So every now and then when I binge read other FIRE blogs, I wonder what the heck I was doing in my 20s when they were all seemingly frugaling away their coppers. To keep my head up and not get too bogged down with what I wasn’t doing, I decided to start this series as a gentle reminder of the adventure portfolio I was building with a FIRE twist. So instead of bemoaning my twenties, I want to take some time to celebrate that part of The Journey! Come along! I urge you!
We’re back in The States!
I had emailed about 20 hospitals across the US for an externship when I was finishing up my degree. One responded. It was in Massachusetts in Boston. Which turned out to be a highly expensive rental market. I texted my family members and posted on Facebook for any housing leads. It took a few tries and I almost cancelled the externship because there was no way I could spend $2,000 on an apartment for a month. Finally, my cousin who was doing a graduate degree about an hour away responded that a friend of theirs was going to have a vacant apartment for two weeks in May. That solved half of my problem. A few days later, a friend from a college summer program 10 years before, responded that she would be vacating her apartment in May 2 weeks early. Praise Jesus! It literally worked out perfectly.
The commuter train from South Hamilton, Mass to Boston I think ended up costing $100/wk x 2 weeks. I gave the absent host about $100 in gift cards as a thank-you. The apartment my friend let me sublet cost me $100 as a courtesy for utilities for her roommate for allowing me to stay even though she was technically moved out. Total: $400 + a couple parking tickets ($1600 savings from advertised rentals for a month)
With a home base in Boston, I got to explore the New England coast. It was so mild in May in Massachusetts, I wanted to move there. At the time, I was living in NC and it was already boiling hot. I loved the rush of living in Boston. I loved walking and commuting. I didn’t like the dirty train but I liked being in the midst of the masses. I loved being in South Hamilton. That campus was so green and lush and quiet! I wanted to live there too. On the weekend, I visited all the states! And that rounded out my 40 states! I loved Maine! I loved Maine lobster. I loved the little island and ferry boats and the sea! I’d be graduating soon and finally having to face adult life. So I was on a pendulum between being too tired to think straight and trying to get a few little joys in before I worked my life away. That is honestly how I saw the workforce without ever articulating it. It was a must; everybody did it…well 99% of us.
|Daily trek on the commuter rail. I felt like such a grown-up!|
|My first accommodations in South Hamilton, Mass|
|View from my window…so much lush green|
|Seaside… I know it’s an ocean..sea sounds more romantic|
|more romantic seaside|
|had enough yet?|
|My travel route that month|
|Running out of photos that I’m not in|
|Can’t go to Maine without having lobster|
|My favorite food|
|I know you wanted a close-up of the cup|
|Forget the humans, look at the blue sky!
See you next time!