Things to Do in Quincy, MA

Things to Do in Quincy, MA

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Recently, I've moved to Quincy, Massachusetts. I was skeptical of moving here at first because I've always seen Quincy as like a "mini-city" comparing it to Boston. Don't get me wrong, I love Boston and Quincy, but being in a city seems like it would be too busy for me. Quincy actually has that feel to it where you're close enough to the city but you're not actually in it. Here are some of my favorite things to do in Quincy so far, and also some things I'm dying to check out while I'm here.

1. Quincy Quarries

Located near the Granite Links golf course, the Quincy Quarries used to be these big quarries full of water back in the day now it is all filled in with grass and the giant rocks. The quarries consist of rocks covered in artwork and graffiti. If you're looking for a new place to hike and looking for views of, not just the quarries, but of some great art work too, they are a must see.

2. Wollaston Beach

Wollaston beach is not the best beach for swimming, but it definitely is a beach with a view. Sit on the sand and watch the planes fly into Boston or take your boat out into the water from their beautiful yacht club. In the summer time, one of my favorite things to do is enjoy some seafood and ice-cream from the restaurants near the shore, The Clam Box and The Ice Box.

3. Granite Links

If you're in to golf, you'll love Granite Links golf course. Play a few rounds with a view of the Boston Skyline in the background and even enjoy some fine dining at their beautiful restaurant on the hill.

4. Marylou's Coffee

The infamous Marylou's coffee shop has a few locations in Massachusetts but one of them would be in Quincy on Willard Street. Marylou's is most known for it's hot pink store and it's creativity when it comes to coffee and frozen drinks like the "Oreo cookie monster". If you're not feeling coffee, you can try their red-bull infusion drinks as well which come in a variety of flavors.

5. Marina Bay

Marina Bay is beautiful area where you can sit and watch the boats come in, or shop amongst the stores, take a nice stroll along the board walk, or sit down for dinner. The pictures of Marina Bay are so incredibly beautiful so I cannot wait to experience this for myself.

6. Adam's National Historical Park

Take a dip in to the history of not just Massachusetts, but the background of our country's leaders through this historical park.

7. Take the T in to the city

With multiple red line stops, it is super easy to grab a train in to the city of Boston. With the night life and so many things to do, being this close to the city without actually being in the city is quite nice.

Cover Image Credit: Richard Batista Quincy

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Finding Happiness In A Trip Back To The Motherland

A state of being only becomes once we set our minds to it.

We all crave happiness. We seem to find happiness as though it’s a unique object to be discovered and treasured. We are constantly riding the journey to attach this state of being to tangible objects.

However, being back in the motherland provided me with a different perspective.

One of my favorite cities in India is Mumbai. As my sister is getting engaged in Chennai, my family and I decided to make a stop at Mumbai before heading to the extravagant ceremony. It had been more than 10 years since I visited the city of Bollywood and I was thrilled to return to this beautiful city.

As I set foot on the road outside the airport, I smelled the crisp air that was unique to the city. Seeing the unbeatable traffic, hearing everyone honk their car horns, and witnessing the motorcycles drive in a zigzag manner, I was reminded of the civilians' comfort with the lack of structure and organization.

We were fighting our jetlag as we stepped out to explore the city and devour in authentic Indian food. The buildings seemed old and the roads were filled with objects I was unable to identify but I sensed the same invigorating energy I felt about a decade ago. The breeze blew my hair and men sold fresh coconut water on every other street we turned. These small aspects seemed to draw big smiles on my face.

When we reached the lobby of our hotel, the staff members wore traditional white and golden sarees and veshtis in the spirit of Pongal, a festival celebrated in the southern part of India. The chefs had a different menu consisting of Southern Indian delicacies in light of the festival. I was surprised to see local Mumbaikars celebrating festivals and embracing cultures from different parts of India.

Although we covered a majority of the places in our itinerary, my heart sank as we headed back to the airport. Sitting in the plane and departing the beautiful city made me realize the pure essence of happiness.

