All righty folks, as I guess you know (probably only my mom and sisters who'll ever read this anyway), my name is Nils and I'll be an exchange student in Arlington, MA for a year. With that out of the way I can start to describe my surroundings and what's going on. Right now, until Aug 24, all exchange students live in a hotel in New Jersey, to make things easier with jet lag and adapting to the american way of life.
Today, all 99 students were split into two groups, and got seated in buses to travel to New York City. We arrived at the Grand Central Terminal, where we were told to get something to eat before meeting up with our tour guide for the day, Dennis. As it turned out tour guides have a lot of interesting facts and stories they work in. For example, I learned which areas were commercial and residential, which neighborhoods were the most affluent, which celebrities used to live in Dakota Apartments, and the purpose of the high line. It was a pretty great experience and I'm pretty sure that there's a lot more to learn about this city. Around 5 pm we were dropped off at 6th Ave and 41 St, and were given 3 hours to walk around and experience things on our own. In the true spirit of exploring and meeting new people, I stuck with my gang of swedes, and went sightseeing with them. In the end we settled down in a booth at Chipotle and ate dinner together. When we returned to where the bus was supposed to pick us up, we met a nice new yorker who was eager to help us get back to our hotel in NJ, claiming we'd have to take a cab or the subway, although our bus was right behind his back!
So far this has been a really cool experience and I'm now looking forward to a good nights sleep before tackling the challenges of tomorrow. Anyhow, I hope you've enjoyed this first post and I'm looking forward to any and all feedback.