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Traditions and Culture!

Global Immersions Recruiting - Wednesday, November 18, 2015

At Global Immersions, we are privileged to have a diverse host network. Some of the countries that our hosts represent are Jamaica, Brazil, Great Britain, United States of America and many more! In addition to our host network, every year we work with visitors coming from different countries such as Japan, China, Italy, Denmark, and Spain. It was a pleasure to meet some of our visitors and hosts at our recent host event, and it was enlightening to interact and learn more about their culture and also the assimilation to the U.S. culture. To celebrate the diversity of our network, this blog will focus on the different holiday traditions in different countries! First of all, a tradition is a specific practice in which unwritten customs and practices are passed from one generation to the next. They help to form a country's heritage and culture.

The first country on our list is Jamaica! Jamaica is a country located in the Caribbean Sea, and they have many different traditions for each major holiday. For example, Christmas in Jamaica includes the standard traditions such as Christmas trees, Santa Claus, decorations, and gifts. However, a major part of holidays in Jamaica is the delicious food! One example of a Christmas tradition in Jamaica is the sorrel drink, a refreshing drink made from dried sorrel, ginger, cinnamon, sugar, orange peels, and rum. The sorrel drink is very famous in most parts of the Caribbean, and it is a longstanding tradition during Christmas. The classic dishes associated with Christmas in Jamaica are curried goat, pork, chicken, and oxtail all served with rice and gungo peas. However, no Christmas in Jamaica would be complete without the special Christmas cake. This cake is special because it consists of raisins, cherries, papaya, dates, prunes, and any other dried fruits which has been either boiling or soaking in wine for at least a month before Christmas. To add extra flavor and keep the moisture, you can always add some rum to the cake! For Easter, the traditional dishes in Jamaica are bun and cheese with eskovitch fish.

Another country where there are a lot of traditions is Spain. Christmas in Spain is a major holiday, and the majority of Spanish people go to Midnight Mass or  'La Misa Del Gallo' (The Mass of the Rooster). It is named after a rooster because it is believed that a rooster crowed the night that Jesus was born. For dinner, the traditional dinner is usually 'Pavo Trufado de Navidad' which is turkey stuffed with truffles, and in other areas the dinner consists of all types of seafood such as shellfish, mollusks, lobster, and crabs. Apart from the Christmas traditions, another special tradition celebrated on New Year's Eve is when you eat 12 grapes with the 12 strokes of the clock at Midnight! Each grape represents one month of the upcoming year, and it is said that if you finish the 12 grapes you will be lucky in the New Year.

Next country on our list is Brazil! In Brazil, New Years is considered to be one of the most widely celebrated holidays, and there are strict customs and traditions that are adhered to. During the New Years time, major parties are organized all over Brazil, and the night is started with a half hour fireworks show where people are celebrating and wishing for everyone's good luck. This is followed by a dinner with traditional dishes such as rice, chicken, farofa, salads, and maracuja mousse which is a passion fruit dessert dish. Lentils and rice are consumed during New Years because it is considered to bring good luck, fortune, and prosperity into one's life. Also, another tradition during New Years is to wear white on the day, as doing so is traditionally believed to bring good luck for the upcoming year. Furthermore, on the midnight of the New Year, Brazilians will all gather at the beach and jump seven times in to the beach and throw flowers while wishing for a prosperous and happy year ahead.

One country that is also dominated by traditions and customs is China. China celebrates a wide array of holidays, and although different parts of China have different traditions, there are some common ones between the whole country. During New Year's Eve, the dinner is the most important dinner for the Chinese all year. This is an opportunity for the whole family to be reunited again, and normally fish and dumplings will be served. In Northern China, dumplings are considered to be the most important dish and it is because they signify prosperity. Other than that, the rest of the dishes are down to personal preference. Furthermore, right after 12:00 pm on New Year's Eve, fireworks will be launched to not only celebrate the coming of the New Year, but to also drive away the evil spirits and bad luck. Another important Chinese tradition during New Years is to hand out little red packets with money in it. The red packets are usually given by adults to little children, as it is believed that the money in the red packet will suppress evil spirits from the children and keep them a long and healthy life. In addition, Chinese people are very superstitious during major holidays. For example, a few days before the Chinese New Year, people will do a complete cleaning of the house which is symbolic of removing the old and welcoming the new. Also, another tradition during Chinese New Year is to keep all your windows open as this is said to let in good luck and get rid of bad luck.

