Goodbye, 70/70A

This week was Unofficial Moving Day in Boston and like many others, I have moved. Moving means a lot of things and one of them is changing your commuter route. Sadly, I am no longer taking the 70 bus to and from work. While this is generally a good thing (goodbye Western Ave construction!), there will be some characters on the bus I will miss.

 

 busJuice Box Girl– Always looking ready with her music note bookbag and Apple and Eve juice box, you can tell this one is always prepared for a day at work. She was the one I saw most often outside of the bus (Whole Foods, the JFK Library). She also had a surprising temper as I remember several times where she yelled ferociously at the bus driver for skipping her stop (the bus was too full) after she had waited 20 minutes for the bus in the first place.

Loud Girl– Friends (and possible co-workers?) with Juice Box Girl. She seemed nice enough but her voice was a few decibels too loud for a morning bus ride.

Crazy Prof– I think this guy taught at Brandeis but I was never able to find out for sure. Definitely the professor type with seriously thin and crazy hair, glasses, disheveled clothing, and always a physics or math paper in hand. I also saw him once in the red line at the Central Square stop but he was headed toward Harvard when I was heading downtown.

Fashionable Guy and Girl– Not everyone in Boston has awesome style but this two had IT. They were unrelated to each other but when I saw either of them I couldn’t wait to see what they were wearing! Fashionable Guy always got off at my stop and he wore slim-cut suits and carried a very smart briefcase. Fashionable girl made rain gear and lunch bags look like the hottest things off the runway. Seriously, one day she was wearing impeccably perfect ankle Hunter rainboots with a classic Kate Spade bag. She carried a just-the-right-size umbrella and even her lunch bag looked designer and desirable. Her lines are clean and modern and her hair was coiffed to match. I’ll miss those two fashion plates.

Buttermilk– Boston’s scariest bus driver. He typically drove the 7:45 route to Waltham and made sure he had a breakfast -of -champions carton of fresh buttermilk with him in the morning. Yes, folks, straight buttermilk from the carton. Lips to cardboard while putting the pedal to the metal and make you go flying at every stop. Ah, Buttermilk.

I can’t wait to see what crazy characters will be on my next route!

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The Hidden Gems of a Hidden Gem

Many people consider Central Square a hidden gem in and of itself.  While many who visit Boston go to the Harborside, Public Garden, or Harvard Square, many miss another lively part of Cambridge, Central Square.  And even for those “in the know”, there are plenty of places to visit there that you might not think of.  Check it out…

Instead of getting sweaty at Prana Power Yoga, swim some laps at the public pool of Cambridgeport

poolNestled right on the Charles River, not many people know about this lovely freebie.  On a hot day, find yourself across the street from the Trader Joe’s/Starbuck’s/Microcenter plaza and take a dip!  Open from 11-7 during the high summer months (read: late June to early September) the public pool is a refreshing and relaxing way to spend a day.

Instead of taking dance class at the Dance Complex, head over to Green Street Studios

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As I mentioned in an earlier post, I really enjoy classes at GSS.  The studios are large and the price is right ($15 for 2 hours of quality jazz instruction!).  The Dance Complex has some great things going for it but I say Green Street Studios is not to be missed if you enjoy a sweaty dance class!

Instead of spending your night at Phoenix Landing, pick up a lobster and cook it yourself at Alive and Kickin’ Lobsters

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Sure, a night out is in the cards every now and then but if you really want to get fancy, pick up a fresh lobster in this tiny neighborhood seafood store.  They sell lobsters year round and learning how to make one should be a “must” for any New England resident. 

Finally, the neighborhood of Cambridgeport in Central Square is also worth a stroll one afternoon or evening.  Crazy vine-covered houses are mixed with updated two-deckers and tucked away parks that make you long to be a kid again.  What hidden gems will you find?