Happiness can be found anywhere. No matter where we are or what we are surrounded by, being happy stems from within.

We carry the emotion of joy in our hearts no matter where we set our foot in this world. It’s simply due to our ability to channel that specific emotion we claim ourselves to be happy and radiate positivity.

Our happy endings are destined to occur if we set our minds to it.

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Be Respectful, Always, Especially At A Place Of Reflection

It’s not your right to be able to experience these places, but a privilege.

A couple weeks ago, my mom and I toured all over Berlin, Germany. We saw amazing art and shopped a lot, but mostly we learned about the history of Germany. There is so much to learn about Germany, and it’s incredible to have been at the site where so much happened. I had such a wonderful time while in Berlin; however, I was disappointed to see how disrespectful some people were being while visiting these sites.

At the Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe, there are large blocks of many sizes and different paths to walk through. The site is similar to a maze, where you get lost in it and have a hard time getting out because there are gates and multiple paths on a huge space of land. The memorial is up for interpretation, but to me, I saw it as each block resembling one of the Jews killed.

Each block being a different size showed that they were all different, but the one thing they had in common was being Jewish. While I was at the memorial, I was disgusted to see people stepping and standing on the blocks. This was a memorial for Jews who were MURDERED, and people were stepping on them. To me, this was massively disrespectful, and I was honestly embarrassed to be near these people.

Underneath the Memorial, there was an exhibit where each person held a remote and listened to a speaker. Each room had different videos, pictures, maps, and words related to the Holocaust. One of the rooms, called the Room of Names, showed a name on the wall while the person's story was explained. The room was (mostly) silent, besides the speaker. When I was in the Room of Names, I was shocked to see a group of people on their phones chatting and laughing while playing games. I found it inappropriate to be on a cell phone in the exhibit, as well as laughing in such a serious space.

The East Side Gallery, a memorial for freedom, is a long piece of the Berlin Wall, decorated and painted in different sections. Each section portrays a different picture/painting of something representing freedom to the artists. Many sections were vandalized, and I found one to be extremely disturbing. A person wrote about Donald Trump over a piece of artwork. Vandalism is never OK, especially at a place with such an important history. Seeing this really bothered me because the fact that it’s in English and is talking about my president makes it likely that this person is from America. This could give off that American tourists are disrespectful and ungrateful for their freedoms, and I don’t want to be associated with that.

The Jewish Museum was set up very strategically so that on the bottom floor one axis had information on the walls about exile in Berlin, and the other axis was all about the Holocaust. The top floor had an exhibit about Jerusalem. At the end of the Holocaust axis, there was a room with thousands of metal pieces shaped like faces on the ground. Each face represented one of the thousands of Jews who had died. People were walking through the piece and stepping on the faces. Although many were kids, there were adults as well, with full knowledge of what they were doing.This seemed absurd to me, being that those are representing real people, and they should not be walked all over like they once were.

One of the most important parts of my trip was going to the Sachsenhausen Concentration Camp. Although most of the camp had to be rebuilt since the war, it was set up to look the same and to give visitors a feel of what it was like to be there at the time. Being there was so surreal and so heartbreaking. Visiting a concentration camp is not supposed to be a fun activity. It’s a very sad experience but so important. In my tour group, there was one family in particular that stood out as not taking this experience as seriously as needed. During the tour, this family was smoking and throwing cigarettes on the ground. We were at a concentration camp, not a garbage dump. They also took pictures of each other smiling in the different rooms and areas we were shown. They took pictures constantly, which was not only distracting, but disturbing to see that they were smiling in the photos. Being at Sachsenhausen, I thought it disturbing to photograph most of it, especially the absolutely horrible stuff.

Getting to experience so many amazing and educational places in Berlin was truly life changing. We are lucky that people take the time to put together amazing places where we are able to learn about history and how the world came to be the way it is today. Reading about these events in a book does not compare to seeing them firsthand, and there’s always something more to be learned. When visiting important places such as these, remember to be respectful. It’s not your right to be able to experience these places, but a privilege.

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