Wednesday, May 6, 2015

I Shipped Up to Boston & I've Got Some Bad Photos to Prove it

I really like business trips. It's always a welcome change of pace in a work week, it's always fun to go new places and you generally return to your career armed with a little bit more knowledge or networking contacts or just some good ol' fashioned amplified guile. There's really only just two drawbacks:

1) You can't take too many good pictures. At least not in my case. I know people who work in more creative fields are less embarrassed or willing to get a bunch of posed photos with coworkers or carry around their nice camera. Me? Not so much. My job is in the financial field and the culture that goes along with that is fairly serious. So, I'm reduced to quick iPhone shots here and there. A little low-quality and not my favorite.

2) They're exhausting! Fun, but exhausting. You tend to have breakfast meetings in the morning, work/meeting/networking all day followed-up by dinner and drinks in the evening. It's engaging, rewarding in your field and quite delightfully gluttonous- but man oh man is it tiring. 

However, because I've lost my mind- I still like to try and document all the little facets of my life for record's sake. So if I fly across the country to Boston, like I did two weeks ago for work, I'll try to capture a little snippet of it. And here are said snippets, low-quality and all!
^Left) Leaving the NW in all its green glory   
^Middle) Arrived in Boston and quickly shuttered off to my first dinner meeting dressed like Johnny Cash.
^Right) Waking up to a gorgeous east-coast Sunrise which I enjoyed as I ironed my blouse and sipped my coffee in the room sleepily at 4 AM my time. "I think I can, I think I can" was my mantra that day after about four hours of sleep.

^Left) Day Two outfits and off to meetings. 
^Middle) Dinner at Davio's at Patriot Place in Foxborough, MA which was ridiculously delicious. I have been so off of red wine for awhile now (not sure why) but their pairings with our meals made me remember how delicious it can be.
^Right) Me wishing I had normal pictures of the trip because I cannot take pics like this without looking like a murderer.

^Left) Gillette Stadium (New England Patriots' home). See that awesome picture? Ha! What a difference being with colleagues makes. That's my one picture of it. What I would have given to sprint down there and capture some good ones with my normal camera. Oh well. 
^Middle) We went out for late-night drinks at the Liberty Hotel in downtown Boston. That place was right up my alley and I would LOVE to go back. It was so, so, SO nice to see an entire place full of people appropriately dressed. How should I put this? If Kim's North West dressed for her namesake region, she would be in Teva Sandals and fleece. And she would think it would be okay to wear those out on a Saturday night.
^Right) Pant Suits: It's what's for dinner. Or more so what you wear to make money so you can buy yourself dinner on the reg.

 ^Above) All my plane wing shots from the travels. Who can ever not snap those when they look outside? Gloriousness.

So there's my little recap of my work trip. Impressive, no? Wink face. I'd love to come back to Boston with more free time, my camera and a friend to walk the streets with. A very cool city.


Pat Hatt said...

Awesome wing shots indeed. Yep, the financial sector really has a stick up their bum compared to the creative side lol having both at my sea can get rather tricky

SMD @ lifeaccordingtosteph said...

I'm a huge fan of Boston, I've spent countless weekends there over the past 20 years once friends moved there. I love The Liberty Hotel!

I work in Marketing in a serious firm so they are used to ME being out there snapping pics but I've been trying to get them to do it and they're all meh.

Lauren Farrow said...

Awesome post and photos! Great record of your trip. You look great all dressed up for work.
Since I live in the Boston area and sometimes work in Boston, I am very familiar with the places you visited. The Liberty Hotel is Beautiful! It is right outside the subway station, so I walk past it all the time. Also, my sister stayed there when she visited Boston.
I love Boston. I grew up in New England and then moved all over the Midwest and east coast for college and grad school... but eventually I just had to come home to New England because I love the seasons.
Thanks for sharing!

Jax said...

BOSTON is my favorite city. Glad that you were able to enjoy amidst the hustlw. I'm in the financial field too and I can totally relate to how dry things can be. At least we can order really bright post it's and write in purple ink, right??? Haha

Unknown said...

I'm with you, if you're in another state, you're allowed to openly enjoy it. I once went on a work trip for a week. We worked from about 12-6 each day, so I figured I'd use my time after that to find some comedy clubs in the area and book some spots. I got in trouble when I came back because "I wasn't over there to do stand-up."

Caitlin @ Candyfloss & Persie said...

@Pat- stated perfectly! Like a true creative person :)

Caitlin @ Candyfloss & Persie said...

@Steph ha, the marketing reps have all the fun!!! Ours are the same way.

Caitlin @ Candyfloss & Persie said...

@Lauren - that's awesome, Lauren. I haven't spent time there as an "adult" since this trip (was last there at like 14?) and I really wished I had more time to explore. I have only ever heard the BEST things about the city. I really want to come back soon! I think it lit a fire! I think all you East Coast girls are lucky. Such history and culture to all your cities. And jealous of your sister, I want to stay there!

Caitlin @ Candyfloss & Persie said...

@Jax - ha yes!! and I can use ANY highlighter color I want :)

Caitlin @ Candyfloss & Persie said...

@Michael - ha! You have the best stories.