WHEN IN THE WINDY CITY

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Last weekend I went to visit my Mexico friends that are in Chicago. The trip had everything, my flight got delay for 7 hours. I was supposed to get to Chicago at 2:20p.m and I ended up being there at 9:00 p.m.  Despite the long delay I had the most amazing weekend since I arrived, I got to see my friends from Guadalajara and had a blast. The first night we went to a bar and had a lot of fun. The second day we went to the bean, Willis tower, Giordano’s pizza which is absolutely the best pizza ever! (It really is), we had dinner at The House of Blues which is a blues restaurant and really cool, if you ever go there try the ribs not the wings! On Sunday we went to watch the Superbowl at a sports bar, I had higher expectations about the half time show. On my last day (Monday) we went to have breakfast to Corner Bakery which is a must restaurant, I think they have some on New York as well, then we went to The Field Museum which is really cool, after that we went to have lunch to Panda Express. I was depressed when I left because I really enjoyed spending the weekend with my friends and I wished I have stayed more days.  My flight back home was delay again :/ so I spent half of the night at the airport and the other half at Times Square because I missed the last bus to New Paltz and the first one was until 7:00a.m. DON’T TRAVEL WITH AMERICAN AIRLINES!

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That was by far the most fun weekend ever! If I could I’ll go to Chicago every weekend.

WONDERFUL Chicago

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Even though New Paltz its quite nice and beautiful it can be boring sometimes to stay all weekends doing the same, this is why we wanted to go somewhere else, to take advantage of the weekend and the relatively good climate to begin a trip. We chose Chicago. Being a student is not easy, having so many things to pay since you are far from home, so making a trip while protecting your pocket is a quite challenging! I totally recommend Expedia, it is very easy to use and offers great packages including hotel and round trip! Imagine, we flew with American Airlines and stayed at the Wyndham Riverfront in downtown Chicago, all of this for 300 bucks, there was no doubt, the windy city was calling us.

We enjoyed it a lot, buying a ticket for the hop on hop off was the best idea, you get to know everything at a very good price. We walk down Michigan Street which was full of beautiful stores and delicious restaurants, we visited the sky deck at Willis Tower, we took too many pictures at Cloud gate, we enjoyed being at Navy Pier which has great places to eat and buy souvenirs, we visited the Aquarium and finally we watch the Superbowl at the hotel. Even though we stayed for 3 days they were enough to enjoy Chicago. I will totally recommend visiting the city, and if anyone wants to go, please tell me so I can go back!

All the Way Up

 

Last weekend, as you might have read by now, we the Mexicans went to Chicago. During our amazing trip, we did a lot of sightseeing and we got to know Chicago’s offerings for tourists like us.

We went to the Willis Tower, or Sears Tower. We took the hop-on, hop-off bus and went to the tower. We went inside it and there was no big line to wait for, so we went up. We got inside the elevator and went all the way up to the 103rd floor really quickly. I have to say, I am afraid of heights, and it was a great deal for me to go on a skyscraper and look through the window. But no, it was not my only problem to simply look through the window; that was easy. What got me in trouble was to go on the ledge. As you can tell from my photo, the ledge is this cristal balcony on top of the tower, and yes! I went inside and sat there, and I even handstand there. The feeling for me, being afraid of heights, was really peculiar. At the end of the day, I felt great of having done that, and it certainly made me want to go there again if I ever go back. That building has got an amazing view, and amazing cristal ledge.

Facing my fear was great and I am definitely willing to go to Chicago and to that ledge again. Amazing view, amazing feeling.

Saturday hiking

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Saturday was the big hiking day for Christina, Felicia, Pernilla and me.

Pernilla and I were so excited to explore the nature of New Paltz and its surroundings. Moreover, the weather was especially perfect: blue sky, sunshine and almost no wind.

So after after getting dressed like professional hikers and eating an energetic lunch we all jumped into the car for a 20 minutes’ drive through endless amazing landscapes. We arrived at the end of the road. We parked the car there and began the hike. It was so quiet, peaceful and beautiful! There were no determined paths what was even more exciting. After climbing some rocks, we began to hear the sound of the water. Suddenly we saw a small river, we continued our way to arrive to the waterfall. The most beautiful was that at the bottom of the waterfall there was ice. The show was amazing. The water literally arrived in a huge block of ice. We sat down, took a lot of pictures and of course tried to climb the ice to get closer to the waterfall.

We met some other people but we were most of the time all alone in this small paradise.

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After that we decided we deserved a hot drink. So we all went to the Cafeteria to have their special hot chocolate with Irish cream and I took a blueberry muffin (which was awesomely awesome!).

I have never hiked a lot before but here it was great! We decided to do it again as much as we can before leaving New Paltz for NYC where it will probably be more shops climbing than rocks climbing… 😉

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Stay tuned for the next post.

 

A New Paltz weekend

So we have now been in New Paltz for three weeks. This weekend the Mexican’s went to Chicago leaving me, Fanny and Pernilla to a weekend alone in New Paltz. Yesterday we went to our first house party. We started the evening by having dinner at Bacchus in town and had a few drinks before going to a house party further down the street. It was a small basement and not as big as I has imagined but it was fun!

 

Pernilla and I often talk about us being older than the others and how we like our early nights and a nice glass of wine in front of the TV but yesterday we were out til 04.30 which is a new record for us since coming here 🙂

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Fanny & Pernilla at Bacchus

That is all for me right now but we’ll see what next week will bring!

 

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A week in New Paltz.

Three weeks have already passed here in New Paltz. We are only seven students this semester so we’ve become like a family quite quickly (Camilla and I are the grandmothers).

