Providence & Boston

A few weeks back, I travelled to Rhode Island and Boston for work. Myself and a colleague were interviewing students and graduates for possible design opportunities. I’d never been to Rhode Island or anywhere else in New England, so I was excited to have a look around. Looking at the map, I noticed that New England lives up to its name with Cumberland, Lincoln, Bristol, Greenwich and Warwick all nearby.

IMG_2718

Like my New York visit, the first thing to hit me was the cold. Although I know it to be the case, it continues to surprise me just how different the weather can be in different parts of the States. I guess it’s understandable – coming from the UK where differences are relatively modest (although Southerners will tell you it’s always beautiful down there and freezing up north!), to a much bigger country where it’s hot in San Jose and Snowing in Providence.

Providence was nice – big stone buildings and a fair bit of commissioned street art. Because it’s by the water, there’s a lot of sea food. We returned via Boston and I had fish and chips in the hotel restaurant – eager to judge their authenticity.

Tasty, but where's my buttered bread wrapped in cling film?

Tasty, but where’s my buttered bread wrapped in cling film?

While it was tasty, it was more ‘French fries and Captain Birdseye battered Cod’ than ‘Magpie Cafe, Whitby’ or even better, ‘Barnacles, Billingham/Middlesbrough town centre’ (which is of course, the real deal – slice of buttered bread wrapped in cling film or a lolly with your nosh box? Answers in the comments below).

Home of the Nosh Box

Home of the Nosh Box

Although we were there to work, I got one or two hours to wander around and take a few photos…

Leaving San Jose

Leaving San Jose

IMG_2710IMG_2694

View of Providence from the hotel

View of Providence from the hotel

Light in the hotel

Light in the hotel

IMG_2811IMG_2810

A bit of hand-painted Didot

A bit of hand-painted Didot

Kurt Cobain at the Heartbreak Hotel, Providence

Kurt Cobain at the Heartbreak Hotel, Providence

Lonely shed

Lonely shed

Strange white stuff

Strange white stuff

IMG_2802IMG_2805

Power station on the water, Providence

Power station on the water, Providence

Brutalist car park, Providence

Brutalist car park, Providence

Street art

Street art

Shepard Fairey street art

Shepard Fairey street art

IMG_2779

Boston harbor from the hotel

Boston harbor from the hotel

Boston from the hotel restaurant

Boston from the hotel restaurant

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: