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Shopping in Boston

Global Immersions Recruiting - Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Boston has a lot to offer in terms of shopping. From the Prudential Center and Cambridge Side Galleria, to the new complex at Assembly Square, you can get to any of these malls easily via public transportation. Malls are a great place to take your students too, because it allows them to experience a unique American cultural experience, and buy a souvenir from their travels!

The Prudential is a great place to start, located in the center of the city. You can get anything from clothes, accessories, beauty products, and more! And once you’re all shopped out, there are tons of places to refuel and get a tasty snack or meal. For more inexpensive options, check out Boston Chowda, or Regina Pizzeria. For a more special, authentic Boston experience, Top of the Hub is an excellent option. With delicious food and a spectacular view, this experience just can’t be beat.

Cambridge Side Galleria also has a lot to offer to students who want an American shopping experience. With over 120 stores and restaurants, you can find something for everyone. The great thing about this particular mall, is that unlike the shops at the Prudential, they have a more affordable price point.

The newest mall that has been introduced to Boston is the Assembly Row mall, located on the new stop on the orange line of the MBTA train. The great thing about this mall is that it is full of outlet shops, so you can get your favorite brands with a deep discount! They also have an excellent selection of food, which is sure to please everyone. Be sure to try out JP Licks for some of the best ice cream around, or Legal Seafood for authentic Boston cuisine.  

No matter what mall you choose, your student is sure to love everything Boston shopping has to offer! 

Super Bowl

Global Immersions Recruiting - Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Now that the holidays are over and we're all back to work, there's one celebration we're all looking forward to: the Super Bowl. This year, it's even more exciting because the New England Patriots will be playing in the big game! For some of us, the Super Bowl is all about friendly competition and team rivalries, but for many of us, it's all about the commercials, the half-time show, and most importantly the food. Although the Super Bowl is only 49 years old, it is an important tradition to many Americans. Because of this, it's important that you share with your students some of the festivities that may be happening during this exciting time. 

It all began on January 15, 1967 in Los Angeles, California, where the Green Bay Packers defeated the Kansas City Chiefs. Little did we know, that the day on which the Super Bowl is now played is considered by some to be an unofficial American Holiday. Interestingly enough, after Thanksgiving, it is the largest day for food consumption in the United States. It is also the most watched television program in America. 


The Super Bowl is much more than a football game, though. It's entertainment for people of all ages and with a variety of interests. For instance, the hilarious and witty commercials that play for one night only. The tradition began in the 1970s, but has really grown in popularity in more recent years. Doritos, Budweiser, and Coca Cola have some of the more iconic advertisements the Super Bowl has seen. 

Another part of the Super Bowl that has everyone excited is the infamous half-time show. This is a time when the most popular, up-and-coming musicians have a chance to perform in front of the entire United States. Michael Jackson, Paul McCartney, U2, and many more have graced the stage to perform in one of the most exciting events of the year. In 2015, we will see Katy Perry perform. 


Aside from all the theatrics, the best part of the Super Bowl is gathering around with your family and friends to enjoy a platter of finger-food. You can never go wrong with a plate of hot wings like these. More recently, people have been more adventurous with their snack platters, making entire stadiums out of snacks! Check this out if you feel like being daring!

 

No matter what you end up doing during the big game, we hope you enjoy it with your friends, family and your visitor. It is an entirely unique American tradition that may seem bizarre at first, but is a lot of fun when you join in on the festivities!

Holiday Cookies

Global Immersions - Friday, December 05, 2014

For most of us, this holiday season will bring decorating, shopping and most importantly cookie baking. If you are looking for a way to get your visitor involved this holiday season, try including them in some good old fashioned cookie baking! It is common tradition in the US to bake special cookies for the holidays, such as little Gingerbread Men or Holiday themed sugar cookies. These cookies could be made for a cheerful holiday cookie exchange party or saved for Santa on Christmas Eve.

