The past two weeks I had the opportunity to explore Boston and get to know its sites and people in ways I haven’t on my own. This scavenger hunt made me open up to seeing the city in a new way, even though I’m still relatively new to living here.
City Snapshot – Luckily, I have some friends who live in an apartment on Salem Street with a rooftop that has panoramic views of the whole city. I like looking at the old buildings of the North End compared to the downtown skyscrapers.
Food/Drink – The Friendly Toast has a special place in my heart with their breakfast/brunch menu. They have 4 locations with 2 of them right in the city. In this post I visited the Back Bay location on 35 Stanhope Street and ordered their Caribbean waffle with a mimosa. The food and drink menus are filled with a variety of different tastes and the portions are big so you’ll never leave hungry.
Student on the street – I met Alex on Suffolk University’s campus to see why he decided to attend school in Boston. He really enjoys having access to all the museums, restaurants and landmarks in the area. I found out he’s experienced the city life before and hopes to live in Boston after graduation. This video was taken near Park Street T station.
Academic Excellence – 730 Commonwealth Ave. is now home to the Build Lab, a new innovation center for students from all colleges at BU to share their ideas in business, technology and science. It’s an entrepreneurial experience but anyone is welcome to attend their events and receive advice from mentors. I did a news package here a week ago when they started hosting events and the one I attended was called, “Launch Series: Opposites Attract Showcase” that involved over a dozen startup teams that have established programs or are currently in the works looking for advice. Students and alumni shared skills and teamwork methods to collaborate and develop better ideas. There was also some team bonding games and activities to partake in.
Weather – Today’s forecast was unusual for the time of year but it was welcomed by everyone. I took this picture on Snapchat of students lounging outside on the COM lawn in shorts and t-shirts. This area is a popular spot in the warm weather because students prefer the grassy areas of campus.
Scenic Spot – Charlestown offers a lot of picturesque spots like the Bunker Hill Monument. This site is centered around community so a lot of events like outdoor yoga and museum tours take place here. It’s also part of the famous Freedom Trail.
Sports Talk – Brian is a Everett, Massachusetts native and avid Boston sports fan but when I asked him what team is his favorite of all, he went with the Red Sox. In his opinion, the history behind the MLB American League team and their home at Fenway Park is unmatched by any other team.
An Olympic Moment – I had the chance to shoot this interview of Brandan when he was attending the Olympics Watch Party held by the BU School of Law Student Government. He prefers a sit down experience when watching the games so he was happy to hear it was being shown on a giant projector screen and free food was provided.
Off the Beaten Path – I visited Saint Clement Eucharistic Shrine because I’ve seen the outside structure and was curious to view the inside. It did not disappoint. This church is right next to Berklee College of Music’s campus, which is only a short walk from the Fenway neighborhood and easily accessible from the green line on the T.
Freestyle – An unknown location to many BU students but serves many purposes is the Kenmore Room, found on the 9th floor of Questrom School of Business. Most of the time it is a conference room but also hosts plated dinners, networking events and panel discussions. The setup in this Instagram post is for a panel discussion followed by a networking event. The large windows show views across the Charles River and above Kenmore Square, hence the name of the room.
My Top 3 Favorite Tweets by Classmates:
#1 – Kyler’s mural shots were my favorite because you wouldn’t know the mural was there unless you wandered, especially since it only covers the bottom floor of the building.
#2 – I like the collage of Matt’s pictures because he showed the real presentation of the food and atmosphere of the restaurant.
#3 – Laura’s post was nice to include a Thornton’s special deal for readers to go try out for themselves.
#1 – I appreciated Yasmine focusing on the outside design of the Museum of Fine Arts because some people may overlook its features and walk past it all.
#2 – Still on the hunt for my favorite pizza place in Boston and Rickie convinced me with his awesome collage to give T Anthony’s a try.
#3 – I like Pamela giving us a look at the fashion and support for Black Panther in theaters this past weekend.
#4 – Eve’s mom has a really good excuse for not focusing on the Winter Olympics.