Peter Pan and Greyhound Review

IIMG_6792 went to New York for the weekend. Which meant spending a total of 9 hours on a bus, leaving from South Station in Boston, headed for Port Authority in New York. On the way there I went with a Peter Pan bus and on the way back I went with Greyhound. Peter Pan and Greyhound are interchangeable, because the same company owns them, so you never know which bus you will take. However, there are a couple of differences. I personally prefer the Greyhound buses and here’s why:


The Peter Pan bus was slightly older and grimier. It wasn’t too bad, but there did seem to be a lot of gum stuck everywhere. However, the WIFI worked just fine, so I shouldn’t really complain, because WIFI is very important on such long trips. We didn’t stop at all on our way down, except for a short stop in Hartford to switch drivers. So we didn’t get a break to get up and stretch, but I didn’t mind, at least we didn’t waste any time. We got to New York with only the slightest delay, caused by traffic right outside of the city. In general Peter Pan is cheap and efficient, the quality is ok. It’s not the best, but not the worst.


Greyhound was better. Their buses seem a little bigger, so their seats are wider and more comfortable. The driver was very nice and helpful. At the beginning of the journey he gave us information about the length of the trip, the WIFI and other info we might need. Half way through the drive, we stopped for about 15 minutes at a rest stop where we could go to Burger King or McDonald’s. After that we continued on the trip to Boston. There were a couple of bad things about this particular journey. First, the bus eventually started smelling like pee. This was masked by the smell of burgers after our stop, but the smell came back, even stronger. Second, the individual lights above the seats didn’t work. So when it got dark in the evening, there was not much I could do for the rest of the trip.


Overall I like traveling with Peter Pan/Greyhound. They are cheap and they get you wherever you need. The quality may not be great, but it is what you would expect for the price.


Next read my article about what to do on a long trip!

Fall in Boston

Bos-AutumnBoston is one of the most beautiful places to visit in the fall. If you time it right. It lasts only about a week there, other than that it is mostly rainy and cold. But that one week is worth a visit, because everything is colorful and magical. That one week is usually mid October. There is a ton to do around Boston in the fall too, since most universities are back in session, there are also a lot of great deals you should take advantage of.


The Boston Common and the Public gardens completely change in the fall. Everything changes from vibrant green to gold and red. Just walking around the parks and even going to the esplanade is relaxing. It also makes a perfect spot to take pictures, or if you’re a filmmaker, like me, a perfect set for a short film.


IMG_0692The Emerald Necklace is perfect for a longer walk or a bike ride. It ends with the Arnold Arboretum, which belongs to Harvard University, located in Jamaica Plain. I have never actually been there myself, but I heard it is beautiful and definitely worth seeing in that one week of October.


Fall also means Halloween. Since Boston is a college city, you can always find parties on Halloween weekend. Or you can go see The Rocky Horror Picture Show, which has a special Halloween event, or they screen the regular version every Saturday night in AMC Boston Common. If you want a calmer Halloween, you can always go trick or treating in different neighborhoods, one of my favorite places to go is Beacon Hill. Lastly, you can also take a day trip to Salem, where they have special events all weekend.


Later in fall, around November 20th, they also convert the Frog Pond in the Common into an ice rink. This really depends on the weather though, sometimes they don’t put it up until December. But it is so much fun and its beautiful ice-skating outside. It does get quite crowded though, with families and other college students, but it’s worth a try.
If you are a college student, then there is one more perk for you: college nights at the Museum of Science and the Museum of Fine Arts. Free entrance to both amazing museums, which you should take advantage of! Museum of Science is a really fun place to go to, with a lot of interactive aspects to the science. For example, there is a whole section devoted to physics on a playground, where you can try out the swings, while learning how they work. Museum of Fine Arts, on the other hand, is just beautiful and enormous. You probably won’t get to walk through it all, so choose your favorite era or style of art and take your time there.


Hopefully you will find the time to visit Boston at least once and that the weather will be nice enough for all these activities.