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I thought I would blog every week and update you as soon as something new happened. That didn´t happen, did it? The first month and a half have flown by so incredibly fast... So far I´ve been to a baseball game in Oakland, which I enjoyed a lot, even though it lasted four hours. We also went to Los Angeles
I have also experienced what is called "Game Day" a couple of times now. Since we basically live in the same streets as the fraternities and sororities, we get waken up a lot in the weekend by hardcore partying and loud music outside. When the Cal football team plays at Memorial Stadium, everyone dresses up in blue and gold, to cheers for our fellow peer players. I went to the game once, but I didn´t really find it interesting, to be honest - haha. Sports isn´t really my thing, and that´s ok too :-)
My cousin Adriano actually surprise-visited me some days ago, which I was so happy about! I got to show him where I live, and share some memories with him too. My parents and daughter are coming to visit me in 22 days, so I am really looking forward to that. They will be staying here for 9 days, so we will definitely travel a lot around, and I will not be attending too many classes around that time since it´s important to me to be with them. We do facetime a lot, several days a week, so we keep in touch with each other regularly, share what we do every day and have a lot of fun with the Facebook-video-filters, hahaha! So far the distance isn´t too bad since we know that it´s not too long until we´ll see each other again - but from time to time it´s naturally harder. I know that my cat misses me a lot too because I usually call for him via facetime, and he runs toward the screen, haha, poor him.
We take so many screenshots when we Facetime, which I think will be fun to look back on. It´s such an amazing tool to keep in touch and make the distance feel less of a burden. For now it will do, but I am counting down as a crazy person, to have them here and show them around!
In a place like this, you basically make a whole new group of friends. It´s such a new and different environment from home, so your friends here really become your family. I am so grateful too have so many cool people surrounding me everyday, sharing my journey with me!
My cousin Adriano when he surprised me while shopping ❤ / Oakland A´s vs LA Angels baseball game / The first BISP party/hangout / Me being a tourist at campus 😁
Since I have so many cool pictures from the LA trip, I will insert them below! We drove three cars from Berkeley to LA in 7 hours (I think). Mostly everyone in the group went to Santa Monica Pier and did some shopping in LA, while me and three of my other friends went to Universal Studios which was extremely fun - I had such a blast!
Three girls in a pickup through Californias highways, was not bad - we had a blast driving!
Our Airbnb was located in Koreatown, not too far from the Hollywood sign, Universal and Santa Monica Pier.
Universal Studios was my absolute favorite part of our trip. The attractions and rides we got to try, was insanely fun!
We went on the cart train-tours, which was very cool!
The Harry Potter castle was as cool inside as on the outside, and the ride was very impressing!
Just look at the streets as well, it´s all put together so well.
My favorite picture from LA!
I see now that I should updade more often, so that I dont have 50 pictures in each blogpost, which is quite overwhelming, I know. My days ahead are quite busy, as midterms are coming up in the beginning of October. I am also going on a wine tasting and tour trip one of the weekend around midterms, which might not be the best choice of date, but it will definitely let me have some fun while being put under a lot of stress! And of course my family is coming over pretty soon as well, which I can´t wait.
Shopping in San Francisco / Getting an A on my first assignment (and also an A on my second assignment in the same class) was very cool! / I also got my hair cut, and I love it! 💁
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Hopefully, I´ll talk to you soon again! 😁