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Emelie - New York (2015)

Emelies NYC-äventyr

Den 20 september drar jag ensam till New York, med en engelska jag känner mig minst sagt obekväm med.
Målet är att äntligen bli bra på engelska, tänja trygghetszonen och bli ännu starkare i mig själv.

Under tre månader ska jag studera på EF:s skola i Tarrytown och bo i ett rum tillsammans med andra, vilket är långt ifrån det liv som jag lever hemma i Göteborg med make och två katter.

Välkomna att följa min resa!

I’m leaving New York

Reflektioner Posted on Tue, November 03, 2015 13:35:15

Ok, I have to tell you that I’m going home. I’m sad of course. I’m not done and finished here but I’m also glad that I can solve the situation at home and become a help for my husband. If I had an internship and the school was better then maybe we could solve the situation in another way, but now it works for me to come home again.

I’m proud over myself and I’m so happy for this weeks. This weeks’ experience and adventure gave me so much! It feels great to do things you want to do but you’re in the same way scared about. Now I’m feeling more free than before. I’m able to shape my life just like I want.

In the introduction to this blog you can read that my goal with this trip was to be good in english, stretch my comfort zone and be stronger in myself. I have actually achieved my goal in this weeks, even if I didn’t finished my studies.

My last photo in NY:
Winfred, my classmate, and me. I had really interesting conversations and discussions with Winfred, he is so smart. Winfred is from China, a big city close to Hong Kong.

Positive review:

– All people I have met: Sophie, Winfred, Anastasie, Jessy, Paola, Tim, Taishi, Tan-Tan, Noemi, Ophelie, Ayleen, Noelia, Javier and others. People from all over the world.

– New York! It’s perfect to have a lot of time to explore the city. I’m feel at home here.

– I have improved my english and become more comfortable to speak english, express myself and say things before I know how I can explain it in english – I just saying it.

– I’m able to joke in english and have fun and short conversations with the staff when I’m shopping. In this way I’m also feel more free, before I stopped myself as soon as I heard someone speak english and became nervous. I hated to speak english before, especially in Sweden, because it was embarrassing to let other people know how bad I was, but now it’s fun to speak even if I don’t speak perfect!

– Every day this trip I have speak so much english – and now it feels strange to speak Swedish. Haha.

– Interviews in english is always a good experience.

– I know that I can and that I am strong enough to do a travel like this alone.

– Of course I missed Sebastian, but I could handle it in a really good way and it’s good to know. The weeks passed so fast.

Negative review:

– EF had a lot of time (since july) to find an internship to me, but couldn’t. I chose EF because of the possibility to have an internship and make my resume sharper – but they couldn’t do what they promised. I’m dissapointed!

– EF NYC is too far away from Manhattan and it’s expensive to take the train.

– The classes was sometimes boring and when it was like that I didn’t felt motivation. I mean when it’s too much grammar and our teacher in the same time say that we don’t need to focus in grammar it feels weird. I prefer to learn grammar in funnier ways.

– It was too many younger people at school and it felt like to live in a high school. Even if I look young I’m not 20 in my brain.

– The students prefer to be social with people who speak the same language.

– The computer system and communication wasn’t good at all in school. Like the first day then I got the same bed like someone els and when EF-activities didn’t start but no one told us – twise! And then I the first week got information that I have to leave my room and that a new student will move in the room – but I was both. Staff knocked at the door and asked if I had moved and so on. It was confusing and annoying.

– The experience was better than the school. I really enjoy adventure and need more adventure during my weekdays at home too.

And New York – you have to know that we are back soon and that you will become our home in the future. Because we love you!

I’m alive!

Fritiden Posted on Mon, November 02, 2015 04:23:17

Hi, I’m alive, even if I haven’t wrote in my blog for a lot of days. Sebastian went home tonight. We had a fantastic, fun and romantic week together. We tested a lot of restaurants, visited a musical, museum and a hockey game, walked a lot and I think that I know Manhattan even better now. We both love this city. I think that NYC become better for every day and I think in the beginning Manhattan became smaller and smaller for me because I got a better understanding for the streets, avenues, the subway and so on, but now it feels like Manhattan become bigger again, because I’m trying to explore more, walk new streets and avenues without to use my (broken) map and figure it out the best places (and it’s definitely not 5th avenue and Time Square – the most crowded part of Manhattan).

It was easier when Sebastian leave me today if I compare with the last time he visited me. I think it depend on that we were able to handled the last four weeks in a really good way and I think another reason is that we focused on our cat today who became sick this weekend and we need to solve the situation over the coming weeks. We have to talk with the veterinary tomorrow and see what she recommend. If she recommend some of us to stay at home with the cat, it have to be me, because Sebastian can’t take more days off from his job. And you know – the cats is our babies so it’s important to follow the recommendation. But we will see. I think it’s bad that we haven’t pet days in Sweden, as we have for the children…

Here are some pictures from our lovely week:

Hot chocolate in the sun.

