As a Harvard Business School- HBX newest student, I had to visit my campus; even as an online student.
It was 4am and I was completing my online assignment before it was due when I accidently clicked on HBS homepage, that’s where I noticed an open house invite the next day at 1pm.
Unconsciously, I went to google and instantly searched “NYC to Boston bus rides.”
I ended up with a two-way Megabus tickets for three days in Boston within 5 minutes for the next morning.
Then fear tried to hit me, I found my mind telling me
“what did you just do? are you crazy? who even does that?” I shrugged it off my shoulders and shocked my head as it was no big deal and there’s nothing to worry about.
Suddenly I stopped for a second, to hear what was going on inside my mind now, with a shocked face,
it was questions like
“Why three days, where are you gonna stay? what are you gonna do?
Mmmm.. did you forget your mom? What she’s gonna say?”
I quickly waved my hand and said “Naa, I got this, no worries”
My face reactions quickly switched, and I moderately yelled;
“Oh, my god. where am I gonna stay?” I worriedly mumbled.
Two seconds later I noticed myself on Couchsurfering, where I remembered a friend of mine mentioning it when I wanted to head to Europe and was fearing hotels prices.
My mind restarted thinking about horrifying things my host would do to me if I decided to use Couchsurfing!
“How can you trust a stranger? why would anyone host another stranger in their house unless they’re crazy and want to kill them or kidnap them in their sleep?”
“Nooo mind, chill!
I’m sure I’ll be fine, besides..”
looking at a small pocket knife that was given to me from an outdoor travel event two days before,
“.. I got this” while holding the tiny pocket knife in my hand.
But don’t worry, I know I would never use it.. but safety procedures isn’t a bad thing!
So my journey began.. of course from NYC subways! to catch the Megabus headed to Boston at 11:00pm!
And, of course, I was let down by the MTA, just like every other New Yorker out there when they’re in a hurry and need to be somewhere urgent!
(my biggest fear at that moment was;
“what will happen if you missed that bus Salwa? What? No adventure, No Boston, No Harvard business campus, No Snapchat update, No CouchSurfing, I guess there’s no use for that pocket knife now! oh mann,
Should I just go back home now, it’s Sunday and there no transportations now back to my house, who the hell lives in Staten Island without a car,
damn it, I can’t get home until morning, when buses are back in session,
oh well, I guess you can just wait for that train, that’s not coming anytime soon..”
Than the train finally arrives!
“Ohh, Never mind..
We got a Megabus to catch!”
After I ran like 20 blocks like I stole something and running for my life, just to catch the bus before it leaves at 11:45pm (as stated on my ticket)
The bus left two hours late.. but I bought Gyro so I wasn’t as mad as I should be 😀
The bus was a 7 hours long ride, and of course, I used Snapchat every time after I woke up from those mini bus naps to check on my geo-location, who wouldn’t!
Anyways, I got there at 7am (I told my host that I’ll get there at 4am, Oppss!)
I stayed in downtown Boston, where they call it Little Italy!
and this was three blocks from me!
You know how I’m a Solo traveler!! Yaaay
So I kinda have to ask people to take pictures of me.. Like all the time, because selfies are so overrated!
so that’s the results!
it’s a beautiful mess I guess.. Like me! Lol
I’m now gonna leave you with my awesome snapchat story to watch.. Enjoy
My Harvard Business School visit was great.. I learned So Much!!
by the way HBS and the regular Harvard University have a bridge-to-cross between them (it’s awesome!! it’s in the video)
Harvard University looks more like Hogwarts! Yeaah.. Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry!!
But HBS looks more realistic like a 21th century school!
Now let me show you a couple of pics from my Visit!
I had to share my food!.. You know!!
Going to more touristy things..
I got on a boston trolley.. and stuck my head in one of those maps!
I couldn’t decide this .. or rent a bike!
I had to go with the trolley because the tour driver guy was making funny jokes and I follow funny anywhere!I visited the Public garden that was built in 1837!
I visited the Public garden that was built in 1837!
I (we) almost got attacked by some ducks and a geese! while riding the boat.. It’s in the video!
You know that moment when you have the front seat empty but debating if you should sit in it or not!! Yaay.. boohoo now you have people blocking your view while you sit there thinking if you should sit in front or not!!
Note to self: Act first, think later..
I got ferry ride across the harbor (saw Donald Trump’s private jet!) and when the ferry stopped and let people out (if they wanted to!)
I took my own note to self from earlier and decided to get off too, you know! instead of going back!!
I had no idea where I was on the map!
But it turned out to be a navy territory!
It was fun, I guess!
It’s all in the video!!
Than, I decided to explore that area (I had no idea where I was)
I walked a few minutes down and I saw a Korean War memorial!
Again, when you let strangers take pics of you!!
Ohh that’s a good one! Thanks stranger.
Now, you can’t do all that exploring in one day you need another 24 hours!!
Look at video #2 (Snapchat Story! it rained too!!)
Thank you Boston.. I’ll be back!