What many Americans don’t know is that holiday cookie traditions are common all over the world. Many countries have their own recipes and ingredients to make a special cookie of their own to enjoy during the cold winter months. Let’s take a look at how different cultures make their cookies unique and maybe you and your visitor can tackle one of these recipes for your own holiday festivities!

Long ago, before sugar, monks who worked in the monastery kitchens in Nurnberg Germany would bake cookies with real honey that was given to them from bee keepers in a nearby forest.  These cookies were given the name Nürnberger Lebkuchen, or for short ‘honey cookies’, and they are still made to this day to celebrate the holiday season. Click here for the recipe

Now let’s take a look at cookies that are served to celebrate Hanukah. Commonly known as Hanukkah cookies,  there are two types of cookies made for the holiday.  Rugalach cookies are filled with many different sweets such as white chocolate, apricots, walnuts and brown sugar. The other type are sugar cookies cut in the shape of dreidels or of the Star of David. 

Click here for Hanukah cookie recipes.

This last cookie is very common in Africa where Kwanzaa is celebrated to begin the New Year. Kwanzaa cookies, commonly known as Benne Cakes, originated in Africa where the Benne Seed comes from. In America, Benne Seeds are known as Sesame Seeds. These cakes are eaten across Africa for good luck for the start of the New Year. 

Click here if you want to make your own Benne Cakes.


If you’re feeling adventurous this holiday season, try one of these new cookie recipes with your visitor. Maybe they will have a holiday cookie of their own to bake for you and to share their tradition!


Sources:

http://germanfood.about.com/od/adventandchristmas/ss/nuernberger_lebkuchen.htm

http://homecooking.about.com/od/cookierecipes/r/blcookie35.htm

http://allrecipes.com/recipes/holidays-and-events/hanukkah/cookies/

The Iconic Thanksgiving

Global Immersions Recruiting - Monday, November 24, 2014

Whether you're from the U.S. or abroad, the imagery that comes to mind of Thanksgiving is that of a perfectly browned roast turkey surrounded by heaping mounds of various dishes and the entire family, eagerly awaiting a slice of the juicy poultry. But why is the turkey the most intrinsic part of the Thanksgiving meal? And where do some of the other most enjoyable, but uniquely Thanksgiving dishes (marshmallow topped roasted squash, bread stuffing, and mashed potatoes to name a few) come from? 

Many people believe that the classic Thanksgiving dishes get their origins from the first Thanksgiving held in 1621 when the English Pilgrims put aside their differences with the Native Americans and shared a fall harvest meal together. However, Thanksgiving didn't actually become a widely celebrated annual holiday until about 200 years later. The first celebrated Thanksgiving was in fact in celebration of the pilgrim's first successful harvest in the new world. The main dishes of this first Thanksgiving in the 1800's would probably have included venison, corn, fowl (often turkey) and barley - no potatoes, pumpkin, or even stuffing were yet commonly eaten in New England. Although turkey, cranberries, and sweetened pumpkin rinds were most likely eaten in this celebration, none of the recipes quite resembled those of today.

So how did the holiday evolve if it wasn't from the classically cited harvest meal of the pilgrims and Native Americans? It turns out that the writer of the classic children's tale "Mary had a Little Lamb" petitioned for the holiday to become nationalized after reading about the pilgrim's first fall harvest event. To gain a following in her campaign she published a number of recipes as suggestions to be used for the holiday celebration including the classic roast turkey, stuffing, and pumpkin pie recipes still used today. During the Civil War Abraham Lincoln (one of the most famous U.S. presidents) made the holiday a national annual event on the last Thursday of each year. 

With the history in mind and for preparation for the holiday here are a few of the most common Thanksgiving dishes and their most classic recipes.

The Roast Turkey and Stuffing 

A whole raw turkey is typically simply seasoned with butter, salt, and pepper and filled with aromatic vegetables and fruit such as apples, celery, carrot, onion and bread (this is where the stuffing comes from) and roasted in the oven for around three hours. 

Mashed Potatoes

Potatoes are boiled until soft and then smashed into a smooth and chunky mash. Butter, salt, pepper, and sour cream are typically added making a creamy addition to the Thanksgiving meal.

