In which I go to the AAPD in Boston (Part I)

Whew! It has been a busy two months! Every time I feel like I sit down to write, I’ve either felt a) overwhelmed at the amount I need to catch up on or b) like there were much more important things I needed to do (like a data analysis projects for biostats). Now that a lot of traveling, finals, graduation and a major conference are finally wrapping up I feel like I can catch up and start to enjoy our 18-hour summer days.

First things first: I’m a horrible blog parent again. I missed the blog-oversary on May 21st.

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We’ve been viewed by 81 different countries – 9,660 views total! This is completely insane. Also, if you know one of the 56,370 people in Greenland, please send this blog to them.. it’s such a large blank space on the map.

To be fair the reason I didn’t write about it was that I was on a red-eye to Boston for the American Academy of Pediatric Dentists’s annual meeting. It was my first large dental conference (besides the North Carolina and Washington state ones) and I had so much fun catching up with old friends from across the country. Dentistry itself is a small community, and pediatric dentistry is even smaller and I’m so privileged to be colleagues with all these wonderful people.

Since we braved the red-eye, it meant we had a whole day to explore Boston before everyone else descended. I hadn’t been in such a long time (road trip to Canada in 2005 with Jeff and a church choir tour sometime circa 1997), but I remembered enough to get my west coast friends around.

I miss a good set of public transportation (though DC remains my favorite). Seattle is building a light rail, but 2016 is too long to wait for it!

I miss a good set of public transportation (though DC remains my favorite). Seattle is building a light rail, but 2016 is too long to wait for it!

Obligatory Boston Public Gardens shot

Obligatory Boston Public Gardens shot

We did not ride the popular duck boats in the Garden, but they were fun to watch

We did not ride the popular duck boats in the Garden, but they were fun to watch

After several cups of coffee (when did I become so dependent on the stuff? Oh wait.. living in Seattle will do that to you, plus, the red-eye), Bri, Kat and I conquered the Freedom Trail:

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Sometimes it's a little hard to trace.. but you just have to spot a group of tourists looking down to find your way back.

Sometimes it’s a little hard to trace.. but you just have to spot a group of tourists looking down to find your way back.

Quincey Market is Boston's version of Pike Place.

Quincy Market is Boston’s version of Pike Place.

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Walking by the harbor on the North End.

Walking by the harbor on the North End.

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I swear the Atlantic smells different than the Pacific, though Bri and Kat said I was crazy. It smells richer, muddier, and more well-worn than the bright Pacific, but there is something so homey in its salty breeze.

I wish I had had more time for refreshing my Revolutionary War knowledge prior to the trip. I had to settle for watching AMC's new series TURN about George Washington's spies.

I wish I had had more time for refreshing my Revolutionary War knowledge prior to the trip. I had to settle for watching AMC’s new series TURN about George Washington’s spies.

The Old North Church - of One if by Land, Two if By Sea fame.

The Old North Church – of One if by Land, Two if By Sea fame.

Inside the church. I could actual remember the first couple of lines from Longfellow's poem, "Listen my children and you shall hear..."

Inside the church. I could actual remember the first couple of lines from Longfellow’s poem, “Listen my children and you shall hear…”

Always a Delta Gamma.. I can't resist a good anchor.

Always a Delta Gamma.. I can’t resist a good anchor.

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US Constitution - the oldest ship still commissioned. It was used in the War of 1812.

USS Constitution – the oldest commissioned navel vessel still afloat. It was used in the War of 1812.

My mom immediately guessed where I was when I sent her this. I think her love of Boston infected me as well.

My mom immediately guessed where I was when I sent her this. I think her love of Boston infected me as well.

Atop Bunker Hill

Atop Bunker Hill

After walking the entire Trail from the Back Bay neighborhood where we were staying, we decided to take the T back.

After walking the entire Trail from the Back Bay neighborhood where we were staying, we decided to take the T back.

Lobster rolls were in order for lunch - we were in Boston after all! And for all the delicious seafood out in Seattle, we don't have lobsters.

Lobster rolls were in order for lunch – we were in Boston after all! And for all the delicious seafood out in Seattle, we don’t have lobsters.

Eating a lobster roll in my lobster dress!

Eating a lobster roll in my lobster dress!

I found this at a clothing exchange a few weeks ago that some girls from the MPH school hosted, and I was so lucky it fit! It was the perfect  dress to play Boston tourist in.

I found this at a “Naked Lady” party a few weeks ago hosted by some girls from the MPH school, and I was so lucky it fit! It was the perfect dress to play Boston tourist in. These parties sound a lot dirtier than they are: it’s really just a bring your clothes that you’re tired of and exchange them for new ones event. They’ve promised to do another one before school starts and I can’t wait.

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