Do you know of any other traditions? Let us know! 

Happy Thanksgiving!

Global Immersions Recruiting - Thursday, November 12, 2015

Thanksgiving is a national holiday and a major time for celebration in the United States. Although there has been debate about the origins of Thanksgiving, it is without a doubt a wonderful time to celebrate with family and friends, have a day of feasting, and to get excited for the upcoming holiday season. However, the historic American tradition can be traced back to the year of 1623, when after the harvest crops were gathered by the Pilgrims, they declared a three day feast to thank God and his blessings. Furthermore, New England is the birthplace of this American holiday so where better to celebrate Thanksgiving?  In this blog, we will highlight Thanksgiving events around New England that you and your family and friends can enjoy to keep the holiday spirit and mood in full flow!

Firstly, one major way to celebrate Thanksgiving that will surely be delicious is to enjoy Thanksgiving dinner at one of Boston's many top restaurants! Turkey will obviously be the highlight of their menu's, but there are plenty of traditional and vegetarian options. Some of the restaurants in Boston that will have special menus for Thanksgiving are:

  • Taj Boston, where their lavish buffet ranges from marinated mussels, crab claws, organic turkey breast or leg, slow-cooked salmon, and more! Located at 15 Arlington Street, Boston, it is the prime place to kick-start your holiday shopping on Newbury Street and enjoy a relaxing dinner.
  • Precinct Kitchen + Bar, where they will serve a special Thanksgiving dinner from noon to 8 pm. Located inside the Loews Boston Hotel, their main specialties will include sage-crusted roast turkey, pineapple-glazed ham, peppercorn-crusted prime rib, all accompanied by traditional side dishes.
  • Parker House, another famous restaurant in Boston, will be having a Thanksgiving buffet with creative dishes such as slow roasted turkey with herb stuffing, pumpkin ravioli with sage-brown butter sauce, pan-seared salmons and a lot of other traditional side dishes. It is located on 60 School Street in Historic Downtown Boston.

These restaurants are just a little snippet of the type of dishes you can expect during Thanksgiving, and if you want to check out a more elaborate list or to help make reservations click here.

Next up, another way to get pumped up for the holiday season is to visit the Boston Opera House and watch a performance of Boston Ballet's The Nutcracker. This performance is one of the most highly rated shows in Boston, and it is no surprise as there are enchanting dancers, haunting music by Tchaikovsky, and the magic of the Boston Opera House in general will surely make it a performance you don't forget. The opening night is the Friday after Thanksgiving, and shows run all the way through December. Definitely a dazzling Thanksgiving tradition for families and friends, click here to search for available tickets!

If you're in the mood for an adventure during Thanksgiving, why not make a trip to the Plimoth Plantation on Thanksgiving Day. This is the site of the first Thanksgiving where the Pilgrims settled back in 1620. Plymouth is located South of Boston, and you can make a day trip to see the famous Pilgrim Monument or go on aboard a reproduction of the Mayflower, the ship that brought the Pilgrims to New England. Furthermore, the Plimoth Plantation is a very impressive re-creation of the original Pilgrim settlement, and there will be actors playing the roles of each of the 17th century settlers to show what life was like back then. Click this link to book a special Plimoth Plantation tour!

Furthermore, another reason to make the trip to Plymouth is the Thanksgiving parade and celebration. Plymouth will be hosting a massive 3-day Thanksgiving celebration along the harbor and waterfront, and the parade, which kicks off at 11 am on Saturday, November 22nd is ranked 1 in the nation! The parade is especially special as actors will be reenacting all periods of American history, beginning with the Pilgrims straight to the 21st century with historical accuracy. 

What are your thankful for and what are your plans for Thanksgiving? Let us know! We hope everyone is excited about the holidays!

Explore Boston: Fall Restaurant Openings!

