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.

Campus at the end of September

Just 19 days and we will move to Manhattan!!!
We look forward to starting our internships and to live in the most exciting city in the world: New York City!!!
At the same time I am quite sure we are going to miss New Paltz, the Super8 Motel, Pasquale’s pizza, our evenings in P&G’s, our walks to go to school every day, and the university.
Considering that the campus is the place where we spent most of our time, I decided to post here few photos I took walking on campus.

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Phone Interviews

If there is more than one candidate for an internship position, some firms want to conduct a phone interview before inviting students to a company visit. This is all new to me, to conduct an interview via phone makes it a lot harder to impress someone, I want to use body language and be able to see the person in front of me. In addition, it doesn’t really feel like a real interview, the nervousness isn’t really there.

However, I have realized that there is only one way to go to make it feel more like a real interview and to be your best self: Put on the clothes you would have worn on a real interview, even though no one is going to see you. Find a place that resembles an office (Career center in the Humanities building can help you with that), and pretend. Pretend that you are there.

Believe me, this works. I just landed an interview in NYC.

New Paltz from above

I wanted to try something that I have always been longing to do, so I took a 15 minutes cab ride to “Skydive the Ranch”, to skydive above New Paltz. The weather conditions were unfortunately not very good since it was cloudy, but luckily the clouds were not that thick.

The view that I got from the plane on my way up and from the jump and down is indescribable. I got to break through the clouds on the way down and to see the sun break through other parts of the clouds. The only thing I can say is how AMAZING it was, and that this is an experience that I never will forget. Since this was my first time jumping with someone – a so-called tandem jump – and we jumped from 14,000 feet, the jumping experience took about 10-15 minutes.

Niagara Falls

Last weekend Johan, Sara and I rented a car and drove from New Paltz to Canada. After six hours driving, we finally arrived at the border between USA and Canada (Ontario), where the Niagara Falls are located.

I must say that this is one of the most beautiful places that I have ever visited. It is really hard to describe how powerful, and at the same time elegant, the falls are.

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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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