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Boston and New York

May 3rd, 2012 at 07:57 pm

I had a conference in Boston Monday and Tuesday. My job paid for my travel, the hotel and my expenses during the conference.

I checked my mileage program, and I had a $99 companion ticket, so I asked DD1 to go with me - neither of us have ever been to the east coast.

We arrived in Boston last Thursday. We hopped on Amtrak Friday morning and went to NYC. We spent about 50 hours in NY. It was beyond amazing. We had a chance to see just about everything we had hoped to see while there...the WTC memorial, Empire State Bldg, Rockefeller Center, Central Park, Statue of Liberty...Manhattan, SOHO, 42nd street, Chinatown, Little Italy, Greenwich Village, Harlem, etc, etc. It is hard to describe how amazing seeing all of this in two days was...literally sensory overload in a good way. The people were all so nice, the food so good, the sights so amazing.

We had a chance to meet mjrube (SA fellow blogger) and have lunch with her. What a lovely time we had overlooking the harbor and enjoying a great meal together. Thanks J for making time for us!!!

I stayed within my planned budget...we ate milaysian, italian, steak...we had frozen hot chocolate at Serendipities...a Fenway special (hot dog) at Cheers...NY style pizza (yum)...Boston creme pie in Boston...

We saw where Samuel Adams and the victims of the Boston masacre were buried...as well as Thomas Jefferson's parents..and walked part of the Freedom tour.

Simply, amazing.
I cant wait to go back for a real vacation.

The conference I attended for work was awesome...and all in all, an uber fantastic week.

I spent about $1200 out of pocket for one of the most amazing weeks...and honestly loved every minute.

13 Responses to “Boston and New York”

  1. monkeymama Says:

    "The people were all so nice" - New Yorkers get such a bad wrap - they have always been BEYOND nice when we have traveled there.

    I've been to Boston once, and I just LOVED it.

    How exciting to meet an SA-er. & many more to meet this summer!!

  2. Thrifty Ray Says:

    So true MM...they have gotten a bad wrap...because they were truly so nice.

    It was great to meet mjrube...like a long lost friend...I cant wait for the July meet up now!!

  3. Nika Says:

    Glad you had a nice time here! I complain about NYC often, but I realize now that's because I take all the nice things about it for granted and think of them as the norm. Things like going to Chinatown or Korean town or Indian town and so on to eat are routine, having a huge selection of goods and groceries from all cultures and countries, entertainment options for every taste, public transport and any shopping or service that is provided anyplace... You get used to it and you don't think about it as anything but normal.

    Only when you venture out you go: "What do you mean there is no cafe with fresh delicious pastries open at 1:30 in the morning?"

  4. Thrifty Ray Says:

    Oh Nika...the uniqueness that is New York is so amazing. I honestly loved every all too fast second of our time there!!

  5. Ima saver Says:

    Glad you had a good time!

  6. pretty cheap jewelry Says:

    planning (concept for now) to go to NYC with the nuclear family Smile kids/husband summer 2013. Many oldster uncles, grown cousins and at least one childhood friend to visit - none of whom we've seen in 10+ years. But I anticipate the usual somewhat abrupt NY personality!

  7. frugaltexan75 Says:

    Yay! It sounds like you had a fantastic time. Big Grin

  8. mjrube94 Says:

    So glad you got the frozen hot chocolate! Nika, I agree about New Yorkers taking it for granted. I haven't been to any of the places Ray listed.

  9. -Jerry- Says:

    We lived in Boston for seven years and loved it, and NYC is a fantastic place as well. It sounds like the historical elements of Boston really did speak to you, as they do for me, and they seem to lead me to appreciate my country more. I hope that you do have some insurance that you can make a return trip just to enjoy with the family!
    Jerry

  10. My English Castle Says:

    I'm with you Ray. I've been back from NYC for a week, and have those "little-town blues" again!

  11. PatientSaver Says:

    What July meet-up??? did I miss something big going on here?

  12. Thrifty Ray Says:

    PatientSaver...In July, a few of us are planning to meet up in San Francisco to meet FrugalTexan and maybe Boomeyers when they come to the west coast for seperate reasons but at about the same time...Some of our bloggers live in the Northern Cali and Bay area...and I am going to travel down from Oregon. Big Grin

  13. PatientSaver Says:

    Oh, i'm so jealous.

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