I was only home for ten days and my goal was to put a lot of activities into this short period of time. One thing that I had been wanting to do for a while, but would always brush off is biking around D.C. That week, I finally did it.
Capital Bikeshare offers an easy and affordable way to take on D.C., if you keep tabs on how much time it takes you to get to each dock location. Man, biking is so efficient! It’s a great workout and you get a breeze on a hot day! My friend and I were able to tackle the Smithsonian, the Jefferson Memorial and Tidal Basin, the Washington Monument, the World War II Memorial, the Lincoln Memorial, Georgetown, and the Kennedy Center in three and a half hours, with plenty of time to enjoy each place.
Everyone always hates tourists because everything just becomes overcrowded, and I totally get that — I hate huge crowds! However, I think that it’s important to take those tourist trips every once and a while for yourself. It’s very easy to do this in D.C., since everything there is basically a tourist attraction, from the monuments and museums to bookstores to cupcake shops with infamously long lines. So many things in the nation’s capital are picturesque, making me believe that it might be the most photogenic city.
Another friend and I went to visit a garden in a Maryland suburb of D.C. While it wasn’t too far away from where we live, we had never been there before. It’s important to always find new places around your area to explore to keep your life exciting. We plan on visiting a sunflower meadow when I go back home for a weekend in July.
I went to visit a friend who lives in New York in February and went out into the city with her and her brother. We packed our day so many tourist expeditions. We traveled all over Manhattan. They told me that they hadn’t done that in a long time, and it was nice to experience their city with a new attitude while also seeing new things and finding new places. That’s why I think this is so important. It changes your perspective a little bit.
Now that I’m back in Boston and the weather is actually warm, I’m going to take advantage of my time here and be a tourist of this city. Much like D.C., Boston is filled with historic landmarks and tourist attractions. The city is so fun to explore, with exciting farmer’s markets, many parks, and beautiful neighborhoods. I’ve done a fair share of traveling to different sites and neighborhoods because I want to take advantage of my time here, but summer gives a new sense of excitement, curiosity, and opportunity.
The school year is filled with New England’s coldest months, making it nearly impossible to venture out to all of these places while its only warm in September and October. Plus, each season brings new activities in Boston, and the city transforms as the leaves change into shades of red, orange, brown, and yellow, the city gets covered in snow, and then it slowly begins to warm up again.
I have some plans in the making on visiting places that I’d like to go see, restaurants that I’d finally like to try out, and neighborhoods I’d like to explore. Yesterday, I saw the city from a new perspective by kayaking on the Charles River with my cousin. The city looked so incredible and I could not wipe the smile off of my face because I was in awe of its beauty. Needless to say, I’m excited for what this summer brings. In terms of traveling in the future, I want to go to as many places as I can and experience the beauty that every place has to offer.