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Local Buzz – Boston: What’s that in the water? It’s CODZILLA!

7 Sep

Last night my company had its annual summer staff outing, and it was a blast! As a quick tip for a fun thing to do on a sunny day, I introduce “CODZILLA!”

It’s a high-speed boat that fits about 130 passengers, and once you’re on-board they take you on a semi-informative / semi-silly (think a handful of history and a heap of corny jokes) ride through the Boston Harbor and beyond. Once you get out far enough, “Codzilla” goes super fast and pulls lots of fun turns, meaning almost everyone on board gets soaked! Don’t worry, they’ll give you ponchos if you ask!

It was about a 45-minute ride overall, with about 15 minutes of high-speed flipping around in the middle. For a large group, this was the perfect not-too-long adventure before heading to the bar. There were lots of children on board, too, but the little ones all ended up crying, so I wouldn’t recommend it for the younger crowd.

Cheers,

Nicole

Boston Harbor Cruises

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ArtBeat, Boston- recap of a great weekend

24 Jul

Boston is the land of the Red Socks, the Tea Party that sparked the American Revolution, and my sister, Eve. I arrived Friday night after a long 7 hour bus ride from NYC (it’s only supposed to take 4). Saturday we woke up leisurely but excited for the migration-themed arts festival in Somerville we planned to attend, ArtBeat! At my job, I organize similar community events, although not to this scale, so I was curious about what’s happening in other cities and communities.

The smell of barbeque and brick oven pizza hit us almost immediately after we got off the train. ArtBeat runs along several streets and converges on Davis Square- where all the scrumptious foodstuffs were. Starving, Eve and I grabbed some gourmet hot dogs and brown sugar limeade (amazing!), and managed to find a seat in the shade. We sat next to some very nice ladies and chatted for a while about their upcoming travels and Somerville. One of the ladies gave us an excellent dessert recommendation, but more on that further down…

Hot dog- YUM!

After satiating our hunger a little, we took a lap around the festival. There were loads of artists selling their work, performances scattered throughout the day, and Somerville community organizations giving out information and talking about their work.  It was a beautiful day and the vibe was relaxing. Photographer Mike Ritter was taking free portraits, so Eve and I posed for a couple of shots.

Having some fun during our photo shoot….

Time for dessert (when is it not?!), we directed ourselves to Kick Ass Cupcakes, the dessert place our lunch buddy had recommended. The store name articulates exactly what I felt towards these cupcakes- they kicked ass! We bought three flavors, but the best by far was the “Green Monster.” Named after the famed Boston Red Sox, this cupcake featured a chocolate cupcake, with a chocolate beer ganache center, and green Sam Adams cream stout frosting garnished with cocoa nibs. Eve and I were sharing and we almost had an altercation over who would finish this delicious cupcake.

Kick Ass Cupcakes- note the Green Monster on the right…

Because I can never pass up a chance to samba and dance in unison with a large group of people, we hung around ArtBeat until SambaViva, a samba ensemble, performed. It was awesome! They had a bateria, a percussion band/drumline, carnaval dancers, and even taught the crowd some choreography. We worked up a sweat the best way possible: dancing!

SambaViva’s awesome bateria!

Sadly, ArtBeat only happens one weekend a year, but Somerville is a vibrant and diverse community that is definitely worth the visit, if for the cupcakes alone!

Cirque du Soleil “Totem” — Mind blown. Mind blown again.

13 Jul

My boyfriend and I went to see the Cirque du Soleil show, Totem, that is currently playing at the Boston Marine Industrial Park (right by the Harpoon Brewery) on Wednesday night. All I can say is, “Wow.”

It was set up in a huge blue and yellow tent right on the waterfront (sorry, I was too overwhelmed to get a picture of the outside!). Here’s what the reception/waiting area looked like inside:

There was a cool gift shop (I’m a huge sucker for gift shops) and everything was colorful and whimsical and fun. I didn’t purchase anything, but I did have fun trying on a few different masks and hats.

The performance was absolutely incredible. I wish I had more pictures to share with you guys, but photography was not permitted inside the tent, and besides, I was way too busy trying to raise my jaw up from the ground to think about taking pictures. Luckily, I was able to sneak a photo of the interior of the tent before the show started. It didn’t look nearly as incredible as it did later, but was still a fun set-up to get the audience amped up.

I’m still not sure what the theme of “Totem” was all about, because there was really a lot going on. The show included sparkly performers dressed as animals, disco balls, stereotypical Italians, clowns, Native Americans, and aliens. All the costumes were done with Cirque du Soleil’s signature style, and the effect was beautiful. Without giving too much away, I can safely tell you that this show includes all of the Cirque du Soleil essentials — over-the-top theatrics, silly humor, phenomenal stunts, dazzling visual effects, ladies on 6-ft unicycles, plenty of people flying through the air, and more bulging muscles than you can imagine.

All in all, we were blown away — well worth a trip to the Seaport! They’re still selling tickets for Totem, which will be in town until August 5th.

Enjoy the show — You won’t regret it!

Cheers,

Nicole

Cirque du Soleil – Totem

Boston Marine Industrial Park on the Waterfront

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Buy your tickets and learn more about the show here.

Local Buzz: 4th of July in Boston

6 Jul

Okay, okay — I know it’s July 6th, but bear with me. This Independence Day marked 13 years that I’ve been living in the United States, so I’m excited to share with all of you a little bit of Boston love for the 4th of July. To celebrate, my friend Abby and I headed into the city from Cambridge. (At this point I will quickly apologize for the terrible quality of some of these pictures — all I had was my iPhone!). The weather was beautiful (read: hot), so we decided to walk across the Longfellow Bridge (colloquially referred to as the ‘Salt and Pepper’ Bridge because of the big columns that look like giant salt and pepper shakers!). Check out our view of the city — what you can see in this picture is the quaint Beacon Hill neighborhood nestled in front of the financial district (and the stretch of trees down the waterfront is the Esplanade, where Bostonians gather every 4th of July to watch the fireworks).

Abby and I were accosted on the bridge by this funny trio of guys who insisted we weren’t dressed patriotically enough. To prove their point, they gave each of us a little flag and agreed to pose for a picture! They were definitely wearing enough red, white, and blue to make up for our stars-and-stripes-less outfits.

A popular activity for the 4th (especially when it’s so hot out!) is to enjoy the holiday hanging out on a boat on the Charles River. My pictures were taken about five hours before the scheduled fireworks and there were already a whole bunch of people on the water!

I was pretty surprised to see people swimming, since the Charles is not known to be the cleanest river (Remember those lyrics, “I love that dirty water…” – by the band “Boston” — Anyone? Anyone?). Yuck!

As many boats as there were on the river, there were even more people already lined up along the Esplanade. People tend to arrive early to ensure a good view of the fireworks, but this year it totally backfired! An unfortunately timed short thunderstorm forced the Boston Police and Firefighters to evacuate the Esplanade and also the riverbanks on the Cambridge side of the water, so all of those people lost the spots they had staked out all day… Bummer! Fortunately, the fireworks were only delayed and not canceled, so I hope most of them got to watch anyway.

Here’s a shot of the fireworks when they finally went off (not my own — I’m an old lady on the inside and was already asleep!):

Photo via The Boston Globe, credit to Yoon S. Byun/Globe Staff – http://www.bostonglobe.com

I’ll end with a shot of the funny shirt my friend Caiti was wearing for the festivities — after all, the 4th of July is all about American pride 🙂

Happy 4th everyone! How did you all celebrate?

Cheers,

Nicole

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