I do indeed love America! There’s a big BUT though. What I do not like about this country, is the fear of the next terror act that leaves footprints all over the country. Be it by simply mistrusting people in the first place, the hundreds of questions you have to answer at customs or such things as not putting lockers in an airport because it could potentially be too dangerous. On the other hand that’s exactly the reason why I got to explore a bit of Massachusetts on my 16 hours layover in Boston.

It was either gonna be me waiting inside a terminal that only had a Dunkin’ Donut Take Away booth or me leaving the airport with 3 pieces of luggage. Since I am not exactly a big fan of sitting still for that long I decided to catch a bus to the car rental station. Well, let’s say it was an adventure to get on and off the bus with all my stuff. In I go with my oversized bag, my cardboard box filled with good Californian wine and some clothes, my huge backpack and my purse… Of course, just before reaching the counter, my wine box fell flat on the ground and I was waiting for a big reddish puddle to make its appearance – fortunately my friend had packed my wine so well that nothing broke. After this incident I was ready to leave Boston Intl. Airport. Like – READY. It was only 8am by the time I had signed my rental contract.

Bearing in mind that I had to be back at the airport in time to make my international flight, I left Boston in a cute little car towards Cape Cod. “Explore-mode” on and lots of time on my hand. Since I looooove driving, my first pit stop was at the Highland Museum & Lighthouse by Truro, about 2 hours south east of Boston. Unfortunately the Museum was closed so I couldn’t go up the Lighthouse (otherwise known as Cape Cod Light) to enjoy the view from the top – oh well, another time.

After driving along this spooky road I got to Province Lands Visitor Center to find out a few things about this region

After driving along this spooky road I got to Province Lands Visitor Center to find out a few things about this Region

Visitors Center View

The view I got from the center’s upper deck was a lot different to what I expected to see - in a good way

The view I got from the center’s upper deck was a lot different to what I expected to see – in a good way

There are a few Bicycle Trails that seem to be absolutely beautiful to explore the area. I’d definitely rent a bike if I was there during the season. The Beech Forest Trail and the Race Point Beach Trail are recommended at the visitor’s center. My next stop was Race Point Beach. Wow. Just walking towards the beach made me smile and want to spend a few hours here, just to stare at the ocean. Since I was in no rush, I ended up staying in that exact spot for about an hour.

Race Point Beach

Panorama Race Point Beach

Later I got to Provincetown and immediately fell in love with its appearance. It seemed to have a “Key West – vibe” to it. The colorful wooden houses, the beautiful views at one of the beaches and the friendly people made my heart happy. Let me just share a few impressions with you.

Provincetown harborProvincetown bike

Townhall Provincetown Provincetown Independance

Provincetown kayak

And of course I found a place that serves great coffee - Post Office Cafe

And of course I found a place that serves great coffee – Post Office Cafe

After spending a while in Provincetown I decided to do one more stop in Hyannis before hopefully finding a shopping mall, where I could find myself a winter coat not everybody is wearing in Switzerland :-) So I headed towards Hyannis Beach first and then Hyannis Harbor, where I was surprised by the cute set up of colorful beach houses that shone so beautifully in the setting sunlight. Definitely a place I would revisit when I’m in the area.

Hyannis Beach bench Hyannis BeachHyannis PierHyannis HarbourHyannis_1Hyannis 1 ok

I loved everything about this day! To end it off well, I left Hyannis and bam – drove past a Mall where I found the most perfect winter coat. I had spent so much time along the way that I didn’t really have more time to shop. I have way too much stuff anyway. If I had bought more things, I’d have had to add another bag to my Ensemble. I guess it would’ve been even more fun to get back on the bus to the international terminal of Boston Airport. Haha.

Let me end this post by telling you why I love America instead of just giving you an idea of what I don’t enjoy about its Airports. I love their people. Sure, some might seem superficial at first, but most people I’ve come to know better are just really nice. And the ones I’ve known for a while I love because they’re real. They seem to take on life a little more positively. I’d love to spend a few months or years on their side of the globe, just to get into their groove of living life. I’m sure I’d be surprised about lots of things, but that’d be fun. I doubt I’d be such a “fan” if I was to consider politics. :-) So I choose to let put aside. The States have a lot to offer when it comes to places you should absolutely visit before you die – if you let political differences hold you back from visiting beautiful countries (in General), you might have to stay within your own four walls all of your life. That’s something I had to repeat to some of the customers I had, working for a travel agency and also have to occasionally tell myself.

Let’s face it – life is good, especially when you broaden your horizon by traveling the world. This might take you as far as the next town, the national parks in your own country or somewhere you never thought you’d end up. Let’s do some exploring and keep in mind – life is a lot better when you enjoy a cup of coffee here and there. :-)