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Last evening we visited the navy pier. They have got everything here! Shops, museums, restaurants and even an amusement park called Pier Park were we had a lot of fun! Do you know where the pier has got its name from? At first, it was called “Municipal Pier” but the pier got renamed in 1927 to “Navy Pier” as a tribute to the people that served in the Navy during the First World War.

At the amusement park we walked around and just looked at all the stuff that you could do. It was really cozy because of all the carousels and attractions that were lighted up by hundreds of lights in different colors and music was played everywhere. We had dinner at one of the food stands that served tacos and it was really good! It all reminded me of Liseberg back home in Sweden. I was there two years ago when my team participated in a football cup in Gothenburg. One of the evenings when we were there we went to Liseberg and walked around in the colorful lights from the carousels and listened to the music that was played from the attractions.

Of course, we had to try some of the carousels too. One of them we tried was called “wave swinger”. It looked a bit scary but Emmy persuaded me to go with her and it was really fun actually! We sat in a chair that was tied to the roof with chains so when the carousel started to go faster the chairs got farther away from the carousels. When it was at its highest speed you looked right down at the ocean when you turned your head to the side because the carousel was placed on the edge of the pier. After we got off the carousel Emmy said that she felt a little dizzy after all the spinning and I did too so we decided to go out from the park and go back to our motel.

Chicago was the last destination on our road trip so tomorrow we are going back to Sweden. It has been a wonderful trip! We have experienced so much and I have seen things that I never have seen before. I would gladly do this again someday!

We will be home soon, see you!

//Mathilda

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This is our very last destination of our road trip. This has been a few exciting weeks and I’m quite sad that we’re leaving tomorrow. We’re going to return our rented car tomorrow by 11 and then we’re off to Sweden again. Anyways, let me tell you about the city – Chicago. The city is often called The Windy City. It’s not because it’s a windy city (well, it is kind of windy here) but because the politicians were apparently very “windy” (which could be another word for talkative). This occurred somewhere around the end of the 19th century and the nickname has followed the city ever since.

We visited the Millennium Park in Chicago. The park was totally unknown to me but I googled it and found out that this big, silver, weird, bean thingy was a part of the millennium park. It’s actually called Cloud Gate or more casually “The Bean”. I’ve seen it so many times in movies and such, so it was very cool to actually see it with my own eyes. The square was crowded with people so we didn’t bother to get close to the structure. We were satisfied with standing 30 meters away and just looking at it. The surface was so smooth and shiny so it reflected the skyline and its surroundings in a way that could be compared to a fisheye objective. The structure gives me some kind of alien feeling. It doesn’t fit in and it looks like something aliens would drop off when they were passing earth and now we’re standing here admiring it. Later on, Mathilda told me to my disappointment that it was made of stainless steel and nothing otherworldly.

After the Cloud Gate, we went to the Lurie Garden. There were surprisingly enough almost no other people than ourselves in the garden so we strolled down the alleys smelling the different flowers and just enjoying some tranquility. We came across a large hedge while walking in the garden, and by saying large, I mean LARGE. It was almost 5 meters high! Chicago is sometimes called the City of Big Shoulders and these enormous hedges are an illustration to give life to the nickname.

We had booked some tickets to the Jay Pritzker Pavilion later that evening to listen to a various kind of local artists. We hadn’t heard of any of them but we thought it might be funny to at least attend this modern outdoor music pavilion. The weather was perfect. It was not too cold and not a single cloud could be seen in the sky. We also had perfect lawn seats not too far away from the stage. The Pavilion was surrounded by billowing poles making the arena seem much cozier and tempting. It was kind of being inside even though I was outside.

Now I have to sleep. I’m so tired and a long flight home awaits, see ya! /Emmy

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Hi everybody!

Right now we are sitting at our motel in Chicago. We have been here for a couple of days now and I really like this city! Chicago is the third largest city in the United States. Did you know that there is a city here called Andersonville and that It lived more Swedes in Chicago than in Gothenburg in the year 1900?

So far we have done some really exciting stuff during our staying in Chicago. It´s good that neither of us is afraid of heights because then the adventure of yesterday would have been really scary! Can you guess what we did? We visited the Willis Tower! It’s the highest building in the United States if you only look at the height of the roof. It also has one of the fastest elevators in the world so you couldn’t complain about the speed. It´s a big difference if you compare them with the elevators back home in Sweden ha-ha-ha.

