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Boston, Massachusetts

Even if I hadn’t heard my cousin Jamie say “This is sooooo amazing” a dozen times, I still would have been impressed. The wedding was just simply impressive. And amazing, I suppose. Really, it was the reception where I heard all the “amazing” comments — I made a few myself ...

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Boston, Massachusetts

The phrase “wrought with peril” might be a little overboard (and inaccurate), but it’s the phrase that keeps coming to mind. I keep getting the feeling that there’s a silver lining here, by the way people are reacting to the news, and I’m sure they’re right ...

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Boston, Massachusetts

I have to warn you, it is very late as I write this, having had a complete and completely exhausting Fourth of July, and to make it worse when I was about done with writing today’s journal — and it was oh so good —, I had a little computer glitch ...

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Boston, Massachusetts

More reasons to travel alone. I hate to be negative like this, because having my family around really is a lot of fun and it’s nice to eat at nice places and stay in a fancy hotel and have the company for a while, but there are definitely some ...

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Boston, Massachusetts

Frustrations reached a new high today on the road back to Boston. I had gotten plenty of sleep since we decided not to leave Bar Harbor until ten, so I slept in late, which should have had me in a good mood. And really, I was in a good mood ...

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Bar Harbor, Maine

Dad and I were up early at 7:00 to head down to the waterfront for our deep sea fishing excursion. Seven isn’t terribly early as far as this trip is concerned, but today it came too soon. The streets were busy and the sun was high, though, and ...

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Bar Harbor, Maine

We loved Camden so much from our wanderings last night that we spent the greater part of the morning further exploring and re-exploring its streets. Well, that’s not entirely accurate, since I spent it all in their awesome public library — the rest did the exploring.

Their library is a ...

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Rockport, Maine

It’s a sad thing how far Maine is from the rest of the country. When I learned geography in elementary school, we were taught that Maine is way up in the corner, way far away. I dreamed it cold and mountainy and filled with Vikings and Canadians. Well, it ...

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Boston, Massachusetts

I’m sorry, I can’t help it, but things are going to be a little shoddy for the next week or so. It’s a side effect of traveling as a group, of having company, of staying busy later into the night — a side effect of living in cozy ...

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Brewster, Cape Cod, Massachusetts

I’m kind of embarrassed about how today ultimately played out. I woke up excited for a whole day and then some to spend looking around Cape Cod. I knew it would be busy with weekenders heading out to the Cape, and so I got moving early, around 7:30 ...

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Myles Standish State Forest, Massachusetts

When I consider all the places I’ve been today, I definitely feel like a serious traveler. But when I consider the vast amounts of time that I devoted to single events — how many things I actually did — it hardly feels like a busy day at all.

Of course I ...

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Martha’s Vineyard, Massachusetts

My pow today was when I saw a girl riding a moped splayed out on the concrete after being hit by a car.

My wow today was the beautiful weather I had today when I got to ride a bike 20 miles around Martha’s Vineyard.

Okay, sorry about that ...

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Indian Lake Shores, Rhode Island

Lucky for me, there’s not much to this day. It bordered on terrible, except for a few bright moments, but I’m afraid tomorrow will pay today’s (and tonight’s) debts.

I’m really really tired, and for good reason, so I’m going to make this simple ...

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New York City, New York

Okay, I love New York, and I intend to come back very soon. Not to sound like the very popular tourist campaign, but I totally [Heart] NYC. Today was just a wow day like those of yore, when all the senses align for a moment of absolute harmony. And it ...

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New York City, New York

I’m so tired I almost didn’t even wait up to write this. But my track record has been perfect so far, so I wasn’t about to let some sore legs and an achy back keep me from writing my 20th day journal.

Today was so simple, though ...

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New York City, New York

If I really had the umbrellaphobia that I’ve claimed to, today would have been the ultimate nightmare. Today was the million umbrella march in New York City, with thousands of tourists converging on the streets of the city in a downpour. Like I had said yesterday, this is one ...

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New York City, New York

Okay, I’m a believer. New York is amazing, the greatest city in the world, worthy of an expletive: This place is so fucking cool.

And I think I only started feeling this euphoric about it within the past hour. That’s not to suggest that earlier things had no ...

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New York City, New York

I can’t decide whether I’m impressed or not. I get the distinct impression — from everything I read and everyone I talk to — that I must be impressed. “New York City is impressive,” so it goes. And really, I think I must be. Maybe I was expecting to be ...

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New York City, New York

I can’t decide whether I’m impressed or not. I get the distinct impression — from everything I read and everyone I talk to — that I must be impressed. “New York City is impressive,” so it goes. And really, I think I must be. Maybe I was expecting to be ...

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Lebanon State Forest, New Jersey

I’m preparing myself for major culture shock. I don’t mean I’m preparing for the effects of it or trying to minimize the shock. Quite contrary, I’m preparing somewhat of a revolutionary kick in the teeth, bolt from the blue. Here I am in no man’s ...

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