Five months ago, I began my college experience in the heart of Boston. I moved into a suite with five other girls, three from Massachusetts. Before August, the only major city I had ever visited was the "Big Apple." Here's what I have gathered over my short time in the capital of Massachusetts. This one's for you Syd, Gill, and Jess. Thanks for the inspiration.
1. Tom Brady and the New England Patriots are sacred.
2. The Bahston or Bawston (however you would like to spell it) accent totally exists.
3. Pahk the Cah in Hahvad Yahd.
This is one of the first things my Massachusetts suite-mates asked me to say. And I butchered it. Completely.
4. "Dunks" is the nickname for Dunkin' Donuts.
Oh, and the New England Patriots are partners with DD.
5. Mike's Pastry vs. Modern Pastry Shop
The ongoing cannoli rivalry between the two bakeries in the North End is serious business.
6. Worcester, Leominster, Billerica, and Gloucester are several towns in Massachusetts that are not pronounced how they are spelled...at all.
I'm just gonna leave this BuzzFeed video here. So just sit back, relax, press play, and relate.
7. The T is the name of the subway system in Boston. And the T closes a lot earlier than the subways in New York City.
8. A water fountain is called a "bubblah."
Again, the Bahston or Bawston accent does exist.
9. The off-leash dog park in the Boston Common is the perfect place to admire so many cute, fluffy, adorable puppies happily prancing around.
10. You will hear the word wicked used as a noun/adjective/verb on the daily.
11. Wicked Pissah is a common phrase as well.
12. The honking is pretty low-key here.
It's pretty nice walking around Beantown and not hearing thousands of blaring car horns like the ones in NYC. Also felt obligated to add in this image. No, it is not Photoshop. You can thank the Massachusetts Department of Transportation for this one.
13. Fenway Park is seen to be as historic as the Freedom Trail.