No, no-I didn't get lost. Shame on you for thinking that! I even took the right connection to my destination. But not knowing exactly where the market was proved to be my challenge. I assumed that it would be obvious, considering the T stop was named Haymarket. I was wrong. As it turns out, no one seemed to know where it was-even though I was very close to its location. Tomorrow I will try again.
Instead, I went to The Frog Pond and watched the ice skaters. It was an absolutely perfect day-crisp and cool. Perfect for exploring. I walked around the streets and looked in shops and in bookstores. I was looking for a book called NFT (Not for Tourists) and found it. I also bought "Broke in Boston". I walked back to the pond and sat on a bench and read through the books, deciding where I'd go next. It was getting late and I was cold, so I made my way back to the T. Originally I wanted to go to that Thai place for lunch, but my furniture delivery prevented that. Instead, I decided to go for dinner. I figured out which train to take and even ended up exactly where I thought I would-Coolidge Corner.
I walked up a section I hadn't explored before and stopped for a Bubble Tea-which is apparently very popular around here. I have to say this. It was weird. Perhaps I didn't get it at a good place, but even so, having bigger than normal tapioca pearls in your mouth while drinking tea is just not right. And these pearls didn't taste good-they tasted old. I will try it again, however, when I explore Chinatown.
I made my way back to Finale again-this time to get what I wanted. A Lemon Tart. This time, I ate it all. (That other cake is still in my fridge) I saved it for after dinner though.
The Thai place was good. I wanted to try it prior to buying my new books, but it was also featured in NFT as being very tasty, so I was extra excited. Here is what I got:
Thai iced tea-the white is coconut milk. It sounds weird, but it's really quite good. This was my soup. It's flavored with lime juice and cilantro and had shrimp and shrooms. VERY good!
And finally-the entree. Crispy Duck with some kind of fantastic sauce and white rice. Really-that sauce was out of this world.
I finished dinner and walked back down the road toward my apartment. I was feeling great-I walked a ton, had lots of energy, and overall just loving my day and my freedom. When I was approached by a woman who ended up telling me I needed to lose weight.
Um..ok, freak. #1. Tell me something I don't know and #2. Who says that to a person on the street minding their own business? She wasn't a crazy person either, but a regular girl like me, only skinny and, well, Asian. But-c'mon! I simply smiled and kept walking. I wasn't too upset about it oddly enough. Probably because I have lost a little bit of weight and I feel very healthy. With the exception of my Crispy (Fried) Duck, I've been eating very well. (Oh, and the tart) and I've been walking home from my dinners.
Tomorrow I will conquer the market.
Stay tuned: Sunday I am going to brunch with 6 people I don't know. Friends won't just fall out of the sky people! :)