After spending one summer in NY and another in DC, I decided to live in a city that cannot be abbreviated with two letters, Boston. Well, technically I lived in Somerville, but it felt like a part of Boston this summer as I took the T into the city to commute to work and spent little to no time on the Tufts campus. As classes begin, and Somerville begins to feel more like a college town than the city, I would like to reminisce on my summer in Boston. Here are some reasons why you should consider spending a summer in Boston, which many Tufts students do at least once.
Boston is home to a wide variety of summer festivals and there’s one for everyone. On one Saturday, I attended two different festivals in the same day! The first was called Figment and featured interactive art along the Rose Kennedy Greenway in Boston. There was a pinball-style map of the T, Bollywood dancing, a homemade telescope, and interactive sculptures. After a stimulating walk on the greenway, we hopped on the T to Wonderland, the end of the blue line, to walk around the International Sand Sculpture Contest at Revere Beach. We couldn’t ask for a better evening, as the night included food trucks, fireworks, and mind-blowing creations of sand.
Summer is the season of baseball, and Boston is home to one of the most historic ballparks in the States, Fenway Park. Growing up in NY, I am a loyal Yankees fan and still cannot cheer for the Red Sox, however that hasn’t stopped me from appreciating the Green Monstah and taking the green line to Kenmore.
Rarely did a weekend go by during which I did not take part in the lovely meal of brunch. Somerville is home to a large variety of brunch places in Ball, Union, and Davis squares. One of my summer discoveries is the Neighborhood Restaurant in Union Square, which brings you homemade cream of wheat as you wait for your main meal. Brunch is a great way to explore a new neighborhood and start a count of how many different ways it’s possible to prepare eggs.
Without classes and studying, there’s plenty of time to prepare the grill. In Somerville, it’s not uncommon to see driveway BBQs due to the lack of backyards. We are fortunate enough to have a small plot of land in our backyard, perfect for a BBQ to end a week of work. The weather in Boston over the summer is perfect for eating and cooking outside.
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