My first visit to The World’s Most Famous Arena


One of the major reasons that I chose the IIB program is the chance to be in one of the most amazing event venue-cities in the world. And as a crazy New York Rangers-fan I would lie if I said I wasn’t biased towards Madison Square Garden. It’s not called “The World’s Most Famous Arena” for nothing as it has hosted some spectacular concerts and sporting events. Last week I unfortunately had to travel to JFK to visit customs for a new stamp in my passport and decided to do something good with the trip. I scheduled a tour of MSG.

9.30 in the morning I stood in the lobby among a bunch of typical tourists (including a group of guys from Sweden) excited for what was to come. I couldn’t believe the fact that I was actually here, where my precious Blueshirts spend so much time during the NHL-season. After a tour of the food court and “Defining Moments Exhibit” (where “The Great One” Wayne Gretzky had a case of his own) we got to go through a luxury suite into the arena space itself. During this day it was getting ready for night two of Kanye West’s show. The guide told us about the crazy fact that the reason we didn’t see any real stage was because he “floated” above the crowd. Talk about an innovative artist! It was magical to be here and picture that in just about a month the Rangers would hit the ice just below the temporary floor and the seats would be full with fans singing and shouting for their team.


We moved up to the bridge that is the highest point of the arena for spectators. The view was amazing! But now came the part I was most excited for. We went all the way down to the floor level because now it was time to see the locker rooms. We entered through the glass wall that separated the players from the fans at Delta Sky360 Club during the teams’ entry to the ice during games. We walked past the rack where the hockey sticks are placed during games and there it was: the Rangers locker room. Just a few feet from the New York Knicks/New York Liberty locker room. It was truly a dream come true to see the place where surely a lot of emotions, pep-talks and frustration has taken place. A noticeable attribute is the fact that the Rangers logo is covered up by a carpet. Why? Ice hockey players are extremely superstitious and would rather not see or talk about the logo – and definitely not step on it as it would be bad luck. Yes, it’s true just read about when Justin Bieber stepped on the Chicago Blackhawks logo and what the sporting world felt about it. It’s no joke!


That’s it for me this time, have a great week and never stop dreaming!

Positive vibes: First interview in NYC.

And yes, after a lot of preparation ahead I finally went down to NYC for an interview at Tod’s. I can tell that I was more than excited. Even waking up at 5.30 am didn’t matter to me after all. First coffee of the day (until the interview I already had 3) in my hand, I went to the bus station to get to NYC. Once arriving in this crazy city, I just had a really good feeling. It was the first day of Fashion Week 01_tods-hogan-showroomso people were getting crazy, also with their outfits of course.

As I was really in advance, I went to a nice coffee place close to the Tod’s office in Meatpacking district. And then I started to review my notes and my résumé when my neighbor started talking to me – He asked me if I was preparing for an interview and that he was amazed by all the notes that I took and that he rarely sees people being so well prepared for interviews. As it turned out, he was looking for interns at his Design Agency so before going to the ‘real’ interview, I already had another job offer. Which was pretty amazing and made me even more comfortable.

So, I was almost running a little bit late and hurried then to the Tod’s office – and then a photographer stopped me and asked me if he was allowed to take a photo of me for a magazine because he liked my outfit so much. I felt like in a movie. Of course I felt flattered and agreed. And finally took the elevator to this amazing office. Yes, the picture you see is not taken from ‘Suits’ but this is reality. I was so amazed by it! And now I can tell that this is my future office. 4 hours after the interview I got the internship!

One application, one interview, one offer. I think I did a pretty good job. Definitely some good vibes down there in the city ! To be continued …

A wild ride – Ziplining

fullsizerenderNervous, excited, scared, and happy. That was the emotions I went through under our adventure. 

This Sunday we went to the New York Zipline adventure tours, located in Hunter Mountain. I was excited for the adventure waiting ahead, since I love these kinds of adventure, but at the same time I’m afraid of heights.

When we got there we were introduced to our tour guides and got the equipment that we needed. Then we started our journey to the top. Before going to our first ride, we were introduced to the rules, equipment, and the position we were meant to do while on the ride.

When we got to our first ride I was super nervous, since this was the longest and the highest point, and as I said before, I’m very scared of heights. When it was my turn with Teresa I got really nervous, and scare, but I thought to my self that “I’m just gonna do it, no doubts, just go for it”. When the tour guide yelled “Zip away” I just went, no doubts no nothing, and that was truly an amazing feeling. The view was spectacular and the fear had gone away, it was just me, flying through the air, and I was free.

img_5374After the first ride, I wasn’t scared anymore. I just went for it, every time, I was so happy. I couldn’t believe that I was doing it, and that I had this amazing nature around me, and I experience it with the girls. The rest of the trip was so much fun, we also had the chance to walk across this cool bridge, which I also was afraid of, but it’s always good to turn something scary in to something positive, at least in these situation. I enjoyed the entire trip, and it was so sad when it was over, cause I really wanted to do it again, and again.

