The last day of bartending in New York

25th November 2014
The last day of bartending in New York

My last day of bartending in New York has come and tonight is going to be so amazing. It was completely insane thinking of how much we’ve learned in only four weeks, in a city so big and full of adventures. The Big Apple. Not only did we learn things about bartending, but also about each other.

I woke up at ten o’clock in the morning. It’s been a while since I’ve woken up this late except for the weekends. It was a big day. We would get to know how we did on our tests. I knew I didn’t want to go home without being a certified EBS bartender, but I had a good feeling about it.

The whole EBS gang

At twelve o’clock almost everyone had eaten their breakfast and it was time to check in with our instructors Gavin, Savannah and Elyin Gavin’s office (a.k.a. his bedroom). I was the first one to go and I couldn’t believe I’d exceeded my own expectations. I passed with 86% of the total points on my certificate. Sure, I could’ve done better but I was really happy and proud of myself. The course just is intense course so whoever passes should be proud of themselves.

Getting certified was a pretty big deal after four weeks. Does it show?

Time went by and most people went back to bed since some of them went out the night before. I wanted to take advantage of my last day in New York so before graduation dinner, two of my classmates and myself went to Chinatown, where we saw this really cool and weird exhibition. We spent about two, three hours in Chinatown after which we thought it might be time to head home. Everyone had dressed to impress since it was our last day and night together.

The guy who came up with this must be a New Yorker

It was now time to hand out the diplomas and take pictures. ”Okay this is for someone veeeeery special in the group, Maria Mariiaaa!” was what Savannah said when she handled me my diploma. The guys had made it a habit to start singing my name whenever I was up, but at this point it didn’t bother me at all. Truth be told, I now miss people singing my name.

For our graduation dinner we went to a place called Cerveceria Havemeyer in Brooklyn and got settled. Drinks and food were served constantly. EBS picked up the tab, which was really good for us students. Again, a lot of fun and the usual variety of competitions going on. This is when the fun begins, and we found ourselves going back to Chinatown again to a karaoke bar named Inhabit.

Chinatown again

Again, I had the time of my life with these people I’ve got to know during these four weeks. I am a singer so I loved the idea of going here. I sang a couple of songs with other people and then one of the instructors came up to me and said I had an amazing voice and that I needed to pick a song highlighted my voice. So I picked Whitney Houston’s “I Will Always Love You”. After the song, all of the people who were in the room were standing, applauding and screaming my name. I didn’t know how to respond, I was so overwhelmed.

I had to go Axl as well

I don’t know why but I’m guessing it was because of the alcohol that I’d become so emotional, I just hugged everyone and told them I was going to miss them so much. This is by far the best memory of my time in New York. I remember feeling very sad the next morning, thinking I had to leave all these people, this city, and country. I kept my tears back when hugging everyone for the last time and my face was all wet in the taxi to the airport.

Still miss you guys

We had gotten so close to each other in this short period of time. EBS New York really exceeded my expectations, so to anyone who has any doubts about going there – you’ve got absolutely nothing to lose. You’ll gain loads of knowledge at the same time as having a blast. It’s totally worth it!

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