Continuing this week’s travel guide theme, I first want to suggest you check out the places Fletcher students have been visiting, in the second annual “Where is Fletcher” video. On dry land, or underwater, those students get around!
But more locally, let’s hear from Kristen and Liz, who provide suggestions of activities that are easily accessible from campus.
One of my favorite Boston activities is getting out and walking. For an American city, Boston is very walkable, and taking the city on foot is one of the best ways to get to know each neighborhood. Among my favorite pleasant-weather walks is to start on the Charles River near MIT and the “Salt-and-Pepper-Shaker Bridge,” and then wander down Mass Ave (no one here calls it Massachusetts Avenue — those extra syllables are too pesky). Mass Ave has a great collection of watering holes (I particularly like the Miracle of Science), scandal-ridden ice cream shops, and Indian markets. You can feel the personality of the street change from the quiet area filled with architectural behemoths around MIT, to the salty collection of characters at Central Square, to pure Cambridge academia at Harvard Square.
I don’t often get out into the city, as I live a little north of Medford, so I should really be taking suggestions from my peers on things to do. However, there is one activity I’ve done a few times that I found to be fun and a bit different: Afternoon tea at the Taj Boston (formerly the Ritz Carlton). I know, it sounds stuffy and boring, but I’ve had a really great time, especially with a good group of friends. The room is lovely and it has this sort of aura from another era about it. I do enjoy tea, and they have a nice assortment to choose from. (No Lipton tea bags here!) Then there is the food. I’m not much of a sweets kinda gal, but they have many different pastries, scones, and desserts to choose from. Best, and what I really enjoy, are all the different types of finger sandwiches! It’s a unique way to spend an afternoon in Boston with friends. If you do get the chance, I certainly recommend trying it at least once.