Sunday, March 18, 2012

St. Patrick's Day

 Hey everyone! How was your weekend? And more precisely, how was St. Patrick's Day?! For those who don't know what I'm talking about, here's a post I wrote one year ago explaining what St. Patrick's is all about: link. Also I enjoyed the celebration of this day last year a lot, and I also blogged about it in this post entitled "The Green Day": link.

Now, even though we're in the middle of finals session at Berkeley, I couldn't miss the day! Moreover, it was a beautiful one, it definitely felt like spring! I didn't get to see the parade this time, but the whole city is a show itself. There's no way you'll be bored if you step out on St. Patrick's day. Also be ready to face intoxicated people (of all ages and kinds) at every corner. Nevertheless, no need to panic, people are just having a good time!

I left my apartment after lunch and my first stop was around Times Square. It was difficult to meet my friends there, because it was crazy packed with people wearing green. When we finally met, we went to an Irish pub called McGees, like I actually did one year ago! The coolest thing about this bar is that the bar where How I Met Your Mother's cast hangs out (McLarens in the show) was based on this one. They even have pictures of the show around the place.

Of course the place was crazy crowded. I had a lot of fun, since everyone was in such a cheerful mood. I still find it bizarre to be out so early in the day, but hey... won't say no to a day like this in the middle of the finals session!

We kept moving around the area and finally headed down to Greenwich Village, which is a great area to hang out on a day like this.

The cool thing is that having started so early, made us finish early so I was home at a decent hour to be able to wake up in the morning today and catch up with everything. Yes, the nerd is back on Sunday.

I would also like to wish good luck to all of you Berkeley people for this week! Let's do one last effort to ace this quarter and then enjoy the awaited spring break!!

Have a great week and see you soon!

Sunday, March 11, 2012

Culture Mix

Hey everyone! How are you doing? This has been a very exciting week and weekend for me! Somehow, I feel like I have traveled to many places without moving from Manhattan. I've always said how much I love living here because of the diversity and the opportunity it gives me to experience different cultures, but now I've decided to prove my point. Here's what happened this week.

Before starting the week, some of my friends and I attended an event in a nice place at the Meatpacking District. We got there earlier, so we decided to wait for it in an Irish bar. As you can see in the picture, it is already screaming for Saint Patrick's Day to arrive!

The event took place at a Brazilian club, and of course, the theme was Brazil. I'm sure many of you have already heard "Ai si eu te pego" by Michel Teló. Well, we sure did at that party! Brazilian music is so much fun! However, I must confess we didn't last too long, plus we all had to work on Monday morning and I need my sleeping hours to face that day of the week. Anyways, it was a very cool night and even though it doesn't compare to visiting the country, it was a nice taste of Brazil!

Once the week was coming closer to an end, on Thursday night after work, one of my friends took us to a great Chinese restaurant where we had a great gourmet experience. I'm sorry that I can't remember the name of that, but let me explain. They brought a lot of raw stuff to the table (there were vegetables, meat, fish, seafood, tofu, mushrooms... and the list goes on), and also they brought a stove with two different kinds of broth. The fun thing is that you take whatever you want (with that thing you can see in the picture) and cook it in whatever broth you like. Everything was so fresh and delicious! Must thank J.C and Leo for being our mentors during the dinner! Great time tasting China.

Friday morning arrives. That's my long day at work. One of the things I like the most about my job is that I get to work with people from everywhere around the world! As an example, here's how some of my colleagues write my name in their native languages: 

To be honest, I am learning so much about countries that I didn't know a lot about before I came here. I think it's really enriching to be able to have such conversation with people coming from literally the other extremes of this planet.

Finally Friday night arrived! After such a long week, it was time to have some fun. Thanks to my friend Wissem, who organized the whole thing, we had a lot of fun "in Turkey"! I have talked about this place before, we went to Babylon (you can check it out here: link.) It's a hookah pipe lounge and we always have a great time there. It reminds me a lot of Turkey, where I have been several times before. This time we could even see a belly dancing show! They play all kinds of music (mainly mainstream), but everything is mixed with that Arabic base that makes you want to dance all the time, one extra point for the DJ!

As you may notice from the pictures (apart from how cool my friends are), not only the places I've been have to do with other cultures, but also my friends come from everywhere. In the end, it's all about who you are with rather than where. Who would have told me a few years ago that I would be experiencing so many countries within a week and without moving from one city! Well, now the weekend is over and it's time to get some energy for another Monday. At least I'll go to sleep very happy having had such a great week! I hope yours was good too and I wish you a nice week as well. See you soon!

Sunday, March 4, 2012

Friday Night at Webster Hall

Hey everyone! How is your weekend going? Many of you have asked me about the nightlife in the city for young people and suggested to write about it. I must say I'm not a big fan of massive clubs, and I usually enjoy other kinds of nights out. However, it's fun to do it from time to time. This Friday my friends and I went to Webster Hall, and let me tell you and show a few clips about it.

Webster Hall is one of the biggest clubs I have seen in New York City so far. It used to be a theater, and that explains its dimensions. It's located on 11th Street, between 3rd and 4th Avs. The interesting thing about this place is that it offers multiple spaces and atmospheres. Here you can see the different rooms they have: link.

As I said, I'm not the biggest fan of massive clubs, so this is not my favorite place. However, I have to admit I have had a great time every time I've been there. I also would say it's worth to get to the VIP area. It's in the terrace of the main room (the actual theater.) When it's too crowded in the dance floor, trust me, you don't want to get lost there. Unless you like that, but believe me, sometimes it gets pretty gross! There's also a private section of the club for that area which is a lot of fun too. You can check the different options in the website:

Enough said, I think it's best if I just show you a few clips I took that night from the main floor. I hope you enjoy it!

Thanks for reading and don't hesitate to suggest me places to visit! I hope you enjoy the rest of the weekend. See you soon!