Saturday, May 4, 2013


This week, I was in Boston for several days for a work conference. We are implementing a new city-wide software at work that is rolling out across all departments over the next 18 months or so. The conference was full of training sessions for the new software, and was located at the Boston Sheraton, just blocks from the Boston Marathon bomb sites. Surprisingly, I was not concerned about my safety during the trip. Before the conference started, we were sent emails from the conference coordinators that security was beefed up to protect us. Bag-check points were at all entrances to the conference venue, and bomb-sniffing dogs periodically walked the venue.
Bomb-sniffing dog taking a break

See the location of the Sheraton in relation to the 1st and 2nd bombs! 
Facade of the buildings at the 1st bomb site
There didn't appear to be much damage to the buildings; broken windows were covered by plywood. The sidewalks in Boston are very loud but when we walked by the bomb sites there was an eerie quiet that settled over the crowd. 

But it was a little creepy that there was still crime scene tape in the street gutters. 

We didn't let the recent tragedy prevent us from enjoying the City of Boston, and it appeared the residents and other tourists felt the same as us. We enjoyed a lot of good food: 
Bruschetta at Papa Razzi 

Crab roll with crispy onions and jalapeno polenta at Legal Seafood

A Pilgrim Burger from Boston Burger Company: turkey burger with stuffing and cranberry mayo. This was a recent  stop on Guy Fieri's Diner's Drive Ins and Dives show!

Cupcakes from Crumbs Bakery
We did the tourist "thing" and rode a trolley around to historic sites in Boston, and then took a Boston Harbor cruise (said: Bost-in Hah-bah")
Fenway Park

Me in front of House of Blues

Me and some coworkers on the Harbor Cruise

It's crazy what you see on the wharves - here's a park wharf

Pirate ship

Condominiums that resemble ships

Our last night in Boston we were treated to a comedy act by Wayne Brady. He was on "Whose line is it anyway" as well as other comedy shows. We were all rolling with laughter. 

This was my second trip to Boston and I would definitely visit again if given the chance. My first visit was with the American Institute of Architects Students group, for an architecture conference in December 2006. I saw sites this time that I didn't see last time. There is so much history in this area of the country that you could fill weeks looking at historic sites and learning our nation's history. 

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