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Judith Chen

Living in Boston for MIT LaunchX

By Judith Chen

February 21, 2019

My name is Judith and I am a senior from Vancouver, Canada. This past summer I had the pleasure of traveling to Boston to attend the LaunchX program at MIT. Since this trip marked my first time visiting Boston, I thought it would be insightful to share what my experience living in Boston was like.

When I first arrived, I immediately took notice of Boston’s charmingly diverse setting. As much as Boston is a contemporary and urban city, it simultaneously presents itself as a quaint town with a rich blend of culture and history. From walking in the bustling streets of the downtown financial district to taking a stroll in the historically renowned Boston Public Garden, Boston authentically encaptures both the liveliness of a large city and the comfort of a small town.

Because of Boston’s extraordinary cosmopolitan blend, I personally found it remarkably simple to find a spot that I could enjoy. Although I haven’t been in Boston for long, I have already uncovered a variety of different places to spend my time, including Boston Harbourfront, Newbury Street, and Beacon Hill. My favorite attraction, however, has been the Faneuil Hall Marketplace. Located in downtown Boston, steps away from the waterfront, Faneuil Hall brims with historic sites, charming boutiques, local restaurants, and even outdoor performances. Faneuil Hall, like Boston, truly has it all.

In addition to Boston’s diverse list of attractions, the city also offers an impressively exuberant food scene. At every turn of a corner, there is a new café or restaurant that is just waiting for its doors to be opened. From the nationally loved Boston cream pie to the East Coast style pizza, and from New England clam chowder to the authentic Italian cannoli, the options are nearly endless. In fact, there are so many dining options that I have not yet been to a restaurant more than once!

All in all, Boston was great. The blend of its active energy and cultural spirit, as well as its tremendous opportunities and attractions,  made my experience at LaunchX all the more worthwhile. Although I still believe that Vancouver is the best city, Boston is certainly a close second.