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Los Angeles

Next day we left the wildlife behind us and travelled to Los Angeles, the second biggest city in the whole USA. Los Angeles established in 1781 by the Spanish and was a Mexican city until 1846. We decided to go to Los Angeles because of three reasons. The University’s, the Hollywood sign and Shawn Whites Air Style Competition. We started to visit University of Southern California.

University of Southern California is located in Los Angeles’s Downtown Arts and Education Corridor. The school is ranked 26 of 2016 edition of Best Colleges in National Universities. The school has numbers of social clubs, nearly 700 different on-campus organizations. Some examples are archery, water polo or spirit leadings (primary responsibility is to lead cheers and yells by engaging the crowd). We had arrange a meeting with one of the directors so we could check and get information about the university. Main reason why we did this is because we wanted a picture of University`s here in America, if we want to go here later.

He introduced himself as Michael Munson and showed us around the campus, dorms and classrooms. Michael told us about the calendar, rentals and reservations, the charge for living on campus. He even let us talk to some of the students, and the said that they loved being educated here. We left campus after two hours and went to the supermarket to buy some groceries. Next stop was the Hollywood sign so we took an uber up to Hollywood Hills. At the supermarket we had bought brunch, so we could have a picnic besides the sign. French toast with ham and cheese, lemonade with taste of summer and fresh strawberries. With our stomachs full we just sat down an looked out of from the sign. The Hollywood have been used as advertising between 1976 and 1987 and many mixture have been used, both legal and illegal. Example “HOLLYWEED” when it became legal to use marijuana and “HOLYWOOD” when the Pope was in town. From the beginning the sign was named “HOLLYWOODLAND” after the residential project in the hills above Hollywood.

Next day we went to the Snowboard competition, who was held in La Colosseum. Famous snowboarders as Shawn White, Max Parrot and our own swedish competitor, Sven Thorgren. Total babe!!!!! I mean I like watching winter sports and snowboard, but looking at him… wow. He is also leading the tour, so he is good at both being handsome and a professional at snowboarding. The tournament is also a festival, so we bought a VIP passport so we could go to the party. Great music from the DJ`s and a big dancefloor so you could shake all your energy of. We went to bed pretty late and a “slight” tipsy, but still so I can blog. Tomorrow the plane to Hawaii takes off at 4.em so we have time to do something more. Maybe walk down the Hollywood Walk Of Fame. This trip has been really life changing and the funniest thing I ever done. I am really thankfull for this opportunity and I hope that you have enjoyed my updates. You can read about the last place from Malins post. Take care!


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Our third stop is Yellowstone National Park situated in the states Idaho, Montana and Wyoming. Also appurtenant to the Rocky Mountains. We hired a tour guide to take us around the park. It stared at 6.00 am, because you have better chances to see more wildlife early in the morning. They picked us up at our hotel called Old faithful Inn. We had stayed the night at this lovely wooden building, without internet or tv. The feeling of being out in the wild appears and I think that the owner has thought of this as a selling point, because it is pretty usually to not have internet or television. I was not disturbed by it. I thought that it was reliving being without the regular influencing factors of social life.

On the tour ride we saw a lot of different animals. Moose’s, mule deer’s, buffalos and some grizzly and black bears. I have always been afraid of bears and I thought it was a bit scary, but I think it was really helpful to experience them at close range. I capture a picture of a black bear and a grizzly bear fighting. We had packed some lunch, but we were still hungry so we stopped at Creekside Deli and bought some sandwiches. Delicious!

The park is really big. 8 980 km² of beautiful forest, mountains, geysers and other geothermal phenomena. It is also the world’s oldest national park. The park is called Yellowstone because of the yellow mountain found in Yellowstone's Grand Canyon. Floods during previous ice ages and erosion from the Yellowstone River have created a deep gorge in the Yellowstone Plateau thereby called Yellowstone. A fun fact is that Yellowstone is an old volcano. If it ever gets another volcanic eruption, the ashes will cover the ground as much as the whole area of India.

