Field trips are an amazing part of doing Geography at Queen Mary and last March, I was fortunate to participate in the one to Boston. The field trip was a compulsory component of the ‘GEG5125/GEG6125 Boston Reworked: The Making of A North American City’ module. The purpose of the trip was to examine this city’s interesting history as a revolutionary and an industrial city, as well as learning about it being a biotech city. The city has a very rich and amazing history- it was at the forefront of American political, economic and social change. The history is evident EVERYWHERE in Boston- they seem very proud of their past.
We visited many museums, explored many of Boston’s famous neighborhoods, walked heritage trails including The Freedom Trail, and spoke to many experts who were happy to answer all of our questions. We also went to Harvard and MIT University, which were very impressive! During our free time, I shopped, did some more sightseeing, went on a tour of the famous Fenway Park, ate a lot and then shopped some more! The trip was very educational but another great aspect was the fact that there was so much group work, and I learnt a lot from the third years and our lecturers!
Furthermore, the whole group (teachers included) went to Eagle’s Deli, a restaurant featured in Man vs. Food. If you have watched this programme, you would already know by now that it involves a food challenge! Their ‘Eagle Challenge’ consists of six lbs. of burger, twenty-four pieces of bacon, twenty-four pieces of cheese, five lbs. of chips and one deli pickle. Obviously, one of the students tried to attempt this challenge, which had to be eaten in one hour. He gave it a good shot, but he was defeated. On the plus side, it was a great way to bond with everyone on the trip! Although some days were absolutely freezing (it nearly snowed on our last day), the experience was amazing. At the end of the trip, two friends and I went to the Big Apple- New York! If this module is available to you in your second or third year at Queen Mary, I highly recommend it! You’ll learn a lot whilst having so much fun with memories and people that will stay with you forever.