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Wednesday, August 31, 2011

what i love {summer in Boston}

Boston...I love this place for so many reasons!  Being raised an Air Force brat and having lived in several parts of the United States, I don't consider myself completely biased.  So I thought I'd share my favorite things about summer in the Boston area as I feel the nights get cooler and autumn air roll in.
photo by Scotland Huber
I attended high school in a Boston suburb and quickly learned two important things about Massachusetts natives (which I also believe are true for most New Englanders); come summer there are few things more precious than ice cream and baseball.  Having had a sweet tooth as far back as I can remember, I was happy to oblige in such traditions as going to the dairy farm which doubled as a large ice cream stand from April to October.  They have flavors galore and it's all made on site.  One of my favorite family memories was going to the ice cream stand on our way home from church on Sundays.  Mom said it would ruin our lunch, but Dad was an ice cream fiend, so there was no stopping him.
And having never been much of an athlete (my brother got all the athletic ability), I was also thrilled to cheer for a team.  Being a Red Sox fan is like nothing else.  The camaraderie of fans is unbelievable.  I remember wearing my Sox cap in the Phoenix airport in 2003 during the World Series and peering into a bar to check the Marlins-Yankees score.  A guy turned around and caught me checking on the score; he scoffed "there's always next year."  How right he was! 2004 turned things around for the Red Sox when they defeated the Yankees in the greatest come back of the American League Championship Series and went on to win the World Series.  I lived in Colorado that year and never was more proud to be a sports fan.
I returned in Massachusetts in 2008 and had the opportunity to live in Somerville (just north of Boston) with a high school friend and two others and then in Dorchester, a neighborhood of Boston.  During that time, I learned the city itself and found lots of local restaurant and cafes to frequent.  For a full list of my favorites, check 'em out on here.

What are your favorite things about where you live?
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