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When a Transit Annoyance Morphs Into Adventure

When I think about Boston’s MBTA, my soul shrivels. Having enjoyed far more efficient and pleasant transit in other countries, its squeaky trains, delayed buses and cumbersome kiosks grate on me. Yet, in avoiding it I’ve constrained myself. Driving into the city and finding parking is stressful and costly. Using Uber adds up. Since I … Continue reading

I am a Bostonian

If one believes that birth city determines identity, then I am a Bostonian. The Boston Marathon seems to have always had a large local footprint.  Even in suburbs far from the start or the finish line, runners and joggers were as common as spring crocuses.  In the hilly Lexington neighborhood where I grew up decades … Continue reading

Amtrak: An American Camino?

I recently traveled in an Amtrak “roomette” from Boston to Denver.  It’s not a choice I would have considered but, my younger brother’s wife, sensing that a slower trip West would be less jarring than a faster one, suggested it.  Since I was still reeling from the shock of re-entering the United States after walking … Continue reading

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