Elaine Fraser’s nerdy tour of Boston

Friday, May 26, 2017 9:01 am
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Elaine Fraser | 98five blogger

Nerd one whose unbridled passion for something, or things, defines who they are as  a person, without fear of other people’s judgement. Zachary Levi

When I travel alone, I tend to find quite nerdy things to do that perhaps others may not find interesting or exciting.

Bookstores, book cafes, libraries, universities, galleries, and museums are on my radar.

In cities, I walk an average of 14 to 20km a day as I seek out these nerdy places on foot.

I take my camera, phone, purse, and a curious attitude, and I’m off.

My accommodation was The College Club of Boston on Commonwealth Avenue, an elegant location and a building filled with history. It was established in the late 1800s and is the oldest women’s college club in the United States. Each room was recently renovated and uniquely redesigned by a different local designer and all feature vintage charm with modern convenience.

Located in Boston’s historic Back Bay, The Club is within walking distance of the Theatre District, Beacon Hill, the Public Garden, and Boston Common.

I haven’t stayed in Boston before, so I rode the Boston Trolley to get the lay of the land on the first day. It gives you a good overview of the city the first time you visit.

On Boston Common, the Make Way for Ducklings statues of Mrs. Mallard leading her famous brood inspired by Robert McCloskey’s classic children’s book about the duck family that makes its home in Boston’s Public Garden were very popular.

I took myself to the Bull & Finch Pub that inspired the 80’s TV show, Cheers in Beacon Hill. The food was hearty and the atmosphere was cosy but, no one knew, or asked, my name!

The Boston Public Library was beautiful. The lions at the top of the steps at the entrance were stunning.

The rest of my days were spent walking around the city visiting churches, shops, bookstores,  Harvard University and walking the Freedom Trail.

On Earth Day, I walked into the ultimate nerdy protest on Boston Common. Scientists, students, and citizens protested the cuts to the science budget and changes to environmental laws under the Trump Administration. I had a lot of fun chatting to people about why they were there. The atmosphere was more thoughtful and fun than angry and I had a great time reading the signs people constructed. As I moved through the crowd, I arrived at the stage and was standing right by the speakers — this was my Forrest Gump moment!

To celebrate the end of my solo trip in Massachusetts, I decided to go to Eataly for dinner. I sat at the bar surrounding the chef’s area and watched them cook on the wood-fired grill. The food was so good. The mushrooms were divine, the chicken to die for and the free digestive at the end (the waiter felt sorry for me, I think) was the icing on the cake.

I waddled back to the University Club, sated by the food my nerdy activities in Boston. It was only a short stay, but made the most of it.

I left Boston, inspired to keep my nerd status intact!

You can also follow photographer and friend of 98five Steve Fraser’s Thirst World Adventures here.

This article was originally posted on elainefraser.co.com as Write around the world: a nerdy tour of Boston


Elaine realised she wanted to be a writer at 10 years of age when the words flew off the page during a creative writing lesson. She studied English and Education at university and went on to spend many years as a high school English teacher teaching others how to write. In 2005, Elaine took the plunge and began writing full-time. Since then she has published five books and blogs, and is best known for her non-fiction work: Beautiful: beauty tips for the soul and Too Beautiful: more beauty tips for the soul. “I try to write books that are honest, concerned with real lives and real issues with a spiritual edge. My books are contemporary, don’t always have the perfect ending, but always have hope.” When she’s not travelling the world in search of quirky bookstores or attending writing retreats in exotic locations, Elaine can be found in the Perth Hills sitting in her library — writing, reading, mentoring writers and hugging her golden retriever, Bear. elainefraser.co | Follow Elaine on Facebook | Instagram | Twitter


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