There is not a lot of difference between the culture in Boston and in Chicago, but New England does have a few unique traditions. Because of the beautiful fall foliage all over the region, going on trips to look at trees is quite popular these days. Tree Watching might not sound very exciting (though it is sometimes called Tree Peeping, which sounds a bit illicit), but it actually seems to be pretty popular. I’ve already heard quite a few conversations that go something like this:
“What are you doing this weekend?”
“I’m going up to New Hampshire. I’m going to look at trees!”
“Wow, have fun! I heard they’re especially beautiful this year!”
At first, I was a bit skeptical of this tradition, but I did go on a hike last weekend up to an outlook where we saw a beautiful array of colorful trees.
I also started taking pictures of the trees near the lake by my apartment to keep track of the change. What’s more, I have started buying different kinds of squash each week, and put pumpkin spice in my coffee each morning. I am glad to be enjoying fall again, even if I don’t think I’ll go all the way to New Hampshire to watch trees any time soon.