• Liza B.

Coming to Boston : Retrospective by Liza

Updated: Mar 15, 2019

Stay tuned for our first podcast where we talk about the experience of moving to Boston!

In the meantime, I’d like to share a couple of my post from those times to set the mood and give you a little insight of how it was.

Plane landing over the water in Boston, international students blog, alien thoughts
Boston, MA

It’s like taking a sneak pic into my diary of those days:

  • December 22, 2017. Right before coming to Boston.

My life these days feels surreal with all the packing, all the last minute things to do, all the excitement! These days are very emotional - one minute I’m happy, next minute I’m sad, then I’m hyped again!

It’s like when you're on a plane, trying to make the time pass and being impatient for the flight to be over so that you can finally walk the planet Earth again. I mean some of the aspects of the flight may be enjoyable - you could nap a bit, read something, but there’s always a moment when you start checking your watch a little too often… And how exciting it is when the plane finally lands! Just thinking about it makes me go crazy!

  • January 5, 2018. First Boston Experience.

Flooding in winter in Boston 2018, winthrop, ma, international students blog, alien thoughts
Winthrop, MA

Time to acknowledge that I am actually here in Boston, all settled in, freezing like a snow lady!

I found a great place to stay, moved in and it got flooded yesterday (first time in 20 years or so) - this basically sums up my life. It feels like the weather in this country is trying to tell me something! First, I went to San Francisco this summer and got the hottest days in decades, then I flew to Miami and had to run from the hurricane, now I’m here... “bomb cyclone” they call it... ⠀

But you know what, I don’t care! I don’t! Nothing is going to ruin my experience here, I was waiting for this for too long to let some wind/ice/snow/flood/cold/

disaster get in my way!

  • January 22, 2018. Three weeks in.

These three weeks of the new year that I started in Boston were very eventful! Sometimes harsh, but mostly beautiful. First, my place got flooded with the waters of the Atlantic Ocean next day I moved in... that was... whatever… For me it’s something very new, I never thought I’ll have to worry about things like this ever... What a warm welcome!

Next, it was so cold I honestly thought I might not wake up from the cold one day! For those of you who feel like saying “you are from Russia, how can you be cold” - well, guess what, I can.

There were also small things like shoe braking, fire alarm going on, a lecture being canceled an hour before it starts, etc....But let’s look on the bright side - I got a wonderful place to live (that’s dry and warm now, all good), I met some beautiful people, the city itself is great, and with the way my program started, I don’t think I will have time to worry about anything. And even those little disasters that I had to face were somehow enjoyable in their own way because once you go through it and things get better you appreciate this “better” so much more than you usually do. So bring it on, Boston! I’m ready for anything.

Lots of Love,


(at Alien Thoughts Blog for International Students)




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