Next day our guide took us fishing at Yellowstone Lake. Even if it is a national park, you are allowed to fish. Fishing licenses are required for anyone over 16 years old, whether fishing with one of our guides, or privately in a lake or river. We hired a boat and row to the middle of the lake. It was pretty dead at first, but after a while it started to bite pretty much. Arctic grayling, Mountain whitefish and Westslope cutthroat trout were some of the species we captured. These fishes was really something else than in Sweden and I thought it was a lot funnier with new and bigger fishes.

Back at the cabin, I took a well needed shower. It is really exhausting to be out in the nature an whole day. All the fresh air I think. But it is a good tired feeling at least.

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We left New York early this morning and we arrived at Homestead airport after four hours. The flight was calm and Malin and I slept a lot. I only woke up because I was hungry and had to go to the toilet. It is pretty hard to not wake someone else while climbing over them when you are headed to the plane corridor. Haha.

The first day we visited Hemingway House. He lived here between 1931 – 1940 and know the house have guided tours. Ernest Hemingway was a famous author and journalist who wrote a lot of great books. I have read a lot of them and I think that the way he writes are outstanding. Under the World War One He had service as an ambulance driver. He was injured and returned and wrote a book about his experiences. More bad things than good happened to him, so sadly in the end he took his own life.

A brighter side is that Ernest was a cat lover and the yard is full of adorable cats. A sign said, “Do not pick up the cats” but I could not resist haha.

Over 28 different flowers and plants are found in the garden and down below is a picture of my two favourites: the Waterlily and the Plumbago.

Next day offered very nice weather, so we went down to Smathers Beach. It was really hot outside and the ocean were really warm. Malin burned herself in the sun and are now constantly complaining about it. Luckily I myself have brown hair and eyes, with results that I can be in the sun a bit longer than all the blondes. After a while I got this idea to go parasailing. Malin thought that was an awesome so we went to the nearest boat. Up in the air we went and is was really amusing. From the parachute we could see the whole beach, the wind was blowing in our hair and I felt like nothing in the world could ruin our happiness.

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Hey again. Now have Malin and I spent our first day in New York and it have been magical. Everything is so beautiful here and the citizens are so polite and nice. Not like in Sweden there everyone is so unsocial and awkward to each other. Moving here on day would be pretty perfect. Enough of that, let´s talk about our three days.

First day

Tody we went to the grand, one and only Central Park. 3, 4 square kilometres of beautiful nature, tucked within "The City with Everything”. We entered the park and everywhere there were people with their dogs, kids who played with each other and some confused tourists looking on their maps. We hired bikes so we could bike around in the park. Central Park is really adventurous I may say. You can go kayaking, climbing, visit the 21 different playgrounds and go to Central Park Zoo. Included Swedish Cottage Marionette Theatre. Even if my homeland is a small country we are know how to put Sweden on the map haha. We checked the biggest playground Heckscher Playground (named after one of the constructors of the park. Malin and I grabbed lunch at Loeb Boathouse.

After the lunch, we decided to go shopping. We strolled through different shops for three hours. I bought two new pairs of jeans, new Nike shoes, some t-shirts and a nice new dress. I lost count at Malins purchasing pretty early. (She is a bit of a shopaholic, but that is our secret ;) )

Second day

Malin and I woke up at 9 today and we went down to the hotel restaurant to eat breakfast. Today we had a tight schedule. Walking down at Time Square, visit The Statue of Liberty and The Empire State building. First up was The Empire State building, who places just around the corner from our hotel. The skyscraper is the most famous building in the world. It has 102 floors and is 381 meters to the roof. The whole building is 448, 7 meters. We took one of the 73 elevators and reach the top after 2 minutes. The view was fantastic and you could see the whole town.

Next stop was The Statue Of Liberty. Situated on Liberty Island, Manhattan. The statue is called Miss Liberty” or ”Lady Liberty and is a symbol of freedom. The Statue of Liberty was donated in 1886 by France to the United States to celebrate the centennial of the Declaration of Independence.

