Experiencing America: My Boston

Two days are not enough to explore a city – especially if this city is Boston. But, we were blessed enough to have a quick look under the edge of the curtain, absorbing the mysterious and attractive, yet alien life with our eyes. And we saw an incredibly beautiful city, rich in culture, diversity and filled with sights, reflecting its glorious history.

We visited the most interesting historical trek in Boston- the Freedom Trail. It is a tourist route with a length of about 5 kilometers running throughout the city. Following the route, we were able to observe the 16 most “untwisted” sights of the city. In addition, we visited the Library of Merry Baker Eddy and had a chance to get inside of the giant ball of Mapparium. The inner walls of the ball represent a giant political map of the world with sparkling color illumination and lights of cities. The map on the walls of the globe reflects the political geography of the past years, a sort of time machine. The last update was made in 1966 and then it was decided to conserve the object, turning it into a historical artifact.

Downtown Boston is the place where the antiquated clasps hands with the contemporary, where modern office blocks and massive skyscrapers co-exist with the pockets of another time – tiny winding streets lined with the same tiny shops, old churches towering over the vintage cafes, most of which stay open late into the night. The last destination we visited before leaving Boston was Skywalk Observatory. You will see both low-rise old districts of red brick townhouses and modern buildings. The city opens from a bird’s eye view and remains in the heart forever.

Boston reminds me of a true gentleman. He is reserved and focused. He looks at New York reproachfully as if acknowledging the success and superiority of his noisy neighbor but still remaining himself.

Written by Farangiz Nurmukhamedova, 2018-19 Global UGRAD student from Uzbekistan at Florida Gulf Coast University