From one of our walks in Central Park. A fantastic tree and a fantastic day.

Then it was time for Phantom of the opera.

Another day we ate in a fine dining india restaurant. The food was excellent, even if I couldn’t capture it in a photo…

And the dessert… Mmmm. Coconut sorbet served in a coconut.

Sebastian was also satisfied with the dessert. Pistachio ice cream, I think.

Our hotel room. I don’t know how to describe it, but it was only one layer of glass in the window, so it was a little bit cold and we also heard a lot from the street, as polices, ambulances and cars. The location was perfect, closed to Columbus circle.

We visited Madison square garden and watched a hockey game, New York Rangers against Toronto. It was fun! We bought expensive popcorn and beers.

Entertainment in the break.

We visited a flea market, but we didn’t find anything.

Tapas and sangria in Gotham West Market.

A walk in Central Park in the evening. Both scary and cozy, because it was the Halloween evening.

Halloween parade in Manhattan. Unfortunately, I haven’t good pictures and I’m sorry for that because the costumes was really well made.

Tomorrow I know more about what happening next, if I’m stay or go home. I think it will be good in both way, but the most important is that Sebastian can handle the situation at home. We will see tomorrow. Good night!


Fritiden Posted on Mon, October 26, 2015 13:28:17

Yesterday we went to Soho, China town, walked over Brooklyn bridge and visited Wall Street. We ate italian food, after a tips in my NYC-book. It was fantastic food and good service. Me and Sebastian talked about our future for hours. I love it!

Time difference – 5 hours

Fritiden Posted on Sun, October 25, 2015 15:52:09

The time difference between Sweden and US is now 5 hours until next sunday, when it’s time for us in US to change time.

Have a great sunday! Now it’s time for a bagel’s breakfast.

I’m happy!

Fritiden Posted on Sun, October 25, 2015 02:36:03

Sebastian is here with me and it’s fantastic. I feel that I’m whole again.

Yesterday I surprised Sebastian with a visit at the rooftop bar The Skylark. I had a reservation and it was good because it was a popular bar and they give us the best couch with a view over Empire State Building. We ate tacos and drank two cocktails each. It was cozy.

This morning we took a walk through Central Park and then we had a real american breakfast with pancakes. Then we went shopping in West Village, walked the High Line and visited Chelsea market. Too crowded in my opinion.

This 10 days we live in the Hudson Hotel New York, close to Central Park. It’s a design hotel. Our room is small, a little bit cold and it’s thin windows, so we can hear almost everything from the street.

Cozy lobby in our hotel.

The interview

Studierna Posted on Sun, October 25, 2015 02:15:05

Yesterday, directly after my interview I wrote this:

When I went to the interview I took bus 13, as my directions. I asked the bus driver about my bus stop and that I have to change to bus 14. He said that he will tell me when I have to get off. I noticed outside the window that we drove in wrong direction. I dubble checked in my cellphone and saw at the map that I was totally wrong. I asked the bus driver again and he said that this bus connect with bus 14 (-but in another bus stop far far away). I get off the bus when he told me and have to wait 20 minutes for bus 14. I talked with a man from Texas about foreigners in Europe while we was waiting. When I arrived to my interview 40 minutes later then I expected I was so happy that I had calculated to be late, and have to wait 20 minutes before it was time for my interview.

I didn’t feel comfortable during the interview today. I didn’t get the same feeling about the company when I visited them as I got when I visited their homepage. It’s really difficult for me to convince and explain why they need me as a volunteer. They had also tried to change the date for the interview and sent mail to Lisa, the responsible for the volunteer program. So they didn’t expect me.

But now, it’s the best time anyway. The feeling after my interview but before I meet Sebastian. I’m so happy right now!

Field Day

Studierna Posted on Fri, October 23, 2015 05:54:21

We haven’t any classes tomorrow because it’s Field Day. We will choose Mind, Heart or Body and then they put us in different team. If you choose Mind you have to play same games, maybe strategic games and if you choose Heart you will dance and in the afternoon you have to make a performance infront of the school. If you pick Body you will play soccer, go running or something like that.

Actually, I haven’t understand the reason for the Field Day yet, but I think the teachers have education tomorrow.

Update with a photo from Field Day when we builded a bridge.

Next interview

Studierna Posted on Fri, October 23, 2015 05:17:46

It’s time for my second interview tomorrow and I’m nervous of course, but in a good way. I have read a lot about the company but I have to think more about what I can say to convince them. I’m apply for a volunteer position in the HR office. I need to bring my biggest luggage to the interview because when I’m finish I will directly catch the train to Manhattan and meet Sebastian. It will be a great day tomorrow! Honestly, I look forward to the minutes after the interview, even if I’m curious about the company.

Transport time to the company is 10 minutes with car, 55 minutes to walk and nearly the same with bus, because I need to change bus. The public transport in Sweden is the best ever, if you compare it with the US’s.

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