BOSTON IN THE SUMMER (CORONAVIRUS EDITION)

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Submitted Date 08/03/2020
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I was recently going down memory lane, when I realized that it has been over a year now since I first wrote a blog post on this amazing platform. It turns out that the post was about things you can do in Boston during the summertime. Fast forward one year later, and we are living such unexpected moments in what we now call our "new normal." I won't lie, I became extremely nostalgic as I read my post and noticed how many things have changed in the span of just one year. What was once a time where we could go to Red Sox games or in-person yoga classes seems so far away. However, I am here to tell you that, although things have definitely changed, there are still a lot of fun and safe ways in which you can spend your summer in Boston.

1. Hiking: I recently went on a beautiful hike in Middlesex Fells, which is about a 15-minute drive from Boston. This is a breathtaking reservoir with the ideal amount of outdoors space to go on a hike and feel safe. It was such a breath of fresh air (literally) to be so close to nature and to have small moments where I could take off my mask since I was far away from other people. This is the perfect weekend activity for when you need to hit the reset button and spend a day far away from screens and connected to mother nature.

2. Visit the Charles River docks. I actually wrote about this summer activity in my post from last year. The reason I'm putting this one again, is because I have recently been to the docks, and it is a very enjoyable and safe experience. People are respectful and conscious about keeping their distance and about wearing masks. There is enough space for you to go and tan in the mornings, and, if you don't have time to go early in the day, no worries. Just head over to this magical place later in the afternoon so you can catch a glimpse of the breathtaking Boston sunsets. Pack a picnic bag and enjoy.

3. Kayaking: This summer activity definitely passes the social distancing test and it is ideal for a fun date, a nice time with your best friend, or simply an adventure to go on by yourself. There is plenty of space on the Charles river, which means you won't have to be concerned with a packed place. There's nothing like being out on the water, feeling the summer breeze on your skin and watching the scenic river with all of the boats and ducks floating by.

4. Walking: One of my absolute favorite things about living in a city like Boston is that you can walk almost anywhere. Because staying at home for long periods of times tends to drive me crazy after a while, I like to grab my backpack, mask and a good pair of shoes and head out the door. I definitely know the city really well by now, but getting to places such as Harvard Square, Quincy Market or Seaport is pretty easy with your maps app. This is a great way to keep your body moving, maybe listen to a podcast or good music and simply get to the know this city and its amazing summer energy.

5. Road tripping: If walking isn't really your thing, then one of the other great activities that you can do this summer is drive around Massachusetts and nearby places such as Rhode Island and Maine, etc. I lived in Boston for almost 5 years, but I never really found the time to go on fun road trips, since I always had homework, performances, or other activities going on. But now, most of us have nothing but time on our hands. So why not spend it getting to know this beautiful state?

I know that some of these activities aren't the conventional summer events that we are all used to. But I am sure that we can take advantage of this crazy situation and turn it around. There is still a good month of summer left, and Boston is one of the most beautiful cities out there. So, put on your mask and your spirit for adventure and go make the best of this summer while staying safe! Let me know if you try any of these!

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