right off the bat, i’d like to put it out there that my favorite seasons of the year are the ones that are slightly cold and not extremely warm, and the ones you have to put a couple of items of clothing on for. in other words, autumn and winter. autumn is without a doubt, my favorite. as for winter, i’d say that i like it most of the time, but i don’t like it in the respect that it means freezing temperatures and a shitload of snow for at least five or six months out of the year. growing up on the east coast is especially bad during these months because the cold weather usually doesn’t hold up until late april/early may so it can feel like winter for much longer than it should.
as may (or may not) know, i decided to stay on the east coast for college and attend university in a different region, specifically new england. in essence, massachusetts is not that different from new jersey or the tri-state area in the sense that the climate and the weather is pretty much the same all year round–disgustingly humid in the spring and summer, crisp and cool (and PERFECT) in the fall, and polar vortex in the winter. nonetheless, i accepted that since massachusetts is relatively farther up north, there was a great possibility that the winter would seem and actually be a lot harsher.
back at home, i’d go to school where it was pretty cold inside and out, and then head outside after school ended to wait for the bus in the freezing cold of the late afternoon. then i’d get dropped off about a block from my house and trudge through the ice and snow and biting wind and finally arrive at my house where i was welcomed by an equally freezing atmosphere. so basically, it was cold everywhere all the time. and i was reminded of just how cold it gets when i went back home for winter break. just my luck, it happened to get extremely cold during the month that i was there! nice!
in my experience, it has gotten pretty cold here, but i think that i feel it a lot less than back at home. when i go outside to go to class or go farther downtown on the weekends, it can get unbearably cold; but, when i return to my dorm and the building that i live in, it’s always nicely heated. sometimes overheated. so much so that by the time i get to my room on the 13th floor, i’m literally sweating my ass off and i have to shed all the layers i have on immediately. not cute.
that being said, i’ve really enjoyed spending winter here. i’ve already had three snow days (today is one of them) and the city looks absolutely beautiful covered in snow. it’s snowing right now, and there is zero visibility outside, with practically no one driving on the pike or on commonwealth ave. (i particularly enjoy this because the pike is right behind the building i live in, and the droning of cars driving is a sound i cannot escape at any hour of the day while i’m in my dorm)
anyway, i thought i’d share some nice pictures i’ve taken while wandering around campus and the city. hope you enjoy.
this one I took on the BU bridge the first time it snowed. i’ve been here a couple of times and it’s got an incredible view of the skyline and the charles river. i think it’s my favorite place on campus.
this is a picture of my favorite mug filled with some hot chocolate that was distressingly awful
this one i took on the second snow day of the semester. i walked around campus for about an hour and it was beautiful. the streets were completely empty and it was still snowing a little. i also listened to a really good mix of songs while walking around, and honestly….it was a lil’ magical.
this is the view from my building’s dining hall; usually you have a great view of the prudential tower and the citgo sign, but today there was zero visibility. also, BU apparently has its own snapchat geofilter now! i think it’s adorable.
i actually saw this bike rack on instagram and i immediately told myself that i had to go and take a picture of it to post on there myself. i’m not going to lie to you, sometimes i just go to places around the city to take pictures of them and post them. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯this is on winter street, right in front of the macy’s in downtown crossing.
these were taken last week, at copley square in front of the public library and in the library’s courtyard. i’m always in and around copley square, and surprisingly enough i had never taken the time to actually visit the BPL. but, now i have and it is easily one of my favorite places in the city. the architecture is gorgeous.