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Boston @ night
When my friend Hannah and I were in the states about 10 years ago we spent a horrible 26 hours on a Greyhound bus, something I swore I would never do again. Unfortunately the cheapest way to get from Albany to Boston is by Greyhound but it’s only a 4 hour ride so I gave in. I was pleasantly surprised to see that Greyhound has upgraded their buses to leather seats, wifi and electric plugs. I still wouldn’t want to spend another 26 hours on one but it was much more comfortable than I thought it would be!

We went to Boston to catch up with Hanni and Dan, a couple from our Sail Croatia trip last summer, and celebrate Super Bowl Sunday with them and their friends. This year’s finalists were the Baltimore Ravens and the San Francisco 49’ers, so seeing as no-one had their team in it it was a much more casual affair, but more about that later.  

We started the weekend off culturally by visiting the SOWA First Fridays event, - once a month all of the artists in a particular area open their studios, and provide drinks and nibbles to encourage the public to visit and for all the artists to network with each other. We arent probably quite as cultured as we needed to be however as one particular display of female genetalia left us in fits of giggles. 

Saturday we wandered around town. Boston has a great high street shopping area called Newbury Street - all of the shops are the groundfloor of the beauttiful brownstone block buildings and it gives it a small town feel. Hanni had suggested we stop in at "Steves"; a  greek restuarant which serves award winning yummy chicken, lemon and rice soup which warmed us up! Ty was really disapointed to find that the "Cheers" bar actually looks nothing like the one on the TV show and was really only the inspiration for a downstairs wooden bar. 

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skating on thin ice!
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Ty outside Fenway Park - home of the Boston Red Sox
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Warming up with a delicious cup of Greek soup
We soaked up the history of the downtown area and visited the market where they used to hold independance rallies and meetings. While it was sunny outside the bitter icy wind made us hunt out somewhere to warm up and we stumbled across this cool not for profit community cafe, which had only opened a week prior. The concept stems from the fact that 1 in 6 americans doesnt know where their next meal is coming from and so they 'suggest' prices for the food you pay but if you cannot afford that then you pay what you can, but if you can afford to pay a little extra that donation is used to help up someone more in need. 

Dan took us for a drive by and drink before dinner at Fenway Park (home of the Boston Red Sox). The stadium is really central and its crazy to see how big home runs can end up bouncing onto the motorway nearby! Boston is known for its seafood and Hanni and Dan took us to Neptunes for dinner. The place reminds us of a spanish tapas bar. With only 5 tables and seating at the bar we had a 2 hour wait for dinner but it was worth it!. They are known for their hot Lobster roll and boston clam chowder, but controversially it was a potatoe pancake with smoked trout and caviar that stole the night for me!

Superbowl Sunday finally rolled around and we spent a couple of hours prepping some delicious superbowl snacks - avocado and sundried tomatoe eggrolls, buffalo chicken and ranch eggrolls, artichoke and spinach dip plus the usual chips and dip, hummus etc and then topped it all off with absolutely to die for pulled pork that Hanni slow-cooked all day. mmmm nom nom. 
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lobster roll!
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digging in!
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drinks at the bar
It was my first ever superbowl and by the sound of it it was a pretty good one to start off with. The coaches for both teams were brothers - we noticed their parents were wearing completely neutral clothing! Personally I think they should have had those shirts that are half and half! The first half was dominated by the Ravens, but going into the start of the second half the power went out in the stadium, giving the 49ers 35 minutes to re-group and they came back firing. The game came down to the wire and could have gone either way but the Ravens were the winners on the day. We celebrated not caring who won (and Waitangi Day) with a pav for desert, which seemed to go down well with all the American's and another round of shot-ski's! fun times!

A few epic games of shit head later and Dan was crowned ultimate shithead for the weekend and then it was time to go.. time flies when you're having fun!

Next stop: New York City!!
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SUPERBOWL!
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shot-ski's
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Hanni preparing our delicious snacks
 





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