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Day 21: The art of spontaneity, part 1.

Posted by Adam Sell  July 21, 2008 11:26 PM

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boston60_logo.jpgI'm Adam Sell and I have two months left before I leave Boston. My challenge? Do something in the city every day. Have ideas for my adventure? Send me an email.

One of my favorite things about Boston is that no list created can include everything that's out there to see or do. Sometimes, you have to just walk out that door with no plan and hope something hits you on the way.

Like today, for instance. I purposely didn't plan anything specific for today - I just picked a T stop and thought I'd walk around for a bit, see what caught my eye. I jumped off the train at Porter Square and started walking back down Mass Ave. toward Boston, letting anything that intrigued me be my destination.

Within minutes, I'd already made my first stop. There was a stationery and paper shop that I noticed and popped into, and found a great little collection of greeting cards. I don't think the local supermarket is going to quite cut it now that I've seen those. After grabbing a congo bar from Rosie's, I collected my mug from Made by Me and kept on my pavement spelunking mission down the road.

I made a stop at Stereo Jack's and picked up an old record for my father, and was then drawn to the colorful front windows of the Utso's Tibetan Boutique. When the incense started to get to me, I headed down toward Harvard Square.

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I didn't know about that statue in Cambridge Common. It's both riveting and disturbing in the expressiveness of the faces, something an artist was trying to capture as I passed through. I made one final stop at Karma Yoga Studio's tearoom as a nasty thunderstorm came through, before I finished my trek in Central Square.

What started out as a "maybe I'll see something" experiment turned into something pretty cool. I now want to do similar T-stop excursions once or twice more during this project. What stops should I pick? Drop me an email, or post on the Facebook group to let me know which spots are the best for a no-destination day.

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