I knew I had made it when I forgot my badge and the concierge recognized me as an employee here. And I am able to give directions now to tourists trying to figure out which train to get on (but only on the green line). Quickly becoming a local. So, with my vast experience, I’ve compiled the “8 Tips for Moving to Boston” guide for all future HH transplants, especially those harkening from good ol’ Provo, UT.
8 Tips for Moving to Boston
1. Everyone will tell you their favorite restaurant. Every single one will be different yet all within a quarter mile radius. Take Mexican food recommendations with a grain of salt though. Not surprisingly, (see a map of where Boston is compared to Mexico) Boston isn’t exactly known for Latin cuisine (e.g. my burrito from highly recommended eatery had rice and beans and 2 pieces of cubed steak).
2. The animals are fat and friendly. Do not expect them to leave you alone. They want you to feed them whatever it is you’re eating, as countless others have done before, leading to the most obese pigeon population in America.
3. Do not get a cart while grocery shopping. You have no car so you have to carry your food home so that 24-pack is not a wise decision. Your arms will fall off and you’ll end up drinking 4 of them on the way home and giving 10 to a homeless person just to lighten your load.
4. Make Way for the Ducklings is like the Bible here. Expect to find the story at every single store ever.
5. Everyone takes “Boston Strong” as a personal mantra here. Walking home, especially through parks, becomes a game of Frogger where you try to dodge the endless packs of runners that embrace marathon training on the daily.
6. I think people who live in the same place for a long time tend to be used to everything the city has to offer. Don’t ever stop exploring. Curiosity breeds creativity and if you’re bored here, you’re doing something wrong.
7. The grid system in no way exists here. IN NO WAY. The roads aren’t even straight much less in any sort of manageable layout.
8. The bottom of the food chain never ate so well. Seriously, they are feeding us excellently here – screenings (rad), radio recordings (sick), meet and greets (highly recommend). They know the way to an intern’s heart.
Yes I recognize 2 of my tips involve food, but c’mon what do you expect from me?
Boston has been great and HH is a fabulous host. Working on my accent in my off time. Week 2, you’ve been a doll.