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The Jimmy Fund Scooper Bowl

Global Immersions Recruiting - Tuesday, June 05, 2012

This Tuesday through Thursday June 5 – 7th marks the 30th annual Jimmy Fund Scooper Bowl! As the nation’s largest all-you-can eat ice cream festival, the event will serve up ice cream, frozen yogurt, and sorbet from the nation's leading ice cream companies from 12 to 8 p.m. each day. Over the past thirty years, the Jimmy Fund Scooper Bowl has raised more than $3 million for cancer research and care. 


More information about the Scooper Bowl can be found here. Enjoy!


The 33rd Annual Cambridge River Festival

Global Immersions Recruiting - Thursday, May 31, 2012
Do you have plans for this Saturday, June 2? Check out the 33rd annual Cambridge River Festival! 

The Cambridge River Festival celebrates the arts with free outdoor music performances, dance, art demos, and more! Attracting a crowd of 200,000 to the banks of the Charles River, the Festival's enormous variety of visual and performing arts reflects the city's diverse neighborhoods and cultural heritage. Beginning with a procession from Harvard Square to the Charles River, the Festival runs from 12pm to 6pm, rain or shine.  





For more information about the festival, visit the Cambridge Arts Council website here

We hope to see you there!

Cherry Blossom Festival This Sunday!

Global Immersions - Thursday, April 26, 2012

Have you ever been to a Japanese cherry blossom festival before?

Stop by Copley Square Park on Sunday, April 29th, between 11 am-4 pm for some Japanese festivities! This will be the first Japanese-style festival in Boston. There will be plenty of food, games, and performances for you to enjoy!

You can find more information about the festival here!

We hope to see you there!

                    

Best Student Cities of 2012

Global Immersions Recruiting - Monday, April 23, 2012

For the year 2012, university ranking company QS has named Boston the third best student city worldwide.  The rating was based on a complex set of measures taken from public information, surveys and data, providing a new way of comparing the best cities around the world in which to be a student.


 Boston was awarded the third place spot due to its high-ranked institutions, quality of living, employer activity, and student mix. As the only US city in the top 10 list, Boston's many historic universities have earned it the nickname, 'The Athens of America'. Furthermore, as QS notes, “Boston combines the hustle and bustle of a major metropolis, and a happening arts, politics, and culture scene, with an abundance of green open space and the stunning autumnal colors for which New England is famous”.

For the entire list of Best Student Cities in the World, visit the QS website here

The 2012 Boston Marathon

Global Immersions Recruiting - Friday, April 13, 2012

This Monday, April 16th marks the 116th Boston Marathon. As the world’s oldest annual marathon, The Boston Marathon attracts over 20,000 runners and 500,000 spectators each year. The Marathon is New England’s most widely viewed sporting event each year, and runs through eight Massachusetts cities and towns: Hopkinton, Ashland, Framingham, Natick, Wellesley, Newton, Brookline, and Boston.


Originally a local event, The Boston Marathon’s fame and status now attracts runners from all over the world. Thousands of spectators line the sides of the course for the entire distance of the race to cheer the runners on, encourage them, and provide free water and snacks to any of the runners. The race is traditionally held on Patriot's Day, the third Monday in April, often referred to by local residents as "Marathon Monday."

For more information about the race, visit the Boston Athletic Association’s website here.


Sources:

baa.org
boston.com/marathon

Explore Boston - South Boston

Global Immersions Recruiting - Friday, March 16, 2012

As one of America’s oldest and most historic neighborhoods, South Boston is a waterfront community next to Fort Point Channel and Dorchester Bay.  Though it is traditionally known as an Irish Catholic neighborhood, as the City of Boston website notes, “in recent years South Boston has become increasingly desirable among young professionals and families who are attracted to the neighborhood's strong sense of community and quick access to downtown and public transportation”. 


