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

 

 

 

 

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! 

Rome – Part II

After some great relaxing days in Assisi, it was about time to head back to Rome for a final few days before going home to Stockholm!

So what did we do during these last days in Rome? Well surprise surprise, we visited some more absolutely stunning churches!


We got to visit the Catacomb of Priscilla, which contain some of the earliest known Marian paintings, dating back to the early 3rd century. It’s also 13 km long! This place was really something special.

We also spend quite a lot of time just walking around Rome and enjoying its scenes. Something I’m really missing about it is the ancient beauty of the city.



During one of the final evenings, my sister and I decided to divert from the group’s plans and go and have dinner at our favorite restaurant in Rome, Doveralù. Although we loved the group we were traveling with and we had a lot of fun, we both felt like we needed some alone/sister time, so off we went!

What other way to start a nice dinner than with drinks? Mine was a fresh apple/mint drink, while Milda’s drink was more fruity and exotic.

We really weren’t that original that evening and apart from the drinks in the beggining we ended up ordering the exactly same foods 😛 Their Carbonara was absolutely delicious!

And what more traditional could you order for dessert than Tiramisu?

So that was basically all from our trip to Italy! I loved going back to some of the places I’ve been to before, as well as having some new exiting discoveries and experiences. Can’t wait to my next travel plans!

See you soon! x