Bye New Paltz. Hello New York City!

It’s mid-March and I can’t believe how fast time flies by. We have been in New Paltz for two months and our time here is coming to an end. It’s a bittersweet feeling but I can’t wait to start a new chapter and live the NYC dream that I have always dreamt of doing.

When I hear the name of New York, my heart is starting to beat a little faster. Walking down the streets of Soho, having a picknick in Central Park or having a late brunch at Chelsea market are just a few things I am looking forward to do.

The streets of New York are filled to the top with energy, creativity and life. Having these things to look forward to makes it easier of saying goodbye to New Paltz and saying hello to New York!

Here are some pictures of us swedes this past weekend. We went to Mohonk preserve. A Sunday funday!

First time in NYC

Two weeks ago we all went to NYC in a trip organized by the University. For me it was the first time that I was going to be in the city so I was pretty excited. Every day has been fun since I arrived to New Paltz, not only because it is a beautiful town but mainly because I am surrounded by the best people ever, and of course this trip was not the exception.

Some of us decided to stay for one night and this gave us the opportunity to go to The Grand Central Station, walk through 5th Avenue, do a lot of shopping in Times Square, have some dinner in a nice restaurant and to enjoy the nightlife. Can’t wait to be living in the City it’s just amazing all the things you can do…seems like two months are not going to be enough.

New York!

Hello blog!

Today is exactly three weeks ago since my first time in New York. I thought I’d celebrate by posting a few pictures

NEW YORK CITY

The second weekend of our stay here we took a bus trip New York City. We stayed at a great little hostel and explored the city and the nightlife.

First day in New York City

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Yesterday we arrived in New York City!
The place where we live is a lot smaller than the place where we used to live (Super 8), but I don’t think we will spend too much time in our room. New York it is too exciting to stay at home! There are so many things to do! And we are going to work full time from Monday to Friday.

We live in the Upper West Side of Manhattan. The area is nice and here are many pubs, restaurants, and shops around here.

Yesterday we went to buy few things to personalize our rooms such as carpets, lamps, mirrors, etc. In each floor there are 9 double rooms and 3 bathrooms. In each room there are sheets, blankets, and towels, but some of us bought new ones to feel more “at home”. In the basement we have a kitchen and an area with washing machines and dryers.

Tomorrow it is our first day at work. My internship is at Gyro. It is a Marketing Agency in Chelsea. I look forward!

New York Chocolate Show

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I have been searching for the most important events in New York because I think it would be good to attend one of those events when we are living in NYC.

I really love chocolate so I find this event very interesting.

It is called ‘New York Chocolate Show’ and it is the largest show completely dedicated to chocolate in all its forms in the United States. Considered the chocolate hub of North America, the Chocolate Show celebrates its 15th Anniversary in 2012.
On 4,000 sq. of exhibition, this event hosts more than 15,000 visitors, journalists and professionals with some 150 participants.

The best chocolatiers and pastry chefs from America and abroad gather together to present their savoir-faire and talent to the public. The Chocolate Show is also dotted with special events, celebrations and performances like:

• Culinary Theaters – Live Demos by top chefs.
• Bookstore – Meet the authors live.
• Kids Zone.
• 2011 Chocolate Show Demonstrations Recipes.

The New York Chocolate Show will take place at:
Metropolitan Pavilion
125 West 18th Street (between 6th and 7th Avenues)
New York, NY 10011

Friday, November 9 – Saturday, November 10, 2012: 10:00 am – 7:00 pm
Sunday, November 11, 2012: 10:00 am – 6:00 pm

I would like to go; the only bad thing is that you have to pay a $40-dollar ticket.

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.

My first days in New York City

My first days in New York City

I arrived in New York City few days before the start of the IIB program because I wanted to orient myself in the city. My flight landed in the late afternoon and this allowed me to have a wonderful view on the city by night.
Especially I would like to suggest to visit the Museum of Modern Art and the Metropolitan Museum of Art and to go on the top of the Rockefeller Center or of the Empire State Building.