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Now we’re here at our last stop before heading back to Sweden, Hawaii. We took a flight from NYC to Hawaii and left our beloved minibus behind us. We will be staying here 7 days, which is the longest amount of days we’ve been staying somewhere during this trip. We’re living in a bungalow which is another “must do” thing on my bucket list! It’s like a hut in the water, really exotic.

We’ve been here for 5 days now so we have been up to a lot of things. Every day we try something new. Yesterday we decided to go surfing! Yes, it was very hard but it was so fun, the hours just flew by and suddenly it started to get dark. So we went home and I took a shower, and then we took a walk to a restaurant nearby. I tried some typical and traditional dishes, for example; Poi, laulau and Chicken long rice. Apparently poi is like a pudding made from the taro root. The taste was special but not bad. Laulau is pork wrapped in layers of taro leaves and have a smoky taste, I loved it. Chicken long rice is just mung bean noodles cooked in chicken soup.

Today we visited Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, the greatest and most spectacular experience in my life!! It was amazing and there’s nothing you can compare with this. There are 3 active volcanoes on Hawaii but only two of them are in the National park. One of them has been active since 1983, 30 years!

As you may know, this is our last stop before we take the flight back home to Sweden. It feels nice to come home again, but I love to travel and move place to place, so of course I will miss this. But I will definitely do this again! I will bring all my new experiences and memories back home to Sweden and try to do as much as I can with the last days we’ve got here.

/Astrid

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Hawaii

Hello, I am here again with the last four days in USA, and now I am in Hawaii.


Day one

The first day we came here with our minibus we stoppedat a beach and stayed there for about 3 hours. There we surfed, had fun and played volleyball until we got tired. After the fun time on the beach we walked back to our minibus. I drove to our bungalows that we had rented for these four days and another good thing is that the bungalows were close to the sea! When I was inside my bungalow I ordered some food and then I got tobed.

Day two

The second day we were here in Hawaii we took a tour to see volcanoes on Hawaii. The tour started with a bus that drove us around on Hawaii’s coast, it was a really beautiful coast with very high cliffs at some places, and the bus stopped after some time at the Diamondhead volcano. The volcano was big, cool and hot, and we had a great view over Hawaii from the top. After the Diamond Head top the bus drove us to Hawaii’s volcano nationalpark where we got some information about other vulcanoes. After the photographs and guiding around the volcanos we went back to the bus and arrived at our bungalow. I really liked seeing the volcanos!


Day three

This last free day in Hawaii and in USA I took a bus to Pearl Harbor! I really like history and especially from the Second World War. So anyways if you didn’t know, Pearl Harbor was an important military port for the USA that was in the pacific sea, so when Japan attacked Pearl Harbor for its treatening location in the Pacific sea, it lead USA to wage war against Japan and Germany and that did so, in short, Japan and Germany lost the second world war.
But enough with the history, Pearl Harbor was fantastic, I even saw one off the cruisers from the war that was a museum! After the visit to the port I headed back to the bungalows with the bus.


Day four

This fourth day we only packed, planned the flight and checked out from the bungalows.


It was really fun being in USA and all the different places there, the best place was Hawaii because I got to see in Pearl Harbor! Take care everybody because this is my last blog.


/Oscar

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I can’t believe our trip is over soon! It feels awful having to leave USA. Anyway, now we’ve been in Hawaii for 4 days and we’re spending the nights in overwater bungalows! It fits me perfectly because I’m close to the beach and the ocean and my goal with this trip is to learn how to surf. My dad is a very good surfer and I’ve always wanted to be like him. Yesterday Oscar, Astrid and I had our first surf lesson at Kauai Surf School here at Hawaii. I had so much fun but I can’t say that it was easy!

Last night we visited Hawaii Volcanoes National Park which was very interesting! It was established in 1916 and includes two volcanoes which are active. Kilauea is one of them and it is one of the world’s most active volcanoes and it is between 300 000 and 600 000 years old. Our guide told us a lot of facts while we strolled around and looked at the volcanoes. One thing she said got stuck in my head. Some warriors along with women and children were, in 1790, caught in a strangely violent eruption. Most of them were killed but there were some footprints left in the lava that still can be seen today.

What else has happened? Well, I’ve tried Hula dance and scuba diving with sea turtles in the Molokini Crater. I’ve paddled the whole NaPali Coast in a kayak and I’ve been on “whale watching” which is a very popular attraction here! The whales are called humpback whales and they’re one of the bigger kinds of baleen whales and they’re known for their gracefulness and acrobatic skills.

I’m looking forward to the following days we’ve left here in Hawaii, I will enjoy every single minute we’ve left! Sadly, this is my last blog post. Take care!

//Isabelle


The bungalows

Kauai Surf School

Hawaii Volcanoes National Park

Hula dancing

Scuba diving

Kayaking the NaPali Coast

At the "whale watching"

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New York

Hello! I am back with the latest news in our trip in the USA, and now we are in New York!