For me this was one of the best things I have ever done in my life. I am so proud of conquering my fear of heights, since the Zipline in Hunter Mountain is the longest & highest Zipline canopy tour in North America.

Crazy right? Well that’s all for me this time, see ya later!


New Paltz – Better than expected

img_1762I was thinking that everyone were going to write about the weekend in New York City, so I thought I would write about something else, about our first weeks. Now we almost have been here for four weeks, and I enjoy every minute of it. Even though I haven’t had the time to really think of everything we do, because the time passes by so quickly, one thing I noticed from the beginning is that everyone are so nice and helpful. These almost four weeks in New Paltz have been amazing, much better than I expected. It is a very small town and a lot of homework but I am having a really good time and I think it is because people are so nice.
Since I have travelled half the world, to a country with a culture verydifferent from the culture back in Sweden, I knew there were going to be some differences in the everyday life. Here is three main differences in everyday life that I have noticed:

  • If you are crossing the street, if there is no pedestrian crossing, all the cars stop. In Sweden, the cars would have gone around you, honk the horn and look at you very angry.
  • All of the public toilets are wide open from the floor to your knees (almost), you can even see your neighbor’s shoes. At this point I do think that maybe I am to Swedish, who wants my privacy and all that. In Sweden often the public toilets are closed toilets with real doors. If we have openimg_1764 stalls, they are open down by the floor with a height of maybe 5 centimeters.
  • The portions are made for three persons. I know that it is very common here that you can bring the food home in a doggy bag, but still there must be so much food going to waste. But on the other hand you really get what you are paying for, which is a plus!

Today everyone signed up for the ziplining, which is a trip that the university arrange to the students where you go up in the mountains and ride a zipline back to the ground. I am so excited and I know we are going to have so much fun. Talk to you later!

Never not working Mar/16/16

It has been almost a week since we arrived, everything has been so different from New Paltz! The city, our room, the people, the climate, and even the pace of our lifes! Everything goes so fast, everyone is focused on their jobs, it seems they do not have time for something else (including us).
I am working in Straightline, in the Brand Strategy group. So far, I have been doing only research work. The work environment is awesome, everyone is very nice and we are like a small family. The offices are great! We have free coffee and great tools for work.
My week days are fast, I wake up at 6 and go running with Gaby and Alex. We love Central Park, so we are trying to run everyday about 5km. Then I have a shower and breakfast, I leave at 8 and take the subway. I have to say, subway is one of the best inventions ever, it is so fast and easy to take, I hope we had one like this in our hometown! (hahaha) We usually drive cars, so we are used to spend more time to get to othe places. Finally, I get to work and leave at 5. We are trying to meet after work to have some drinks or do more fun stuff, but sometimes we are just tired and want to sleep.
I am very happy for accomplishing my dream of working in NYC. I think there are few students who actually can have an opportunity like this, I am very greatful and expecting the best of this two months coming.


Mexican Friend


This weekend I had a Mexican friend visiting me at New Paltz. He is from my hometown down in Mexico, and we were high school classmates before being friends. He arrived at 11pm and we went to the Plaza Dinner to eat. The next morning, we went to New York City in the morning, at 11:20 AM. We had breakfast before leaving just in front of the bus terminal here in New Paltz. I had eggs with bacon and bread, which was great. After eating breakfast, we went to the city. Once we were there, we had a great time and great weather to go walking everywhere so we visited the main touristic places at the city. After walking at Central Park, I wanted to know where we are going to live once we go to the city to our internships, so I went there and I have to say it is in such a nice place, near from the metro station, and Central Park!

We then went to Wall St. to take some photos outside the NYSE, and the charging bull. We then went straight to have lunch (like at 6pm), at a Chipotle restaurant; even here we keep it Mexican. At the end of the day, we had a great time at the city. He had to leave to the airport and I had to come back to New Paltz, to enjoy the last weekend here.

Girls weekend in Boston

So last weekend all of us girls went to Boston. The weather was great and the city seemed so beautiful. It is really a trip that I could recommend to anyone!!Fil 009The day started by taking the bus to the train station in Poughkeepsie; once there we were picked up by the car rental company. When we had signed all the papers we were off! Me and Gaby took turns driving and it took about 3,5-4 hours.