To get to Liberty Island, we took a ferry and paid 18 dollars each. It was many passengers on the boat, but it was not a long ride so it was okay.

When we arrived at the dock decide to walk 354 sweaty steps up to the crown, who is open for visitors. Luckily the deck was opened today, because it is often closed for renovation or suspicions for terrorist attacks. 47 meters are not as impressive as 448 meters, but it was a really cool experience. We went down to the museum and looked around for a while. We saw the old torch, which was replaced 1986. After some time, we went back to our hotel.

We took a short break on our hotel room before we went out again. Next stop was Time Square. We walked down to the famous road from our hotel. Billboard lights shining everywhere and people far and wide. It was an amazing experience to see one of the world's most densely populated and popular places.

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Hello, it is Malin here. We have now spent three days on Hawaii in Honolulu and are going to spend four more, but I thought I am going to write about this three first days. Since we have done a lot these first days.

Day one, we went to one of Hawaii’s many surfing beaches, Hawaii is actually the capital of moderns surfing. But of course we did not go to the beaches with the big waves, we went to a beach for beginner’s which we certainly are. My patience was really tested that day because I am not a natural at surfing so it did not go that well, but it was a start so I think I have to test surfing at least one more time before we are going home.

Day two, we went hiking to the Manoa falls which was both beautiful and adventurous. It was not a so long hike (about 2,4km) and it was god because we have had some long hikes this trip. On the hike we walk through movie scenes locations from Jurassic Word and lost which was cool. I had never seen a waterfall before so it was also fun to see one with my one eyes.

Day three, we were on the beach on the day and later on the afternoon we went to Hawaiʻi Volcanoes National Park. The park has two active volcanoes, one of them is the word most active volcanos who is named Kīlauea. So it was amazing to see, the whole area was really remarkable because of the dramatic volcanic landscapes.

Now I am going to go and enjoy the waves so bye, it has been a pleasure to have you as my reader through this trip.

Malin

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Hello, we are now at the airport in LA waiting for the plane to Hawaii it takes five and a half hour to fly from LA to Hawaii. So I thought I was going to write on the blog about LA.We have been here for four days and it have been amazing and really hot outside. Why do not I live here?

The first day here we went visiting Universal Studios Hollywood who is one of the oldest and most famous Hollywood studios who is still in use. When we were there we took a ride on the world-famous Studio Tour in the theme park. It was really cool to see. The tour goes throw a working movie studio and took about an hour. I would defiantly be able to go back because it was truly something to experience.

The second day I and Alva went hiking up to the Hollywood sign and had a little picnic. The hike was around7km and took about 2 hours. When we finally reached the Hollywood sign the view was amazing! And the sign is not small, the letters are certainly high, whole 14 meters.

The third day (yesterday) we walk on Hollywood Walk of Fame and we also shopped more or at least I shopped more. They have it all here and it was so cool to walk on all the famous people's stars.

Did you know that Los Angeles at the beginning was named El Pueblo de Nuestra Senora la Reina de Los Angeles de Porcincula (Our Lady the Queen of the angels of Porcincula)? Or that the city was under Spanish rule? Maybe you did maybe you did not, know you now anyway.

Now I have to go before Alva goes eating dinner without me, but I just have to say that I really looking forward to Hawaii. Bye!

Malin

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Hi, we have just left our third stop and it was Yellowstone national park, who is located in the Rocky Mountains in the states Idaho, Montana and Wyoming. The park covers an area on 8 980 km so it is not the smallest park. In the park lives grizzly bears, wolves and free hordes of bison, elk, wapiti-deer, black bears, mule deer, and a lot more animals to. So it is much wild animals in Yellowstone and the park is today world-famous for its unique nature. Did you know that Yellowstone national park is the oldest national park in the world and that it was instituted 1878?

Our day in Yellowstone we decided to go on a winding paths to one of the many hot springs and it was not the easiest to get there but it was totally worth it. I liked hiking to the hot spring because it was so quiet and peaceful on our way there. After all the people in New York and Key West it was so nice to come to a place where you only heard the nature. At the twilight we wanted to see the grizzly bears, but we did not see any and maybe it was for the best because I think I would had been so scared if we had seen them.

