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Showing posts with label exploring. Show all posts

The 4 Fairy Corners of Massachusetts

Sometimes, we do things that even surprise ourselves.  We take what we think is a good idea and execute it, only to find out that it is indeed, a fabulous idea and realize, it is definitely worth sharing.  That, my friends, is what this blog post is all about.

So my partner and I have two anniversaries around our marriage.  When we signed the formal papers and when we had a ceremony.  We know other couples who have done this for various reasons and it's just how it worked out with us.  Somehow, we have decided that I plan something special around one anniversary and she plans the other.  This past May, I executed my surprise weekend and it went pretty well even with several last minute adjustments.  Actually, we had an amazing time.  So, if you're looking for something to do for a weekend in Massachusetts, pay close attention.

It all started in late February or March when I came across an article:  Fascinating Places In Massachusetts That Are Straight Out Of A Fairytale.  I flipped through the article and found that there were some very cool places in Massachusetts.  I had been to a few of them but all of them seemed pretty cool.  Out of curiosity, I plotted them on good ole Google Maps to figure out exactly how it most effectively hit them all.  Once I did that, I saw that it literally took you to every corner of Massachusetts and well into the ocean for that matter.  Instantly, I knew that I was onto something.
Fairy Tale Massachusetts Itinerary Day 1
Itinerary Day 1

Once I figured out this would make for a great road trip, I just had to figure out the logistics such as how many to hit in one day, where to plan for a place to stay over, and how to make sure it was a good mixture of riding and exploring.  I got everything worked out and even developed an itinerary.  Feel free to peruse, borrow, and adapt for your own adventures.  If you do try this, come back and let me know.  I'd be curious what you did or augmented.
Fairy Tale Massachusetts Itinerary Day 2
Itinerary Day 2

We ran into a few snags that I didn't quite prepare for, but we were ok with.  For instance, the Santarella Gingerbread House and the Ashintully Gardens are not generally open to the public and one needs to make an appointment or visit during their limited hours.  We got to look from afar but not explore these.  Also, on the final day, it was raining so we skipped the Garden in the Woods.  We also adapted on the fly, deciding to visit my partner's grandmother and take her out to ice cream as we made our way from BishBash Falls to Sandwich.  And since it was raining on the final morning, we decided to go to breakfast with my partner's family since it was on the way home.
Fairy Tale Massachusetts Itinerary Day 3
Itinerary Day 3

Those adaptations aside, this trip was a lot of fun and though it was something I did as an anniversary with my partner, it really is a great trip for anyone to take.  Most of the places are free or cheap and are just fascinating places to explore.  I've included some of the photos from our trip in the slide-show below.  


Visiting Fairy Places in Massachusetts




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My First Go At Stand-Up Comedy

So I mentioned before that I was going to take my first crack at trying stand up and that happened last night.  All the graduates of the class got up on stage and delivered what they had been working on for the last two months.  

It was a very exciting night for all of us--playing to over 100 people, including many family and friends.  Some of us were nervous, some of us remained cool--I was somewhere in the middle.  

So as requested by many that couldn't make it, I did record it and it is below for your perusing.  In rewatching it, I'm glad it went smoothly.  I feel there is much more work to do and I'm curious to see how I can further develop this bit and combine them with other bits I have been working on.  But for a first time attempt, I'll take it.  I felt largely comfortable up there and while I can go on in about a million ways to critique what I did, I'm content that I did it as effectively as I did, given that it was my first time.  

I have to say that the course was fantastic and I highly recommend taking it.  It was offered at North Shore Community College's Community Education program and taught my Amy Tee.  She did a yeoman's job in terms of keeping us on track, getting us organized, preparing the show, and putting up with us.  She also provided good tips and guidance about being on the show.  But most importantly, she worked with us constantly to improve our scripts.  

Just a heads up about the performance.  It does entail adult topics and it does have indecent language.  Don't say I didn't warn ya!  Without further meanderings, here it is for your entertainment!  Enjoy!  


  
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Travel Updated #6: Art Exhibit Video

Below is the video I made of the art project that my host and her friends worked on at the Galerie Zuid.  They came out really well and I wanted to make this video to capture the progress and atmosphere.  I've also updated my journal as well as added more photos so be sure to check them out!  I'm still having a great time and even though the weather isn't entirely agreeable, the people are.




Today's random images from the photo archive:

Now, there's a throne to sit upon!

A new building with a golden dove and big egg...
or eye...or disco ball--we weren't sure.


Art on street tiles.





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Travel Update #5: Art, Gnomes, & Walking About

Another great day of adventuring in the Netherlands!  Here's my latest video update, giving some of the numbers of my first week in the Netherlands.  Enjoy the video, the pics, and the updates and let me know what you think.





Today's random images from the photo archive:



Clearly, these gnomes have gotten into the wrong
batch of mushrooms!


Medusa--a woman you never look twice at!


More cool street art.



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