U2. I saw them in 2009 and am seeing them one week from today in Pittsburgh. They are my most favorite band of all time so Im beyond stoked!

    • simplyshaka July 21, 2011 at 9:56 pm #

      That is so awesome and I am super jealous—have a wonderful time!!

  4. Natalie @Will Jog For Food July 19, 2011 at 6:52 pm #

    I actually like traveling to my vacations(as long as it goes smoothly)…..it’s fun to anticipate getting there. But on the way home I wish I could just teleport or something…traveling home makes me sad my trip is over.

    • simplyshaka July 21, 2011 at 9:58 pm #

      I agree, coming back is always a buzzkill.

  5. Ashleigh July 19, 2011 at 8:11 pm #

    It sounds like you two had a blast together! wish I could have spent more time with you! I hever never been to that Remys but here it’s awesome. The BF and I are nachos obsessed so I have to take him there sometime. I have been to Temazcal and I am not surprised about the wait because it’s so new and fancy. I bet you were better off at Remys though… Temazcal is really expensive!

    • simplyshaka July 21, 2011 at 9:59 pm #

      You must go there sometime and do a full report letting us know if the whole every chip with cheese thing holds true! We will hang more when I come back again 🙂

  6. Amy @ Second City Randomness July 19, 2011 at 8:47 pm #

    I agree with you on the snooze thing. Why have 20 minutes of crappy sleep/snoozing when you could be up and productive like you should be anyway? I don’t find it satisfying…

    I can’t wait to meet Stephanie in a few weeks! Weeeee!

    • simplyshaka July 21, 2011 at 10:00 pm #

      You two are going to have so much fun, I can’t wait to see what shenanigans you two get into!

  7. Juju July 19, 2011 at 9:28 pm #

    That creepy girl that was staring you down- what if she was one of your blog readers! hahaha =]
    I’ve never really traveled alone. But even when I do travel, I do not enjoy packing and unpacking. Wondering where did you leave your car? Did I miss that post… Shietttt

  8. Jessica @ Stylish Stealthy and Healthy July 19, 2011 at 10:36 pm #

    I don’t mind when people talk to me on a plane, unless I’m doped up and just want to sleep. Also once I had a couple sit their 3 year old daughter next to me and then they sat on the other side of the aisle. SERIOUSLY?? It was the worst. She was cute and all but I’m not a great flyer and whether or not Wall-E was on was not my top concern at the moment.

    • simplyshaka July 21, 2011 at 9:49 pm #

      Hahahahahahahahha. Awesome…..and awkward.

  9. Vix @ LittleMissEverything July 20, 2011 at 7:24 am #

    I hate lack of personal space when someone sits next to you, some people just don’t seem to get that you shouldn’t touch strangers!!

  10. Mindy@FindingSilverLinings July 20, 2011 at 7:33 am #

    I would love nothing more than to be a passenger on a train and look over to see a girl with a puppet taking photos. LMFAO! I love you Tiff!

    • simplyshaka July 21, 2011 at 9:45 pm #

      I did it on the DL, trust me, I need no help with people thinking I’m a weirdo 🙂

  11. diana@mymarblerye July 20, 2011 at 8:23 am #

    i wanna go to boston!! Glenn loved it there so much!! So jealous. 😦 I hate the process of packing, checking bags, security, plane time, leave airport…ETC. Hate it. I even hate the fucking smell of an airport!

    • simplyshaka July 21, 2011 at 9:46 pm #

      I hate the smell of planes….and nasty hotel rooms like the one I’m typing from!

  12. Carly July 20, 2011 at 9:55 am #

    I’m a mix of both. I’ll chat a little when I first sit down, but I use trips to catch up on books. So after a couple minutes I want alone time to do some reading!

    • simplyshaka July 21, 2011 at 9:47 pm #

      Thats always my intention but I usually end up chatting my life away!

  13. leashieloo July 20, 2011 at 11:31 am #

    I don’t like the fuss of traveling, it’s my least fave part. If I could just magically appear at my destination, I would be a happier person. More Beantown recaps please, I am a fan!

    • simplyshaka July 21, 2011 at 9:47 pm #

      I love going places but am usually less than excited to head back home. Especially from the airport with getting to my car, paying for parking, getting home to a dirty house,.ugh.

  14. shannonmscott July 20, 2011 at 12:07 pm #

    Wish I could have met up with you ladies! Those burgers at Jerry Remy’s look ridic! I haven’t been there yet but I’ll have to make it a point to get on that. Hope you had a great time in the Bean!

    • simplyshaka July 21, 2011 at 9:39 pm #

      Too bad you couldnt make it –maybe next time!? You must go and get their burgers, they have a nice little variety too.

  15. Monique July 20, 2011 at 12:24 pm #

    yeah I always get stuck with a big booty girl sitting next to me on the train. I wish i had the balls to look at them and say “youre KIDDING me, right?”
    I love packing! although i always feel i am not well enough prepared lol so i overpack

  16. MelissaNibbles July 21, 2011 at 3:23 pm #

    I’m not much of a chatty traveler. I’m too shy.
    Remy’s has good burgers, but some of their other stuff is suspect. I’m glad you went with the burger!

    • simplyshaka July 21, 2011 at 9:30 pm #

      It was either the burger or one of the hot guys from the bar on a platter. So much man candy, I loved it!

  17. Katie @ Legally Fit July 21, 2011 at 4:26 pm #

    Dude I am all about the snooze button. Bad habit. I love accents but I espesh love Boston accents! 😀 Guaranteeing cheese on every single chip? Amazing. I am definitely NOT a chatty Kathy when I travel- with random people at least. I think it’s fun when people are though!

    • simplyshaka July 21, 2011 at 9:27 pm #

      Being chatty usually guarantees some good stories!

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