When I made my suitcase to leave France for Charleston I took a lot of clothes for the summer, because I thought it was going to be really hot (it is actually true) and not that cold in the winter. But I was totally false...Because when the winter came it was a colder that what I was expecting. Especially when as you can see it snowed in Charleston! It did not snow here for 20 years! It was awesome, everybody was so surprised and because of that we "unfortunately" miss some days of school... It was actually really nice because at first we had to go back to school on the January, 2nd and we went back to school on the 8th.
In France we usually celebrate the Epiphanie with a King Cake on January, 6th. It is a cake filled with apple sauce or almond paste with a small "lucky charme" in it. The tradition is to put the younger child under the table and one person is asking him to who is the slice that he is pointing. The kid on the ground is answering randomly and the person who eat the slice with the charme in it has to choose a king or a queen to wear a paper crown.
The day before going to New York, Stephanie, Ella and I went listen a French Resistant telling her story to American people. It was very interesting and it looked like her story was similar from the ones I heard from my great grand mother. I wanted to go talk with her at the end but we left really fast.
As you probably know I had the chance to go to New York City with my Stephanie and Ella (my second host-family). When we first arrive we went in this famous candy shop to take some pictures.
Then, we took the Roosevelt Island tram to get there. Over there we took a bunch of pictures! We stayed there until the sunset; it was really pretty and it seemed so unbelievable to be in NYC !!!
For our second day in New York, we started our day by eating a breakfast at the Chelsey Market. It was really nice, I found some food that I used to have in France, it was so strange to see those here! This market is full of cultures! There was an Italian shop but also a Chinese one and so many others!
We continued our day by walking in the city, to see some famous monuments. Like the Empire State Building or the Flatiron Building.
As you can see we ate at Black Tap, we got these huge milkshake! It was so funny it represented so well the American culture! Everything is so big!
We walked by the Washington Square Arch, and we watch a Street Show. We went back to the apartment by the Grand Central Terminal.
The plans of the day were to go in Brooklyn and starting by eating the breakfast at Zabar's which is a place that Stephanie and Ella lalready knew. Then we went at the Brooklyn Cat Cafe, it was nice even if it was not at all what we were expecting to see! We thought we were gonna take a drink and in the same time being able to pet some cats but when we got in it was just a place to pet cats... But it was really cute!!
We continued our day by walking in Brooklyn and we took a lot a pictures in front of the skyscrapers. We walked on the brooklyn bridge there were a lot of people but it was really nice, really pretty! We thought about going for a run on it on the next morning but we finally understood that it would be too difficult with all of those people...
At the end of the day, even if it was late and we were really tired we decided to go visit the 9/11 memorial. It was a very strange moment, nobody was talking when we were walking around and some of them were even crying... I really liked going there I feel like I know what are the people talking about when they are mentioning the 9/11.
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