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Explore Boston: North Neighborhoods

Global Immersions Recruiting - Sunday, September 22, 2019

Explore Boston: Neighborhoods

This week in our Explore Boston series, we’re heading back to the north of Boston to check out Medford, Malden and Revere. These cities cover a large stretch, on one side bordering Somerville and Arlington and, on the other, Winthrop, Everett and the Broad Sound.  Each town is so distinct in itself, so let’s start the tour with Medford!

Medford


The name Medford originates from “the ford by the meadow” or “Meadford”, highlighting importance of the fordable part of the Mystic River just west of Medford Square.  While it has developed to have more of an urban feel, there are still many historical landmarks, houses, and monuments.  One example is the Royall House and Slave Quarters, a Colonial mansion house and what are believed to be the only surviving freestanding slave quarters in the Northeast.  Medford also boasts a lot of natural beauty with the Middlesex Fells, Mystic River State Reservation, and Wright’s Pond.  In terms of food, Medford has got you covered from breakfast at Donuts with a Difference or Magnificent Muffin and Bagel Shoppe to dinner at one of the abundant Italian restaurants like Nappi’s or Bocelli’s.  Finish off your day with some delicious ice cream at Colleen’s Ice Cream and Sandwich Shop, which has been a staple of Medford Square since 1990.

Malden


Bordering the Mystic River and the Middlesex Fells, Malden was originally settled by Puritans and was considered part of Charlestown.  They eventually established themselves as a separate town and have grown into a diverse and developing community.  If you’re looking to spend the day on puzzles and games, grab a group of friends head to Boda Borg or 8D Escape Room to put your mind to the test.  Afterwards, you can grab a bite to eat at one of Malden’s many incredible ethnic restaurants – try All Seasons Table for modern Pan-Asian cuisine, Exchange Street Bistro for Spanish-French fusion tapas, or Habesha for Ethiopian.  For some quality time in nature, head out to the Fells or Pine Banks Park to enjoy the beautiful hiking trails.

Revere


Revere was originally inhabited by Native Americans who belonged to the Pawtucket Tribe, but was taken over by Colonial settlers who established as the town of Revere in 1871, in honor of Paul Revere.  The Revere Society for Cultural and Historic Preservation operates a museum that documents the city’s history from its origins in the early Colonial period to the present. If you’d rather do something outdoorsy, you could do some bird-watching at Rumney Marsh Reservation or walk the trails and see the last remaining salt marshes at Belle Isle Reservation.  If you just want to relax on the beach, Revere Beach is a 3-mile stretch which hosts a yearly International Sand Sculpting Contest with some incredible submissions.  And if you need to grab a bite, there is no shortage of amazing seafood and seaside restaurants, including Hook and Reel Cajun Seafood, Kelly’s Roast Beef, and The Marina Restaurant and Bar.

Explore Boston: The South End

Global Immersions Recruiting - Wednesday, May 01, 2019


Close to downtown but not too crowded, the South End of Boston is one of our favorite places to explore in the city! Referred to as SoWA (which stands for South of Washington Street), the South End is full of art, creativity, and vibrancy. The neighborhood is beautiful to explore by foot this time of year with historic brownstone architecture, quaint boutiques, parks in full bloom, and delicious bistros around every corner!


To truly appreciate the authenticity that is the South End, one needs to understand its remarkable history as well. Parts of the modern day South End, just like the Back Bay neighborhood, were originally under water! Downtown Boston, near the seaport, was connected to the mainland, to towns like Roxbury, via a strip of land referred to as the neck. As the city became busier, the city of Boston began to build up more land surrounding the neck in 1829, which eventually created the South End! The neighborhood originally was home to many middle upper class families in the latter half of the 19th century. As cheaper housing became available near streets like Columbus, the South End experienced periods of bankruptcy and crime. However, in the 1970s the city of Boston introduced redevelopment and renovation efforts to return SoWA to its former glory! Today the South End is home to artists, young professionals, and other Bostonians.



