“I think one of the greatest things about Lowell is that it really is the hidden gem within a small state like Massachusetts. Of course we are known for the divine history that is the city of Boston, but to me I feel like Lowell has so much that I kind of like this elusive personality which causes some people to think otherwise. If you walk through the streets all around Downtown Lowell, you will see all of the urban change that has been taken place to this date. Lowell has its own rich culture and I am very proud to be a part of it, even though I live 20 minutes away from the actual city of Lowell. If I were to take someone around Lowell, I would definitely try to take them to the following:
1) Sen Monorom Restaurant: I recently started going to this place more frequently in my college years, and this is one restaurant within Lowell that never ceases to amaze. To me, this is the undisputed king of Khmer restaurant in the area, and it’s not just because their portions are massive, but the quality is equally amazing. I won’t go too deep into a Yelp styled review, because you can always judge for yourself on the net.
2) Downtown Lowell: As I stated before, Downtown Lowell is really booming. There are a ton of mom and pop shops you can visit and vibrant culture. You really get a sense of what a “melting pot” is once you step into this area. It has everything you want and has been rapidly changing in the past few years.
3) Merrimack River: I can’t tell you how many times I have spent my days at the Merrimack. It’s a great place to enjoy a peaceful walk or simply people watch. The breeze is calm and gentle. My dad used to take me here when I was younger, and he would just lie down by the steps that would lead into the water.”
Solomon Say, 22
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