When we had gotten up to the top of the building, to the sky deck, we just stood there for a while and looked at the fantastic view. The building is 447 meters high and because of that, you can look at the boundaries of the four states Illinois, Indiana, Michigan and Wisconsin. That was really amazing! It felt like you could see over the whole United States. It was pretty expensive to go up to the sky deck but once you saw the view, it was all worth it!

Thank you, Chicago, for a very good day!

See you again soon!

//Mathilda

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Woah, this was some amazing days in Albuquerque! Yesterday we were busy all day long and all I can say is wow. The first day, we went to a balloon festival and it was a wonderful sight. Balloons all over the place, making the sky even more beautiful. Mathilda will tell you more about it since she’s the one with the camera. There’s a lot of people here in Albuquerque, it is the highest populated city in New Mexico and is a major city mainly because of the road “route 66”. Spanish explorers settled down in Albuquerque in the beginning of the 16th century but the city itself wasn’t officially founded until 1706.

Yesterday we went to the East High School here in Albuquerque. You may ask why we visited a school during our road trip. The answer is: this isn’t any school, it’s THE school. The High School Musical movie took set in this very particular school. We went there just to experience the premises and the movie itself. We had permission to enter the school, of course, they were used to people visiting the school because of the HSM movie. While we were walking towards the gym we bumped into 2 pink lockers. “Strange”, I thought since the other lockers were painted white. Suddenly I remembered! They hadn’t repainted Sharpay’s lockers when they stopped filming, they left them as a memory. So these lockers right in front of me were the original lockers from the movie. Once we had taken like dozens of pictures of ourselves in front of the lockers we moved on to the gym where they had basketball practice. We were told to leave and to come back later when the practice was over or to come back the same night as the school team was playing, so instead of the gym we went to the cafeteria and then the auditorium. Later that day we went back to the gym, as we were told to, and watched to game. All I could see was tall men running around. Like, every single one of them were almost 2 meters tall. I felt so short among the players when we were walking towards the entrance.

Today was our last day here in Albuquerque and we haven’t done anything special throughout the day, but we took the car to the Sandia Peak Tramway around 5pm. Our plan was to take the tramway up the mountain and eat some dinner at the restaurant before the sunset but the tramway was closed! We had to wait almost 50 minutes for it to open up again. We decided to skip dinner and watch the sunset immediately when we arrived so we wouldn’t miss it. It was very cold up there... I should’ve brought a jacket with me to put on, but I didn’t think it would be THAT cold. Anyways, the sunset was amazing, it set among the mountains and it was beyond beautiful. Sandia is the Spanish word for watermelon, so basically the mountain is named “the watermelon mountain”. The sunsets are often reddish, which explains the name Sandia Mountain.

I’ll keep you updated! /Emmy

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Hello again!

Now we are at our third destination which is Albuquerque, the biggest city in New Mexico! We got here a few days ago and we are having a really good time. During our time in this city, we are staying at a motel nearly in the middle of the town. When we first got here the weather wasn´t very nice, it was a bit chilly and rainy. Yesterday it was sunny and warm and that suited our plans perfectly.

Yesterday Emmy and I went to the Balloon Fiesta Park to participate at the balloon fiesta. This huge festival started in 1972 with some people who launched 13 balloons from a shopping mall parking lot. Seeing what it has grown to today is really amazing! Today it´s 600 balloons which are released from a park with a size of 54 football fields! There were hundreds of balloons in all the colors and motives that you can imagine. I could really see why this is the largest ballooning event on earth.

We were at the fiesta on the morning session. There is one session in the morning and one in the evening but we thought it would be nice to be there in the morning so we could watch the balloons rise in the sunlight and that was very beautiful! One fun thing with the fiesta was that there was no viewing stands and no restricted areas so we were allowed to walk around. We strolled around in the middle of it all and looked at all the balloons and watched people prepare them for the grand show. We saw many funny balloons and we laughed at many of them ha-ha-ha.

We are both were happy with how that day turned out, that festival was really something extra!

See you at our next stop!