South Boston's Dorchester Heights National Historic Site

Commonly referred to as “Southie,” South Boston is home to a variety of popular parks, beaches, and yearly events. Offering beautiful views, space for recreation and plenty of history, South Boston’s Castle Island features a Revolution-era fort, miles of shoreline and parklands, and a walkway along the beach. Many cultural and educational centers can also be found in South Boston, including the Institute for Contemporary Art, the Boston’s Children’s Museum, the John F. Kennedy Presidential Museum and Library, and the University of Massachusetts Boston. In addition, "Southie Pride" is on full display in March when city residents flock to the neighborhood to enjoy the annual South Boston St. Patrick's Day Parade. 

Have you recently been to South Boston? Let us know! If you’re Boston this weekend, be sure to head to South Boston on Sunday to see the Saint Patrick’s Day Parade! 

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Explore Boston - Downtown Crossing and Theatre District

Global Immersions Recruiting - Monday, November 21, 2011

For an exciting night out, Boston’s Downtown Crossing and Theatre District comprise two of the best locations for shopping, nightlife, and entertainment throughout the city. Centrally located, visitors to Downtown Crossing can easily blend in with the locals who traverse area, producing the densest pedestrian traffic in all of New England.  Nearby, the Theatre District is home to more than a dozen performance venues, where Boston Discovery Guide states that, “you can enjoy top productions ranging from popular Broadway-type musical shows to avant-garde experimental productions, along with opera, dance, comedy shows, and everything in between”.

Boston's Theatre District


In the Theatre District, patrons of the arts can marvel at the “largest group of architecturally outstanding early theatres in North America”; with many of the theatre houses over 100 years old, large-scale restorations have only added to the beauty of the locale. Favorites such as the Opera House, the Wang Center, the Shubert Theatre, and the Colonial Theatre continue to host sell-out performances, while the Wilbur Theatre and Charles Playhouse are home to fan favorites like Boston’s Comedy Connection and Blue Man Group.

In Downtown Crossing, Bostonians are provided with an “eclectic mix” of large department stores, historic sites, street vendors, restaurants, and more, without the hassle of cars and traffic in the pedestrian-only streets. For a leisurely afternoon, Boston.com recommends, “sift through the bargain shelves of the Brattle Book Shop, watch musical street performers, visit the Old South Meeting House, or enjoy a fine meal at one of the numerous award-winning restaurants in the neighborhood.” If you’re looking to stroll through the city and shop like a Bostonian, look no further than Downtown Crossing!

Have you seen the Nutcracker at the Opera House, or been shopping at Macys? Tell us about it! From holiday street markets to festive performances and shows, there is so much to do during the holiday season. For more information about things to do in Boston this winter, check out our “December Festivities” blog post!

Sources:

Boston Discovery Guide

Boston.com

Explore Boston - Inman Square

Global Immersions Recruiting - Wednesday, October 12, 2011

For an eclectic and culturally diverse neighborhood that is off the beaten track, look no further than Inman Square in Cambridge. Inman Square is an excellent representation of Boston as a whole due to its local feel, diverse population, independently-owned stores, and large variety of food options. As one yelp.com reviewer stated, “Sandwiched in between Harvard and MIT, this little neighborhood shares a unique blend of local and international flavor.” Artsy, eclectic, and ethnic, Inman Square is a great neighborhood all by itself!

Inman Square by Claire M. McLaughlin

Inman Square is the perfect location to find local businesses, restaurants, and nightlife without the crowds of Harvard Square or downtown. Local favorites such as S&S Restaurant, Christina’s Ice Cream, Dali, and City Girl Café compromise some of the area’s best eats, while hang out spots such as Bukowski Tavern, The Druid, and Thirsty Scholar provide all-night entertainment. For music and nightlife, Inman Square’s Ryles Jazz Club and LilyPad provide some of the most intimate and interesting live music in the city.   Check out http://www.inmansquare.com/ for additional resources.

