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