Green Bean Casserole

Green Bean casserole is a one-dish plate using green beans as the main ingredient. Adding creamy soup or cheese and sour dream, caramelized onions, and fried onions on tops and then baking the dish adds a unique spin on this vegetable.

Pumpkin Pie

A flaky crust that lines the sides and bottoms of a pie pan provides the base for this decadent dessert. Pumpkin puree from a roasted pumpkin with added sugar, spices such as cinnamon and nutmeg, molasses, egg, and heavy cream make the custardy filling. Once baked the golden orange pie becomes one of the most iconic Thanksgiving images. 

So is your mouth watering yet? Or did we miss any classic Thanksgiving dishes? How will you be celebrating the holiday? We want to know! 

Sources: http://www.foodnetwork.com/thanksgiving/thanksgiving-menus/classic-thanksgiving-menu.htmlhttp://www.history.com/topics/thanksgiving/first-thanksgiving-meal

Cheese, Cheese, Cheese!

Global Immersions Recruiting - Friday, November 14, 2014

Cheese is one of the world's favorite foods. From Europe to the U.S. to the Mid-East and Latin America, countries around the world have their own take on this salty, creamy delicacy. In fact, Americans alone eat 32.6 pounds of cheese per year. However, its the Greeks and French who take the cake for the most cheese consumption- the Greeks eating 68.5 pounds per year and the French with 57.5. This consumption may be in part due to the huge variety of types of cheese. Of all the 2,000 varieties most come from cow, sheep, goat, or buffalo milk although cheese made from camel and donkey milk is becoming more popular. Cheese made from moose milk is even considered a delicacy in Sweden. And these cheeses are produced in various countries around the world. Their styles, textures and flavors depend on the origin of the milk (including the animal's diet), whether they have been pasteurized, the butterfat content, the bacteria and mold, the processing, and aging. Herbs, spices, or wood smoke may be used as flavoring agents. The yellow to red color of many cheeses, such as Red Leicester, is produced by adding annatto. Other ingredients may be added to some cheeses, such as black peppers, garlic, chives or cranberries. So what are some of the best cheeses from countries around the world? 

Italy: Pecorino Romano, Parmesan 

Italy is famous for its cheeses, from soft mozzarella to hard Parmesan many Italian cheeses are globally popular. However, the less well known Pecorino Romano is considered the pinnacle of Italian cheeses. The make process is one of the most sophisticated in the world.  It shows in the flavor, alternately buttery, nutty, and fruity. 

England: Farmhouse Cheddar

Cheddar cheese is another widely popular type of cheese, especially in the United States and England. It originates in farmhouses in England and is a hard cheese, yet easily meltable and perfect for grilled sandwiches.

Netherlands: Gouda


No doubt the most famous Dutch cheese, gouda is a yellow cows milk cheese. Known worldwide it is iconic in its packaging in larger, red waxed wheels. It is a semi-hard or hard cheese and is often used in sandwiches and various dishes/ 

Nepal: Chhurpi

Chhurpi is a Nepalese cheese made using yak or cow's milk. In eastern Asian countries cheese is not widely eaten, however this soft cheese has become extremely popular and can be found throughout the country and in neighboring Bhutan.

Spain: Manchego

Manchego is an aged sheep's milk cheese and one of the most well known Spanish cheeses. It has a firm and compact consistency and a buttery texture, and often contains small, unevenly-distributed air pockets. Known as a delicacy, it is eaten in extremely thin slices. 

France: Bleu Cheese, Brie, Boursin, and more


France has more varieties of cheese than any country in the world. Many of the most famous cheeses in the world originated in France and have contributed to the association of elegance with cheese. Brie is the classic creamy cow's milk cheese often baked in a buttery crust. Controlled mold makes bleu cheese gleu and gives it a distinct sharp flavor. Cows milk boursin cheese is creamy and smooth and infused with herbs and spices and often spread on crackers and bread. 