//Mathilda

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We just arrived in Sun Valley!! Guess what we are going to do here? Yes, we are going to go skiing today! We drove here from Idaho Falls this morning and we just got to our hotel room. We are staying at a hotel in the area of the resort. Sun Valley ski resort has 65 paths to ski down on and 19 lifts so it´s pretty big and it´s going to be really fun! Did you know that this place was the first to invent chairlifts?

If this resort wasn’t located in this area there is a risk that the mining town that is located nearby the resort would have been extinct. Now the ski resort has turned this area into a popular place for tourists.

Our staying in Idaho Falls has been very funny so far and I´m looking forward to seeing where our next stop will be.

Now we are going to go out to the hills, see you soon!

//Mathilda

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16 hours later and we’re finally here, Idaho Falls. I don’t exactly know why we picked Idaho Falls for our road trip except for the fact that I wanted to visit the Yellowstone National park so badly! We stopped a few times at diners and gas stations just to stretch our legs, eat and to stock up with more candy for the ride. I’ll admit, it is kind of tough to travel this distance by car but you’ll experience so much along the road. For example when we stopped in this teeny weeny town to get some more gas. I promise, if you would’ve blinked, you’d miss it.

The second day during our stay in Idaho Falls, it was finally time for Yellowstone, the first national park in the world. I’ve been longing to visit this national park for so long and now, the day had finally come. We decided to stay at the hotel Old Faithful Inn (which is entirely made out of wood and is probably one of the biggest wood structures around the world) one night so we would get two days exploring this place since it’s so big! It’s located on the border of Idaho/Wyoming so it’s not very far from Idaho Falls, it took us about 2 hours getting there so we took off early in the morning so we could utilize the day as much as possible.

The first day we packed some food in a backpack and then went hiking. Our goal was to reach the Brink of the Lower Falls by lunch but we had to take the car halfway so we would be able to actually eat lunch during lunch-time and not by midnight. Even though we still had to walk for a few hours it was definitely worth every step. The view we had from our table was magical.

Once we’d eaten up we headed towards Mt. Washburn. My legs were burning after the walk and as soon as we arrived at the peak Mathilda just collapsed on the ground and made a loud noise. She was also pretty exhausted.

The next day we wanted to go and see some geysers, which we did. At the end of the boardwalk we found the Morning Glory Pool. It’s some sort of bacteria in the geyser who colors the water depending on the temperature. It used to be as colorful as the rainbow but now tourists have destroyed it by throwing coins and such into the geyser. The coins are blocking the water circulation and some of the bacteria are now dead due to the big loss of temperature. So instead of a rainbow pool there were yellow and blue pale colors. Still pretty cool though.

After all this walking I’m glad that I’m spending the upcoming hours in a car whereas I’m not using my legs.
/Emmy

Fun fact about Yellowstone: There’s evidence of people who have lived in Yellowstone since 11,000 years back! The European Americans didn’t explore and discover the value of the area until the 19th century.

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Hello everybody!

Now we are in Idaho Falls. This city feels more like back home then San Francisco did because it has this small town charm which is really cozy. On our way here Emmy told me that Idaho, the state where Idaho Falls is situated in, was one of the last states in the America to be explored by the Europeans. Neither of us has heard much about Idaho Falls so we were both very excited to see what this town had to offer.

In the motel that we stayed in we found a brochure that had listed things and attractions that tourist can do and see and Emmy got really excited over one thing that she read in it. She saw that the Yellowstone national park was located just a few miles outside the city. She had watched a movie that took place in that park and she really wanted to go see it. She said that we had to go there and I thought it sounded fun so we went there and it WAS SOOO COOL!! Emmy will tell you more about that later! Another thing that we read about in the brochure was the museum of Idaho. Suitably enough for two Jurassic park nerds they had a dinosaur exhibition when we were there!!

The museum was really fun! They had skeletons of dinosaurs and a place for kids where they could search for dinosaur eggs in a big box of sand. A little strange I know with the hunt in the box of sand but a woman that worked at the museum told us that the museum was very popular because of it and that the children really like it. They had a few screens that were placed out around the building where you could watch short movies about the excavations and so on. When we first got inside the building I felt something touching my shoulder and when I turned around I saw someone dressed in a dinosaur costume and I promised that my heart stopped!! That was not what I expected it to be. Emmy thought it was really funny, she didn’t stop laughing for quite some time hahaha.

Come back soon for more updates!

//Mathilda

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