Global Immersions Recruiting - Wednesday, November 04, 2015

The temperatures in Boston might be dropping, but the restaurant scene seems to be sizzling up this fall! There are lots of restaurants that have either opened or are slated to open later on this month, and unsurprisingly there will be a lot of experienced chefs at the helm. We know a lot of you are big foodies just like us at Global Immersions, and we would like to use this blog to highlight a couple of the highly anticipated openings around the Massachusetts area!

The first restaurant on our list, which actually just opened up, is called Coppersmith and it is located on 40 West Third Street, Boston. The concept is especially interesting, as it is located inside a massive open space which will consist of a restaurant, two food trucks parked inside, a rooftop raw bar, and a cafe! The executive chef is Chris Henry, which promises that the dish will have "exceptional seasonal ingredients, a focus on flavor, and easy to understand dishes". If you are in a hurry, the food trucks will serve up quick but delicious food to go, and if you just want to get a coffee there will be lots of different option at the cafe! Sounds exciting indeed.

Next up is the famous Wahlburgers, which was originally set up by the Wahlberg brothers Mark, Donnie, and Paul. Although there is one already located in Hingham, the brothers seem focused on making this place a huge chain across the country. Anyways, there is some great news for people in the Boston area who have been wanting to try this place out, as the Fenway location opened on October 2nd to great fanfare! The location of the restaurant is 132 Brookline Avenue, Fenway, so make sure the next time you are craving a burger to check this place out!

Any fans of Southeast Asian cuisine will be delighted to hear that there will be a new restaurant called Tiger Mama opening in early December, 2015. What makes this news more exciting is that it will be led by Tiffani Faison, who is the chef of Sweet Cheeks, a great BBQ restaurant located in the Fenway area. Tiger Mama will also be conveniently located down the street from Sweet Cheeks, and it will feature two bars along with the restaurant. Personally, we believe that Southeast Asian cuisine offers some of the best dishes and we are getting hungry thinking of the different types of dishes that Tiger Mama will serve up!

Moving along, the next restaurant on our list is named Sfizi, which opened on October 15th and it is located on 135 Richmond Street, North End. This restaurant will be led by none other than Frank DePasquale, who is responsible for the success of multiple Italian restaurants in the North End. Sfizi will be influenced by Mediterranean dishes and set up tapas style, with the menu consisting of only small plates and a very few selection of entrees that will change weekly.

Do you know any recently opened restaurants or are you eagerly waiting for one to open? Let us know! 

Explore Boston: Salem

Global Immersions Recruiting - Friday, October 30, 2015

Happy Halloween from the Global Immersions Team! We are so excited that fall has finally arrived and that we get to celebrate this fun holiday with new visitors and hosts! A classic activity that all New-Englanders can enjoy this time of year is visiting Salem, MA, home of witches, haunted houses, and all things fall! While it does take a bit of effort to make it up to Salem, you won't regret the journey. 

First stop of the day is is the Salem Witch Walking Tour! Join the real Salem Witches in a magic circle and learn the truth about witchcraft as you stroll the bewitching seaport. Every guest receives a magic crystal blessed by a Salem Witch at the end of the tour! This is one of the highest rated tours in all of Boston, and for $16 per person, it is a great treat for you, your family, and your homestay visitors! 

Now that you're oriented to the town of Salem, head over to the Salem Witch House to learn all about the famous Witch hunt that occurred during America's colonial times. Visitors will gain a deeper understanding of the infamous witch hunt, and an enriched comprehension of America's colonial times! Here, you can pick up a map of Salem in 1692, allowing you to walk the streets and learn all about its 17th century past. This map will show you places where homes once stood of the accusers, the accused, and all others involved in this episode of American History. 

After your spooky tour of this historical town, you'll probably be looking for a place to decompress. Head over to the Witch's Brew Cafe, and enjoy a delicious all-American brunch or lunch! If you're looking for a lighter meal, head over to Gulu-Gulu cafe and enjoy a bagel and some coffee, or even a crepe! 

Lastly, head over to Ye Olde Pepper Candy Companie for dessert to enjoy some of America's oldest candies! They have a little bit of everything: Gibraltars, fudge, nonperiels, and more! Whatever you plan on doing this Halloween, we hope you enjoy and stay safe! What are your favorite Halloween traditions? Let us know! 

