Boston Local Customs

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  • 1. Speaking Bostonian

    Visitors from outside of New England are often confounded by local pronunciations, especially of Massachusetts cities and towns. Here’s a guide that’ll help you sound like a local: City:...

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  • 2. Interacting with the Bostonian

    Humor always depends on the language and the culture of the people. There are little nuggets of insight into the Bostonian's humor even if you don't speak to them. Keep your eyes open. This tiny...

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  • 3. Tipping

    a guide in tipping in boston for hotels: Hotel porter toting your bags: $2 to $3 per bag Doorman if he hails your cab: $2 to $5 Room service without gratuity included: 20 percent Concierge: $5 to...

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  • 4. Eating & Drinking in Boston

    Boston is known as a famous Seafood City in New England and there are an abundance of assorted fishes and crustaceans which you can eat and various cooking styles to cook it, but easily the most...

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  • 5. Old Hancock Beacon & Weather Forecast

    When walking around in Boston, to get the weather forecast all you have to do is look at the light on the Old John Hancock building. There is a poem that can tell you how to decode the...

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  • 6. Boston Red Sox vs. Yankees

    Yup. Its true. Like everywhere you go there are fans of teams that are smart and know the game and then those that are just plain mor-ons. Most Boston fans fall into the mor-on category. These idiots...

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  • 7. Boston Sports

    Since 1965, every October in Cambridge, MA celebrates The Head of the Charles regatta. This is a Rowing competition on the Charles River and draws a huge crowd. How huge? It is held the same day as...

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  • 8. Holidays and Festivals

    I was hosted in Boston by my Italian friends, who happen to have only Italian or Hispanic friends!! Therefore, there was an interesting mix of cultures during our Easter lunch. First off, for us...

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  • 9. Religion

    HOLY TRINITY CHURCH, BOSTON, MA. was founded in 1844, as a "National Church". A Catholic typically belongs to the parish closest to where he or she lives. Not so with a "National Church". Any Catholic...

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  • 10. Politics

    I won't get into politics, nor their arguments frequently. My family is split on so many issues that some of us delicately tiptoe around the issues such that we don't alientate or offend the others in...

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  • 11. Parking Etiquette

    Parking in Boston is at a premium. During a snowstorm, you will often see an empty space with a chair or some other object sitting there. This is our way of saving a space that we spent hours in the...

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  • 12. History

    I hope you all enjoy this story and lesser known piece of historic trivia as much as I did when it was told to me. To the left of the New State House is a solitary statue of a true Boston Patriot. He...

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  • 13. Boston Rock

    Boston have its long history of almost all, but for me it will always be these few things: The Boston Celtics Basketball team (Check my sports tip.) And some rock music from Boston. The legendary...

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  • 14. The Beantown Faux Pas

    You may think it's clever to call Boston by its nickname, "Beantown". The name probably came from one of the popular local favorite, baked beans, back in colonial days. Nowadays, noone around here...

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  • 15. Public Demonstrations

    While we were walking in Boston Common several supporters of Scott Brown asked us to vote for him. My wife explained we were New Yorkers and had no say in the politics of Massachusetts but wished her...

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  • 16. Cinema

    The Embassy Cinema is a comparatively cool cinema. Featuring a mix of independent film, foreign language cinema and Hollywood favorites and is close to many restaurants in Moody St. Parking is free...

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  • 17. Starbucks Boston Coffee Mugs

    I rarely collect Starbucks Coffee Mugs during my travels but on a visit to Boston, I felt the need to buy one and you can buy starbucks coffee mugs with the...

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  • 18. Cheers Shot Glasses (Bull and Finch Bar)

    feel free to buy the assorted touristy stuff like key chains, ref magnets, shot glass, beer mugs, t-shirts and a lot more in their souvenir shops located beside...

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  • 19. Cheers Fridge Magnets (Bull and Finch Bar)

    Beacon Hill is the setting for the Iconic Cheers TV Series and they even had a large party in 1993 here when the series ended in 1993 which was star studded but...

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  • 20. Boston Fridge Magnets

    I must buy my favorite souvenir items like the shot glasses and the fridge magnets and off course, being in a touristy town and being part of the boston loop...

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  • 21. Boston Shot Glasses

    the most famous and Historic City of Boston and being here, I must buy my favorite souvenir items like the shot glasses and the fridge magnets and off course,...

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  • 22. Backyard Barbecue

    A common tradition in Boston, as well as much of the rest of the USA, is the holiday backyard barbecue. On long weekends such as Memorial Day, Independence Day,...

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  • 23. Sam Adams

    A brewer and a patriot! Sam Adams is the largest American owned brewery, and they brew some outstanding beers, including their flagship brand, Boston Lager. The...

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  • 24. Restaurant Week

    Want a way to try out some of Boston's hottest restaurants without breaking the bank. During Restaurant Week (which is actually two weeks, one in winter and one...

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  • 25. The Big Dig

    When in Boston, you will probably hear someone talking about the Big Dig. This is the largest construction project in the history of the US. It started in 1991...

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The accent, the sports, the chowder, the beer... Boston is rather unique as US cities go.  In general, Bostonians are more reserved and less outgoing than most Americans, but can be very...

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