After getting the news that my prognosis had changed, Ryan told me that he would do his best to allow us to check as many items off my bucket list as we could. We went to New York City two years ago, and this year we elected to do a kind of American Revolution tour. We’d visit Boston, Philadelphia and Washington D.C., stopping in New York again briefly to catch Hamilton.
We had a great time, but the best discovery was that I just love traveling with Ryan. He has a knack for plotting visits and making plans. When I’m feeling worn down, he doesn’t mind taking it easy. He gets just as excited about things as I do.
We flew into Boston but did a quick turn around to Washington. We spent a whole day at the Smithsonian museums and didn’t even scratch the surface. We ran into a demonstration across from the White House. Washington, at first glance, is hip and younger than I anticipated. I also didn’t expect as much city, weirdly. We stayed at this hotel called the Pod, which boasts small rooms and fewer bells and whistles. It turned out to be just what we needed.
After that, we were off to Philadelphia. We took Amtrak, which I had never done before, believe it or not. It had been a long time since I’d seen that part of the country and seeing it in the autumn, with all the bare trees and signs of winter coming on, was lovely. In Philadelphia, we did the Liberty Bell (which was quite small, actually) and the tour of the historical buildings. Ryan had managed to snag not only tickets to Hamilton in New York, but also to the last show in Philly. We caught the show and headed straight to the train for New York.
I really fell in love with New York. Alas, we were there just long enough to see the show and then got on the train to Boston.
Boston was my favorite. Our stay was cut a little short because of the detour to New York, but that’s okay. We were in town long enough to do the Freedom Trail and a great dinner on the North End. Boston is incredibly beautiful. I remember very little of Massachusetts from my childhood.
I’m hoping that for our 25th anniversary, we can go to England. It’s been my #1 bucket list item since I was a child.