Idioms: Lost In Translation

Global Immersions Recruiting - Thursday, October 22, 2015

At Global Immersions, we are proud to say that we serve almost 1,000 individuals annually from more than 50 countries. Furthermore, we have an incredible amount of diversity within our hosts as well, and we are always excited to learn about new cultures whilst helping clients immerse themselves into the US culture. It always fascinates us how our visitors and hosts are able to speak multiple languages, and this is why in this blog, we are going to list some of our favorite idioms we have heard from other countries!

Every language has its own anthology of sayings, whether it is offering advice on how to live or emphasizing values and beliefs. Idioms highlight the manner of speaking that is natural to native speakers of a language, and there are thousands that exist in every language. However, sometimes there are idioms that cannot be translated literally, and the ones below truly gives an interesting insight into the languages of some of our visitors! 

Since we get a lot of Chinese visitors coming to Boston throughout the year, here are some of our favorite Chinese idioms we have heard:

  • Idiom: 杯弓蛇影 (bēi gōng shé yǐng / būi gōng sèh yíng)
    • Literal Translation: Seeing the reflection of a bow in a cup and thinking it's a snake
    • What It Means: Worrying about things that aren't actually there
  • Idiom: 脱颖而出 (tuōyǐng’érchū)
    • Literal Translation: A sharp stick points out
    • What It Means: To Fully Expose One's Talent
  • Idiom: 单丝不成线,独木不成林 (dān sī bù chéng xiàn, dú mù bù chéng lín)
    • Literal Translation: A single thread cannot become a cord, and a single tree does not make a forest.
    • What It Means: Co-operation is a necessity

Next up are some of the most creative yet funny idioms we have heard from Japan! It is interesting to note that the Japanese language has a significant amount of expressions involving cats!

  • Idiom: どんぐりの背比べ (donguri no seikurabe)
    • Literal Translation: It's acorns comparing heights
    • What It Means: The group is roughly the same in ability or quality
  • Idiom: 猫の手も借りたい (neko no te mo karitai)
    • Literal Translation: Borrow even cat's paws
    • What It Means: So busy you don't have time for anything
  • Idiom: 猫舌 (nekojita)
    • Literal Translation: Cat's tongue
    • What It Means: Needing to wait until hot food cools to eat it
  • Idiom: 猫の額 (neko no hitai)
    • Literal Translation: Cat's forehead
    • What It Means: Something that is very small
Moving on from the idioms of cats from Japan, we have a list of idioms involving animals from France that will surely make you laugh!
  • Idiom: Avaler des couleuvres
    • Literal Translation: To swallow grass snakes
    • What It Means: Being so offended you cannot reply
  • Idiom: Sauter du coq à l’âne.
    • Literal Translation: To jump from the rooster to the donkey
    • What It Means: Changing topics without logic in a conversation
  • Idiom: Se regarder en chiens de faïence.
    • Literal Translation: To look at each other like earthenware dogs
    • What It Means: To look at one another coldly, with distrust.
After going through some of the funniest idioms we have heard, it seems that animals tend to be a recurring theme in a lot of languages, whether it is Japanese, French, German, Or Swedish. However, although the literal translation might sound ridiculous in English, the idioms themselves do carry a lot of meaning behind them. Here are some Swedish idioms that are genius! 

  • Idiom: Det är ingen ko på isen
    • Literal Translation: There's no cow on the ice
    • What It Means: There is no need to worry
  • Idiom: Att glida in på en räkmacka
    • Literal Translation: To slide in on a shrimp sandwich
    • What It Means: Referring to somebody who didn't have to work to get where they are
  • Idiom: Se regarder en chiens de faïence.
    • Literal Translation: To look at each other like earthenware dogs
    • What It Means: To look at one another coldly, with distrust. 

We hope the next time you have a visitor from one of the countries above, you test out these idioms with them! What are some of your favorite idioms you have heard? Let us know!  

Boo! It's Halloween!

Global Immersions Recruiting - Monday, October 19, 2015

As October rolls on, the festivities for one of our favorite holidays begin! Halloween is celebrated by hosting costume parties, playing 'trick-or-treat', watching horror films, visiting haunted houses or carving lanterns out of pumpkins. Many Americans celebrate Halloween a few weeks before October 31st, and in this blog, you will have a good idea of what activities you can do to celebrate this awesome holiday with your family or friends!