Time flies when you’re having fun. And intense. So, what have we been up to this week? Well, school is taking up a lot of our time. I’m taking international business and international marketing, then we have PR, business communication and internship practicum all together.

So far, my favorite place is the library. I keep finding excuses just to go there and enjoy the view of the mountains. Let’s not forget about the comfortable chairs. And the nice staff. Of course, it’s also a very good place to study, if you have enough discipline and don’t get distracted by the amazing view. Lunch is usually eaten at Hasbrouck but Fanny and I order sushi at the Student Union building every time we feel like spending some money (so called dining dollars). It is yu-hummi. Or as Fanny would say: Awesomely awesome.

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Yesterday, half of the “family” went to Chicago. (We miss you, already!) so Camilla, Fanny, and I went to have dinner at Bacchus. To those of you who have not been to New Paltz – Bacchus is a restaurant that probably has about 200 different beers, Mexican food, darts, pool and ping pong tables. Don’t worry, I’m not going to share food pictures even though the food was delicious. I had shrimp and goat cheese quesadillas – yum!  After dinner, the three of us played pool and I noticed something. All of a sudden, Fanny started showing off her skills… Turns out that Fanny is a pool professional! Well, maybe not a professional one, but she won every. Single. Time. So for next time, remind me to be in the same team as Fanny!

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Fanny in action

Have a great Saturday night!

Pernilla

 

 

My internship experience

IMG_7856Picture yourself in a dream — one that’s realistic and can become true in the future. Now picture how you can reach your dream. One year ago I had a dream – to study abroad for one semester and combine my studies and internship at a PR agency in the city of dreams, New York. As I was picturing it, I found a two-part program with academics and an internship in New York. I applied for the program and got accepted in February. When I saw that I was accepted I realized that it was going to happen, I was going to live my dream in the fall. My name is Agnes Nilsson, I’m 23 years old, I’m from Sweden, and right now I am living my dream in New York City.

I started my internship at Krupp Kommunications on October 19th and I would be lying if I said that I wasn’t nervous – actually I was terrified – but that feeling soon disappeared as I entered the office at 19th Street and 6th Avenue and received a warm welcome. I was introduced to everyone, shown to my desk, and given my first project – to media monitor the New York Times. It was fun to be thrown directly into a project and I learned that day the importance of media monitoring, and now, I finally understand what the saying “being a news junkie” means.

During the past four weeks I’ve learned a lot more than the importance of media monitoring, I’ve also learned that research is the key to success. Besides doing media monitoring, I’ve done several different research projects for clients such as One World Academy, Kim Perell and Nerium: One World Academy is a wisdom school in India, Kim Perell is an entrepreneur who wants to help others build their business, and Nerium is a business that offers not only skin care products, but also opportunities for entrepreneurship.

As you see, I have had the opportunity to work with a wide range of clients, which I think is one of the best things working within the PR industry. I’ve done research about their competitors and potential influencers, which allowed me to develop my research skills. I’ve learned the importance of doing excellent research to make sure that you have all your bases covered. Also, I learned the importance of finding the correct media contact to reach out to when sending out a new issue of a magazine or press release to make sure it gets into the right hands.

I also got the opportunity to participate in a brainstorm meeting and I can tell you it’s even more fun than it seems! If I could, I would love to be in a brainstorm meeting all day every day!

FUN is the word that best describes my experience so far and I know that the next week is going to be even better. Since working in the PR industry means that you will never have a day that looks the same I don’t know which assignments will be given to me, but I do have one occasion planned – I’m going to be backstage at the Today Show with reality stars Les and Seth Gold from “Hardcore Pawn” on December 14th. I’m so excited and I know it will be fun!

I’m happy that I’m finally living my dream and I encourage you all to try and live yours as well, it’s an incredible feeling. Pick one of your dreams, map out how to reach it, and just do it!

 

BROOKLYN´S INDUSTRY CITY DISTILLERY

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The industry city distillery is an experimental distillery located in Brooklyn that claims to pursue better craft spirits through science. The crafted product is a beet sugar vodka that becomes entirely created in New York City, from the distillery process till the hand made labeling, packaging and distribution. Every Saturday at 3PM you can join the one-hour tour through the distillery and learn about how the vodka is crafted.

The tour was very interesting and lined out why the two entrepreneurs consider themselves as being experimental and also revolutionary in term of for example energy saving during the distilling process. You can listen how the immobilized cell bioreactor fermentation system works and ask many questions. At the end you will get a drink that you can choose from the menu. Snipping your cocktail you have a very nice view on the Skyline of New York´s financial district. All in all it is a great tour.

Cost: $5.50

Website: http://drinkicd.com/#top

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The best summer in New Paltz: Take a swim at Ulster Country Pool Area!

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We had a great and hot summer during the Fall Semester 2015. When studying in New Paltz you should definitely take some beaks and visit the Ulster Country Pool Area several times. It does not matter if you stay one hours or even the whole day.

The Ulster County Pool Complex is an outdoor swimming pool that is close to Sunny Campus. The complex is quite old and seems to be out of a different era, nevertheless it is clean and perfectly equipped. There is one kiddy pool and also an Olympic size swimming pool. Next to each pool area is a lifeguard sitting and watching the pool carefully. The pool is surrounded by a very nice and spacious grass-area where you can lie down and enjoy the sun.

Moreover there is a large pavilion with picnic tables. Therefore you can bring your own food or buy some cold and hot snacks at the kiosk. The atmosphere is really calm and very relaxed.

Entrance: 4 Dollar

Taxi costs from Sunny Campus to Pool: 6 Dollar

Further information: http://ulstercountyny.gov/public-works/ulster-county-pool-complex