The best way to explore the South End is to walk around on foot! You will find dog parks, beautiful gardens, and most notably, breathtaking historical architecture. Here is a list of landmarks to keep an eye out for and arranged walking tours of the neighborhood. If you are lucky enough to explore the South End in the spring and summer months, make sure to visit one of the many outdoor markets such as the South End Open Market, the SoWA Vintage Market, and the SoWA Farmer’s Market. This weekend, May 3rd, 4th, and 5th SoWA will be hosting its 15th annual Art Walk where local artists and galleries will open their doors and new exhibits to all who can stop by! See what other upcoming events the SoWA Art & Design District is offering here.



In addition to its art scene, the South End is well known for its award winning restaurants! From jazz clubs, to pizza parlors, to french bistros, the South End has a taste of it all. If you want to live the life of a true millennial Bostonian, head to the South End for weekend brunch. Most places are located along the streets of Columbus, Tremont, and Washington. These are some of our favorite restaurants and brunch spots in the neighborhood.


We want to see where you decide to explore! Share your favorite South End moments with us @globalimmersions or by using #HomestayBoston.


Veteran's Day in Boston

Global Immersions Recruiting - Thursday, November 08, 2018

Sunday is Veterans Day, the federal holiday that honors and celebrates those who have served in the U.S. Armed Forces. Veterans Day falls on the same day as Armistice Day and Remembrance Day, which are observed in other countries to commemorate the anniversary of the end of World War I. Veterans Day always falls on November 11th, as World War I ended at the 11th hour on the 11th day of the 11th month in 1918. The holiday became official in 1954 after Armistice Day in the U.S. was renamed to Veterans  Day. Boston has a lot of events happening this week in honor of Veterans Day. Here are a few of the highlights: 


Veterans Day Parades                               

Boston has two annual Veteran’s Day Parades. The Boston Veteran’s Day Parade and the Veteran’s Peace Parade. The “original” Veterans Day celebration, the Veteran’s Day Parade, takes place on November 11th at the corner of Boylston and Tremont streets. The parade route continues on to City Hall Plaza and Faneuil Hall next to the statue of Sam Adams. The Parade features a variety of different participants, from ROTC groups to Veteran’s organizations, honorary militias, and marching bands. The Peace Parade follows a similar route, beginning shortly after the first parade. The Peace Parade also features a similar group of marching bands and veteran’s groups, however, it focuses more on the original intention of Armistice Day, as a celebration of Peace. Spectators can expect to see signs and banners promoting peace and non-violent solutions to wars or conflict. The Peace Parade was founded in 1985 by Veterans for Peace, an organization dedicated to increasing awareness about the harsh realities of war. At the conclusion of each parade, parade-goers are welcome to gather by the statute of Sam Adams to listen to speeches, anti-war reading, poetry, and music.


Veteran’s Day Harbor Cruise

The Harbor Cruise is a popular Veteran's Day tradition for both military and non-military families. On Saturday, November 10th, families are invited to tour Fort Warren on Georges Island to learn of Boston’s centuries-long military history, from the American Revolution through the Civil War and up to present day, while honoring past and present soldiers. The cruise departs from the Charlestown Navy Yard and from Long Wharf at 11:00 am and return at 3:00 pm.  Tickets are $10 for non-military members and free for active duty military members and up to three of their family members. To make sure you (and your host family) get a spot on the cruise, register here. 


Charity Walks & Runs

Two charity race take place this Veteran’s Day Weekend- the Dav 5K and Somerville Honor Run. The Dav 5K is a walk, run, or motorcycle race that honors those who have served and raises awareness of the issues and illnesses that military veterans may face. The event takes place on Boston’s Castle Island at 9:00 am on November 10th. The proceeds from the Dav 5K are used to support local organizations for veteran’s and their families. The second race, the Somerville Honor Runbenefits Somerville's George Dilboy VFW Post #529 and honors all those men and women who have served in the United States Armed Forces. The event starts at 9:00 am on November 11th in Davis Square and consists of a 4-mile route. All participants get a long sleeve running shirt and entry to the post-race block party, where local restaurants and breweries will be providing refreshments. You can get your ticket to the race here.

We hope you enjoy your long weekend, and to the veterans in our host network – we thank you for your service! 


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