She said, “I think I’ll go to Boston.”

When I was fifteen, my family took a trip up to Boston for spring break. I barely remember it, other than going to a huge mall and going to the Cheesecake Factory for the first and only time. I also vaguely remember walking around the campus of Harvard University.

Now we’re back in Boston for a long weekend. Driving around, nothing looked familiar at all, but I’m assuming we’re on the opposite side of town. We arrived at our house (a brownstone) after driving down some pretty narrow alleyways, and found a pickup truck parked right in front of our designated carport spot. The owner of the truck, who works for the property managment company of the house, told us that the best way to get into our (also) narrow parking space would be to back in.

We fanangled my mom’s Pilot into the spot, unloaded the car, and walked into … a gym. The first room you walk into is a home gym, complete with a pretty scary Stairmaster, a treadmill, weight machines, and yoga mats. Next is a bathroom, then a laundry room, then a fairly big bedroom (where my mom will be staying).

Climbing flight of stairs #1 will bring you to a huge, open kitchen. On this floor is also a dining room (with a full wall of mirrors) and living room #1. There is also a sitting deck above the carport.

Climbing flight of stairs #2 brings you to a big open living room (LR #2, where my brother and cousins will be staying), a bathroom, and a bedroom, where my aunt and uncle are staying.

And finally, climbing flight of stairs #3 brings you up to a loft living room (LR #3), two bedrooms — one for me, one for my grandfather — and a bathroom.

Also, the showers have shampoo, conditioner, and soap dispensers in them.

This place is incredible — and that’s just the house! I’m really excited to see the city. It’s bitter cold and windy, but we’ll be making our way to dinner at Legal Seafood in a little while. Tomorrow we’re going to the aquarium, and Saturday we’re going to the science museum. Then we have to figure out what to do about the foot or so of snow that’s going to hit Boston on Saturday evening.

All in all, this is shaping up to be a pretty good weekend.

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