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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/

Explore Boston - Government Center

Global Immersions Recruiting - Friday, August 05, 2011

Boston’s Government Center is one of the most visited and recognized places in all of Boston. Home to Boston City Hall and directly across from Faneuil Hall and Quincy Market, Government Center is a popular destination for locals and tourists alike to shop, eat, and enjoy the outdoor entertainment.


Boston Quincy Market and Faneuil Hall

Located in the heart of downtown Boston, Government Center provides a space for many outdoor events at both City Hall Plaza and Faneuil Hall. Throughout the summer months thousands of people come together to attend festivals, plays, circuses, or other happenings that often take place on the Plaza. Street performers also add to the fun of the setting, providing free entertainment all day long throughout the warmer months.

Government Center is also a well-known location for some of the best food and shops around Boston. At Quincy Market and Faneuil Hall, visitors can explore one of the oldest festival marketplaces in the United States. As
www.faneuilhallmarketplace.com states about the area, “[it is] alive today as it was in 1742 when our nation's fathers proclaimed it ‘The Cradle of Liberty,’ it combines the glories of Boston's past with the urban sophistication of the city today.”

If you are a Global Immersions Homestay visitor or host, please join Global Immersions for our Explore Boston Summer Event on August 18th, 2011 for the Boston Greenfest in Government Center! Learn the many ways we can create a better world by greening our lives and our communities, and enjoy the interactive exhibits, presentations, and continuous live entertainment all night long!


Sources:
http://www.cityofboston.gov/freedomtrail/faneuilhall.asp
www.faneuilhallmarketplace.com 

Explore Boston- Beacon Hill

Global Immersions Recruiting - Monday, July 18, 2011
Next up on the Explore Boston series is the renowned neighborhood of Beacon Hill, what boston.com calls, “the most historic neighborhood in America’s most historic city”. Located in the heart of Boston, Beacon Hill is home to not only the Massachusetts State House, but also to some of the most picturesque locations throughout the city. Known for its iconic brick row houses, historical background, and beautiful landscapes, Beacon Hill is the model for a Boston neighborhood.


Massachusetts State House

Home to Boston Common and the Public Gardens, Beacon Hill boasts the world’s first public urban park. Throughout the year, Bostonians and tourists alike flock to the Common in order to enjoy the weather and take part in events such as concerts, softball games, or splashing in the Frog Pond! At the nearby Public Gardens, you can enjoy the delightful scenery as well as take a ride on Boston’s famous attraction, the Swan Boats.

Only a short walk away from the Gardens, you can find a number of quaint little antique shops, cafes, and restaurants on Charles Street and the rest Beacon Hill. A few of our insider picks include the famous DeLuca’s Market, Upper Crust, Lala Rokh, and Cheers. Further wandering will bring you to the Charles River and esplanade, a great location to relax by the water or enjoy one of the many free summer concerts at the Hatch Shell.

Summer is the perfect season to explore Beacon Hill! Free tours and concerts happen every week, and the many parks and gardens are in full bloom. Beacon Hill is the perfect location to walk around and experience Boston’s historical past, and colorful future!

Have you gone for a ride on the Swan Boats, or “hung out” at the Boston Common? If so, send us pictures or suggestions, we’d love to hear from you!


Sources:
http://www.beaconhillonline.com/cgi-bin/index.cgi  
http://www.boston.com/travel/boston/neighborhoods/beacon_hill/

Explore Boston - Kenmore Square

Global Immersions Recruiting - Friday, June 03, 2011

One of Boston’s most beloved squares, Kenmore Square, is home to Fenway Park and many other Bostonian institutions such as Boston University, the Museum of Fine Arts, the Isabella Stuart Gardner Museum and the always exciting Lansdowne Street.  The area is also known for its dense population of hospitals in the Longwood Area. 

The Citgo sign has stood high above Boston since 1940 and was replaced in 1965 with the current iconic Citgo sign which was updated in 2010. The Citgo sign is not only a landmark of Kenmore Square but of the Boston skyline.

 
Citgo sign in Kenmore Square

Kenmore Square is Boston’s area for education and enjoyment! If you are looking for a night out or a place to watch a sports game Lansdowne Street is the spot!  From the famous House of Blues, sports bars, pubs and discos and even a bar with a view into Fenway Park!  

As important as Kenmore Square is to Boston’s identity it did not become part of the city until 1900.  Previously it had been overtaken by the Charles River and marsh land.  By 1915 it was part of Boston Public Transportation as a stop on the Green “B” line.  Today it is part of the Fenway/Kenmore neighborhood with a stop on the Green line – Kenmore Square. 

Our insider tips to explore and experience Kenmore Square are to take a tour of Fenway Park and if you can get a ticket to attend a Boston Red Sox game!  If you are in Boston during baseball season and do not get to experience all the excitement of a live baseball game in Fenway Park you are missing out on a true Bostonian experience!   Another not to miss exhibit is the colorful and breathtaking Chihuly at the Museum of Fine Arts now to August 7, 2011.  

If you have a favorite restaurant or not to miss locale for our visitors to explore in Kenmore Square we'd love to hear from you!

Sources:


http://www.wikipedia.org
http://boston.about.com/od/neighborhoods/ss/KenmoreWalk.htm
http://www.mfa.org/exhibitions/chihuly

Tour Boston by Foot!

Global Immersions - Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Boston has recently been ranked the safest U.S. city for pedestrians by the Transportation for America organization.   Spring is finally here and summer is soon to follow so it is the perfect time to travel the city by foot! 
  

Boston Public Gardens

The advantage of Boston is that you can easily walk through the Boston Common and Public Gardens to Beacon Hill or along the Freedom Trail to stores and boutiques on Newbury and Boylston Streets.   You can take in the beautiful landscapes of historic North End, Quincy Market or Boston waterfronts without needing a car!  Boston is accessible by foot just make sure to wear comfortable shoes on the old cobblestone streets.  Get out and explore or rediscover all our city has to offer!

Source:  Boston.com

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