Posted on 03/08/2013 at 12:01:32 PM by Student BloggerBy Sylvia Ley
As a relative newcomer to Boston, I'm thrilled to have ASN's Scientific Sessions & Annual Meeting in my new hometown. I know my colleagues and peers are coming because I've started to receive inquiries about places to stay and places to visit. I gathered info for a few friends and then I thought, why not share with the ASN blog readership?
Visit to local university campuses
Boston is home to many prestigious higher education institutions and visitors often want to get a feel for these campuses. To introduce a few, I would have to start with my home campus, the Harvard Longwood medical area–home to Harvard Medical School, Harvard School of Public Health, and affiliated hospitals. You can easily take a subway (Green Line T) to come and visit us. Tufts and Boston University are also not too far from the convention center if you're planning a quick visit to your friends and colleagues.
Cambridge is also accessible by T when visiting the Harvard main campus and MIT. Harvard Yard is beautiful to visit and is surrounded by historic buildings. You can arrange for a group tour or go on a mobile tour (tour app available at http://www.harvard.edu/visitors/mobile-tour). I must also mention that the area has nice restaurants and street shopping to round out your evening or a half day visit to Cambridge while at EB 2013.
Downtown shopping and dining
Speaking of restaurants and shopping, we have plenty of entertainment opportunities in the downtown area. Among these attractions, Faneuil Hall Marketplace, also known as Quincy Market, is the place to visit for foodies. The indoor-outdoor food vendors and restaurants make for a variety of eats.
Newbury Street is a little street known for sophisticated boutiques, salons, and dining. This is the place to be if you enjoy an old-fashioned European feel, but watch out for the price tags! If you're looking for shopping malls, the Prudential Center and Copley Place are options. After shopping and dining, you may continue your evening at our theater district or concert halls. Boston offers a wide range of performance theatres and museums.
I would be remiss if I didn't mention my favorite event at the annual meeting! I look forward to reconnecting with everyone at the opening night University Mixer and Membership Reception on Saturday, April 20, 8-10 pm. See you there!