Firstly, if you are headed to Providence by any chance, make sure you check out the Roger Williams Park Zoo's Jack-O-Lantern Spectacular. This annual event will feature 5,000 pumpkins with around 125 of them being genuine artistic masterpieces. Last year's attendance nearly broke records, with visitors coming from all over the world, so make sure you do not miss this awesome event! The show runs rain or shine all the way until November 1st, from 6 pm to 11 pm. Click here for more information!

Boston has a lot of  rich and interesting history, but there are some dark tales that you will have never heard of, unless you dare to do the Beacon Hill Halloween Walking Tour! On Halloween, take a walking tour of one of Boston's most iconic neighborhoods, Beacon Hill! This 90-minute tour will showcase the dark side and even darker alleys of this charming neighborhood, and your guide will surely be able to scare you with tales of murders, mysteries, and mayhem!

Next up is the Halloween Horror Movie Marathon that will be taking place at the Coolidge Theatre in Brookline! One of our favorite traditions during the Halloween period is to gather up with friends and family, make some popcorn, and binge watch on all the classic horror movies that we can find! However, if you feel like you have the bravery to participate in a 12 hour movie marathon without knowing the line-up of movies until you step inside the theater, do not miss out on this opportunity! There will even be some prizes for the best costumes! 

How are you celebrating Halloween!? Let us know! 

Leaf Peeping and Fall Foliage!

Global Immersions Recruiting - Thursday, October 01, 2015
The apple cider is out, the kids are back in school, you've got your favorite sweater on, fall in New England has officially started! Luckily for New England residents, the month of October is the perfect time to cruise around the different towns of New England to admire the beautiful scenery it has to offer. More specifically, the orange, red, and gold colored leaves of autumn in parts of New England attract tons of visitors from all over the world, and generally, these leaves peak around Columbus Day weekend! Below are tons of suggestions on the best places to go  leaf peeking in New England and some tips on how to get there! 

First on our list is the famous Mohawk Trail, considered one of the most beautiful drives in the state of Massachusetts. You will start off at Route 2 in North Adams and continue on it until Greenfield or even Boston. Although it is curvy and mountainous, navigating it is relatively easy and there are several stops to enjoy the vista, such as Mount Greylock, the Green Mountains, and Hoosac Valley. As you continue along, you will coast through small beautiful Western MA towns, such as Shelburne Falls before continuing through to the Berkshires. As you drive along this trail, you will have no shortage of places to stop and take photos of the scenery and the foliage! 

Another amazing route to take for the fall foliage is The Old King's Highway, located on Route 6A in Cape Cod. Although it's a narrow road, it is absolutely teeming with historical sites, antique stores, and art galleries and you will surely be wrapped up in the magnificent foliage surrounding you. Not only is it a relaxing drive compared to the rest of the routes available near Cape Cod, you will be driving through historic villages such as Sandwich, Barnstable, Yarmouth, Dennis, and Brewster!  Most of the homes and churches are shaded by lots of trees which is the perfect scenic vista during your drive, so make sure you relax, stop, and take lots of photos!

Before moving on with more scenic routes and places you can go to, there are lots of resources available you can use to your advantage to make sure you catch the best fall foliage and leaf peeping times possible. In New England, the temperature and moisture differs every year, so don't be too worried if you miss out on some places as you can always look at other parts in the region which is guaranteed to be just as good! Check out this interactive map to see how the color of the leaves change in New England, and as the map changes the calendar will also change to show you the approximate peak dates for the different regions of New England. 

If driving around New England is not a possibility for you, don't fret! First off, just because Boston is a city it does not mean that it's less beautiful in the fall compared to the suburbs! Rather than spending the time and money to try and drive around crowded highways, here are some places you can go right in the heart of the city without ever leaving it! Firstly, do not miss out on going to the Boston Public Gardens located in the Boston Commons during the fall months, the color of the trees are spectacular. The nearest T station is Arlington on the Green Line, and of course admission is free! Marvel at the shifting tapestry of trees and shrubs that surround this quaint little area in the heart of Boston. 

