i really want to write all about my epic benelux adventure - and i will - but first i really need to address last week. as i'm sure anyone who doesn't live under a rock heard, the week began with the boston marathon bombings leaving 3 dead and over 200 injured, as recent stats have given, and ended with a police officer dead, a suspect dead, and the other suspect in custody after the city locked down for an entire day. this hits me close to home because it is my home - if you didn't know, while i just moved to england, i moved from boston, a city where i had been living the past 8 years of my life. it holds my former university, my friends, and memories upon memories.
when i heard what happened (via facebook, one of the most reliable of news sources), i immediately went on twitter (another excellent source of news) to try to figure out what was happening. boston.com refused to load. CNN merely had a "breaking news" banner on their homepage and nothing more. one of my bff's, caroline, finally gchatted me. she had been on the T [subway in boston] with her brother underneath the bombings when they happened. she told me the train stopped, which don't get me wrong is a normal occurrence as it is potentially one of the worst public transportation systems of all time, but that she knew something was wrong - a gut feeling. when the train finally pulled into the station and she found out what happened, she went to her school and stayed inside where she was chatting me from.
i tried reaching out to my boyfriend, not thinking he would have been there, but still wanting to know he was safe. more importantly, i knew another of my bff's, vanessa, was running the marathon as i had donated money to her for the MSPCA. i began emailing her and fb messaging her boyfriend and her, checking her fb page, and even getting messages from mutual friends asking if i had heard anything. about an hour or so later the MSPCA posted that she was safe so i shared the news immediately and was so happy. social networking really worked at its finest last week. i knew others running it as well and if it weren't for facebook, i wouldn't have known they were safe. if it weren't for twitter, i wouldn't have been able to know what was going on. i shared and retweeted the crap out of last week. see, boston is MY city. i will always call it home. as you all saw and continue to see, boston is strong. we don't take crap from anyone.
i can't wait to go back and kiss those streets [figuratively, let's not get any infectious diseases please] - and i will do so on june 6th! one of my bff's and former college roomie, erica, is getting married on the 8th.
i cried a lot last week. i may not have known any of the killed or injured personally, but it really felt like i did. i know they have the same feelings in the heart for boston that i do, but luckily i also know that they have the same strength and power to move forward.
i will conclude this more solemn of my entries with a giant internet hug to everyone in boston. for all of my regular readers (lolz, i think it's only vanessa), i will post subsequent entries for each city i visited on my benelux trip later so you can read about my awesome holiday that i had before all this sadness happened.