Bye from Malin!



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Hello, it is Malin writing! I must just say, Key West is certainly a cozy place. We have been here for four days andI could be here forever, the climate is great and it is beaches everywhere! I do not know why I live in Sweden? However I am going to tell you about my time here, right know I am lying in a sunbed under a parasol.

The first day here we spent in Mallory Square. I shopped a lot so I think I am going to need to buy one more suitcase before we leave Key West or, at least, a larger one. We were there the whole day and saw the amazing sunset later on the day.

The second day we went visiting Dry Tortugas national park, the area includes a group of 7 islands. It was inaugurated the fourth of January 1935.To get there you have to go with sea plane or boat, we choose seaplane because it sounded like more fun and it also was. The nature there was amazing, colorful coral reef, many tropical birds and the ocean was pretty cool. The parks abundant sea life are what is the most remarkable thing about the island. Another cool thing about the island is all of the stories about the legends of shipwrecks and sunken treasures. There we also went snorkeling and it was fun because you saw a lot of fishes.

The third I was tired from our day in Dry Tortugas national park so I decided to just lie on the beach and chill all day. Which was really nice since the beaches here are the best I ever visit, pure white beaches and clear blue water.

The fourth day (today) we went to Smathers Beach, it is one of the largest beaches in Key West. It goes by the south side of the island and is almost 3km long. Smathers Beach has a lot of water activates and we decided to try windsurfing. And it was really hard, I cannot believe that it looks like it is easy when it is not. But it was fun at least, we got some big laughs.

Bye, now I have to go packing because we leave in the morning to Yellowstone national park which will be fun!

Malin

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Tody we went to the grand, one and only Central Park. 3, 4 square kilometres of beautiful nature, tucked within "The City with Everything”. We entered the park and everywhere there were people with there dogs, kids who played with each other and some confused tourists looking on their maps. We hired bikes so we could bike around in the park. Central Park is really adventurous I may say. You can go kayaking, climbing, visit the 21 different playgrounds and go to Central Park Zoo. Included Swedish Cottage Marionette Theatre. Even if my homeland is a small country we are know how to put Sweden on the map haha. We checked the biggest playground Heckscher Playground (named after one of the constructors of the park and after that, Malin and I grabbed lunch at Loeb Boathouse.

After the lunch, we decided to go shopping. We strolled through different shops for three hours. I bought two new pairs of jeans, new Nike shoes, some t-shirts and a nice blue dress. I lost count at Malins purchasing pretty early. (She is a bit of a shopaholic, but that is our secret ;) )


//Alva




                               Drank some delicious coffee at Starbucks
 

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Hi, Malin here. We have just spent three amazing days in New York, the city who never sleeps. It is really never quiet here and I love it. We have lived at a five star hotel in central New York and it was pretty nice.

The first day we did not do that much, we just walked around in central park and I can tell you it is a beautiful park like no other. Central park is a 3, 4 km² large rectangular park in Manhattan and have millions of visitors every years. It was created in 1856 when they decided that an area between 59th and 109th streets would become park. You can do a lot of things in the park like rowing, kayaking, biking and there are a lot of playground etc.

After we had visit the park we went shopping and you can really find anything in New York. It is stores everywhere, I wasted a lot of money on cloths can I just say. This city is so powerful and it is so much people everywhere.

Day two we went visiting the Empire State Building who was incredible. It has 102 floors above the ground and has also 73 elevators. The building was completed in 1931 and was from that year to 1970 the highest building in the world. We went up to the observationdeck who are opened for the public, there you can experience the view over Manhattan.

The last day (yesterday) in New York. We went to see the Statue of Liberty in the morning and later on the afternoon/nightwe walked around on time square. It was very much people there and it may be because of the reason that Time Square is one of the world's most populated places.

Bye, now I have to go so I do not miss my plane to Key West. Next time I write it will probably be from the beach.

Love Malin

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