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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 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.

Cheesecake Factory

Fritiden Posted on Thu, October 22, 2015 03:23:31

We went to a shopping mall this afternoon, me, Anastasie (France) and Paula (Colombia). We visited Cheesecake Factory and ate a really good tasting dinner with cheesecake as a dessert of course. We have to celebrate Anastasies last week here. It feels like everyone I like here will leave in a near future and it’s not fun at all.

Paula, Anastasie and me.

I’m a little bit jealous over a girl here who will go to San Diego in 3 weeks. There she will live in a host family who loves to go surfing. It sounds really great.
She stay in NY for 6 weeks, San Diego a couple of weeks and then Costa Rica and Barcelona to learn Spanish and finally Paris to improve her French. You can find a lot of opportunities with EF.

Happy Sunday

Fritiden Posted on Mon, October 19, 2015 04:05:12

We supported Brooklyn Nets today, me, Ophelie (Belgium) and Tim (Holland). It was really fun! Much better than Baseball. Maybe because I know the rules in Basket but not in Baseball. It was a good feeling inside the stadium, almost party feeling. We were in the stadium for 3 hours, but I felt it like maybe 1 hour.

Then we went to a roof top bar and drank Irish Coffee. It was cozy and we was enjoying the autumn. It was windy, but it was nice in the sun anyway!

Later I went alone for shopping in West Village. When I visited Gant Rugger I asked “Can you help me to find pants, trousers or what do you call it” (I forgot what word to use in US) The shop assistant answered: “Yeah, pants … Or trousers… What do you call it?” “Byxor”.

And then I found “sockerbit”. I have to celebrate 4 weeks in NY with real candy.

It’s two people from Sweden who opened “Sockerbit”. I have read that even Princess Madeleine visited this store when she lived in NYC.

Memorial Museum

Fritiden Posted on Sun, October 18, 2015 05:20:23

Today we went to Manhattan again, me, Anastasie (France) and Tim (Holland). We walked in Chinatown and Little Italy. It was quite cold today (11 degrees and windy but the sun was shining), but it was nice to see this part of Manhattan even if we were freezing some times. I have no picture from our walk. It’s so much to see at Manhattan so I have no idea how I can experience everything during this time.

Later this afternoon we walked to the Memorial Museum, 9/11. We visited the museum for three hours. It was a really fantastic museum, the best I visit here in NYC. You hear calls from the same day it was happened, experience and memories from people who survived, news from the day and even more. It was one man who called his mother and told here that everything was fine with him, the plane have crashed in the other tower. The call was some minutes or seconds before the second plane was crashing in his tower. It affected me a lot. And a woman who met a fire man outside the two towers, he was only around 19 years old, and she said to him to not enter the building because of it’s too dangerous. He answered that it was his job. It’s difficult to understand how it was of course, but to visit this museum gave a better understanding.

Do you remember this day?

I remember that I came home from school and mum said to me to go to her and see the news on TV. I was only 12 years old and I understood that this was horrible, maybe because of everyone was so sad, but I think it was hard for me to understand and it was even so far away from me then. I can’t remember why I didn’t know what happened before I came home, why they don’t told us in school.

Here is a picture from the museum. “Trying to remember the color of the sky on that Tuesday morning”
“No day shall erase you from the memory of time.”


Fritiden Posted on Sun, October 18, 2015 04:30:39

Yesterday (Friday) me and Anastasie (France) went to Madame Tussauds and MOMA. I didn’t thought before our visit that Madame Tussauds was anything for me but it was actually quite fun. And we saw also a film in 4D, strange but a fun experience. Here is some picture from Madame Tussauds:

Me in the future. When I’m the best recruiter in the world, they really want to have me in a TV-show.
Obama and Michelle are so tall! Or I’m short…

And then we went to MOMA (Museum Of Modern Art). It’s free to visit at Friday evenings. I enjoy to see Picasso and other famous artists in real and not only at pictures. After our visit we saw a long long line to an ordinary food stall, but because of the line we thought that it was something really special so we tried. It was simple and good tasting gyro in pita and it was worth the time in line. Perfect!

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