The Friday Five, 9/2/22: 5 things I've been up to this week

This has felt like a long week, or at least a disjointed one—we came back from vacation Tuesday night to find that my boyfriend's house had no power, and then Wed. through today I was working. I am looking forward to the long weekend, although I don't have much planned.

Outside of Coast Guard House restaurant, Narragansett, RI
Outside of Coast Guard House restaurant, Narragansett, RI

What I've been up to this week:
  1. Traveling to MA/RI. Most of these will be about that, but it was a good trip—I got to see a good amount of relatives plus an old friend, and also sightsee. I really haven't spent much time in Boston, and we saw the Freedom Trail and had lunch in the North End (plus got cannolis from Mike's Pastry, which were maybe the best cannoli I've ever had...), walked around the Boston Common, and had dinner at a seafood place that my cousin recommended. We were planning two days of Boston but ended up just doing a chill Rhode Island day the next day, since we were tired from walking (20K steps for me that day). 
  2. Seeing relatives. Always a treat because I only get to see them about once a year, when I go to MA/RI—about 95% of my extended family lives there. I technically grew up in MA but we moved to the Midwest when I was 5, and then MI when I was 9. I saw my aunt (dad's sister) a few times; all of her kids and their spouses (my first cousins, who are in their 50's); a few second cousins (first cousins once removed? I never know, lol); and my MA cousins and their babies. 
  3. Eating lots of good food. Probably too much, haha. Standouts were Giacomo's in the North End (Boston), for legit Italian food; Atlantic Fish Co. (Boston); unlimited Korean BBQ at Sura (Johnston, RI); and a few others. 
  4. Sightseeing in Boston and Newport. In Boston on Sunday, we did a 90-minute Freedom Trail tour led by a costumed guide, which was fun—I learned a lot of new (to me) facts, and he took us all around the city (see my reel here). We ended at Faneuil Hall, and from there my boyfriend and I walked through Quincy Market and up to the North End. In the North End, we went into Paul Revere House, which was also interesting (see my reel here). On Friday, we went to Newport, RI, and did a trolley tour there and then 90 minutes at the Breakers mansion, with the trolley picking us up from there (see my reel here). 
  5. Trying the new "Parallel Reality Experience" at the McNamara Terminal. See my reel here. This was pretty interesting ... some friends had tried it about a month ago and I was curious to try it before my flight. You walk up to the counter and scan your boarding pass (either paper or on your phone) and all of your flight details display on this huge billboard above you. You may say, well, that's not very safe (secure) ... however, YOU are the only person who can see it (with the exception of, say, if someone was standing literally right next to you) based on the angles they use. It was pretty cool, and it even had my Silver Medallion status on it. 
The Breakers mansion, Newport, RI
The Breakers mansion, Newport, RI

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