Before moving to Boston I knew very little, other than it is renowed for having a very high Irish population and that it is home to some of the most prestigous colleges in America. And possible Ally Mc Beal a popular late ’90s TV show was shot here. But other than that… nothing.
Now I know that it one of the most diverse regions in America and possibly the third most biggest city in America. When I arrived at Logan International airport I thought I have either made the biggest mistake of my life and am now homeless in this big state or this is the greatest adventure of my life.
At this point I can call it an adventure as I am not homeless, but waiting in that queue at immigration was the most gut wrenching thought of my life that I had done the most awful thing. That I had made the biggest mistake of my life. Even though I knew at the other side was a job for me and my life was about to begin all over again. I thought this was a mistake.
Only a few nights before I had left my friends, my family and a life that I was very comfortable with, for what.. this notion that getting a full time job, getting the job that I wanted to have back home but couldn’t get was the right thing to do. As I sat with alot of people who were travelling for holidays or business I thought I was crazy. I thought about running back through the departures lounge ( is that what you call it? ) running back in to arms of my parents that I had left behind crying at the gates.
But this was something that I had to do. I had said goodbye to my friends and family only a few nights before I couldn’t just return the exact same day. I had to give it a shot. So I did.
When they called the flight, I thought I would be sick. I thought this is it. This is everything that I dreamt of … this is everything that is going to be right in my life… i have to take this chance. If I don’t take it now I will regret it for the rest of my life. so I took the chance and boarded the plane.
As I sat on the plane I wondered if there was anyone else in the same position as me, leaving a comfortable life behind to start a new scary one in a very big city, where the only people they “knew” were the people who interviewed them a few weeks earlier. It was scary. I wondered everytime the hostess on the aircraft smiled at me, did she know the big change that was taking place in my life at this very moment. Is that why she was being nice to me? did she know that I was about to make the biggest mistake or best decision i had ever made.
Whatever it was I got through the flight and landed in to the unknown. I stayed at great hotel in boston, where they made me feel comfortable and almost like family. The Boston Commonwealth, is right next to the subway, and within walking distance to Fenway park and if you are ever travelling to Boston, i highly recommend this hotel.
So after living here a few weeks what I do know now … well I know that us Irish make up almost 16% of the population and that we are great gang to be around. Us Irish seem to stick together or at least migrate together when needed. Thankfully in my case I found a few Irish people to be around. Other that that what do i know … well i know that there are alot of neighbourhoods in Boston and i still don’t know them all but I have made it my mission to visit them.
There are two main newspapers here, one is the globe the other the herald, but most people prefer the globe, well out of my new established friends, the globe seems more popular.
Boston has a major baseball team, called the redsox and whilst I still know absolutely nothing about baseball i am sure in time I will learn to understand it. It looks like rounders for us irish people but the rules sound like cricket to me at the moment. … in other words i have no idea what is going on yet … but I am sure some day I will.
Other than the facts, all I can tell you is that so far I have met amazing people, people that are career driven, and yet still somehow focused on family and all that it contains. And that I am loving it.
Keep reading to learn more of my latest adventures in Boston.