Le cul entre les deux chaises

An American Spaniard in France or: How I Learned to Make an Ass of Myself in Three Cultures

3 thoughts on “Sometimes I miss Boston a lot

  1. I love this, but while New York does have a nice grid system, the grid system first came into use in Philadelphia, and it’s the first Northeast city in which its “old city” section was arranged via grid. New York can get just as ridiculously confusing as Boston can when you head down to the Financial District, etc.

    Meanwhile, you can stand at the corner of Front St. and Front St. in Philadelphia and somehow not end up in a black hole.

    • I did not know that about Philly, though it shouldn’t come as a surprise since it’s one of the oldest cities in the US. I’ve only been once but would like to see more. After all, a place that fostered both Ben Franklin and Rocky has got to have a lot going for it.

      And I recognize that not all NY is on a grid system (though it does make life wonderfully easy where it is), but not all of Boston is a warren of nightmare streets either. In the Back Bay, there is a whole section where the streets are in alphabetical order (though it’s 8 blocks x 3 blocks so that doesn’t really help either). I think it’s mostly there to lull people into a false sense of security so that then they’ll get lost in the Fens and never bother the locals again.

      • If you ever do get to Philly, let me know! I can tell you where to go, and then I’ll bug my brother-in-law for places to eat. :) It’s a wonderful city and right up your alley for its ease of walkability and lots of both important and random history.

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