Water Street Market

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One of my favorite spots in New Paltz is a place called Water Street Market, located on Main Street by the corner of Historic Huguenot Street and Water Street. It’s a small picturesque shopping village that consists of 20 boutiques and restaurants.

You can find a treat for every sense; shops are offering a wide range of antiques, arts, and food. It’s a place where you can stroll and relax in a calm and cozy atmosphere, with a touch of Hudson Valley. You can for example take a fresh-roasted coffee at The Mudd Puddle Café, play chess by the water fountain, find beautiful hand-made jewelry at Eden, discover the finest cheese and other gourmets at The Cheese Plate, admire the best of regional art at Unison Gallery & Sculpture Garden, make a real bargain at Antique Barn, and stop by Moxie Cupcake to eat delicious cupcakes made of fair-trade products. But, the place I like the most is Candy Candy, where they have a large selection of bulk candy. Bulk candy is very popular in Sweden (where I’m from), while the popularity of pick’n mix candy doesn’t seem to be that big in the States – explaining my surprise and happiness over this finding. You can also find a small choice of licorice in the store, which is one of my favorite flavors of candy.

All together, Water Street Market is a must to visit when you’re in New Paltz.

Road trip to Canada

This week we had a long weekend so three of us chose to drive to Niagara Falls and Toronto, Canada. We rented a car and booked a hotel close to Niagara Falls and hit the road. It’s about 5 to 7 hour drive from New Paltz, but it doesn’t feel like it driving on American roads. The roads in America are wider than the roads in Europe and with little help of music and nice conversations the time just flew away. On our whey to Canada we stopped in Albany and got familiar with the town, took some pictures, and ate dinner before we continued. We arrived to Niagara Falls, NY at night so we got to experience the waterfalls from the American side at night before we crossed the boarders to Canada.

Niagara Falls is a place that can’t be explained, it’s a place that must be experienced. There is the never ending falls and the town that looks like a movie set. We bought a “Niagara Falls experience package” where we could explore every part of the falls. My favorite thing we did was Maid of the Mist, the boat that goes in the middle of the falls, water splashing everywhere it was a good thing that we put on plastic ponchos. The other activities we also experience was, walking beside the falls, see the falls from behind, and a 4D movie.

The second we drove to Toronto, it’s about 1 hour and 20 minutes from Niagara Falls, a big city on the seaside. We mostly walked around and went up to the SN Tower.

On the drive back to New Paltz after a satisfying weekend in Canada, we wanted to visit some big cities in New York so we visited Buffalo and had some Buffalo wings and after that we stopped Rochester and looked around before we drove back home.

Rosh Hashanah

I was curious about what Rosh Hashanah is and I have done a little research about it.

Is the jewish new year,is the new year for people, animals, and legal contracts.
The name means “Head of the Year” is observed for two days beginning on 1 Tishrei, the first day of the Jewish year. It is the anniversary of the creation of Adam and Eve, the first man and woman, and their first actions toward the realization of mankind’s role in G‑d’s world.

Rosh Hashanah occurs 163 days after the first day of Passover (Pesach).

The Yamim Nora’im are preceded by the month of Elul, during which Jews are supposed to begin a self-examination and repentance, a process that culminates in the ten days of the Yamim Nora’im known as beginning with Rosh Hashanah and ending with the holiday of Yom Kippur.

In this days the people used to eat special food like apples and honey, to symbolize a sweet new year. Other foods with a symbolic meaning may be served, such as the head of a fish (to symbolize the “head” of the year).

I think is good to know more about other countries traditions and is important to make a comparison between these traditions and our own tradition.

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How to prepare for an interview

Everybody here at the IIB program need to prepare for an internship interview, follow the list and you will be well prepared!

1. Write a Resume. The resume should only be one page and you should just write those experience that are related for the job you are applying for- so not your life’s story. The layout should be clean and without a picture. See how in the picture slide!

2. Well, the first thing that you could do is to be sure that you have the right clothes for the interview. Here in the U.S they have a strict dresscode for the interview. Although some of us have been to interviews and felt quite overdressed. If you are a women you should wear a knee long skirt, a blouse, jacket and pumps. And if you are a man, a suit of course!

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3. You have to prepare for the questions that the interviewer will ask you. We got a booklet with different questions, “Tell me about your self”, “What is your strengths/ weakness?”, “Tell me about your last job” and “Why do you want an internship at our company?” etc. It’s good to be prepared! And it’s good to look up different words that you might use to sound more professional in the interview.

4. When you know which company you are going to you should read about the company. Google it!

5. Now should you be prepared so:  Good Luck!

A Manhattan Weekend!

Every other weekend we seem to travel somewhere. This weekend the 17 of us split up and while some went to Canada or Boston I was one of those who went to Manhattan.

We arrived to Manhattan on Friday evening, ready to hit the first rooftop bar. It had an amazing view and I, who haven’t been on a rooftop bar before, was stunned.

Saturday we decided to explore Midtown Manhattan. Well okay, explore might be an exaggeration as we went shopping all day.. A not so student-friendly way of exploring Manhattan I would say. The evening ended in a similar way to the night before. We ate dinner and went to another rooftop bar called Le Bain.

