By Golmah Zarinkhou
Here are some suggestions from Harvard medical and dental students to maximize your free time this summer:
Hit the links
Who: Samuel Lee, third-year dental student
Where: Newton Commonwealth Golf Course
Why: “Golf is a very big part of my life, and all this serenity exists about 20 minutes from school. The course is very scenic with its rolling hills and the peaceful sounds of birds chirping. I can't find a better way to end a tough week than walking off the 18th hole with the sunset at my back.”
When and How: A round of nine holes cost only 25 cents in 1897 when the course was first organized, but still remains affordable later in the day. To avoid the pain of dragging golf clubs on public transit, Sam prefers to Uber with a friend for $5-8 each from HSDM.
Bike the Blue Hills
Who: Jonathan Foster, fourth-year dental student
Where: The Blue Hills Reservation
Why: “I bike there occasionally and it’s just such a relaxing break from the city.”
When and How: These 7,000 acres about ten miles from HSDM were home to the Massachusett, or “people of the great hills,” before European settlement. Nowadays, the Metropolitan Parks Commission retains the land for public recreation and allows mountain biking, horseback riding, fishing, rock climbing, cross-country skiing, and more from dawn to dusk. But beware the endangered timber rattlesnake, a form of venomous pit viper.
Get fit in the Seaport
Who: Fiorella A. Candamo, second-year dental student
Where: The Seaport District
Why: “The city offers free outdoor exercise classes every weekday from August through October as part of the fitness series Seaport Sweat. Also, Flour Bakery is around the corner, so I can reward myself after a good workout.”
When and How: Arguably one of the most up-and-coming parts of Boston, the Seaport District has continuously been transforming from a muddy area in Boston Harbor to a beautiful waterfront locality that houses everything from small eateries like Flour Bakery + Café and high-end restaurants, to the Institute of Contemporary Art and the global headquarters of Vertex Pharmaceuticals.
Shop and stroll on Newbury
Who: Elizabeth Perry, third-year dental and PhD student
Where: Newbury Street
Why: “Lots of cute cafes, ice cream shops, and unique boutiques line a picturesque street and extend below the sidewalks, but best of all, nearly all of them are dog-friendly. Sometimes in the summer, live bands play and you can stroll peacefully for hours.”
When and How: Two miles that used to be under water until fully filled with dirt in 1882, Newbury Street bears a nickname, “Rodeo Drive of the East,” that seems accurate only in a commercial sense. LA may be hot, but it is this street that feels warm and inviting.