Boston, United States
William, 46
Wildlife Photographer & Journalist
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What do you do and why do you do it?

I lead wildlife photography workshops and natural history tours because I love connecting people with nature and showing them beautiful things they might otherwise miss. That, and desk jobs absolutely kill me, and I'm trying to put off getting a "real adult career" for as long as possible. We'll see how that turns out.

You’re broken hearted - what tracks does your heartbreak playlist consist of?

The Enanitos Verdes are my #1 breakup band. Something about cry-singing in Spanish helps me forget that I sound ridiculous, and they're so melodramatic and extra that it makes me feel a little bit better about going overboard with the bottomless sorrow myself.

What are the best TV shows of all time?

Bojack Horseman is the only show I've ever binge-watched. I don't pretend to have taste in TV, but man, that show got to me.

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

Is there such a thing as a good spot for a Tinder date?

Who’s your hero and where in Boston would you take them out for a serious hang?

I prefer not to meet my heroes, but it would be pretty nice to chill with David Attenborough over a cup of tea in the Harvard Museum of Natural History.

Where do you buy those fabulous clothes of yours?

Global Thrift in Waltham and Buffalo Exchange in Davis, because I'm one of those insufferable people that tries to buy as much secondhand and throw away as little as I can. Occasionally Gap & Banana Republic when I'm feeling bourgeois.

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

Fanueil Hall and Quincy Market. Jesus Christ, that place is the most useless excuse for a market- most people who've been to a market outside the US laugh when they hear it's the most-visited attraction in the state. The building is beautiful though! And if you want to spend 7$ on an awful arancino, go for it.

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

Eat at L'espalier. Which I love because it's the best upscale restaurant in the city, and which I never get to do because it costs upwards of a hundred dollars a head before wine and tip.

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

Mike's Pastries, while hugely touristy, crowded, and not all that great, probably takes the cake (so to speak) for most calories I've consumed in an hour. Their cannolis are huge and could probably feed you for a day.

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

Brick and Mortar in Central Square, but it's quite chic once you actually get inside the unmarked entrance. As for holes-in-the-wall that are kind of divey, grendel's den in harvard.

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've only spent the night at one hotel in Boston because... I live here. But it was a great story. I asked a date if she wanted to come back to my apartment, and she said yes- but that she was staying somewhere that she was "pretty sure is nicer than [my] flat." She was right- she was staying in a suite at the Taj hotel, the old Ritz-Carlton. I ended up spending the night there, and yes, it was much nicer than my apartment.

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

My Thai Vegan Café. That's its actual name. It's on the second story of a Chinatown building, and it's looks like crap. But it's delicious! The chefs know what they're doing, just not the guys who did the flooring. Or any other part of the building.

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

I hate to recommend a hotel bar, but Benedetto inside the Charles hotel makes some of the most creative variations on classics out there. It's not the best bar for the vibe, but if I were going to pick a place just for delicious alcohol- atmosphere be damned- Benedetto would be it.

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

FLOAT, in Somerville.

Which snacks can you only get in your country, and which ones do you recommend?

Oof, America exports so much unperishable food I can't even keep track of what's available overseas now. But as far as I know, Cape Cod potato chips are

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

Aside from Fanueil Hall and Quincy Market, I would say day trips to Salem are one thing a lot of tourists seem to want to do that I can't get my head around. There are better places for nice scenery, historic buildings and quaint vibes (Concord, Rockport) and unless you are really, REALLY into macabre history and witch stories- or the history of social hysteria- there's not all that much to see there.

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

The Mount Auburn Cemetery, by far. It's gorgeous in every season. It's my favorite park in the world, half wild and half manicured, perfect for getting lost in and doubles as a sculpture garden. You just need to forget that, you know, there are dead people under you.

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

I hate to say it, but everyone should go on a whale watch. It's touristy, and being on a boat with that many other people frankly sucks, but there is no way to describe being stared in the eye by a 60-foot-long animal until it's happened to you. Not every trip involves close interactions with the animals- they're wild- but I promise you, it is worth the chance. If you can afford to, shell out for a private boat- it's much nicer to have the ocean to yourself and not be surrounded by screaming schoolkids and vomiting vacationers.

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

Tel Aviv. It's lit.

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