Boston, Massachusetts – It’s been a while since my last trip so I decided to head to the East Coast to check out a city that many have told me to go visit. Taking a redeye flight, I got into Boston bright and early at 6:00am. Weather wasn’t too great that day with crazy winds and rain.. After a quick breakfast, I was ready to train and explore…
- Weather here can vary especially during the latter half of the year. Check forecasts and pack accordingly.
- If you’re going to be here for a few days without a car it’s best to buy a pass for the “T” so you can easily get around.
- It’s expensive to stay in Boston. Most of the hotels I found were a lot pricier than other cities I’ve visited. Try to stay outside of Boston to save money. For this trip I stayed in Cambridge.
- Boston a fairly walkable city. Unless you’re going to the outskirts of town there’s no need for a car.
- Parking within Boston is VERY expensive. I wouldn’t recommend it.
Places to Visit as a Tourist
- Boston Common
- Public Garden
- Boston Trail
- Harvard University
- Harvard Square
- Boston Public Library
- North End (Italian Neighborhood)
- MIT Muesum
- Fenway Park
- Museum of Fine Arts
- Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum
- Newbury Street (Shopping)
Clam Chowder, Lobster, Seafood, and Italian for days!
- Giacomo Ristorante – Famous Italian spot in North End. The line is ridiculous but totally worth it. A typical wait time is about an hour to two hours long. The prices are good and food is worth it. Cash only!
- Mike’s Pastry – Cannoli’s of all flavors. Yes, this place has a long line too out the door but moves fairly quick. Once you get it you just gotta get to the counter to order because the line that was out the door now just scatters into crowds. Just make your way to the front somehow.
- Yankee Lobster – Great lobster rolls, clam chowder, and ginger beer by the waterfront. Come grab a bite then stroll around the area for some views.
- Luke’s Lobster Back Bay – Even more fresh lobster rolls. Really fresh and huge pieces in your roll.
- Neptune Oyster – Oysters, Lobsters, Clams, and more fresh seafood dishes!
- Taiwan Café – Located in Chinatown. A small mom and pop restaurant with a large menu. Authentic flavors and good portions for the price.
- Tip for “Mat Surfing” is to always call or contact the school ahead of time to see if you are even allowed to take a drop-in class or come by for an open mat session.
One of my Professor’s Black Belts, Goro, moved out to Boston, MA a few years ago and now trains out of Boston Brazilian Jiu Jitsu (10 Dedham St, Newton, MA 02461). While I was in town, he recommended that I visit the school. Unfortunately, I wasn’t able to meet up with him but was able to connect with the owner of the school, Professor Roberto Maia.
After sending an email to him (firstname.lastname@example.org), he invited me to join a class while I was visiting. From Boston, I took a train out to Newton. The academy was about a 10min walk from the station so it wasn’t too far. As I arrived, I checked in and signed the waiver. They even had gi’s you can borrow if you don’t have your own. I was then led to the changing room where I got ready.
Prior to the class I was going to take, a fundamentals class was occurring so I sat on the side and watched briefly. One thing I noticed was this school had a lot of black belts on the mat compared to other schools I’ve visited.
Once the fundamentals class was over, I jumped in for the advanced class and introduced myself to everyone there. The class was ran by 3 Black Belts: Rani along with Matt and David. We started with a run around the mat and tons of different warm up exercises to stretch out. We then partnered up to drill some takedowns and went a couple rounds to see who can take down their partners first. Once this was done, we moved onto the BJJ techniques of the day. The focus was on leg/foot locks so this included heel hooks, toeholds, and straight ankle locks.
After drilling, we all partnered up again and went a few rounds with different partners. I paired up with two of the students and also two of the black belts. After a good 20mins or so we closed out class and I was ready for a nice shower and a good meal.
Overall, I had a great experience at Boston BJJ. I met some great people and learned some new tricks that I brought back home with me. I’d like to thank Professor Roberto Maia for allowing me to visit his school and also the black belts and students present that day for helping me during class. Great people at this school!
Boston is probably one of my favorite places so far to visit. The locals were nice, the food is fresh and good, and the weather was fine too. I’ve been told winters are rough so I guess I’ll avoid those months but visit during autumn was great. I would definitely revisit sometime in the near future.
Boston, Massachusetts – September 2017
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