All’s Bad that Ends Badly

Dear Reader, Sometimes leaving is the worst part. Does anyone else get the last-day-of-vacation blues (more here). I surely do. After a lovey few days in Newport, Rhode Island, I had a rough time returning home. As this trip is my only experience with the city, I associate Newport in my mind with sunny days […]

City by the Sea

Dear Reader, Have you ever visited the City by the Sea? According to Wikipedia, this is a nickname for Newport, Rhode Island. Over the weekend, I had the pleasure of visiting this small city and I had some interesting takeaways from my experience. Before I share my observations and impressions, it is important to note […]

Behold the White Elephant

Dear Reader, There is nothing that old money cannot buy. Newport, Rhode Island is certainly an “old money” town. Streets are lined with mansions belonging to 19th century robber barons and captains of industry. Less than a mile south of the central commerce area, the streets begin to change. The sidewalks become narrower and the […]

High Price, Higher Expectations

Dear Reader, Sometimes we conflate a high-price tag with quality. This is an understandable mistake as many good products come with a value that makes one really consider before handing over a credit card. However, other times some things are expensive and are just not worth it. My boyfriend and I visited the One Bellevue […]

The Wheels on the Bus

Dear Reader, Are you a fan of weekend excursions? I certainly am. Near, far, or within my own city I enjoy traveling. This weekend my boyfriend and I traveled south to Newport to celebrate a nice weekend away. To get to our coastal, Rhode Island destination, we took a bus that departs from downtown Boston […]

Sam at the Source

Dear Reader, Did you know that there are only two types of beer? That is one of the facts that I learned on my visit to the Samuel Adams brewery, which is located in Boston’s Jamaica Plain neighborhood. While I have been to several whiskey distilleries (more here), Samuel Adams was actually my first brewery […]

Rest in Peace, in Beauty, and in Nature

Dear Reader,  There is something sacred about cemeteries. When visiting a cemetery, guests must show respect by walking—not running—and generally keeping to themselves. In a cemetery, you won’t find buskers, chatty Cathies, or other dawdlers who can so often be found in public spaces. I recently visited the Mount Auburn cemetery in Cambridge, Massachusetts and […]

A Bazaar of Flavors

Dear Reader, Do you have a favorite coffee shop that you frequent? I have a top few that I rotate between. Having a regular haunt takes the guesswork out of your day. At best, it can be a convenient time-saver, however, at worst, it can trap you into a repetitive cycle. I so frequently get […]

Rozzie Welcomes All!

Dear Reader, At the southern end of Boston’s Orange Line on the “T” (subway system) lies a quaint neighborhood called Roslindale. Have you heard of it? While I was aware of Roslindale’s existence, I had no reason to visit until recently when I decided to make the trip down to visit the Arnold Arboretum (more […]

Jewel of the Emerald Necklace

Dear Reader, Just a few miles southwest of downtown Boston lies a large patch of grass, trees, and woods. This is not just a city park, rather this gated collection of nature is the Arnold Arboretum. The 281-acre “jewel of the Emerald Necklace” is owned by Harvard University and is home to an abundant collection […]

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