Speaking of weather, it is far more changeable than New England's. A spread of 30 degrees F in a day is common; e.g. today it was 45F when I left for the office and is now (late afternoon) 73F. The same day can include multiple periods of rain alternating with bright sun/cloudless skies. Needless to say, one learns to dress in layers. It is rarely hot, but even when it reaches the mid-80s, the humidity is generally so low that one almost never feels uncomfortable.
A big surprise upon arriving at Abbey College, the postgraduate residence where I am staying: I had rented a "large studio" room, but the young man who provided an orientation on my arrival led me to a fairly small bedroom furnished only with a bed and night-table. It did not look at all like the photo of the rather spacious room with separate sitting area that I thought I had rented. When I mentioned my surprise, he said, "oh, they decided to give you the living quarters recently vacated by the head of college since they haven't started the renovations yet -- you have the entire floor. So instead of a studio room, I have two bedrooms, a study, and a lovely living room/dining area and its own deck! (I also have a kitchen but as the contract involves full board, it's irrelevant). The food is so-so, but the atmosphere at the college is very friendly and because it is a converted motel, has a sauna, hot tub, and swimming pool. Best of all, it is only a half-block to the lovely Botanic Gardens, of which more about below.
An expedition to the wonderful Saturday morning Farmers' Market, which takes place next to the iconic train station (seen in first photo). Companions are Caleb and Ellie, a biochemistry postgrad from Iran and co-resident at Abbey College.