On the Brown Low: Taking a Much Needed Break

Where I (Lily) went for break and where we both wish we were right now.

Ever wonder what there is to do once you step off Brown’s campus? Curious about what Providence has to offer? On the Brown Low will be your faithful guide! Be sure to check in every week with us, Lily Hartmann and Brianna Lambert, to find out about the best spots around Providence and Rhode Island!

The snow has finally (almost) melted, birds happily chirp away, and the wind carries with it the promise of sunny days and happy times. Even though it may not seem like it in Providence right now, that can only mean one thing: spring is here, and of course, spring break along with it. This time around, both Lily and Brianna stuck out the cold on the east coast. Find out what we did after the break!

I (Brianna) spent the first few days of break visiting a friend who goes to Wellesley College and exploring the Boston-Cambridge area. Getting to Boston is fairly easy, since Brown is only a fifteen minute walk from the commuter train that will take you from Providence to Boston. I really like Boston and Cambridge. They have a much different feel from Providence, as things (and people) seem to move a bit faster in a sense and there is a lot going on all at once. My friend and I got to go to the Museum of Science, the Boston Public Library, which is ridiculously gorgeous, and spend way too much money in Harvard Square.

The remainder of the week I was back at Brown. I didn’t get off campus too much (I spent a lot of time sleeping and watching TV. Oops). I did, however, go to Eastside Marketplace, a grocery store near campus, because the dining halls were closed during break, and I had to feed myself. I really love going grocery shopping, so taking the trip down there was pretty fun for me. It was the first time I actually went grocery shopping for real food (not junk food) by myself. Silly as it may seem, it made me feel a bit more like an adult, especially since I had planned out my meals for the entire week and had a killer shopping list.

I (Lily) escaped the cold for my break and headed to Florida with my mom for a few days. The Vitamin D, warm water, and lack of meetings was exactly what I needed that week. I still returned to campus a couple days before the end of break to try and catch up on work, and of course, who wouldn’t want to return to even more snow. But fortunately, I ended my week with one of the most wonderful experiences I have had at Brown/living in Providence so far.

The Saturday before break ended I attended the first birthday party for the baby of the family I work with for BRYTE (Brown Refugee Youth Tutoring and Enrichment program). I’ve been with this family for about two years now and attending this birthday was a marker of how far my relationship with them has come and an incredible testament to the work that BRYTE does. (See my other posts or shoot me an email to find out how much I love this organization) The party was held at the Southside Cultural Center – also a really cool space in South Providence that is home to the Providence Improv Guild (PIG). PIG creates a space for local and regional improv comedians to practice what they love and they put on really affordable shows for people in Providence! They have classes, workshops, shows and even free workshops for teens and children. My friend has been a part of PIG this semester and has really loved the chance to find a new comedy community outside of Brown. Check out their website if you want to give improv in Providence a try.

Check in with us again next week to read more about spring will bring to our adventures in Providence!

Lily & Brianna

Curious about something in Providence that we haven’t covered? Shoot either Brianna or me an email (lily_hartmann@brown.edu or brianna_lambert@brown.edu) and let us know what we should explore in our next post.


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