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I woke up this morning to look out at a blustery day filled with snow blowing up and down Harrison Avenue in Boston’s South End.
This is a view from my fourth floor apartment; to the left you can see Harrison Avenue heading toward E. Berkeley Street and to the right is a view of the BSC South End gym and Gaslight restaurant. Hard to believe that spring technically starts in approximately 30-days.
It is so cold in Boston this week. I’m starting to wonder if the mild temperatures earlier this month was a hallucination. Dear Mother Nature, please tell Old Man Winter to buzz off.
No wonder this part of the country has a reputation for being unfriendly. You try to smile and make small talk while your teeth are chattering and you can barely feel your toes. It’s only January 3rd and I’m already over winter.
For the sake of those living in the northeast my message is very simple – bundle up. It is FREEZING. Think I’m exaggerating? Check out the weather in Boston. 30 F is approximately -1 C and tonight’s forecast 11 F is equal to -11 C. OMFG
Back in September I wrote my first How to survive a Boston winter blog post. In that post, I encouraged people who live in colder climates to book a flight to a warm destination because airfares are (usually) cheaper if you make the reservation ahead of time.
Today I’m in Florida. Sergio and I flew down yesterday, Friday, and we will be boarding a cruise that starts out of Fort Lauderdale tomorrow. Having this trip to look forward to has made the month of January fly by, and when we return although I’ll probably hate the cold, I’ll be in a much better frame of mind.
If you are living in a colder climate – I hope you too have a trip to look forward to break up the winter months. I’ll be sure to tell you all about this trip.
Starting this past fall I wrote a few posts called “How to survive a Boston winter”. I thought I’d provide some guidance for all those who may not have had to ‘weather’ a New England winter before. While many of my past posts can be adopted by anyone living in a colder climate (you can read them here, here and here), this months feature truly is advice for those in Boston.
When the mercury drops and temperatures are freezing, visiting a museum is a great way to pass a day, but Boston is very lucky to have the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum. The original building was modeled after a Venetian palace and home to the eccentric woman who the museum is named for. Starting Thursday, January 19th The Gardner reopens after a brief closure to put the finishing touches on its largest expansion in the museum’s 109 year history. If you visit be sure to go to the original building. In the middle of her house is a tiny, but beautiful garden where you can literally smell roses in bloom, see a beautiful patch of grass and temporarily forget that the weather outside is downright frightful. If you can’t get away and find the winter too much to take then treat yourself by visiting the Gardner; it’ll do a world of good.
It is a bone-chilling 28 degrees in Boston today with a steady breeze that makes you want to cry within minutes of stepping outside. I know the past few months have been unseasonably mild, but I miss the weather already.