This past Monday was the Boston Marathon, and it’s one of my favorite days of the year. We have this fun tradition at school to cheer on the runners as they pass by — I love watching them because they’re so inspiring! It’s beautiful to see people from all over the world come together and support one another. I think we can all agree that there could be a lot more love in the world.
For most of the year, Boston is just a college town to me, full of locals living their everyday lives. But it’s times like these that remind me how much history and spirit this city has to offer. I guess when you live somewhere you don’t fully appreciate everything about it, but when you think about the people who’ve come from all over the world just to visit, it really puts things into perspective.
So when I went in to the North End on Tuesday, you can bet my surprise to see Boston bustling with people and excitement. I haven’t been to the North End in years and forgot how many tourist attractions there are here! The energy was absolutely contagious, and made it that much more fun. Walking down the street, you could hear at least five different languages spoken at once. It was amazing.
Our first stop was of course, getting food. The North End is known for its amazing Italian food, and with so many different options to choose from, we ended up grabbing lunch at Carmelina’s. I loved the homey atmosphere and the food was so good! I’ve also been craving gnocchi for SO LONG and was ecstatic when they had it on the menu.
To walk off all the calories, we explored the area. It was cloudy in the morning but the sky turned blue right after we finished our meal. Talk about perfect timing! Since there were so many tourists there, I was able to blend in and be a tourist in my own city without anyone judging. Ha! 😉 Seeing the Old North Church took me back to those middle school history class days. It’s incredible how much history happens in the places around us, and how much of it is preserved in time. I can’t even imagine what life was like back in those days.
The ever so famous Mike’s Pastry had a line around the block, so our cannoli craving would have to be satisfied another day. (Note: If you really want Mike’s Pastry, go to the location in Harvard Square! There’s almost never a line.) But we couldn’t leave Boston without getting dessert! To continue with our Italy theme for the day, we ended up going to Amorino on Newbury Street for gelato. Gelato, cupcakes, and macarons are my weakness, so this completely made my day.
Funny side story: We accidentally got off at the wrong T stop on the way back and ended up around the Christian Science Center, so we spontaneously decided to visit the Mapparium in the Mary Baker Eddy Library. It’s an off the grid place that I’ve never even heard of until my architecture class this semester, but it is SO COOL and you definitely need to check it out if you’re in the area!
Now that I can officially cross the North End off my Boston bucket list, there’s only one more big thing I have yet to do… go to a Red Sox game!!! I feel like I can’t call myself a Bostonian without having gone to a Red Sox game. This definitely needs to happen.