Back from Bawwston

I went to Boston for a week to check the place out, maybe see if I’d like to live there. I had a great time there, flawless weather throughout the trip and a great place to stay. Check out the full panoramic view I had!

After visiting Boston for a week, cruising around, meeting friends, seeing businesses and partying….I found out that Boston is gorgeous in the summer, well educated, well established, but not the place for me.

My main complaints with Boston was the population was too young and there was a complete lack of flavor. Especially trying to go out. You can go to a very large selection of pub-style Irish places, but not much else. I was in the middle of New England, so I kind of expected that.

For partying, everything was relatively spread apart, and the whole place kind of goes dead before 2am, which I didn’t expect from an area with such a dense college population. I did however like the whole MIT/Harvard/BU/Downtown area with the Charles River nearby. It was gorgeous while I was there, although it’ll get cold as hell pretty soon (Something else I don’t particularly like).

So my comparison between Austin and Boston is done, and in my opinion Austin is the winner. Austin has a large amount of diversity in not only race, but also age. It also has different “flavors” around the city. Austin is also FRESH. It has an enormous upside potential, and it will be fun to watch as this city grows and changes. Boston will be pretty much stay the same even after 20+ years.

So based on my three places I could possibly live, Austin is my final choice.

I think my favorite part of getting back to Austin was seeing my Scarabeo in my living room. For some reason I got a kick big from seeing it indoors!

This was actually a very cheap trip overall. I spent $260 on the plane ticket and only $250 the whole time I was there….Not bad!

Blog posted on: October 12, 2006

11 comments on “Back from Bawwston

  1. Marco

    If you want to brush up on your tertiary education Boston is the perfect place… but I guess for entrepreneurial types it isn’t…

  2. Anonymous

    Unfortunately you are spot on about Boston. And you didnt even mention the ridiculous home/apartment prices around here.

  3. Anonymous

    35 alone should be reason enought to move from Austin. How was the traffic in Boston?

    Plus, it would be fun to listen to everyone speak. Those crazy Boston people…

  4. Jeff

    Boston is certainly going to cost more than Austin in terms of living expenses. So, I agree that in your entrepreneurial pursuit, Austin will provide you with the brain-power, the business-technology incubation resources and the marketplace at a lower cost than Boston.

    By the way, did you make a comparison post comparing Austin to Silicon Valley yet ?

  5. Anonymous

    Seriously, Nev check out Corvallis Oregon. Home of HP and Biotech companies galore.

    Better than Austin or Boston!

  6. Anonymous

    In my state, all acohol sales end at 1am, and you cannot buy alcohol until 6am.

    Same thing with the bars. They all close at 1am by law. Can they stay open later in Austin?

  7. Anonymous

    Thanks very much for going to Boston. I was actually thinking of relocating there, but decided against it because of the reasons you mentioned. It seems to lack culture and seems a bit snobbish. Chicago, on the other hand, has a tremendous amount of culture and diversity not to mention you still get to experience all four season.

  8. Jeremie B

    Nev, you need to check out Hotlanta. In terms or housing (rates and prices) are pretty low. Our growth is like 2nd highest, and we have some of the best colleges around. If you are interested you can always email me or facebook me. Cya buddy

  9. Sanj Rama

    Hey Nev,

    Although I follow your adventures on a regular basis, I havent had the opportunity or felt the need to post.

    But for this topic I will. I lived in Boston for 4 years, going to the number one college for entrepreneurship. Your observations are quite right, in the fact that although Boston seems interesting at first, the lack of late nite Things to Do, does take away from the charm. I myself, am quite a nightowl. I just recently moved to DC, and have to say that I absolutely love it here. Tons of 23-28 year olds, a lot of international culture and of course, limitless networking opportunities with the old money families. Although DC seems to lack the whole tech innovation drive in comparison to austin, sf, or boston, it’s good to remember that you have a HUGE govt market for a suitable product. It’s fairly easy to grow big FAST. I’ve only been here for 2 months now, but I intend to visit all the museums and art galleries for inspiration and see if I can network with some lawyers for advice on some ideas I have. Give me a month or two more and then come visit when I have a better idea of the lay of the land.


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