"Boston may be your hometown but we claim it, too. It's one of America's iconic cities. It's one of the world's greatest cities. And one of the reasons the world knows Boston so well is that Boston opens its heart to the world." - President Obama

When I met travelers abroad and told them that I was from Boston they instantly cringed. Some offered apologies, others talked politics and, as expected, the conspiracy theorists gave their two-cents.

My anxiety was at an all time high, having just left Boston, and the topic was unavoidable.

Without having to say a word, Bostonians spoke for all of us in the way they reacted to the marathon bombings. Our family, friends, neighbors & coworkers rushed the scene to help in any way possible. Our doctors & nurses worked tirelessly to save the lives of victims, many of whom gave thanks and continued to look at the bright side of the situation (even in the aftermath of such trauma). We mourned loss together, regardless of race, religion or ethnicity. Our residents didn't make a fuss when the community went into a lockdown. And during my favorite moments, the entire city rallied in peaceful celebration.

And get this - we continued to run! For the love of competition, charity & everything we believe in.

My Cousin, Sherri, running for The Alzheimer's Association.

You can read more about this marathon on Sherri's Blog, Fun Fit Flavor!

If anyone wonders what the definition of 'Boston Strong' truly is, it's all of these moments combined.

If the rest of the world couldn't point out Boston out on a map, they certainly can now.

Here are some things you may not have known -

Why so many names?

Beantown - A nickname given to the city for it's overabundance of the molasses, made from sugar traded from the West Indies, that contributed to the early colonial obsession with Boston Baked Beans. The dish is no longer popular in the area and restaurants rarely serve it as a specialty, yet we still use the name.

Cradle of Modern America - Boston played a huge role in the creation of this nation. Events like the Revolution - sparking the Boston Tea Party of 1773, changed American history forever. While more recent projects like the Big Dig are signs of future growth and development.

The Hub - In a novel he wrote in 1958, Cambridge-born author and philosopher Oliver Wendell Holmes described the Massachusetts State House as "The Hub of the Solar System." As a society in Boston developed, the nickname stuck.

What is Boston really known for?

The Walking City

Boston is made up of (mostly) small, safe neighborhoods, linked by excellent public transportation. The city is full of young professionals and students who don't bother keeping a car because it would take twice as long as the train (better known as The T) or the bus.

 

Seafood

The best time to visit Boston is in the summer because of the seafood. Cold water fish just taste better! Yesterday we dined at Legal Harborside on the South Boston waterfront. We enjoyed local oysters with white wine & for main courses my Mom chose the swordfish salad and my sister and I went for the grilled fish tacos with fried plantains.

If you haven't dined in Boston, skip all of this and go directly to Faneuil Hall for the infamous 'clam chowdah' in a bread bowl. My brother would gladly fly form Los Angeles to Boston just for that meal.

 

Sports

Boston is home to more than 60 colleges and universities & boasts some of the best sports teams in the country, so it's no wonder our city has sports bars on every corner. Whether it's the Patriots, Red Sox, Celtics or Bruins (who are currently dominating the NHL Conference Finals) if a game is on everyone is watching.

Night Life

For a small (by American standards) city, you can still find what you're looking for in terms of fun. Sports bars, nightclubs, live music (cover bands or touring professionals), museums, fashion, art, etc.

Cape Cod & The Islands

South Yarmouth, MA
Truro Sunset

There are 4 distinct seasons in New England and our Summers pass much too quickly. It's near impossible to drive over the Bourne Bridge and onto Cape Cod without hitting enough traffic to make you want to pee your pants. Why do we do it? Because it's worth it! You can stay on the Cape OR take a ferry over to Martha's Vineyard or Nantucket.

Whether you charter a boat to catch blue fish, wade in the tide pools to catch crabs and hum to perry winkles or simply bask in the sun all day before grabbing a lobster roll at a food shack, the Cape is a little slice of heaven on earth.

Whichever beach town you choose, I recommend renting a bicycle to get around. Make sure it has a basket for your towel and sunscreen!

Plymouth, MA

I could go on for days about this, but this immensely biased post gives you an idea of why we love our city.

If you want to know more, come see for yourself!