Next up on the list is the Charles River Esplanade, which is the long stretch of pathway along the Charles River, near Beacon Hill and Back Bay. During the month of October, the esplanade turns into a paradise of gold and orange, as the Boston fall foliage reaches its peak. As soon as you enter this area along the Charles, feel free to walk, jog, bicycle, or even sit by the many piers available, which will surely make you feel like you have escaped the city. 

Another place where the fall foliage is in full view is Mount Auburn Cemetery, located about 2 miles west of Boston, in Cambridge. Don't be put off by the fact that it is a cemetery, as there are over 5,000 trees representing 630 species, making it one of the best places to admire the Boston fall foliage! Mount Auburn is known as America's first garden cemetery and it certainly does not disappoint. Filled with hills, ponds, woodlands, and dells, there are plenty of spots to relax and view the colorful vistas of trees. 

Let us know your favorite place to go during the fall!

It's Pumpkin Time!

Global Immersions Recruiting - Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Fall has just begun in Boston, and it is once again the time to go crazy on consuming pumpkin-inspired products and foods. Recently, Americans have seen the resurgence of pumpkins, and the products range  from pumpkin beers, cookies, donuts, teas, and even Pringles! Furthermore, in the Massachusetts area there are always awesome activities and places to go if you ever want pumpkins or pumpkin inspired foods, so below are a ton of suggestions on how to get your pumpkin fix this fall!

Anyone who loves pumpkins will surely enjoy this first event! The Beacon Hill Neighborhood is celebrating their 10th annual Pumpkin Fest, and from 12:00 noon to 3:00 pm you will be able to carve, decorate, and paint pumpkins whilst also enjoying a great meal! Located at 75 Chestnut Street in Boston, the restaurant will have special pumpkin inspired items on their menu such as Harvest Pumpkin Bisque and more! Sounds delicious and this is a great event to take your family, friends and visitors. Find out more here

What better activity is there than going on pumpkin picking adventures just as fall has started? All over Massachusetts, there are tons of family farms where you can go out on to their fields and pick your own pumpkins at your own leisure! Once again, this is a great activity to spend the whole day with your visitors and family members, as not only are you guaranteed to be picking the freshest pumpkins but also at the same time you can soak in the beautiful atmosphere of the different farms. To find a farm near you, click this link for an interactive map 

Another community organized event, bring your entire family to the Mayor's Fall Pumpkin Fest located at the Frog Pond on October 17th, 2015. You can bring your own carved and decorated pumpkin, and they will illuminate and float it on the pond for you to create what will surely be an amazing spectacle at night with all the different pumpkins floating around. Furthermore, there will be refreshments, music, and family orientated activities throughout the day, and best of all it is FREE! 

This blog would not be complete without a list of places where you can satisfy your pumpkin cravings in the greater Boston area! Firstly, there is of course the iconic pumpkin spice latte at participating Starbucks, and also Dunkin Donuts has just introduced the new Pumpkin Macchiato on to their menu, so make sure you check either out when you need some coffee! However, if you are in the mood to support some local brews, make sure you taste the Pumpkin Spice Flavored Coffee at Polcari's Coffee Shop, located at 105 Salem Street, Boston, MA in the North End!

As the cold weather officially kicks in, people will be swarming for the ultimate comfort foods, which is usually anything with pumpkin flavor in it. Here are some dishes you have to try in the next few months! First off, make sure you head to Juniper if you are in the mood for some dessert. Located on 13 Central Street, Wellesley, MA, their pumpkin cheesecake will surely have you craving more! It is infused with spicy whipped cream, caramel apples, and candied walnuts, which is everything you would want in the fall!

Another pumpkin dish that will serve us well this fall can be found at Prezza, located in the North End at 24 Fleet Street, Boston, MA. Although the Italian food has always been top notch, the thing that sets it apart from other restaurants is the fact that the chef is always prepared for the changing seasons, and hence you must try the pumpkin ravioli, which is served with lobster and mascarpone, brown butter and sage!

Furthermore, when the cold weather starts to hit and all you crave is some nice, warm, soup, head over to Bistro du Midi, located on 272 Boylston Street, Boston, MA. A beautiful French restaurant, make sure to try the mushroom consomme which features pureed pumpkin and ricotta cheese, and even more pumpkin that is roasted and used as a garnish in this savory soup!

