Archive for September, 2011

Update from Boston, MA

September 17, 2011

Hi Family and Friends,

Here’s an update: Some very exciting news: I’ve just received my next survey assignment! On October 17th, I’ll be leaving for about five weeks on a trip to Kazakhstan, Russia, and Ukraine. More specifically, I’ll be traveling to

In Kazakhstan: Atyrau, Almaty, and Astana

In Russia: Novosibirsk and Moscow

In Ukraine: Kiev

I’m Pumped! I’m starting to learn the Cyrillic alphabet as a co worker told me it was important to be able to read the language, especially for work. I can now write my name and the names of my parents and siblings and dog.┬áThis will be the farthest east I have ever traveled (I’ve never been east of the Dead Sea), and it will also be the largest time change I have ever encountered.

On another note, since I’ve been home from my first survey trip, I’ve come to appreciate this city a great deal. As I’ve been writing about the food in all other places, I think I’ll talk about some of my favorite restaurants in Metro Boston.

1. For Greek food, I LOVE to go to Farm Grill Rotisserie, located in in Newton near the Needham border. They have fantastic vegetables– salads and sides, and they have this Avocado/Feta salad that’s kind of like a guacamole that’s just amazing. They also have great meat. Okay, in my opinion, everything about this place is great. If you go there, expect to spend 10-15 dollars for each person.

2. A new restaurant I’ve been to a few times recently is Dorado, in Brookline. It’s on Harvard Street, and has some ridiculous fish tacos. If you’ve been reading this blog, you’ve seen that I’ve become a pretty big fan of fish tacos, and Dorado has some of the best. They are pretty small though, so make sure to get enough.

That’s all for now. I’m about to go on a wine tour of the South End (neighborhood of Boston) with some girl friends.


Hello Boston!

September 1, 2011

Dear Family and Friends,

After a month of travelling, I’m back in Boston! I am happy to be home at least for a couple months. I missed my bicycle and poland spring seltzer water, but not as much as my family and friends of course. While the entire month was awesome, here are the super-highlights I can think of at the moment:

1. Eating the seared tuna steak / provolone cheese / pickles / jalape├▒o mayo / toasty bread sandwich in Lake Charles. Definitely one of the top five tastiest things I’ve ever had.

2. Going to visit the Tabasco factory in Avery Island. Every time I see Tabasco, which is very often, I think, I’ve been to the factory! Super cool.

3. Anchorage. The whole place was unbelievable from the minute I stepped out of the airport and felt a cool breeze and saw mountains. I can’t wait to go back. Probably in the summer again.

4. Exploring Toronto by bike. If I do say so myself, that was a stellar idea.

Okay, it’s more difficult than expected to just write about some highlights. Another is seeing people I’ve missed and that’s still going on!

Good night everybody!