Every day that goes by, I feel like I learn something about this wonderful area.

I am a close neighbor to the SouthCoast, but just far enough away to be a foreigner. I come from a small town in Rhode Island, and I know it like the back of my hand, but it’s time to broaden my horizons and immerse myself in the culture of the SouthCoast.

I know I haven’t even scratched the service of what this community has to offer, and that excites me because what I’ve seen so far is rather enticing. First of all, the food does not disappoint. From the French toast at Tia Maria’s to the gigantic burritos at Frontera Grille, my taste buds couldn’t be happier. I recently tried fish and chips and was blown away by the size and the flavor, so I wasn’t surprised to discover that cod is the state fish.

I got a chance to walk around downtown New Bedford with Michael Rock, and his passion for the area was obvious. He gushed about its history and how it’s home to the richest fishing port in the U.S. We walked past the Whaling Museum when a gigantic squid latched onto the frame of the building caught my eye. Visiting the museum is definitely on my bucket list.

From the food to the history, I am fascinated. I can’t wait to experience things like the Feast of the Blessed Sacrament and uncover even more fascinated street art that I have yet to find. The SouthCoast is a mecca of culture, entertainment, and history, and I can’t wait to learn it all.

With the help of Michael and Gazelle and some personal traveling, here are seven things I didn’t know about the SouthCoast that I’m proud to know about now:

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