I left my heart in San Francisco 

On the last weekend of October, 27th-29th, a whole bunch of us international students decided to go on a weekend trip to San Francisco. It was a point on my bucket list for this exchange semester, so I’m really happy I got to cross this amazing city off!

The day after arriving to San Francisco, our touristing began! First we went to the Painted Ladies, which is an idyllic street with some iconic San Francisco-ish houses, super cute! Then we walked around a bit, admiring the beautiful architecture and themes of different neighbourhoods. We also went to Fisherman’s Wharf which is basically a bay area with lots of shops, restaurants and boutiques. We also got to see some seals! We were all feeling pretty cold and exhausted, not having fully prepared for the chilly weather and all the walking, so we found another iconic thing – a trolley! We took that one back to our hotel and spent the night in a chill mode.

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Leaving San Diego behind for the weekend

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The Painted Ladies 

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Views

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Incredible architectural theme throughout the city

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Old fashioned trolley

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Fishermans Wharf

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Cute, but loud

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Found my new favorite flavor – salted caramel blondie

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Taking the iconic trolley

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Happy and tired girls

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Loved this Halloween prop

 

The second and last day was a bit foggy and cloudy, but we still managed to make the most of it! We started off the day with some great breakfast at Pat’s Café. It’s definitely one of the most colorful and fun places I’ve been for breakfast, that’s for sure! And of course, the food was delicious. We also went on the red bus that takes you around the city and went over to the Golden Gate Bridge and then walked back. Then we visited the Ferry Building Marketplace and the 16th Avenue Tiled Steps, which were absolutely beautiful!

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Cloudy/foggy day in San Francisco

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Breakfast location

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So delicious!

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Touristing

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The iconic Golden Gate Bridge

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Ferry Building Marketplace

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The 16th Avenue Tiled Steps

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Time to go home

 

Then suddenly it was time to go to the airport to catch our flight home. I loved every second of this weekend and I highly recommend to anyone who’s thinking about coming here to actually go through with it. I promise, you won’t regret it!

Until next time! xx

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Day N Night Fest 2017

We bought tickets to Day N Night Fest 2017 probably just a couple of days after getting here, so we were definitely excited when the time for it finally came! The festival took place during 3 days, September 8th-10th. We got tickets for Friday and Saturday only, mostly because of the early classes on Monday and with the festival being in Anaheim (close to LA) it would’ve been a bit of a hustle to get back to San Marcos late on a Sunday evening, to say the least. Although we were a bit bummed about not seeing Sunday’s artists, we were still super excited about the ones we would experience on Friday and Saturday.

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The lineup for the festival

Getting ready!!

 

 

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Khalid


 

Travis Scott


 

Travis Scott floating on a freaking bird above the stage

So the first day was absolutely CRAZY!!! We ended up seeing PNB Rock, Khalid and Travis Scott. I was insanely excited about seeing Khalid! I discovered him when he came out with his first single, but didn’t fully fall in love with his music until maybe 4-5 months ago when he released his first album. Experiencing my favorite songs live was absolutely incredible!!

But, I have to give the award for best performance to Travis Scott. He created the hands down best show/festival experience anyone could have asked for. Although the moshpits were at times a bit too much, his energy, the visuals – the whole composition of it all, was INSANE!!!

 

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Second day – Post Malone

On Saturday, we saw a bit more artists than on Friday: SZA, Playboi Carti, Post Malone, Lil Uzi Vert and Chance the Rapper. My favorites this day were Post Malone songwise, but Lil Uzi showwise. After the last performance we went out and didn’t come back until quite late, tired but very happy after a full day of amazing experiences!

 

Sunday we spent walking around and exploring two of the main beaches in LA. We started at the end of Venice beach and made our way up to Santa Monica Pier. It was a very nice and relaxing day!

 


 

Beautiful street art


Palm readings at the beach

Santa Monica Pier

Delicious lunch at Mariasol

 

Ending the day watching the sunset

LA weekend

A couple of weeks ago, my friends and I went to LA for a weekend. It was all of our first time there, and we were so excited to explore the city! Of course, we didn’t have enough time to do EVERYTHING that we wanted to, but we weren’t to worried about that. We know we’ll go there many more times, it is after all only about 1,5 hours away!

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One of my favorite things about LA is all of the street art. It’s not just some random graffiti, there’s an actual idea behind it!

