Recently I took a break from working and was enjoying being on the Rose Kennedy Greenway. As I was walking back to the Market, a gentleman from Texas stopped me and asked for directions to Quincy Market. As I was heading in that general direction, I suggested we walk together until I could visually point him to the area. We chatted about his reason be being in Boston; he was here for business. He continued to tell me how much he had fallen in love with Boston. Even though he was aware of the history origins of the area, he was in awe with the depth of history surrounding every corner. He loved the diverse culture. And loved the friendliness of the Bostonians. This always makes my heart feel good as I try to go out of my way to be welcoming, trying to debunk the reputation that we are not. He told me he would definitely be returning with his family.
As we approached the corner of Hanover and Congress Streets, I pointed out City Hall plaza, the Holocaust Memorial Site, the Custom Tower in the distant, and Faneuil Hall. Being a former early American history teacher, I could give him the quick history synopsis of what we were seeing.
I asked him if he had been into the Boston Public Market. He was fascinated that withtin the hub of Boston we have an indoor, year-round market featuring New England farmers, fisheries, and prepared food vendors. Of course I directed him to visit here first. I suggested for a New England experience head first to Red's Best to learn about local fishing industry, Jasper Hill and Appleton Farms for traditional New England cheeses, Red Apple and Union Square for authentic donuts. But of course, he must finish his visit at Corner Stalk Farm. I could tell him all about my environmentally controlled, high tech, urban farm.
As he and I parted, I looked around at the multitude of tourists, residents, and business people swarming through the city. What a very exciting place to be.