Central America: Queso Blanco

This cheese is the most common cheese in Central and South America. Is it a creamy, soft, mild, unaged white cheese. It is one of the simplest cheeses to make and is very similar to Indian Paneer. 

India: Paneer

A fresh cheese common in South Asian cuisine. In eastern parts of Indian Subcontinent, it is generally called Chhena. It is an unaged, acid-set, non-melting farmer cheese or curd cheesemade by curdling heated milk with lemon juice, vinegar, or any other food acids.

Greece: Feta


Feta is a brined sheep's milk cheese. It is aged and crumbly. It is the most commonly used cheese in Greece and is used in salads, used as table cheese, baked in pastries, grilled, or in sandwiches. Its versatility has led to its widespread use and popularity. 

Interested in even more cheese? Click on this infographic to enlarge and read the following article to become a cheese connoisseur!  

So what's your favorite cheese? What cheese is most common in your country? Did we leave anything out? We want to know!

Sources: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_cheeses

Veterans Day, Armistice Day, and Remembrance Day

Global Immersions Recruiting - Friday, November 07, 2014

Veterans Day is an official United States holiday that honors people who have served in the armed services, also called veterans. This holiday is celebrated on the 11th of November because of its origination as Armistice Day- a holiday celebrated by a number of Allied European countries still today such as Belgium, France, and Serbia. Armistice Day marks the end of World War I which was officially ended on the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month of 1918 when the armistice with Germany went into effect.

In 1954, at the proposal of a veteran after the end of World War II, Armistice Day in the U.S. was changed to encompass all veterans, not just those who died in World War I. In countries such as Canada and Australia the name of the holiday also been changed to encompass veterans from all wars to the name Remembrance Day. Remembrance Day is also sometimes called Poppy Day. The red remembrance poppy has become a familiar emblem of Remembrance Day due to the poem In Flanders Fields. These poppies bloomed across some of the worst battlefields of Flanders in World War I, their brilliant red color became a symbol for the blood spilled in the war.

Celebrating around the world


In Europe, Britain and the Commonwealth countries it is common to observe two minutes of silence at 11 a.m. every November 11. The central ritual at monuments and memorials throughout the Commonwealth is a stylised night vigil. The Last Post was the common bugle call at the close of the military day, and The Rouse was the first call of the morning. For military purposes, the traditional night vigil over the slain was not just to ensure they were indeed dead and not unconscious or in a coma, but also to guard them from being mutilated or despoiled by the enemy, or dragged off by scavengers. This makes the ritual more than just an act of remembrance but also a pledge to guard the honor of war dead.

In India, the day is usually marked by tributes and ceremonies in army cantonments. There are memorial services in some churches such as St. Mark's Cathedral and St. John's Church in Bangalore


In the United States, an official wreath-laying ceremony is held each Veterans Day at the Tomb of the Unknowns in Arlington National Cemetery, while parades and other celebrations are held in states around the country. Because it is a federal holiday some workers and students who attend public school have the day off. Many restaurants and casual diners offer free meals for veterans on this holiday. 

To see more about Veterans Day and its origins check this history.com video!

Danish Groups: Short-Term Programs

Global Immersions Recruiting - Friday, October 31, 2014

Global Immersions Homestay specializes in customized group homestay programs.  We spend time discussing and determining exactly what each client wants their visitors to experience during their time in Boston.  Hosts and visitors are matched by our coordinators based on their compatibility. This compatibility is determined by the shared hobbies of hosts and visitors, preferences on pets, gender, and various other aspects of the household to ensure all involved have the most enjoyable experience possible.  There is a minimum of four nights on the length of stay but not for the number of visitors in the group. Each homestay program is specifically designed for the each group! 

This fall Global Immersions had the pleasure to accommodate homestays for number of high school groups from Denmark. During their programs these students took part in business seminars at Bunker Hill Community College, visited iconic site in Boston such as Faneuil Hall and the Boston Science Museum, attended a Celtics game, visited Salem, took part in Halloween celebrations and activites, and toured local schools. The goal of the homestay program was to live with Americans in order to truly experience and learn about U.S. culture and traditions and enhance the overall program.  Our hosts exposed the visitors to a variety of activities and events and foods that allowed them to have a taste of American life with locals to entirely culturally immerse them. 