We got to the hotel, called Verb, a very trendy retro hotel in central Boston that went all in (!) on 60’s details. We thought that we had booked a room for five but it turned out that it was only meant for four so three had to share one queen size bed. It was definitely an experience being 5 girls in one room sharing one bathroom in the morning 🙂

The first day we went shopping on Newbury Street that pretty much had all the stores you could think of. after shopping for many hours we went to Georgetown Cupcakes, a store that was recommended to Dina from one of her friends who had been to Boston before. I have never been a cupcake person but this was truly the BEST cupcakes I have ever tried!

Fil 008Strawberry Cheesecake and Salted Caramel. Delicious!!

After the shopping we went down to Quincy Market by the harbor (also a recommendation from Dina’s friend). The area was amazing with so many lights and musicians playing in the street. I felt like a winter festival or something but without the Christmas theme. To get into the Boston spirit, me and Dina had the Lobster roll and Dina also tried the Clam chowder! By this time we were exhausted after a really long day and squeezed (!) in to an Über and went back to the hotel for some well needed rest!

50 out of 129


Yesterday, it was our 50th day of of the 129 days of the exchange program. It was far the most incredible day in NYC.

Tuesday 01

Misa told me about spending Wednesday at NYC. I said yes that would be really nice, let´s do it! Before going to sleep he told me about getting up at 3 am so we could catch the bus at 4.45 and get to NYC earlier so we could have a good chance to get free tickets for Jimmy Fallon´s show. That was really early but since I really wanted to go I agreed.

Wednesday 02

I woke up at 3 am, I was so tired that I fell sleep all the way to NYC. We had breakfast at the McDonalds from Time Square at 6.30 am. Then, we went to Rockefeller Center, we were standing in the line for 2 hours! Then, a lady came and gave us  stand-by tickets, she told they were not actual tickets but that we had to come back at 3.30 pm to know if there was actually place for us in the show. Since we were there very earlier we had very good place in the line, Misa had number 10 while I was number 11.

We saw a picture on Instagram of a famous photographer in NYC that took a picture up in the roof of a building with a background showing the Flat iron Building, we really wanted to have the same picture, so we went to the same building. First we did not know how to actually get in any building and climb up to the roof so we chose one near from Flat Iron and get into the elevator, there were about 7 more people with us. When everyone exit to their floors we stayed in the elevator and check floor by floor in which we could exit without any one noticing and run into the exit door to get the stairs. We exit on the 2nd floor, we took the stairs up to the roof. We were so excited that we forgot to leave the door open for when we had to exit. After we took some great pictures, we jump to the next building and use the exit door to get down to the street. It was awesome! It is far the best picture I have in NYC.

Then, we went to a famous Bubble Tea store where they prepare bubble tea with cotton candy. It was delicious!, best bubble tea ever.

At about 1.30 pm we went back to Rockefeller center and waited for it to be 3.30 pm. Then the staff people asked us to take our place in the line according to our ticket number. We waited about 40 minutes. Then, a lady came out and said the first 25 people were going to enter, we could not believe it. We were actually in! The show was great, we laughed a lot, the special guests were Tina Fey, Santigold and Rachel Maddow. We could not use our cell phones to take any pictures, though, I took one of my bracelet! (haha)  We went back to New Paltz at 7 pm, I was exhausted. I ate about 5 tuna packages and I fell sleep almost instantaneously.

It has been one of the greatest days so far!


By the way, during the show they really recommended us to watch Santigold´s music video “I can’t get enough of myself”, it is actually pretty awesome, cause you can see yourself in the video! Here is the link for the video in case you would like to watch it!




Movie experience ..

Bonjour bonjour,

Last Sunday, Camilla, Pernilla and I went to the cinema to watch the movie, that we thought was going to be awesome thanks to all the celebrities that were starring in it, HAIL CEASAR.

The movie was at 7.15 PM, we met in the cinema around 7.05. There were so many people waiting to buy tickets, we were very nervous that our movie would be SOLD OUT… but it wasn’t. Actually it would have been better if it was.

 So we bought our tickets, found the perfect seats in the cinema room and waited for the beginning. We were so excited to see all of those celebrities in ONE movie! The only problem was the story. Neither Camilla, Pernilla or I can tell you what it was about. We didn’t understand ANYTHING, NADA!

 I was sitting between my two friends. After more or less 45 minutes, Camilla looked at me desperately and said that she didn’t understanding anything. 10 minutes later I looked at Pernilla who was actually resting her eyes (in other words, taking a short nap).

 We did stay till the end, expecting a rebound that never came unfortunately.IMG_0925

So flop flop movie