Sunday, January 28, 2007

Travelog # 24 - Freezing in Boston

I haven’t posted in the last few days, as I was running around. But, I wanted to make sure I post at least this one tonight.

After a few hectic days in Austin, I ended up in Boston on what is termed as the coldest ever in the last 90+ years. (In US, there will always be some statistics to quote...). After a few years back in Chennai, this was a punishment.

Charles River - Boston Frozen Charles River, which separates Boston from Cambridge. This river and its surroundings are generally a beehive of activity during summer days.

Deserted thorough fare in CambridgeI was told this place would generally be buzzing with activity near the Cambridge side mall.. but was deserted due to the unusually cold weather

To make matters worse, I landed in Boston Logan Airport well past midnight and was already tired. I had to make a hasty retreat to the warm confines of the baggage claim area no sooner I stepped out to look for the Rental car area. I simply froze all over and couldn’t handle the artic blast. Nevertheless, I had to step out and find the bus take me to the rental car area and head to the hotel. It wasn't a pleasant experience in the wee hours of the night.

Renting a car for a short stay in Boston downtown area was a mistake. Not only did the weather make it difficult to driver around and look for the address, the parking situation made things really worse. I had to shell out USD 30 per day for parking just in my hotel !!!

On the positive side, some portion of the multi year, multi billion big dig project is over and it is now easy to get in and out of the airport.

Some lessons from this visit:

  1. Check the weather and dress accordingly. It is OK to the over do than be left trembling in the middle of the night.
  2. Use Taxi / public transport for short trips to Boston downtown area. Stiff parking rates make renting a car unattractive, particularly if you are staying in the Boston / Cambridge downtown area.
ps: I am now in Columbus, Ohio and it feels like summer compared to Boston (though it is only around 40F)