Here are a few of the experiences the Danish visitors enjoyed with their hosts!

  • Going to church
  • Shopping at the Prudential Center, malls, and Newbury Street
  • Sightseeing in Boston
  • Dinner enjoyed together
  • Visited the Patriots Stadium in Foxborough
  • Watched football games
  • Cultural conversations
  • Birthday parties
  • Playing billiards
  • Cooking meals together
  • Playing ping pong
  • Carving pumpkins
  • Watching Bruins ice hockey games
  • Apple picking on a local farm
  • Watching Halloween movies
  • Halloween parties and trick-or-treating
  • Attending corn mazes and haunted houses
  • Eating out at restaurants
  • Playing with host children
  • Manicure and pedicures
  • Bowling
  • Making ice cream sundaes
  • Touring neighborhoods looking at decorations

Boston is a city filled with all types of activities and happenings for any interest. The highlight is not only the diversity of our great city's offerings but the fact that many events are FREE! We post many fun, interesting and upcoming activities on our facebook page daily.

One of these Danish students wrote, "My host family always cared about us. They talked to us many times and when we didn't know what to say or do, they helped us. They let us meet 17 people and we got to go to many places so our schedule was busy and full of fun!!" And another student said, "I was worried about homestay at first, but I really enjoyed this homestay. I can't thank my host family enough. I want to put this experience to good use in the future!"


The hosts sincerely enjoyed this group program as well. One host wrote, "I wish they could've stayed longer everything went so fast but they were very very polite.  We thoroughly enjoyed the visit"
 Another host commented, "I found this group to be excellent! It's like heaven sprung a leak in the hosting student department and the Danish girls fell out! I told them they came as students and left as family."

In regards you our group programs, one host wrote "I enjoy hosting with Global Immersions because I think it is great that 2 students are required in each home. I also think it gives the student a sense of security and also someone to have quiet time with when the day is over and everyone goes to bed, it gives them the opportunity to talk about what they think and feel without any interruptions."

Do you have a group that you would like to bring to Boston?  Contact us today to learn more about our group homestay programs.  

Would you like to host for our international visitors and get involved with these group programs? Check out the Global Immersions short-term programs page for upcoming groups.   Contact us for details on hosting and an application.

Thank you to all the hosts and students who participated in these homestay programs!

Halloween History and Traditions

Global Immersions Recruiting - Sunday, October 26, 2014

Halloween is one of the most iconic and evolved of American holidays. On Halloween (the 31st of October) in current times the most common traditions include dressing up in costume as frightening beings, famous characters, ironic jokes, symbolic professions- basically any sort of costume that transforms from the everyday person. Themes of darkness, death, and legendary creatures of the night are symbolic to this holiday. Houses are often decorated with spider webs, bats, grave stones, and other terrifying themes. Jack-O-Laterns (pumpkins carved with faces or scenes illuminated from the inside by candles) can be seen on doorsteps of most houses. Candies and treats are eaten more than any other American holiday of the year on this day. 

This is mostly because children traditionally go door to door of the houses in their neighborhoods in such costumes on this night. The classic greeting when the door is opened is for the children to say "trick or treat?" and the response to give children candy- a "treat". Parties are often held on this night as well by children and adults alike. Similar dark-themed decorations are seen at these parties with the colors of black and orange most common with most attendees expected to be in costume. Games are often played at these parties such as "bobbing for apples" where apples are placed into a large pail of water and contestants must catch hold of an apple using only their mouth. To someone who has never celebrated such a holiday this may seem like a menagerie of some of the oddest traditions. What is the meaning of Halloween and where did these seemingly strange traditions come from? Let's find out!