 

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Kyra, me and Hannah in the back, and Sophie and Winston in the front 😀

 

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For lunch we went to Grand Central Market – which is like a huge indoor market but with restaurants

 

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This ice cream was BOMB

 

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Found this beautiful place walking around the city

 

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Girlies! (And Winston the photographer)

 

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Loved the architecture

 

After a bit of exploring and enjoying all of the different corners of LA, it was time to get down to business. Next stop – Walk of Fame!

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Even found my own star ❤

 

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All of you who know about my love for Tom Cruise – just imagine my reaction when I saw this guy 😛

 

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The day ended by meeting some other friends for dinner at an Argentinian restaurant

 

The next day was started in a healthy fashion – with acai bowls for the people!

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Still can’t get over how beautiful this place is!

 

Next place to check off the list was Beverly Hills!

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Getting a bit hungry from all the exploring, we found this place – Beaming

 

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Apparently Jessica Alba goes here

 

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And I completely understand why – this smoothie was the most DELICIOUS one I’ve ever had!!!

 

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Of course we had to go to DASH

 

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A bit of successful shopping

 

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1st time at In-n-Out

That weekend was so much fun!! I can’t wait to get back there ASAP!

xx

 

 

 

 

First weeks of school

Hi everyone! Sorry for the long break since my last post, the past couple of weeks have been filled to the brim with action, which I will tell you all about.

This is what the past couple of weeks have been like:

The main “entrance” of the school campus

The first two weeks were INSANELY hot, with between 34 and 38 degrees C every day!

 

Got tickets to a toga party for all of the main universities in Cali, so excited about that! 

 

Had some Taco Tuesday for the first time

 

Received some gorgeous clothes for the month from Le Tote. Absolutely LOVE their service!

 

Spent time with friends

 

Probably my favorite class this semester: Marketing Communication

 

Getting some crazy delicious cinnamon buns doesn’t exactly make school worse!

 

Enjoyed some insanely beautiful sunsets

My favorite sunset photo so far

 

As you might have noticed, I didn’t even mention anything about what I’ve been up to during the weekends. Well that’s because they both deserve posts of their own! So stay tuned for those in the upcoming days! xx

First days here

I cannot believe I’ve already been here for almost a week, it’s crazy!

Time goes by so fast, even though it also feels like so much has already happened.

So I arrived to San Marcos around 1:30PM (13:30) and walked straight to the reception/help desk at University Village Apartments (UVA) to register my arrival and pick up the keys. Everyone was really kind and helpful, which was super nice after such long travels!

The content of my “Welcome Home” package

That afternoon I basically spent settling in and going to the grocery store to get food and supplies, because the apartment was completely empty when I got there. One other girl had already moved in, because she’s a transfer student, but the rest of them were not moving in until Friday (in 2 days at the time).

Managed to set up a pretty cosy bed after a trip to Target

The next day I walked around campus, exploring the area nearby and preparing for Friday’s “Exchange Student Orientation”. The orientation was basically a longer informative meeting during which we got to know other exchange students and also some regular current ones. I met some really nice girls from the U.K. and Germany!

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On Saturday we decided to go explore Oceanside, which is an area right by the beach. Unfortunately the weather was not on our side and exactly swim-friendly, so we ended up walking around the area and dipping our feet in the sea together with some guys we met there. If it hadn’t been for the cloudy weather, the afternoon would’ve been even better. But we managed to have a nice time anyways!

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It really is true – portion sizes in America are HUGE


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Found the beach house of my dreams (navy) on a super cute street in Oceanside

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In the evening the girls and I went to a party

On Sunday there was a BBQ/Pool party at the UVA, where we could chill in the sun, meet some new people and enjoy some great music!

Then in the evening we went to “Dive-In Movie Nite”, where they showed Guardians of the Galaxy vol. 2 and where we met even more new people.

 

So that’s about all that I was up to before school started on Monday. It was a perfect balance between chilling and exploring and hanging out with friends.

Now it’s time to get serious, because you get quite a lot of homework compared to back in Sweden, and even the smallest things matter. But that doesn’t mean I’m gonna be all focused on schoolwork, no no no! If you manage your schedule efficiently, there’s always time for fun. So that’s what I intend to do, for sure! For example, during Labor Day weekend (this upcoming one), we have tons of plans, some of which include a bit of traveling!

So stay tuned for some more updates about what everyday exchange student life looks like in beautiful and sunny California! xx