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Boston city line

It was just another crisp morning when I embarked on a spontaneous journey to Boston. The idea had been simmering in my mind for quite some time—often, all I need is a quick break from Hanover. While I love our campus and its surrounding natural beauty, sometimes the allure of the city is all I actually need. Thankfully—and in case you didn't know: the Dartmouth Coach leaves every other hour to Boston and twice a day to NYC. 

Being a Dartmouth student, I've had my fair share of exciting trips with my house and close friends. However, there's a unique thrill in planning an adventure entirely on your own; no reliance on group decisions or the familiar faces of housemates—just you, your curiosity, and the city's endless possibilities.

Upon arriving in Boston, I decided to start my exploration by strolling along the historic Freedom Trail. This famous red-brick path weaves through the city, connecting 16 significant sites, including the Massachusetts State House, Paul Revere's House, and the Old North Church. It's like taking a step back in time and immersing yourself in the nation's history.

As the day wore on, I made my way to the Boston Common and the Public Garden, where the serenity of nature provided a welcome contrast to the city's hustle and bustle. It's as if every city in New England had a little piece of Hanover in it, although no city compares to our beautiful campus.

I later ventured into museums like the Museum of Fine Arts. My solo adventure allowed me the freedom to pop into bookshops, explore quaint neighborhoods, and indulge in local coffee shops without any hurry to leave for class.

As I returned to Hanover that night, my solo trip to Boston left me with a profound sense of accomplishment. There's something so mature—almost like a rite of passage—in being able to come and go from home. It was a reminder that while Dartmouth's community is warm and inviting, there's a world of adventure waiting just beyond our campus. Whether with friends, housemates or on your own, I'd say that exploring the vibrant cities nearby is an essential part of the Dartmouth experience!

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