How Does Boston Look in the Age of Trump?
As tourism heats up this summer, we asked foreign sightseers for their first impressions. (Turns out, we’re nicer than we think.)
LUCIA and PAZ
Lucia: Are you going to deport me? [Laughs.] I feel like Boston is much more similar to Europe than the rest of America, compared to other cities I’ve gone to in the States. It doesn’t feel like part of Trump’s America.
ADELINE, ALLERY, and ANNIKA
Manila, the Philippines
Adeline: It’s peaceful; I thought it would be busier. Back home, no matter what time of day, there’s a lot of people moving about the city.
Allery: I don’t think we’ve been here long enough to have an opinion on politics, but it’s a very friendly city!
I’ve visited New York and L.A., but Boston is more historical, obviously, and it is beautiful. Plus, the people are more grounded. They have time for you and they’re really, really nice. It’s different from the other cities of America.
ULI and Gila
Kfar Saba, Israel
Uli: If you’re comparing, obviously, to New York, it’s not as rush, rush, rush. You don’t need to run all the time. You can enjoy the moment. It’s a nice city with a lot of green and a relaxing atmosphere.
It’s different from Trump’s America. It’s not so militant. Boston is friendlier and more laid-back than I thought; I went to L.A. and San Francisco last month, which were loads busier and you had to drive everywhere. I don’t like driving [in America] because I always crash.
It’s a small town, an education town; it feels multicultural and more liberal. You have high-rises, but not so many. People are nice! In Chicago, people won’t respond if you seek help. In New York, people are rude—even the taxi drivers. And Uber is way cheaper in Boston!