A spring break isn't much of a spring break when you're spending it doing homework. However, I was lucky enough to spend yesterday in Newport, Rhode Island with a few of my closest friends.
We spent a good chunk of our day touring the Newport Mansions. For just under $25, you can tour two properties. One was a self-guided audio tour and one had a guide. We definitely got more out of the audio tour, as we were able to take more time in each room. It really depends what you are looking for.
If watching the waves from a billion dollar mansion isn't enough, Newport offers views for the photographer in everyone. An amazing photographer I know took these photos. You can see her complete portfolio here.
Depending on what you're looking for, it might be best to head out to Newport sometime after May. We were lucky that the tourist spots were pretty empty, however a lot of shops were closed for the off-season. We will definitely have to head back during the summer months.
In today’s edition of: Exploring Boston as a Cheap, Broke Grad Student:
What: Faneuil Hall Marketplace
Where: Downtown Boston
Cost: Free. Costs for food, gifts, etc.
Faneuil Hall is a marketplace filled with small shops with one-of-a-kind gifts
I studied hard for my GRE and I cried hard for my GRE.
I spent a lot of money on applications.
I traveled. I explored. I researched.
And, I MADE IT!
A year ago I made the decision to move away for graduate school. I realized (after four long, expensive and challenging years) that I went to school for a program I was not excited about and one that I could not imagine myself making a career out of. After a long journey of excitement and worry I finally made it! I am officially a Boston University graduate student!
I’m not the type of person who gets excited over change. I don’t have the desire to travel the world, I don’t care to see new things and meet new people. Really, I’d be perfectly fine to live at home until I was 45. Thus, I was sure that despite being accepted into Boston University, I would definitely chicken out, most likely using finances as an excuse. Luckily for me (not so lucky for my comfort zone) I have family and friends who push me past my limits and who have pushed me as far as Boston!
We had to catch a SUPER early flight (really, who knew 6 am still existed?) which turned out to be an hour late because one of our lovely flight attendants got stuck in traffic. Despite our broken entertainment system, we made it!
So, what does a family of five do in a studio apartment equipped with only one double bed and no AC? Aside from snuggling and sweating, of course, we got to see some amazing places.
I had a life changing experience this weekend. Surprisingly it wasn’t a near death experience, though the idea of being murdered and thrown overboard at the Boston Harbour was never far from my mind. But no, my life changing experience was far more enjoyable than what my imagination concocted. This past weekend I had the pleasure of visiting Boston University for their Graduate Visiting Day and information session.
As you can imagine shoving 6 grown ass men and women into a car for what was supposed to be an 8 hour drive is never fun. Add accidental detours, a GPS taking us the scenic route and highway stops that resembled scenes from the most horrifying murder scenes you can imagine, the trip started rough.
A Boston girl via Toronto. University of Toronto, Sheridan College, and Boston University alumna. Passionate about ending domestic violence. Hoping to never go a day without carbs or chocolate.