Winter Village at Bryant Park

I’ve arrived and all is doing good. I recently visited Bryant Park on the 22, the  day after I got to New York. If you know me, then you know that this summer I made Bryant Park my second home. This time I was going to experience their Winter Village.

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Review Thursday: Fallen by Lauren Kate

Talk about fallen expectations!

( get it? *wink wink*) Okay moving on.

I first heard of this book a few years ago. I think I saw it in Barns and Nobles or something like that, all I knew was that the cover was gorgeous. And it is.

I feel like  don’t have a lot to say for this review.

I liked the plot of the book. It was a very interesting idea with the fallen angels and the reincarnation of Lucinda but other than that I felt this book didn’t live up to my expectations. on of the reasons why I didn’t read this book earlier, is because a lot of people said that the sequels were terrible. I only decided to read the book because I saw the movie trailer and it looked great an in cases like this, I like to read the book first.

Again the plot is very interesting and I like Lauren’s writing: it’s simple, straightforward and I like her descriptions. However it was her characters that brought down the book.

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That time of Year

It’s come that time of the year again. Sadly, I’m not referring to Christmas. Instead I’m referring to exam period.

Over here exams have officially started. Unlike other places where some exam periods are only a week, ours is three weeks. Four weeks, if you count in the reading/ study week.

I’m writing this post to say that I’ll be on a little hiatus until my exams are done. Fortunately or unfortunately my exams are later in the exam period and I also have final projects due so I won’t be able to post as I would like.

That isn’t to say that I won’t try, I’ll try and post some holiday posts here and there but I can’t guarantee a steady flow of posts.

See you guys at my next post.

Good luck to all those doing exams and who got back their grades.

Study Abroad Part 3: Reflections

In the same way that moments in your life become memories, my study abroad journey seems so far away. There’s a part of me that can’t believe my exchange is over.  I almost feel like it was all a dream.

But it happened. And I’m so glad and so grateful that it did. It changed me.  It changed me for the better and in some ways, I still sty the same person I was before. Pictures and videos are powerful things. They hold our memories in a moment of time so that we can go back and reminisce on what it was like.

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Food Fridays: (American) Poutine

It’s another Food Fridays and this time I discuss the beaut that is poutine.

From the time I heard of this delectable wonder, I knew I had to try it. When I was preparing to go study abroad, one of my reason for choosing Canada as a potential country to go to was the food. The universities I looked at seemed great and so did the courses and the towns/cities surrounding them.but one thing that I was curious about was the food mostly poutine.

For those of you who don’t know what poutine is, it’s a dish that is made with chips topped with gravy and cheese curds. I think the traditional gravy is beef gravy but that’s the gist of what poutine is. When everything was finalized for study abroad and it was certain that I wa not going to go to Canada I looked to other means.

I only really got to taste poutine this past summer. I started out my search as always looking on the internet for any places that serve poutine, and I wanted poutine that seemed as close to the original as much as possible which is still funny to search for since I don’t know that the original Canadian poutine tastes like but that was my plan.

I found two places that I was sure I could get tow: one in Manhattan and one in  Brooklyn. I chose the one in Brooklyn since it seemed close to the Brooklyn Central Library, which is one of my favorites places.

So on that day I left the library, engaged my somewhat-not all the times- trustworthy google maps and set of.

The place I went to is called  Perfect Potato and I give it ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ (5/5)

It was this small cute store next to a bunch if other stores and food/restaurants. I’m not sure of the name of the area but you can find it easily on google.

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When I went in I was uncertain but the menu was visible and clear on the chalkboard  plus they had pictures up of the poutine and chips as well.

When I got there I was in time to see them serve someone else’s poutine so I had a visual of how much I would be given and what it would look like. The customer service was great, I let them know it was my first time getting poutine and they were just as excited for me.i ordered a medium original poutine with barbecue gravy.

I asked to sample so I could choose between the beef gravy and the barbecue gravy and I choose the barbecue gravy because the beef tasted a bit cheesy and I didn’t want the taste of cheese in cheese. While the barbecue gravy had a bit of sharpness to it. It was hot and delicious.

Word of caution it is not so if you’re taking it to go just be careful of that and also the gravy is a bit thick but it’s still liquid so just be careful you don’t throw away any on yourself.

Perfect potato doesn’t just do poutine, they also do fries with homemade sauces of several and different varieties. The chips are great and the sauces are phenomenal and the customer service is great as well.

I give it five stars

Study Abroad Part 2: First impressions and enjoying my exchange

So I was off to an adventure! My bags were packed, I had all the relevant info and my plane tickets were booked. All I had to do now was move in and enjoy myself. Because I did my exchange in the Spring semester, we only had one day of orientation as opposed to the week that would’ve been for the Fall semester.

That first weekend there ( the weekend after orientation,) I went to the mall on a trolley rented by the auxiliary services and then I went to a cookout/ bonfire we had at a host family’s house. Everyone seemed nice. The suites weren’t so bad and I had a great introduction. Continue reading

Food Fridays: Five Guys Burgers

This review has been a long time coming.

For those of you who knew me last summer, I had ( still am) obsessed with Five Guys. I don’t know what it is about them but they’re pretty good. Maybe it’s because I had never had access to double patty burgers like this before or maybe because it’s considered one of those ‘fancy’burger chains (shake shack, In-n- out). Whatever it is I adore Five Guys. Continue reading

Student Exchange/ Study Abroad Part 1: How I Prepared

For those who don’t know, I recently came back from a student exchange in the United States. It was around this time in my first year that my school had a Study Abroad Information session, so I thought I would post this in honor of that time.

Going on exchange was a great opportunity and I’m glad I went. It was honestly the best semester I’ve had at university. I wished I could’ve done a full year but in the end I’m just glad I was able to go at all. A lot of people may think that it’s a lot of work, and it wasn’t (at least for me), a lot of things I did were made easier by me, doing them early.

I’m going to split this post into three parts: before I left, during my exchange, and after exchange: a reflection.

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