Since not everyone is going home for the holidays, I decided to write a post on how to have a staycation - a mini vacation in your own city!
How to Have a Staycation
Step 1: Get Cultured
We went to the gorgeous New England Conservatory, where they had a free concert at the world-renowned Jordan Hall. It was housed inside a gorgeous hall, known for it's near perfect reverberations and intricate decorations.
The orchestra was amazing, and played everything from Beethoven to Tchaikovsky. So fun, relaxing, cultured, and completely free!
It reminded me of when I used to play flute - I actually played for 4 years, and still have it in my room back home. This concert is making me consider taking it up again!
Step 2: Dine Out in a New Restaurant
We made it out to a charming Ethiopian dinner at Lucy's Ethiopian Cafe. I loved the intimate venue, filled with paintings and crafts from Ethiopia, not to mention the scrumptious food!
Their house tea was well-spiced and very strong. It gave me the jitters, but it was delicious nonetheless.
From what I understand, Ethiopian cuisine is meant to be communal. We ordered the Veggie Combo for Two, and we were stuffed by the end of it. Each pocket was filled with everything from potatoes, to chickpeas, to spinach, and each with it's own unique set of spices. Every bite was a new adventure, which made this meal so fun!
Much like naan is used with Indian curries, this spongy injera bread is used to pick up the food on your plate. I love the soft, squishy consistency of the injera, and eating without forks or even chopsticks was a new skill to try to master.
3. Get Out of the House
Sure, you may not be leaving the city, but that doesn't mean you have to be confined to the walls of your home! Try something new - go to the opening of a new hotel wing, take a hike or stroll along a nearby river, or check out some local street art. Really take this chance to get to know your city!
I love how Boston has unique, eye-opening experiences like an Ethiopian dinner and a concert. It was so fun to get out of our usual routine and comfort zones for a day. I hope this post gave you ideas on how to have a staycation of your own!
Comment Challenge: What would you like to do on your staycation?