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2.16.2018

3/13: MAINE

And here I am back at blogging about my US trip.. Honestly, I really find myself too slow in posting my adventures because 1) choosing which photos to post is like a major life decision hahaha 2) editing also takes time and 3) my creative juices seem dormant. In short, I'm just lazy! LOL.

Moving on from my "excuses", my third stop was in Maine. Just like Massachusetts and New Hampshire, Maine belongs to the New England region. So you probably understand now why my friends and I chose to have a weekend getaway to Maine. We only had two days, well not really two full days because most of the trip was spent on the road, to explore Maine so we had it planned already on where exactly we would go.

Photo courtesy of Ruslana

Our first stop: PORTLAND

While searching about Portland prior to the trip, the photos of the city were really enticing already. What more in person, right? So when we arrived in Portland and walked around the downtown area, every corner for me was picturesque even it was rainy that time. At night, it wasn't as lively and as busy as New York or Cali but I appreciated the peacefulness exuded from the place.


I love the vibe of cobblestone streets!




Second stop: ACADIA NATIONAL PARK

According to the US National Park Service website, Acadia is called as the "Crown Jewel of the North Atlantic Coast".  If you love nature, then Acadia is a must visit when in Maine. For adventure lovers, you can try hiking or mountain climbing activity. There are really various ways on how to maximize your experience in Acadia. It just depends on one's interests. Too bad we only had a day to go around. If only we had few more days, we could've seen more of Acadia's beauty. (For more info about Acadia, click the purple text above.)













Photo courtesy of Ruslana

Maine is popular for its lobsters so there's no leaving this place without even eating a lobster dish! Lobsters are a bit pricey so we opted to try the lobster roll instead since we were on a tight budget.


Maine's famous lobster roll! So tastyyyyyyyy!!

Photo courtesy of Ruslana

I wish I could do this kind of road trip again with these crazy yet awesome girls! And by that time, I hope it'll be sunny in Maine. :)



2.10.2018

2/13: NEW HAMPSHIRE

New Hampshire is probably one of the underrated states in the East Coast. Personally speaking, little did I know about this state but when I was placed at a summer camp in New Hampshire, it had a special place in my heart.

It was my home for three months. It was where I met wonderful people. It was where I stepped out of my comfort zone. How is that so? I  will further elaborate on it on a separate post which will be my save the best for last post about my US trip. For now, I will just talk about the places I got to visit during my stay in New Hampshire.

BEDFORD, NEW HAMPSHIRE

Bedford is a suburb tucked in the city of Manchester. This is where I spent most of my time in New Hampshire since this is the location of my camp. Few minutes away from my camp is a trail which leads you to a nice view of a pond set against the lush trees.





MANCHESTER, NEW HAMPSHIRE

It's the city where I had my first experience of watching a live baseball game.




Grabbed some cookie dough ice cream at Ben and Jerry's :)


Here's a bird's eye view of Manchester City atop Rock Rimmon Park.



PITTSFIELD, NEW HAMPSHIRE

My friends from camp and I had a very warm stay here. Special thanks to Michele Tailon (a good friend we met from camp) for opening her home to us and for taking us to places such as parks and blueberry farm.








SALEM, NEW HAMPSHIRE

I got curious about America's Stonehenge so I asked my friends if we could visit Salem. Honestly, I wasn't that impressed with the stone structures but what tapped my interest was how the stone structures can be used to refer as an astronomical calendar and to determine astronomical events like lunar and solar eclipse. I'm not very knowledgeable about astronomy but it's quite interesting.








CONCORD, NEW HAMPSHIRE

I thought I was going to leave New Hampshire without visiting its state capital but thanks again to Michele for driving us here and touring us around.



Meet our very hospitable friend - Michele (rightmost)

I'm sure there are more places worth visiting in New Hampshire. Next time!

1.10.2018

1/13: MASSACHUSETTS

Few months ago, one of my biggest dreams came true when I had the opportunity to travel to the United States of America. I think the American dream that was formed in my mind was due to the TV series and movies I've been watching.

I was in the US for 4 months - 3 months in summer camp (which I will talk about in a separate post) and 1 month pure travel. I was able to visit 13 states in the duration of my trip so blogging this trip is quite tedious because it will take me 13 posts to talk about every state. Starting off with the very first US state that I visited - Massachusetts!

BOSTON, MASSACHUSETTS
My arrival was at Boston Logan International Airport so my first stop would definitely be the city of Boston. I never expected much from the city because my idea of Boston was mostly related to basketball (Boston Celtics). How lame right? Hahaha. But as I set my foot in the city, never did I imagine that it would capture my heart and attention. I easily fell in love with Boston while walking along the streets and I had that dreamy feeling while going around the city via train, ferry or bus. Boston immediately became one of my favorite cities I visited in the US!








Boston's famous cannoli! Must try when walking around Quincy Market.


I only had few days to explore the area especially Downtown Boston but every experience was memorable and enriching. It was enriching in a sense that I gained knowledge about the historical side of Boston which is in line with my field of work since I teach history. Doing the Freedom Trail tour on my own was fun and exciting! It really engaged me to the walking tour and made me understand more how Boston came to be. (The Freedom Trail Tour has 16 stops. Every stop has a significant history.)





It was also in this city where I had the chance to watch a Broadway musical that I've been eyeing to watch for the longest time. I watched Wicked at the Boston Opera House. It's funny that the musical has been shown in my own country for few times but I didn't get the chance to watch it.




Not too far from Boston is Cambridge, Massachusetts. I had a quick trip to one of my dream universities - HARVARD UNIVERSITY!!!! I was literally shaking while I was walking around Harvard not only because of the cold weather but also because hello???!! DREAM SCHOOL PLSSSSSSS! It might be hard for me to achieve this dream but at least I had a taste of what it was like to be a Harvard student even for a short time. :))))





SALEM, MASSACHUSETTS
Second stop in MA is Salem which is infamous for the Witch Trials. In Salem history, Witch Trials were done to persecute people accused of practicing witchcraft. The history of Salem witches is actually pretty interesting for me. Also, it's like Halloween vibe is year round in Salem.





But Salem is not just about witchcraft, potions and spells. There are also a lot of must visit places here. For one, a quick stop at the oldest candy company in America should be on the top list for those who want to satisfy their sweet tooth.




If you're a literature enthusiast, you would not even dare to miss visiting the House of Seven Gables and Nathaniel Hawthorne's house.




GLOUCESTER, MASSACHUSETTS
From Salem, Gloucester is about 45 minutes to an hour drive. When my friends and I visited the area, we didn't have much time so we only got to see the lighthouse. It was quick but we had a good time to relax and marvel at the beauty of nature.





Given the chance to go back to Massachusetts, Boston will definitely be the first city I will visit again.