I can honestly say that Chicago's Midway is one of my favorite airports. But at 5:20 a.m., no airport, or really any other building in which one is awake, is a great place to be. Why did I have to leave Chicago at 6:30 to get to Boston at noon? And why was I even going to Boston when my target destination was New York City? Because I wanted to fly for free, and my 16th SWA flight credit was earned just two weeks before I left for my east coast jaunt. Eligible flights were still available to Boston, where I had friends i could visit, but in order to get there and still have time to spend with them, I'd have to take the route that involved changing planes in Baltimore. The Baltimore airport is also quite lovely, so I thought "why not? What better place to sit on my ass for two hours?" and booked the flight. Then I'd take a $15 bus ride to New York the next morning, arriving 90 minutes or so before my big meeting.
Sometimes it's gratifying to do something unusual. This was one of those times. My trip to Boston afforded me a mini-tour of Cambridge, which is lovely but smells a bit like poop (insert Harvard joke here). I got to have a lobster melt at a diner with three good friends (Nora, Gabe, and Hilary).
Really, the theme of my day (okay, half-day) in Boston was Family & Coincidence. While walking down the streets of Cambridge, we ran right into Nora's brother. Weird! And best of all, with no knowledge of my visit, Hilary's mom (Gabe's mother-in-law) planned a big turkey dinner at their house in Framingham. So I got to see Hilary's family (who I know from her wedding to Gabe last summer), have a Thanksgiving-worthy meal, and even cap the night off with a reprise of last summer's family folk-music sing-a-long, which might sound awful but is actually fantastic.
Hilary's mom played her banjo, Grandma was on accordion (and later piano), Gabe played ukelele and guitar, and Grandpa, Hilary, and I just sang along or threw in some percussion. I could not have planned a more pleasant Massachusetts evening. The morning, however, could have been better: I would have to get up at 4:45 to catch a 6:30 bus to New York...