Traveling and exploring destinations is always on my mind. When my supervisor informed me that we were going to a conference in Boston, I began to get excited because I had never been to Massachusetts before. Who said business can’t be sprinkled with a little pleasure?
I wanted to explore Bostons nightlife and get to know my fellow colleague attendees. During the first night I met up with several conference mates and we went to Slade’s Bar and Grill located in Roxbury Crossing, MA. The soul food was delicious and inexpensive. I ordered chicken wings, macaroni & cheese, red beans & rice and banana pudding (dessert was on the house) for only $10. The comedians were funny and kept the audience laughing throughout the evening. The funniest thing happened, after the comedy finished performing the host asked, “If anybody wanted to come up for prayer”? After the prayer was finished, the event space was turned into a dancing club. I had never seen that happened before in a club.
Due to the seminars starting late on the second day, I booked a morning Boston Duck Tour for 39.50 per ticket. The price of the ticket includes a discount savings book for attractions in the city. This amphibious vehicle was used in WWII to ship items from land to sea. This tour was really cool because the transportation is a boat on the water and a bus on land. During the tour, you will see over 30 various landmarks in the city and take a splash in the Charles River with a view of Boston.
During the evening, I met up with a young lady from my travel group called Nomadness Tribe. I informed her that I enjoyed Mexican food and she recommended dinner at Lolita Cocina Tequila & Bar. Don’t be alarmed by dark decor with red lighting. It is a small location with an intimate setting. I loved this place because they gave you several freebies with your meal. We had fresh chips and 3 different types of salsa, flavored liquid nitrogen type ice to cleanse your mouth, cotton candy, and temporary tattoos. I ordered a variety tacos plate which included, chicken, fish, and Asada.
On day three, I did a free walking tour on the Black Heritage Trail conducted by the ranger of the National Park Service Boston African American National Historic Site (BOAF). Many freed African Americans in Boston fought to end slavery. During the tour, you will learn about how they established churches, schools, and Underground Railroad sites. The tour begins at the 54th Massachusetts Regiment Memorial and ends at nation’s first African Meeting House. I recommend this tour as is informative and I learned about a history that is not often not spoken about.
Do you remember learning about the Boston Tea Party in History Class? I knew that I had to visit the Boston Tea Party: A Revolutionary Experience museum. I was super excited to go to this museum because it was interactive. Upon arrival, I was escorted to the meeting room to participate in a colonial town meeting and given a card with a person name that was aboard the ship during that time. You are allowed to explore a replica of the boat and throw tea overboard where tea was thrown 240 years ago. You will explore the cabin quarters, captain’s cabin and cargo hold. Next, you will have a 3D experience which discusses the aftermath of the tea party between the loyalist and the patriots. At the end of the tour, you can purchase tea and scones. Unfortunately, it was closed for a special and I was unable to taste any treats from Abigail’s Tea Room.
I love going on trips because I tend to walk more than I would at home. I down on a Fit bit but I am positive I exceeded the daily amount of steps needed for adequate exercise. Make sure you bring walking shoes while exploring the streets of Boston. Remember a work trip doesn’t have to be all work and no fun.
In my next blog post, I will tell you how I spent my weekend on Martha’s Vineyard.