Hello! My name is Emma; I was a student on the EBS course in Barcelona last spring. It was an amazing experience, not only did I learn how to become a world-class bartender by following EBS’s bartending courses but I also learned some valuable life skills and grew as a person. My EBS experience in Barcelona changed my life; and is something that I will carry with me forever. The month with EBS opened my eyes to the world and made me realize my passion for adventure and also the fact that it doesn’t have to be necessarily abroad. I am now living in Malmö, Sweden, despite it being small in comparison to Barcelona, I am eager to explore the city and the surrounding areas. One thing EBS made me realize was that you have to jump in to some things with both feet first and learn from the consequences. One example of this is that I recently went to a language café to get to know other people; it was a little bit scary at first but I was having so much fun by the end.
You may or may not know that I have blogged for EBS in the past, I blogged about my time in Barcelona and Hawaii. This is my last blog post for now; it describes some of the experiences I had in New York. Enjoy!
After my EBS course in Barcelona, I traveled for three months with my community school to San Francisco, Hawaii and New York. Firstly, I have to say that I really loved New York. I was actually a bit surprised, since I usually prefer being close to nature, not living in big cities. However, I was really impressed by New York and I think that it was the most enjoyable part of my three-month trip. We were only in the Big Apple for one week so we tried to make the most of it. We started by visiting the main tourist attractions such as the Empire State building, the Statue of Liberty and Times Square. One thing that struck me was that everything feels so much smaller than the impression you get from watching films, especially Times Square. We decided that we wanted to see the view from the Empire State Building during the daytime and the night-time because rumor had it that the views were almost incomparable. It was so windy and cold at the top but it was definitely worth it. The night-time visit was truly incredible, the sunset left me speechless.
Lucky for us, the cherry blossom week was just around the corner, so we paid a visit to the Brooklyn Botanical Garden. If you are in New York during this time of year I would highly recommend you to go and see it. It was incredibly beautiful and if I could have, I would have stayed there all day. Each year the Garden has different themes and this year was Japanese culture. Therefore, a lot of visitors were dressed in the Japanese ‘manga’ style, which completely enhanced the overall atmosphere.