Sunday was a perfect day for walking (again). So we went the opposite direction from the day before and headed towards East Village. East Village is, according to me, the best place in Manhattan. When you’re walking the streets there, you feel almost like home. In comparison to Times Square, with all the tourists and high buildings, East Village has a slower pace with a lot of vintage stores, and cozy cafes.

20.00 pm it was time for us to take the bus home to New Paltz..

…..Now I really need to get back to my studies. First exam is only 1 ½ weeks away from now.

Long Weekend!

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So here it is! another long weekend in New Paltz just one week after our first long weekend, and I love it 🙂 and actually it will coincide with a very mexican festive day!

September 16 it’s independence day in Mexico, and I think it is proper to say it is our most important festive day, because we celebrate our independence from the Spanish empire in the XIX century! In every town in Mexico there’s a party because of this, this year we will honor 202 years of independence; I’m gonna be missing home this weekend !!

But I thing I wont worry that much because Karen and I are going to Boston for the weekend, trying to take advantage of the 4 days off we have from school to get to know every big city we can; the past long weekend was Washington, now Boston, I’m very excited about it! So I think I wont even have time to miss the mexican parties, or maybe we will celebrate it our way in Boston, who knows!

Also some of our friends will be going to Toronto and some other to NYC, so I’m sure there will be a lot of things to talk about next week 😉 hope everybody has a great weekend and take a lot of pictures!

Sport facilities on campus

We all were a little bit worried about gaining some weight when stepping into the American food culture. The good thing though is that there are a lot of different sport facilities located on campus. Here’s a map and info about them:

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Athletic & Wellness Center

• A 1,800-seat basketball arena (Hawk Center)
• A six-lane, 25-yard swimming pool (Elting Pool)
• Athletic offices
• An athletic training room
• A dance studio
• Locker/shower facilities
• Multi-purpose rooms
• Four racquetball courts
• A strength & conditioning room

Alumni Field (Soccer)

Turf Field (Field Hockey/Lacrosse)

Loren Campbell Memorial Field (Baseball)

Mary Gray Deane Field (Softball)

North Tennis Courts

Where we live?

We have been talking about our trips and other cities but we don’t know alot about New Paltz.
I think New Paltz is a pretty village and it has a lot of art places, the State University of New York is one of the most important things in New Paltz.

New Paltz was founded since 1678.
The village has a total area of 1.8 square miles (4.6 km²), of which, 1.7 square miles (4.5 km²) of it is land and 0.04 square miles (0.1 km²) of it (1.70%) is water.
The Wallkill River runs north along the western border of New Paltz.
In 2010 New Paltz had an population of 6,818 habitants.

New Paltz is a college village, the people is very kind, the streets are very nice and the houses are colorful. There are a lot of nice restaurants with a kitsch style and delicious food.

On sunday we were walking around the main street and we found some people singing in the streets, many hippie stores and also The New Paltz farmer’s market.

The principal attractions in New Paltz are: Mohonk Mountain House, Mohonk Preserve, Ulster Tourism and of course all the places in the main street.

I found something interesting about the name of New Paltz:
The name of the town is derived from the Palatinate, or “Rhineland Pfalz,” which refers to the area along the Rhine River in Germany around Mannheim and Heidelberg, where the town’s founders sought temporary refuge from religious persecution. Early town documents show many variants of this term, including “The Pfalz,” The New Paltz,” and the French, “Nouveau Palatinat.

Curious note: In the television show Supernatural, Sam and Dean visit New Paltz in the episode entitled “Provenance”, which is about a haunted antique painting.

So I hope this information help us to learn more about New Paltz and if you know something else about it don’t hesitate in share it here!

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Concepts in Federal Income Tax

One of the four courses I’m taking is concepts in federal income tax with Dr. Don Furman. Coming from another country with a completely different tax system and different tax law system you can’t feel anything but lost when it comes to the American taxes. The course is very interesting and Dr. Don Furman is very good in what his teaching and with keeping the subject interesting, (even though everybody thinks that taxes are boring.)

So far in this course I have learned a few important things: YOU can’t do your own taxes, it’s too complex. One example is to try choosing the right tax form, you can choose all three of them but the explanation is; the least complex tax form is 1040EZ, the 1040A is more complex than 1040EZ, and the 1040 is more complex than 1040A. Any person would pick up the phone and call an accountant to fix the taxes.

If you don’t know how much you own to the IRS pay more or else the penalty fees will stack up.

Confusing fact everybody has rights to deduction but for different amounts depending on your relationship status OK, but here comes the confusing part if you are over 65 and/or are blind you can claim an additional deduction. I can understand the part over 65 but the question is why blind and not other disabilities it doesn’t make any sense why other disabilities can’t claim an additional deduction? If somebody knows why please tell me.

The most important rule to think about is that taxes are due April 15 each year; it means that taxes are going to be paid to the IRS regardless of extensions that you get.

If my stay in America would be longer I would have taken some more tax courses because it is interesting to learn how it works in the States. The course is confusing and fun at the same time I recommend it for people who seek some tax adventures.