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

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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 πŸ˜€

 

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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 πŸ˜›

 

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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!Β 

 

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

Destination: Land of Dreams

Yesterday was the day.

The day I’ve been dreaming about since I was little, imagining what it would be like – what I would be like. And now that it’s finally here it’s hard to fathom.

Right now, I’m happily cosied up in my seat on my way by train to Oceanside. 

Now to the journey of getting here… It was great! Honestly, flying business, especially on longer, trans-continental flights like mine, is the only way to go. The chairs, the leg space, the entertainment, the overall comfort and service – definitely worth the extra little amount!

I started off my trip in the Menzies Lounge at Arlanda, reading, having some light lunch and just relaxing a bit before the flight. Then the flight ended up being delayed by around an hour, which was an it annoying, but I was so pumped about finally being on my way that it didn’t really matter to me. Getting to the gate though you have go through quite the security check, and I was of course called for an extra thorough one… 


But never mind that, once on the plane, everything went super smoothly. I proofread some of my sister’s book and watched two movies, Man of Steel and The Great Gatsby. LOVED the last one, so beautifully made! Food wise two meals were included, which was definitely enough for me. If anything, I would’ve preferred them to be a bit smaller in size and have 3 meals instead. But hey, I had the ability to choose a gluten-free menu, so I was happy! Then I also slept for a couple of hours and before I knew it we had already arrived at LAX!

The “light” snack before arrival

The city of angels


The security to get into the U.S. took a loooong time. The actual checking and talking to the officials didn’t take that long at all. But the queueing, yeez!! And it was so warm, no conditioning at all, standing up all the time, being stressed about having all the right documents etc., that was not fun. Thank god this was all happening BEFORE picking up one’s luggage! But everything went smoothly and there were no questions. Then, right before leaving the last security point with all of my bags and everything, the customs dog reacted to my bag. Well ****! So I had to go through yet another security point, during which they found nothing in the bag. I think that the dog reacted to the banana smell that was lingering around in my bag, although I had finished it already on the plane. But either way, after about 2+ hours after landing, I finally got to leave the airport! 

I had reserved a place in a shared shuttle in advance, and though there ended up being some problems with that (not on my half), I ended up arriving safely to my hotel in downtown LA. It was quite warm and the humidity definitely added a stuffed kind of feeling to the air. But I had the best company on my way there as well, everyone was so nice and helpful. I spent the night there before continuing my travels today (23rd) to San Marcos.



So now I’m just gonna relax, read a bit and enjoy the views of (at the moment not so sunny) California. 


Expect more frequent updates from me from now on and I hope that you’ll find it interesting!