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June 23, 2024

Leisure

Leisure is the section where we highlight the intriguing, exciting and all-around fun events and activities happening in Baltimore over the weekend.



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Song and Wang recommend Sherwood Gardens as a beautiful destination for your run.

Tips and tricks for getting into running around Baltimore

Running can be intimidating, especially when you’re in a new place, but it doesn’t have to be! If you want to explore Charm City to its fullest, you have to escape the “Hopkins bubble.” To us, there is no better way to do that than in a pair of running shoes and with a few good friends. 


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Take a break from studying to check out these events in Baltimore this weekend!

Events this weekend (March 3 – 5)

With midterms picking up, it’s important to take some time this weekend to relax and recharge! Check out these events if you’re in need of an entertaining study break. 


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Andersson ordered the Pho Vegetables at Mona's Super Noodle. 

Make sure to check out Mona's Super Noodle in Hampden

After a minor Blue Jay Shuttle confusion, my friend and I arrived at Mona’s Super Noodle just in time for our 7:30 p.m. reservation. It was a Thursday night and every table was taken, save for ours — a good sign. The hostess graciously welcomed us, sat us at the open high-top table and left us to ponder over the menu. 


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Mulani and John describe a weekly ritual that has come to be very important to their group of friends.

Family Dinner night: Found family and healthy rituals

Picture the AMR II communal kitchen: there’s three-day old leftovers in the fridge (not ours), a dirty pot in the sink (also not ours), freshmen flitting in and out to warm up ramen (couldn’t be us) and, finally, seven girls sitting at the table. We all just wanted to try Shirlene’s pasta. 



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The Museum Club at Hopkins will be hosting a day trip to Washington D.C. in the spring. 

Explore the museum scene in and around Baltimore

For people looking for off-campus activities, visiting museums is a great way to explore the city. When many think of museums, the first kind that may come to mind are art museums. Baltimore definitely has a plethora of those — whether you want to stick close to campus and check out the ever-changing exhibits at the Baltimore Museum of Art or explore the Walters Museum in Mount Vernon, Baltimore’s art scene is not lacking. 



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Romantic love isn't the only kind of love to be celebrating this Valentine's Day!

Guide to a non-romantic Valentine's Day

It can only mean one thing when CVS reveals its overwhelming stock of heart-shaped chocolate boxes and multicolored rose bouquets: Valentine’s Day is around the corner. Though we tend to associate Feb. 14 with romantic love, the holiday actually encourages the celebration of love in all of its forms: platonic love, familial love and self-love, to name a few.


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Whether you are more excited for Valentine's Day or the Super Bowl, here are some events to help you enjoy mid-February!

Events this weekend (Feb. 10 – 12)

Happy early Valentine’s Day, Blue Jays! Whether you plan on celebrating with a significant other, best friends or have a solo, self-love weekend, here are some activities you and your loved ones can do this weekend to get in the Valentine’s Day spirit.


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Check out these Blue Jay-recommended spots this Valentine's Day!

Dinner and dessert inspiration for this Valentine's Day!

Whether you are planning on celebrating Valentine’s Day with a significant other or with friends, it’s impossible to ignore the fact that Feb. 14 is rapidly approaching! If you’re still in need of Valentine’s Day plans, you’re in the right place. 


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Narvekar offers tips on how to stick to your New Year's resolutions beyond the month of January.

New year, new (and sustainable!) goals

It’s February, and, as always, some of us are feeling behind on last month’s New Year’s resolutions. Change is hard to make, and it’s an accomplishment to even want to make a change in the first place. Going on social media and seeing everyone else’s goals adds pressure to making the “right” goals or wanting change fast. 



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Trying to read more this semester? Andersson recommends these books.

I read 142 books last year so you don’t have to.

It goes without saying that Hopkins students are busy — and I don’t mean nine-to-five busy, but rather a breed of busy that translates into an overcrowded, color-coded Google calendar with few breaks penciled in. So, as dreamy as an afternoon curled up with a book may sound, finding those spare moments of leisure is hard, and picking out a good book only eats into that already-scarce time.


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Gonzalez shares tips and tricks for making your dorm room an enjoyable space to hang out in.

Settling in: how to make your dorm room feel like a home

Winter break ended this past weekend, forcing us to say goodbye to our families and hometowns. It was time to go back to school. Yet for me, I found myself saying to my parents that I’m excited to go home. Home. I called Hopkins my home. Though classmates cringe at themselves when they accidentally refer to our University as “home,“ I openly embrace this vocabulary.


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From scavenger hunts to live music, check out these activities in Baltimore this weekend!

Events this weekend (Jan. 27 — 29)

Welcome back, Blue Jays! Congratulations on finishing your first week of classes! It’s been a while since we were all together in Baltimore — take this weekend to reconnect with the city at these great events. 


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Narvekar suggests the best study settings for finishing up your semester's work, including local cafe Bird in Hand.

The best study destinations for finals

Happy finals season! If you’re like me, you’ve probably been spending most of your day studying or working on papers. For me, where I work really matters. I try to work in my room as little as possible, simply because I get tired and distracted. As a senior, I think I know all the best study spots by now.


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Gonzalez explores the Baltimore Christmas Village, which satiated her nostalgia for the Christmas market of her childhood.

Experience the holiday magic of the Baltimore Christmas Village

It’s my first holiday season away from home, and I had been feeling homesick for the Christmas Village. Back in Philadelphia, my family and I would sleigh off to Love Park in Center City every year to explore the shops, food and activities of the German-inspired Christmas Village. Despite the finals, papers and long car rides impeding my way before break, the Baltimore Christmas Village at the Inner Harbor gave me the taste of home that I was missing. 


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Keep the holiday fun going all weekend long with markets, festivals and bar crawls happening this weekend!

Events this weekend (Dec. 9 – 11)

You’ve finally made it to the end, Blue Jays! Congratulations on another semester well done. Before you hunker down for finals, check out some of these exciting holiday events. Whether you need to do some gift shopping or bar crawling, there’s plenty to explore.


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Narvekar reviews her top picks for winter drinks in the Baltimore and D.C. area, highlighting the beverages that allowed holiday flavors to shine the brightest.

The best specialty holiday drinks to warm you this winter

When it comes to coffee, I will take any opportunity to try new flavors. It’s not even the caffeine I care about, I just love the taste. Usually, my go-to order will be an iced coffee with oat milk and some brown sugar from Brody cafe (only $1.75 if you bring your own mug!).


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