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

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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! 

Counting the days

… And currently I’m at 11 days to go. Say whaaat??!!

All of the final things are falling into place. Since the last update a couple of weeks ago, I’ve received my visa, gotten the subletting of my dorm approved, the Learning Agreement has finally been signed and received (only took like a month, ugh), received my CSN scholarship + loan.

Also, thank God for my nurse at the vaccine place. She told me about a special form of Meningitis, which is spread by air and is a super serious inflammation of the brain that can kill you in a couple of hours if you don’t receive the necessary care or have taken a shot for it. If you survive, you usually end up losing a limb or two. Yikes! So I was most certainly grateful for her recommendation and took that vaccine. Phew!

But on to more fun things! I’ve started planning with my roomates about how we’re gonna decorate our living area. I love interior design and decorating, so this is sooo much fun for me! I’m not entirely sure about our vision for the bedroom when it comes to colors etc., but we’ve decided on going for blue, white and gold for the bathroom. It’s gonna look so nice! So below you can find some things that I would love to incorporate both into the private and the common areas of our living space ๐Ÿ™‚

Home Decor

 

Duvet, Mug, Mirror, Rug, Pillows (1, 2, 3), Paintings, Vase, Candleholder, Frame, Towel, Bathroom set (mug, jar, soap pump)

 

What summer is all about

I hope you’ve all been well and enjoying summer to the fullest! Because summer is supposed to be enjoyed, no matter the weather. So here are some of the ways in which I’ve been enjoying summer life recently!

Going out with friends



A day with mom visiting Vaxholm and its fortress



Brunching and hanging out with this gorgeous lady

Game night



Catching up with dear old friends and enjoying some amazing Italian food


Spending time in nature

Now I know I haven’t exactly been the best with updating recently, but there’ll be a change about that once the exchange semester comes around. Until then, you’ll just have to hang in there and enjoy whatever is happening before then! Xx

Bikini love

 Hi everyone!

Since my traveling to the wonderful, sunny and warm California is getting closer and closer with each day that goes by, I’ve recently started looking at what kind of stuff I might need to get before heading off to this new adventure. 

One of the things on the top of my list has been a bikini/bathing suit. I definitely have quite a lot of beach/pool time ahead of me, and feeling and looking great during that time is an absolute must for me!

So now I’ve teamed up with one of my favorite beachwear brands Elsa and Rose! They have the prettiest bikinis and bathing suits. And guess what?  We’re now offering 15% OFF on any of their bikinis from Elsaandrose.com! Just use the code ‘RUTAMOZURAITYTE15‘ at checkout to get your discount. 

Check out my favorite picks below and ENJOY!!! 

Kiarah

KIARAH

Scarlet

SCARLET

Seraphina

SERAPHINA

Tiffany

TIFFANY

Zoe

ZOE