Things I've learned about driving in MA after 3 weeks
So I’ve moved here a little less than 3 weeks, and so far, I’ve already learned a lot about the driving situation here. Things I’ve learned:
Everyone in MA speed. EVERYONE. No, scratch that, everyone in New England speed. 80mph is the norm no matter what the speed limit is.
When there is traffic, it’s absolutely acceptable and legal to be that a-hole who uses the emergency lane/shoulder to pass everyone.
Highway design in MA is TERRIBLE. At any given exits, the incoming entry always come before the exiting exit. And the gap between entrance and exit is maybe a quarter mile. No wonder why traffic is so bad here during rush hour. Wouldn’t it make more sense to have exiting traffic goes first, and then merge in the incoming traffic? Verdict: MA needs serious highway redesign.
Gas station nozzles do not have that little click to get your gas automatically pump. Meaning when the cold hits, I’ll have to stand outside in the frozen tundra and hold that stupid thing. Not okay MA… not. okay.
Trying to direct a 16-wheeler moving truck in the city makes me realize how easy I had it with a little car. Many roads in the city are for cars only (no, it literally has signs everywhere). Not to mention, you require a permit to even drive a truck in the city.
Street residential parking in Boston is free as long as you go to the city hall to get a pass. But that pass will only work in your neighborhood. If anyone knows about Boston, each neighborhood stretches maybe 1 mile. So it’s practically useless.
So you think the highway design is bad in MA, the roads in Boston is even worse. Even if you have a GPS, guarantee you can still get lost. Nothing is in a grid. There is no system to the streets. The roads were literally paved following the cows paths in stone age…
So there you go. Although driving can be hectic, we do have great public transportation here (thank god for the T!). It’s really easy to get around the city, and Boston is a really walkable city… well, at least in summer time.
so even though i hated it as a kid, i absolutely love avocado. but i struggle with the boring recipes it always get associated with – guac and salad. desperately in search for an inspiring and not-so-boring recipe for these bad boys, i stumbled upon this cold avocado soup recipe. i mean it got bacon, it got sweet corn, it got zest (lime) and spice (cayenne pepper) – all my favs - how can i not love this? i’m going to have to try this asap! (maybe a hot version for now to accompany the chilly weather, or maybe add a little shrimp and fresh crab meat for the summer!)