Mickey Alice Kwapis

taxidermy & craft

BOSTON/CAMBRIDGE - DAY ONE

My trip to Boston was an absolute breeze! There was no traffic on the way to the airport, Southwest offers curbside check-in so I didn't have to lug my two gigantic taxidermy supply cases around at all, I got free Skittles, and I had a whole row to myself on my flight. Whoever complained about travel around the holidays clearly hasn't had the same experience as I have!

Midway Airport all decked out for Christmas.

Midway Airport all decked out for Christmas.

I spent the flight reading two different books, neither of which I have finished yet. The first is Kingdom Under Glass by Jay Kirk, which is centered around the life of taxidermy industry godfather Carl Akeley and his wife Mickie. The second book is Stiff by Mary Roach, which is about cadavers and the purposes they serve in modern and historical societies. I'll definitely be posting reviews of both books if I can ever actually get through them - when I'm not traveling it seems impossible to make time to read for pleasure.

I am such a sucker for photos of airplane wings over cotton-candy clouds.

I am such a sucker for photos of airplane wings over cotton-candy clouds.

I arrived at Boston-Logan right on time and took a cab to my friend Zach's place, where I met his roommates before heading out to the New England Outerwear and Frank Clegg Pop-Up Shop on Newbury Street. Everything was way out of my price range but it's definitely high-quality stuff (President Obama owns a Clegg bag if that's any indicator of the caliber of their work) and it was great to support friends of friends.

Newbury Street all lit up for the holidays.

Newbury Street all lit up for the holidays.

We finished the evening by heading over to the Goorin Bros. hat shop down the street, meeting up with Zach's coworkers, and hanging out at the Globe. The food there is killer, and if you haven't been there I highly recommend it. However, their service is notoriously terrible and our visit was no exception, so I suggest just ordering your food at the bar. Since one of the requirements of working at Goorin Bros. is wearing a hat and I also happened to have one on, we got a little goofy and did a hat swap every fifteen minutes or so. Don't worry, none of us have lice. It was such a nice start to the weekend!

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