Halloween actually has its origins in Irish tradition. Evolving from the ancient Celtic holiday of Samhain, modern Halloween has become less about literal ghosts and ghouls and more about costumes and candy. Starting around 2,000 years ago, the Celts used the day to mark the end of the harvest season and the beginning of winter, and also believed that this transition between the seasons was a bridge to the world of the dead. The night before the holiday of Samhain (October 31st) the Celts believed the dead came back to the world of the living. They would leave food and wine out on the doorstep in offering to the dead to keep the spirits at bay and wear masks when leaving the house in order to be mistaken as other ghosts or spirits. In the 8th century the Catholic church converted the name of the holiday into "All Saints Day" or "All Hallows Day" therefore, the night before became "All Hallow's Eve" and later was shortened to Halloween. During this time is was common for the destitute youth of Britain to go door to door in their costumes asking for donations of food, money, or drink in exchange for prayers for the dead or jokes and entertainment. The Irish and Scottish immigrant to the United States brought this tradition over in a revised form. If the home-owners did not give these costumed youths a "treat" or donation, they often played pranks such as throwing eggs at the home or playing jokes as a "trick" and thus began "trick-or-treating". 

 In the 1950's with the huge surge in youth population in the United States the holiday became a much more friendly youth-oriented holiday much more similar to the Halloween today. Over the millennia the holiday has transitioned from a somber pagan ritual to a day of merriment, costumes, parades and sweet treats for children and adults.  Want more information the evolution of Halloween? Check out this neat History.com video about the holiday!

Do you celebrate Halloween? If so, how? Does your home country have a similar seasonal holiday? What's your favorite part about Halloween? We want to know!

Fall Treats and Candies Around the World!

Global Immersions Recruiting - Friday, October 17, 2014

Fall Treats

With Halloween around the corner candies and treats are filling up American stores and being enjoyed more than any other time of year. For Halloween and the fall season a variety of seasonal treats start appearing again. Check out some of our American fall favorites!


Caramel Apples

Caramel apples are created by dipping or rolling apples-on-a-stick in hot caramel, sometimes then rolling them in nuts or other small savories or confections, and allowing them to cool. These are common in fall because it's the apple harvest season. During Halloween these are most commonly enjoyed. 


Pumpkin Pie

The pumpkin is a symbol of harvest time and featured also at Halloween.The pie consists of a pumpkin-based custard, ranging in color from orange to brown, baked in a single pie shell, rarely with a top crust. The pie is generally flavored with nutmeg, cinnamon, cloves, and ginger. Thanksgiving is the most common time to find this dessert.


Maple Candies and Desserts

Maple syrup is used to make many desserts in the fall time. It comes from the sap of maple trees and is boiled down into a syrup consistency with a unique sweet flavor. Candies made from the hardened maple syrup or added to cakes, cookies, and other treats is a seasonal favorite.


Apple Cider

Because of the huge amounts of apples available in the fall (apple harvest season) a number of drinks and desserts are made with them. Apple cider is made by pressing the juice out of these fresh apples and adding spices such as cinnamon and clove to add flavor. On cold evenings it is common to heat this cider and drink it hot out of the mug with added spices. 

Candies Around the World

The U.S. isn't the only country with a sweet tooth though. With Halloween around the corner and candies in higher demand than ever, check out some of the favorite candies and treats from around the world!


Australia 

Kookaburra Licorice: soft chew licorice available in a variety of flavors.


Austria

Mozartkugel or "Mozart Ball": a ball of green pistachio marzipan covered in a layer of nougat is with a dark chocolate coating. Named after and wrapped in the image of the famous composer Mozart.


Brazil

Brigadeiro: A simple chocolate bonbon that's the national truffle of the country.


Germany

Both Haribo Gummi Bears: the original gummy bear and the Kinder Surprise: egg-shaped chocolate shell that has a toy inside are favorites


India

Chimes Mango Ginger Chews: real ginger and pureed mango juice make this chewy candy.


Japan

Botan Rice Candy: jelly candy with an edible rice wrapper and Pocky: cookie sticks dipped in chocolate, strawberry, and flavored toppings. 

Korea

Cheong Woo: pumpkin flavored chewy candy.