Day one

When we first arrived in New York with our minibus we checked in at the hotel Four Seasons. The hotel was really modern and clean with a nice staff. After the hotel check-in we packed up our luggage and headed downtown for a light snack (it was pretty late). After the snack we headed back to the hotel and went to bed.


Day two
The second day we were in New York we took a taxi to the harbor in Manhattan and from there we took a boat to Liberty island where the statue of liberty stands. The statue is really tall (46 meters) and is made of copper, iron and steel and it was made in 1886. We had bought tickets to go up the 350 stairs that leads up to the crown/head. It was a really good view from the head of the statue and I could see all over New York. After we had seen the statue we took a boat back to the harbor and took a taxi back to the hotel.


Day three

This last day in New York I, alone, went to the empirestate building to see one of the tallest buildings in New York with one of the best views from the top over the city. I took the stairs to the second floor, when I was inside the building, and started to read and see all the differentexhibitions and stories of how the building was founded and built. So after thetour I took the elevator to the roof and looked down to the big city at nighttime with lots of sound and lights and emotions, it was a really great experience! After that I went back to the hotel and started packing to the trip to Hawaii.

I really had a great experience in NYC, See you all the next time and then I am in Hawaii, the last place in this great travel through the USA.

/Oscar

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We’ve only been in New York 2 days, but I can tell you that I’m already in love with this city and I’m ready to move here! Usually I’m not much of a “big city” person but so far NY is impressing. There’s so much to see, but sadly there’s not enough time to see everything.

Anyway, we arrived here a couple of days ago. The hotel we’re staying at is wonderful, it’s called the Four Seasons hotel. We got here pretty late and we were all exhausted from the long journey from Miami so we all went to bed as soon we had checked in to our hotel rooms.

The next day we took a trip to the Statue of liberty. We reserved tickets months ago just to be sure. So we took the ferry to Liberty Island and then a guided tour. The construction stared 1875 and was inaugurated in 1886. The seven spikes on the crown represent the seven oceans and the seven continents of the world, representing the universal concept of liberty. Apparently the statue was a gift from the people of France to America. This was a very fascinating experience and a personal favorite moment from this trip so far.

Yesterday we took a walk in the Central Park, definitely a must on my bucket list! I didn’t know you could do so much in one single park!! There is a lot of statues and monuments, you can paddle and they even have a zoo! We took some lunch with us to the park and ate it at the “Cherry hill”, a very cozy slope which was perfect for picnic.

Today we’ve shopped a lot. I should be a little more economical with my money hahaha, we still have our last stop before going back to Sweden and that is Hawaii!!!

/Astrid

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The Big Apple is amazing so far! By the way, I asked a guide where the nickname comes from and she said that it comes from the horse races in the early 1920’s which were organized in New York and “apple” referred to those fine prices the horse owners could win.

We arrived 3 days ago and we’re staying at the Four Seasons hotel. We arrived 11:00 p.m. so we didn’t do anything that night except sleeping. I woke up pretty early so I decided to go training in the gym. It felt so good to sweat and feel the muscles burning. Later I met up with Astrid and Oscar and we ate breakfast. The view was breathtaking! After breakfast, we took a bus to Battery Park where the ferry to Liberty Island goes from. As you might understand we were about to visit the Statue of Liberty. Luckily we had booked the tickets months ago so we didn’t have to stand in line for that.

The Statue of Liberty were both bigger and more interesting than I thought. A guy next to me told me that it was inaugurated in 1886 and that it was a gift from the French people to the USA. I’m usually not that into facts and history but since I came to USA I’ve decided to give it a shot.

Yesterday was great. We decided to take a walk in Central Park and it was a beautiful experience! As a cherry on top we went to Times Square when it had started to darken, where we took photos and just enjoyed the moment. I totally recommend Times Square!

This morning I started the day with yoga at Riverside Park at 7:00 a.m. (!!) and I realized how stiff I am, haha! A funny experience I think you should try! Right now Oscar, Astrid and I are sitting at a table at Water’s Edge, which is a seafood restaurant with the best view ever. I’m starving!!

I’ll see you soon, bye!
//Isabelle

The Statue of Liberty

A picture from Central Park​

Times Square

Yoga at Riverside Park

The dining room at Four Seasons Hotel

Tonight's dinner at Water's Edge

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Miami

Hello!
It is me again, with news on my, Astrid’s and Isabelle’s trip in the USA!


Day one
The first day I, Isabelle andAstrid came to Miami with our minibus we ate some nice ice cream and stayed atthe Miami Beach for about two hours and I took a beginners guide on how tosurf, all I can say is that I was not a fast learner but I managed to surf andit was fun. It was getting pretty late when we came to our hotel, The BiltmoreHotel. We had bought three tower rooms (the hotel was like a castle) and therooms were really big and comfortable.


