Turning dreams into plans…

In a blink of an eye everything has become possible…. I’ve always wanted to have the experience of living in an American small college town and at last the time has come. People seem so nice, happy and it’s contagious! Local coffee shops, restaurants and pubs start taking place for laughter and emerging traditions. Super 8 starts feeling like home and the internationals like family. Being open to new cultures is the best thing you can ever do because you grow and learn so much from each other.

This is just the beggining of the perfect experience!

Sharing moments and stories through a cup of hot coffee @CAFEteria

A 180° Change

Twenty days ago I was celebrating New Year’s Eve almost 10.000 miles away from where I am now writing. We were toasting with my family and friends for our good summer and the incredible 110°F we had at that time, planning a trip to the beach for a week and other usual summer activities. I mean, I had to enjoy as much as I could, my summer was only going to last 10 days.

I must say back then I was complaining on the Heat Wave we were suffering, but, as long as I had a swimming pool or the seaside nearby it was good. Now, with -15°F I can’t help regretting all those wishes against weather being that warm.

But this whole change was not all about going from a super hot summer to a freezing winter, that is a small part of it. I also changed my holidays back home to study and work in a foreign country with a pretty different culture. This I think, is the most important part of the change. The one that I am still getting to understand and explore.

The best is still to come. As I heard in a song:

I can’t tell where the journey will end, but I know where to start

Waiting for New York!

It’s almost the end of our adventure in New Paltz and we had a great time during these weeks, but I think that now we all are focused on just one thing: New York City!
I can’t stop to imagine how our next two months will be! I’ve never been in the City before this experience and my first time was few weeks ago: during that trip I discover an amazing place, where I will spend a lot of time, the High Line.
Some days before I left  for the U.S., I was watching television and there was a documentary about Chelsea and the Meatpacking. What I immediately liked the most was  the High Line. So you can imagine how  curious I was to walk in the middle of it. Well, now I can say that that park is more beautiful than I expected. It’s really particular! The rails, the wood benches, the plants all around…there aren’t enough words to describe this place…here are just some photos.

Best part of Manhattan

This weekend most of us went to Manhattan. We had dinner at The Smith in East Village, a really good restaurant. It was quite crowded and noisy but had really great food. If you go there, order the salmon!

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Picture: www.westsiderag.com

But what I really want to recommend is to  take a walk on the lower manhattan. There is a small park called Battery Park and a walk right by the river, with the view of Statue of Liberty, New Jersey on the other side of the river and The 1 World Trade Center behind your back.
We took a walk in the sun, saw some huuuge boats and enjoyed the fresh air.

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Picture: www.bugbog.com

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Picture: www.commons.wikimedia.org

Sipping green tea in an old sofa

Too many changes all at once.

I am now living in an unfamiliar place with 21 strangers who don’t speak my language.

I’m feeling just a tiny bit confused.

Being an incurable introvert, I sometimes feel the need to take a moment for myself, just to organize my thoughts. It’s not that I don’t like the place I’m in or the people I’m with, don’t get me wrong, this experience has by far been incredible, I’m loving every single second. I just feel like having a comforting place where I can go to collect my thoughts and all these new feelings.

And I found that place: it’s the New Paltz Cafeteria.

It’s such an amazing place to study in, or to just chill with your friends. When you walk in, it feels like a familiar place, maybe because of all the old furniture or maybe because somebody is constantly practicing with his guitar right next to the entrance door. The wooden floor creaks with every step, until you reach one of the many sofas in the room, and believe me they’re as old as comfortable, you’ll feel like you’re sitting on a cloud. The lights and music are never too strong or overwhelming, they are just perfect for the atmosphere, letting the harsh light from the outside world peak through the large windows on one side of the room, but not letting any of the noise or worries from the chaos of your everyday life in. You feel like nothing can affect you, while you’re in there.

Can you tell how in love I am with this place?!

So if you’re looking for a relaxing place to lay down your tired bones and sip something hot (or cold) go to the New Paltz Cafeteria, you won’t regret it. I suggest to try the Jasmine Green Tea, they serve it either hot or cold and it smells heavenly. It’s the icing on the cake.

Harlem Shake IIB Fall 13

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Guys let’s have a look at the video, and I think that we might organize an Harlem Shake IIB Fall 13 in the next days!

Who will be the person that enter the room before the Harlem Shake begins?

I think that all of you know it!