Well, Boston was absolutely everything I thought it would be and more. It’s a rude awakening to be right back on that Monday grind, but it was all-around a fantastic trip.
First, thanks to Scinju for “curating” a fantastic experience. Thanks to Karen for encouraging us to come visit in the first place!! Thanks to everyone who played a role in some of the fantastic opportunities that we had – it was a BOOKED weekend, and we literally did not sleep – I had maybe 12 hours of the shut eye between Thursday morning and Sunday night, including the time spent dozing off on the plane. But hey – I told myself I could sleep when I get home. And that is precisely what I did when I got back!!
For now, there are a few pictures uploaded on the Instagram. This Monday is ab-sah-LUUUUUTE-ly hectic – mostly due to a fantastic surprise I’m planning for later…
Well…I trusted Scinju with the reservation – and he didn’t screw it up! haha COMPLETELY just kidding, but this hotel is fantastic!!
Well, I’ve safely made it to my city home. It’s nice to be back in a place that is so new yet so familiar at the same time. Often times, people ask me why I love this city so much. I really couldn’t even put a singular finger on it. It may be the culture. It may be the people. It may be how it’s a city that is big but not too big. It may be the random people who will still go out of their way to help you, even though they’ve got their own things going on. There are so many things about Boston that I really, truly appreciate. So happy to be in Boston for the weekend!
And, as a note on this mornings events, one thing I’ve realized – is that travelling thorugh an airport with a wheelchair may seem additionally daunting, but it’s actually quite ease-making. This was my first time flying Delta airlines – and my flight went amazingly well. When you know what your’e doing, the staff are extremely helpful, breeze you through security, and through boarding. Otherwise, getting through security and onto a plane – especially when you can’t walk – can be very difficult. I’ve realized that if you are nice to the flight staff and crew, then they will be as accommodating as possible for you. I’m grateful for a Mom who taught me how to get through airports efficiently due to her own share of traveling!
So, our schedule for the weekend is a little all over the place, but until everyone else arrives, my day is going to begin with a few meetings at Northeastern University ahead of tonight’s Millennium Campus Conference 2013, before a “Stranger” Dinner in the city – which I just realized I happened to book less than a block away from the hotel that Scinju booked. *SCORE* I’m excited to meet some Boston locals and chat with them about what it’s like to live in the city.
This semester – my third as a graduate student – can be described in one, singular word: a whirlwind.
Well, that’s not true. It can also be described as incredible, rewarding, busy, at times overwhelming, but even more awesome…a lot of words can describe my life since that last week of August. But, to be frank, I haven’t had a whole heck of a lot of time to sit down, really think about all the goings-on, and reflect. My blog helps me do that. And for that reason, alone, I must apologize for the hiatus! It’s been way too long since I found the time to get behind this keyboard and really share some of my thoughts and musing with all of you. I must say I am extremely grateful for the many e-mails, text messages, and personal appeals to get back on and update it, outside of my Leadership in Diverse Contexts class.
I write this blog post as I prepare to pack a bag to head to my favorite city in the entire country – Boston, Massachusetts.
One of my true, true passions in this life is traveling. I realize that it is certainly a luxury – one that I am profoundly grateful for. I love checking out new culture, new cities…but this is the third time that I’ve been to Boston in as many years. So, there’s that.
So, as I prepare to head away, I made myself a vow – at least for this trip, I would be sure to reflect lots, and often, on many of the exciting adventures we have planned. Thus, this initial post.
Well – I need to get back on top of my packing and decide how much I’m going to overpack (because it’s really NOT a question of if…it’s how much). For now, I’ll leave you with a quote. This quote was relayed to me by Dr. Mary Miller, who guest lectured in one of my classes last week. She said,
“I keep a diary when I travel becuase I want to keep up with the things that impact me.”
Oh – and, Happy Halloween! I’ll leave this little treat here for you…one of my favorites of the season.
My name is Justin Graves & I am a graduate student at Virginia Tech. This is a journal about my life – what I learn, what I eat, who I love, and who I impact. Ut Prosim.
During the first half of Summer 2013 I will be traveling a bit, while crossing a few items off of my life-long bucket list, while speaking at events from Washington D.C. to Texas.
During the second half of summer 2013 I will be creating a curriculum for university library services and working with students who are "undecided" about, or exploring, their eventual major of study. Please reach out if you would like to connect in any way!
- & to Phill Hess for designing my logo and letterheads, amongst other things.
Here are a few blogs that I absolutely love to read when I get the smallest bit of downtime. They range from Virginia Tech football, to daily words of inspiration, to just personal blogs of friends. Enjoy!