If you are in the mood to try and cook your own pumpkin inspired dishes, make sure you check out the many farmers markets available to get your hands on the best pumpkins you can find! One market that we recommend is the Boston Public Market, located on 100 Hanover Street. This year long market is guaranteed to have the freshest produce available, and you will be supporting the local farmers by purchasing your produce here! Another farmers market that will offer you some of the best deals on fresh produce is the Haymarket, located on the iconic 96 Blackstone Street. 

Hope everyone has a great fall, and let us know what your favorite pumpkin dishes are!

Autumn in Boston!

Global Immersions Recruiting - Friday, September 11, 2015

Autumn is arguably the most beautiful time of year in Boston. The leaves begin to turn and the weather is perfect for cozy sweaters and hot apple cider. Your visitors will surely fall in love with autumn once they see everything Boston has to offer during the season! Below, you can find tons of ideas on how to spend the season with your Global Immersions visitor. 

All music lovers will love this first event - the Beantown Jazz Festival! Musical performances, delicious food, and jazz icons collide during this fun fall event. Columbus Ave is one giant block party during the festival, and you can get a full schedule of performances here so you don't miss out on any of your favorites. Be sure to head on over to the South End on September 26th and enjoy the sounds of jazz, latin, funk, and blues music. 

Would you like to enjoy the fall foliage without leaving town? Head over to the Arnold Arboretum to enjoy a warm apple cider while taking a stroll through the beautiful park. The best part is that it is free admission, so you can enjoy this attraction all season and watch as the season changes, free of cost! 

Boston residents know all too well that sometimes the weather is less than ideal. Luckily there are so many indoor activities that you can enjoy with your visitor as well! One local favorite is pin-bowling at Sacco's Bowl Haven in Somerville. At $3 per string to bowl, this family-fun activity can't be beat! 

Another way to prepare for the cold is to eat, of course. So make sure you head over to one of Boston's many food festivals. One of the more unique events which Boston proudly hosts is "Where's the Fluff?" which celebrates the origins of the delicious marshmallow treat. Head over to Union Square on September 26 to play all kinds of fun games involving Marshmallow Fluff, (and make sure to eat all of the treats, too). 

There are so many fun things to do in Boston this autumn, so be sure to take advantage of this time with your visitors to explore everything it has to offer! Did we miss anything? Let us know your favorite fall activities and we'll add them to the list! 

Explore Boston: Quincy

Global Immersions Recruiting - Wednesday, September 02, 2015

Boston is an amazing city for many reasons, most notably its colorful history. however, the city of Boston isn't the only place you can find history. Quincy, Massachusetts, one of Boston's many suburbs, is a great hub for American storytelling. Take a day trip down to Quincy with your visitor and you will not be disappointed!

First stop, the Adams National Historical Park, a beautiful site which allows you to tour where John Adams was born, as well as the story of the "heroes, statesmen, philosophers...and learned women" who transformed our country! This is a great opportunity to teach your visitors a little bit about our past presidents and heroes, and for only $10! The best part is you can use this $10 pass for up to 7 days in a row! It's a beautiful experience that you won't want to miss.

After touring Quincy's historical sites, head into town to enjoy a delicious lunch. The Fat Cat is one of the town's most popular options, serving classic American dishes like lobster mac and cheese, fried pickles, and pulled pork sandwiches. If you want to share the local cuisine with your visitor, head over to Burke's Seafood to get some delicious fried clams and crab cakes. Lastly, check out the Wheelhouse Diner to get an authentic American experience that you and your visitor won't want to miss. Head over for breakfast and get the caramel apple pancakes, or corned beef hash. Your visitor is sure to get an amazing, and memorable meal when you dine at these fabulous locations.

Once you're done with lunch, head over to another historical site like the USS Salem, the Hancock Cemetery or the Dorothy Quincy Homestead. Or, if you'd prefer, head over to the Blue Hills Reservation to enjoy nature and the last few days of summer. Another great place to go is Wollaston Beach, which is the largest Boston beach stretching 2.3 miles. Where are your favorite places to go in Quincy?

This is the perfect time of year to head out and enjoy everything the city of Boston and it's beautiful suburbs have to offer. Let us know what you like to do with your visitors on these mild summer days and don't forget to send us your photos!