EC Guest Lecture Series – All About Hawaii!

by Tiare Niland Where will your English studies take you? As a current EC Boston intern teacher from Hawaii, I’d like to share about my state’s unique culture with you! There will be an upcoming EC Guest Lecture on Wednesday, February 27th 2016 in room 612 during the lunch at 11:50am! It’s free for all to attend and will feature interesting information about food, traditions and fun activities, as well as general trivia. For instance, did you know that Hawaii actually consists of 8 unique islands? Give your mind a vacation from the cold winter weather and learn more about the beautiful and warm Aloha state! As you can see, one of the best things about English is that it is used everywhere in the United States. The knowledge and experience you gain from your time spent in Boston can be taken with you anywhere! EC also has a number of other great schools all over the country to help you meet your learning goals. You can start your exploration today by browsing our English Language Courses in the USA! It will open up a world of possibilities for you.

Travel Tuesday: Pats Peak Ski Area

By Nikita Duke Hello, students! Good news – you’ve made it through two months of “winter.” We hope you are all enjoying all of the fun things there are to do in Boston/New England at this time of year and getting the true full-immersion classes in Boston experience. Although Marlayna just told you all about Wachusett Mountain in our last Travel Tuesday post, I wanted to introduce you guys to a place I’ve been spending the majority of my winter so far… Pats Peak Ski Area in Henniker, New Hampshire! This is a great mountain for beginner skiers and snowboarders (like me!), as there are two beginner’s slopes and several intermediate trails to advance to once you’ve mastered the magic carpets. From Boston, it’s about an hour and a half drive, so I recommend you rent a car through Avis (EC Boston discount code available at the front desk) and split the cost with your friends. Before you hit the slopes, be sure to stop at Intervale Farm Pancake House (located right at the entrance of Pat’s Peak) for a Hungry or Not-So-Hungry Man breakfast. Their maple syrup is made on site and their food is just so good! Once you’ve digested, you can drive up to the lodge, drop your things off and head over to the gear rental center. Lift pass + gear rental for one adult is $89 on the weekend and $79 on a week day. (Why not head up after your morning class?) If it’s your very first time on a board or pair of skis, I highly recommend a private lesson ($85 per hour) to start off the day. After that, you should be good to give it a go on your own. With two lodges on site and one pub, there are plenty of options for … Read more

Travel Tuesday: The Arnold Arboretum

By Bryn Keating Do you want to feel like you’ve entered peaceful nature and left the city behind, but you don’t have a car? Take the Orange Line to the Arnold Arboretum! The Arboretum, owned by the City of Boston and Harvard University, is a 281-acre living research collection of ponds, shrubs, and woods. The Arboretum was established in 1872 and was designed by Frederick Law Olmstead, the same man who created New York City’s Central Park. Highlights of the park include bonsai trees, hundreds of lilac bushes, and an information center for visitors. There are many special events held throughout the year at the Arboretum, but winter is a particularly good time to visit. Although the weather has been warm lately, snow is coming! The hills in the park provide an excellent place to go sledding. Grab a cheap sled at Walgreens and head to Peter’s Hill, at the south end of the park located in Roslindale at the intersection of Walter Street and Bussey Street. You will get a great view of the city and partake in the American sledding tradition! The Arboretum is free and open to the public. It’s a short walk from the Forest Hills stop on the Orange Line. Just follow the signs! For more information and a schedule of classes and events, visit http://www.arboretum.harvard.edu/. Learn more about Intensive English courses in Boston.  

The Squares of Cambridge and Somerville

The squares of Cambridge and Somerville By Marlayna Urbanski As you become accustomed to living in Boston you will notice that after the red line crosses the Charles river, the stops correspond to “Squares” found throughout Cambridge and Somerville. How many squares are there? Who knows? There are certain parts of Cambridge where it seems every intersection is a square commemorating a member of the neighborhood. However there are some you should really know about because this is where all the fun happens! On the T Davis Sq. Davis Sq. has become the place to go in Somerville for delicious food and weird art. Spend some time here and you might catch an impromptu performance by one of the activist marching bands of Honk!, see a zombie parade, or visit one of the most unique art museums in the country, The Museum of Bad Art, conveniently located in the basement of the Somerville theater. Best food: It’s hard to say, there are A LOT of choices catering to every price range and they are all good. But if there was ever a place the embodied the spirit of Davis Sq. it would be the hugely popular Redbones BBQ. With its bicycle valet service and funky murals, not to mention the delicious ribs and extensive beer menu, Redbones has been a staple of Davis Sq. for years. Best Secret: Cocktail connoisseurs swear by Saloon but good luck finding it! Porter Sq. Long overlooked as a destination by many visitors to Boston, Porter Sq. Has a distinctly local vibe but don’t be fooled! There is a lot going on in the little square that could. Best Food: For many years, Porter Sq. has been the place in Cambridge to go for all things Asian and this continues to be the case. For … Read more

Travel Tuesday: Crane Beach!

  Written by Bryn Keating It’s summertime in Boston, which means that many of us, locals and tourists alike, are flocking to the beach to catch the sun and surf. While Bostonians benefit from several T-accessible beaches (including Revere Beach on the blue line – the oldest public beach in America!), there are more picturesque and less crowded beaches a short distance outside the city. And the best news is that one of these seaside gems, Crane Beach, is accessible without a car for the next few weeks! Crane Beach is a protected natural area located in Ipswich, Massachusetts. The beach is over 4 miles long, and the property boasts miles of trails, rare sand dunes, and habitats for many coastal birds. Overlooking Crane Beach is Castle Hill and The Great House, a 59-room mansion built in 1928. While the Crane Estate is worth visiting any time of year, you can get there via public transportation on weekends through Sept. 7th. MBTA Commuter Rail trains to Ipswich leave North Station on Saturdays and Sundays at 9:30 am, 11:30 am and 1:30 pm. Once in Ipswich, take the Essex Ipswich Explorer bus (blue route) to Crane Beach, and enjoy a day in nature! For more information about traveling to Crane Beach, visit http://ipswichessexexplorer.com/. Get more information on learning English in Boston!