Boston, United States
Jamie, 27
PhD Student at Boston University
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What do you do and why do you do it?

I am a PhD graduate student at Boston University studying how forests are responding to climate change! I have always had a strong environmental ethic and a curiosity about the natural world. Now I get to research one of the most pressing issues of our time - climate change. I love the process of research, from discovering a new question to actually getting to answer it! Graduate school has been engaging, challenging, insightful, and exiting for me!

What are the best TV shows of all time?

Silicon Valley, Sherlock, Westworld, Will and Grace, Gilmore Girls, and 30 Rock

Name some spots in Boston that are good for a Tinder date.

Brick and Mortar, Life Alive, Tealuxe, Tatte

Where do you buy those fabulous clothes of yours?

REI, the Gap, Anthropologie

What’s the area/ spot in town you’ll never be caught dead in?

The Charlie Card Store, I went there once. It is like the DMV of T passes.

What’s the thing you LOVE to do in your city that you never get to do?

Hang out by the ocean! I need to spend more time along the coast.

What’s the most decadent / extreme dish you ever ate in Boston and where did you get it?

I am absolutely in love with the cookies and cream chessecake at Mike's Pastry. It is so giant it usually lasts me a few days!

Is there a hidden bar / hole in the wall in Boston that you particularly like?

Brick and Mortar! It is in central square and in an unmarked area. The only way you know you're in the right place is because there is a bouncer checking IDs!

What’s the most expensive restaurant / spa / hotel you’ve ever been to in Boston? How much did it cost and what did you get there?

I went to Oleana when my parents were visiting - yeah it is Mom and Dad visiting expensive. I can't even tell you what we got, but it is tapas style so I had about 7 delicious dishes. The bill was probably around $200 for the three of us (*gasp*)

What restaurant in Boston looks crap, but the food’s amazing?

Gene's Chinese Flatbread Cafe!

Where can you get the best cocktail in Boston? Which one do you like?

Yvonne's for SURE. I love the ankle breaker. It is no long on the menu, but they will still make it if you ask!

Where would you take your partner in Boston if you wanted to really pamper them?

The Liberty Hotel. Upscale and claaaaassy.

What’s the one place you think is overrated in Boston?

Touring around Harvard Square. Don't be annoying, people are trying to live their lives there!

What’s the one place you think is underrated in Boston?

Inman Square and Union Square. They have yummy yummy food, but are a little tough to get to via public transportation.

What are the Boston spots a first-time visitor can’t miss?

Boston Common, the Charles River, and the North End

Tomorrow’s your last day in Boston. How do you spend it?

Walking around the entire city! Making sure to cross every bridge from Cambridge to Boston and take a long time looking at the Charles River!

What’s your favorite vacation city in the world and why?

Paris. Who says no to Paris?

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