Exploring Beantown – Boston

Sorry for the absence friends – I’ve been on vacation and away from the blog.

And then summer fun got in the way, and I’ve been out living my life instead of writing about it ūüėõ

But I’m back!!! And ready to give you a recap of all I did in the lovely city of BOSTON!

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Week 1 was dedicated to my love for Lindyhop!  I signed up for a week-long dance camp that was celebrating their 20th anniversary of BEANTOWN!!

BEANTOWN DANCE CAMP

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This was an intensive week of non-stop dance with workshops all day, everyday to improve your dancing skills.  Taught by amazing dance instructors from all over.  Followed by nightly live bands to dance to until the wee hours of the morning!

Here’s a quick run down of those live musical acts:

 

Truth: ¬†When I signed up for this trip, I figured I’d have a ton of other Toronto dancers going with me. ¬†But with the CAD$ being so low…that wasn’t the case. ¬†And then I had a lower back injury that led to me doing ¬†very little dancing all winter. ¬†I started to¬†chicken-out and was worried I wouldn’t be¬†able to keep up with everyone else at this camp. :/

What if they were all amazing dancers and they discover that I’m a dancing fraud!?

What if they’re all super young and I’ll be the oldest granny of the group?!

What if I sit all alone for every meal with no friends all week!? :/  The Fear Was Real!

As the travel date got closer and closer… turns out that there were only two other Toronto dancers heading to Beantown …and we were all arriving at different times.

So I forced myself to be brave, packed my electric heating pad, a sh!t-ton of Ibuprofen and muscle pain ointment and off I went to spend over a week at a dance camp, in a city where I know nobody… dun dun dunnnn!

I had to audition to get into an appropriate “track level” for all your classes that week. ¬†Terrifying? ¬†Yes!

Result: ¬†Turns out I’m an intermediate dancer!

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This was the first time I participated in a group routine and performed in public!!!

I’m happy to report – we ¬†didn’t mess up once on stage!!! ¬†Woot! Woot! ūüėÄ

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Me and my routine dance partner, Eddie

Here’s the routine. ¬†We were nervous that we’d screw it up…so we claimed a spot in the back row…far right, if you’re looking for me.

Look for my especially twirly skirt. ūüėČ ¬†Click here to read about my outfit if you’re curious.

I was way too busy having the time of my life … that I didn’t take too many pictures during my stay at camp.

Luckily I’ve managed to find a few of me taken at the fun photobooth the last night of camp – celebrating its 20th anniversary!

Visit my Instagram channel to see all the camp adventures + video clips of a few lessons and a mini private concert with Norma Miller –¬†Lindy Hop swing dancer known as the ‚ÄúQueen of Swing‚ÄĚ

DOWNTOWN BOSTON

Camp ended on a Thursday…and with the long weekend here (Canada Day), I decided to stick around Boston and explore the city solo.

My hostel – HI Boston – was right next to the Boston Common – pretty much right in the heart of downtown.

I slept the day away – my body was exhausted after 7-days of dance. ¬†But in the evening, I walked around on my own and found myself in the Public Gardens just as the sun was setting…

Gorgeous pink skies in the Public Gardens, Boston
Gorgeous pink skies in the Public Gardens, Boston

And at the other side of this the park… I stumbled upon this landmark…

“Where Everybody Knows Your Name!!”

Naturally I had to stop in and have a cuppa Calm Chowda at the bar and channel my inner Norm. ūüėČ

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Friday I was a proper tourist!  I was determined to maximize the day AND night!!!

What better way to explore a new city than on foot!¬† I discovered a fab lil’ company called Free Tours by Foot¬†which does just that!¬† These tours are among the best things to do in Boston, taking you through many of the city’s most famous neighbourhoods.¬†Best part:¬†there is no charge to take our tours.¬† Meaning you may pay what you feel the tour was worth after the tour is completed, thus ensuring that your tour guide must strive to give his or her best on every tour.¬† Win. Win.

What I saw on the Freedom Trail Walking Tour:

  • Massachusetts State House
  • Park Street Church
  • Granary Burying Ground
  • King‚Äôs Chapel
  • Old South Meeting House
  • Old Corner Bookstore
  • Old State House
  • Boston Massacre Site
  • Faneuil Hall

In addition to all these historic sites … I managed to drive by the Harvard Campus at night …. took the T-train on a pub crawl to some uptown Boston Bars…. checked out the local Lindyhop Social…. brought the house down with newly made friends while Karaoke’ing in Cambridge … caught some live jazz over brunch…and even had a bit of a romantic interlude that weekend to boot! ūüėČ

Overall, my trip to Boston was da.bomb.com! ‚̧

It’s a fantastic city – super green – with lots to see and do. ¬†Sadly, I dedicated an entire day to shopping and came up empty-handed. ¬†Nothing wow’d me enough to spend my money. ¬†Nothing. ¬†Very, very disappointing. ūüė¶shoppingafrica

Who’s been to Boston? ¬†Were there some “must do’s” that I missed? ¬†Now that you’ve read about my adventures, would you take a trip out there too?

Tell me your thoughts in the comment section below.

Thanks for reading. xo

 

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Blazing Pink

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Isn’t everything better with a pop of pink?

YES! ¬†I think so ūüôā

Wearing summer appropriate outfits that fit with corporate-life and life-life can be a challenge.

But having solid staple pieces make things a bit easier.

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Take this outfit I threw together for one of the few days I’m forced into downtown Toronto ¬†office life.

A simple stripped pencil skirt can be worn for work and play.  Bone kitten heels are always at the ready at the office.

The crochet top isn’t something I’ve worn to the office before. It’s really from my ‘summer beach time’ wardrobe. ¬†But with a solid cami worn underneath, it becomes totally wearable for the office.

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A hot pink blazer just pulls the look together, giving the illusion that some effort was made when I came up with this look.

My uncombed hair, on the other hand, gives me away ūüėõ

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How I Got The Look:

Pink Blazer, INC Hudson Bay Co.; Stripped pencil skirt, Marshalls; Crochet top, Forever21+; Bone kitten heels, NineWest

For more looks featuring this skirt click here and here.

What do you think of this look?  Tell me your thoughts in the comment section below.

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