Peru

Tejas: dulce de leche with dried fruit and nuts covered in a white chocolate coating.


Sweden

Daim Bar: crunchy butter almond bar covered in milk chocolate.


Switzerland

Toblerone: Swiss chocolate in unique triangular shape with nougat, almonds and honey. 

Turkey

Turkish Delight: small cubes of gel made of mostly starch and sugar. It can be filled with various nuts or dried fruits and is usually dusted with icing sugar.


U.K.

Licorice Allsorts:  an assortment of licorice in many colors, shapes and flavors, Bassett’s Wine Gums: Chewy candies that come in a mixture of 5 shapes, each named after a different type of wine, and Cadbury Chocolate bars in a wide variety.


U.S.

Reese's: A peanut butter filled milk chocolate cup 

If you didn't already have a sweet-tooth, you certainly do now! What's your favorite candy or fall treat? Did we miss any essential fall treats? We want to know!

Sources: http://www.usatoday.com/story/money/business/2013/10/27/most-popular-halloween-candy-in-usa/3274967/  

Boston Bruins and the New England Patriots

Global Immersions Recruiting - Friday, October 03, 2014

This fall marks the beginning of two of the best seasons of the year, the American football and ice hockey seasons of course! The two teams representing Boston and the Boston area in these sports are the New England Patriots (American football) and the Boston Bruins (ice hockey). The Patriots season has already begun (although none too well) while the Bruins will be holding their season opener on October 8th at the TD Garden rink here in Boston. The fan base for both these teams is a strong part of Boston culture. Seeing fans with sporting Patriots and Bruins shirts is unavoidable while walking through Boston. Sunday football games and evening hockey matches are spent in front of the television with classic game-day snacks like nachos, chicken wings, grilling hot dogs and hamburgers, salads, and pizza for many American families. Gathering friends and family together for these games is especially common here in Boston because both of these teams are widely respected and have strong histories in championship winning. To get you in to the fall and winter sport spirit, check out these fun facts about both these teams! 

The New England Patriots

  • The name "Patriots" was selected by a panel of sportswriters in 1959, the year the team was established, but the name was originally the "Boston Patriots" until the team moved the stadium outside of Boston  in 1971 and was renamed the "New England Patriots"
  • The Patriots have appeared in the Superbowl (the American football world championship) seven times, which is the third most in the nation 
  • The Patriots have a record of the most Superbowl wins in one decade, and are one of only two teams to have won 3 Superbowl titles in 4 years
  • But all of their victories have only be won by 3 points
  • The image above is what the original Patriots logo (on the left) used to look like, until it was streamlined in 1993 to the logo of today (on the right) 
  • Similar to the Boston/ New York rivalry between the Boston Red Sox and New York Yankees, the Patriots rivalry is with a New York team- the New York Jets
  • The Patriots are the sixth most valuable sports franchise in the world

The Boston Bruins

  • The Boston Bruins are the oldest American ice hockey team in existence, first established in 1924
  • They are a member of the Original Six franchise: They are one of the six teams that first established the National Hockey League
  • The above photo shows the evolution of the Bruins jersey from their first establishment through to the present 
  • They have won six Stanley Cup titles (the ice hockey championships) and have won the most titles of any American hockey league
  • Arguably the most famous hockey player of all time, Bobby Orr played for the Bruins during the 1970's assisting them in winning two Stanley Cups in three years and breaking multiple player records leading to the Bruins of the time to be dubbed "The Big Bad Bruins"
  • The Bruins main rivalry is with the Montreal Canadiens, the winningest team in all of NHL history and another member of the Original Six

So with those facts in mind, are you ready to watch the seasons of these historical sports teams unfold? Watching games is a fun and simple way to engage your student and to learn about American and Boston culture. Most games are aired at restaurants and areas with public televisions, so don't miss out! Check out the Patriots season schedule here and the Bruins season schedule here

Do you think we left out any important facts? Who's your favorite fall/ winter sport team? What sports do you watch in your home country? We want to know!