Inman Square is also home to a large Portuguese and Brazilian population, adding an extra degree of energy and diversity to the area. From restaurants to local travel agencies and credit unions, the Portuguese and Brazilian influence is hard to miss in the square.

Have you danced the night away at Ryles, or savored the tapas at Dali? Let us know, we’d love to hear from you!

 

Sources:

 http://www.inmansquare.com/

http://www.yelp.com/biz/inman-square-cambridge

Explore Boston - Back Bay

Global Immersions Recruiting - Tuesday, September 13, 2011

The next stop on the Explore Boston series is the affluent neighborhood of Back Bay. Known for its’ historic architectural landmarks, shopping, and trademark brick row houses, Boston’s Back Bay is a major center for both locals and tourists alike.

Located in the heart of Back Bay, the celebrated Copley Square invites visitors to marvel at architectural masterpieces of world stature from the medieval, classical, and modern traditions, all within the same view. Notable structures on the square include the Old South Church and Trinity Church, both completed in the 1870s, as well as the Boston Public Library, boasting the first public library in the United States. Nearby, Copley Place provides a vast assortment of shopping, restaurants, offices, and hotels to the area. In addition to the buildings, Copley Square’s sculptures, fountains, and park grounds provide visitors with ample opportunity to relax and hang out while enjoying the beautiful backdrop.  

Boston's Copley Square

Another institution in the Back Bay neighborhood is Boston’s premier shopping destination, Newbury Street. With an enormous selection of shops, restaurants, and galleries, The Back Bay sums up the area perfectly: “from internationally renowned designers and luxury brands to the more bohemian establishments, there is hardly a better way to experience the cosmopolitan flavor of Boston than on the sidewalks of Newbury Street.”

Back Bay’s charming boulevards and café’s offer some of the best places in the city to walk around, or enjoy Boston’s four distinct seasons. From strolling down the tree-lined Commonwealth Avenue, to window shopping and people watching on Newbury Street, Back Bay is one of the most beautiful and exciting places in all of Boston.

Farther away, Back Bay’s Hatch Shell and Charles River Esplanade compromise some of the most picturesque river views throughout all of Boston. With 6 miles of walkways and bike paths, boathouses, play grounds, soccer fields, and more, the esplanade is one of the most frequently populated locations in all of Boston.

Have you visited Boston’s Back Bay? If not, now is your chance! If you are are Global Immersions host or visitor, join us at the Hatch Shell on Saturday, September 17th for our Explore Boston event at the 2011 MixFest! Meet us outside of the Charles/MGH “T” station at 4pm. We hope to see you there!

Sources:

The Back Bay

boston.com

Boston Bikes!

Global Immersions - Tuesday, August 09, 2011

When the weather is nice in Boston, there is no better way to explore the city than by bike. With the recent introduction of the Hubway bike sharing program, getting around Boston has never been easier!


Hubway bike station in Boston

Joining Hubway is simple and affordable, allowing users to purchase a 24-hour, 3-day, or Annual membership for $5, $12, or $85, respectively. Riders can join at any bike station kiosk, and each trip under thirty minutes is free after initial payment (usage fees rise incrementally: under 1 hour is $2, under 2 hours is $14, etc.), designed to empower users to make relatively quick, short distance rides around town.

As Hubway continues to expand, the city of Boston likewise aims to become a world-class bicycling city. As Senator John Kerry notes, “Biking is becoming a bigger part of urban transportation every day, and Boston has led the way incorporating bikes into the city. Now with this new bike share program, we’re on track to remain one of the most bike-friendly cities in the nation.”

For visitors who are new to the Boston area, renting a bike can be a great way to explore Boston at a low cost. With over 600 bikes at 60 locations, Hubway can be found nearby many of the universities and language centers throughout the city. Global Immersions encourages international visitors in the Boston area to try biking as a way to exercise, have fun, and learn more about our city!

 
For more information about Hubway and bike sharing in Boston visit:
http://www.thehubway.com/ or   http://www.cityofboston.gov/bikes/


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