Day two
This second day in Miami wewent to Coral Castle in LeisureCity, Florida, that was made in 1920. We had an audio guide guiding us through the “Castle”, I think castleis the wrong thing to call it because it is more a place with limestonesculptures and a limestone wall around it with a 7 ton limestone gate at theentrance. The man that made this garden of sculptures was a real genius, andhis name was Ed Leedskalnin. This was not really a fun trip, it was more alearning trip that was interesting.


Day Three

This last day we all took our minibus to Key West. Thetrip took about 5 hours just to get there and we were in Key West for 3 hours.In Key West we looked on attractions like Dolphin encounters, where we saw dolphinsin the sea far from the coast off Key West. We then hired a boat to explore thesurroundings of the island on our own and after that we snorkeled. After we haddone all this we took the 5 hours trip back to our hotel and started packingfor our trip to New York.


I had a great experience in Miami and I learned many new things, Tomorrow we are going to New York!

/Oscar

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So far Miami is amazing! It has been the most wonderful weather and there’s so much to see. I’ve basically been on the beach every day, all day since we got here. Except Wednesday, which was the day we took our minibus to Key West. It is a little more than 132 miles (Ca 22 mil) from Miami, so it was a pretty long trip. We only spent one night there, but it was a very fun day. Anyway, Key West was a paradise!! I didn’t know these kind of places existed here in America.

During the day in Key West we did a spontaneous decision and decided to see “Fort Zachary Taylor Historic State Park”. The fort was one of a series built in the middle of the 1800s to defend the nation’s southeastern coastline. The fort has also played important roles in the Civil War and in Spanish-American war. At least that’s what the guide told us, hahaha. After the tour we ate lunch at the beach and after that I decided to just lay down in a sunbed and relax. In Key West we spent the night at the “Hyatt key west resort & spa”. Bella and I had to go to the spa, a bit expensive but totally worth it!

Tomorrow I was thinking of maybe go to the “Coral Castle”, which is a stone structure made by a famous sculptor named Edward Leedskalnin. I have read about it on the internet and it apparently took 28 years to finish the work!! I also read that Edward didn’t let anyone watch him while worked. I really look forward to visit this place!

Well, it’s getting late so I better sleep now. The hotel we’re staying at is called “The Biltmore” hotel. In a few days we’ll leave Miami for New York!! I’m super excited!!!!

/Astrid

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Hi!
Right now I’m lying at Smathers beach at Key West in a sunbed. Key West is a seaport and it belongs to one of the Florida Keys islands. One interesting fact about this place is that it is a very famous destination for the gay people of USA. The reason can be the gay festival which is held here every year with thousands of people participating.

My dream has been to visit this place so it almost feels surreal to lie in a sunbed right now at one of the world’s most beautiful beaches! After Las Vegas we drove to Miami and spent a few days there before we drove here to Key West. When we came here I was pretty tired because it took a while to get here. We wanted to make the most of the first day, which was yesterday, so we packed our things and went to Fort Jefferson by boat. Fort Jefferson is a huge but unfinished fortress on Garden Key, which also is one of the Florida Keys islands. This fortress is now a national park and it was built to protect one of the deep water anchorages in North America. During the Civil War, union warships used the harbor in their operation to block southern shipping. As well, the fort was used as a prison. In spite of over 30 years of construction, Fort Jefferson was never actually completed. It was so extremely massive and I still can’t believe that I’ve really been there!

Tonight Astrid and I are going to visit the spa at our hotel. I’m in desperate need of some massage after driving our minibus for so long! We’re staying at a hotel called Hyatt Key West Resort and Spa. The view from my hotel room is striking! What a shame we have to leave early tomorrow morning and go to Miami again! The positive thing with that is that there’s only 2 days until New York and I can’t wait to get there!

//Isabelle

The hotel​

The view from my hotel room

Smather's beach

Fort Jefferson

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Las Vegas


Hello again!
These three days we are going to stay in Las Vegas

Day one
Wearrived in Las Vegas in the morning with Uncle Charlies minibus and it took us4 hours to get there. After we arrived we checked in at our hotel, MGM grandhotel, it is a 4, 5 star hotel and it was really clean in the rooms and thestaff was really nice to. After wechecked in we went gambling in the hotels casinos and after that we relaxed inthe sofa and looked at the 55 tums TV.


Day Two

This day we drove with the minibus to the SpringsPreserve. There you could see the history of how Las Vegas started to exist.The springs preserve was founded 1997 to protect the springs but opened to the publicin June 2007. You could also see a botanical garden witch had all the nativeand nonnative plants in Las Vegas and there was much more fun and interestingattractions. After we saw all of this we bought some ice cream and started todrive back to the MGM hotel.


Day three

This last day in Las Vegas I went to the Shark ReefAquarium. It is a really big house in Mandalay Bay where I and many othervisitors walked in a glass tunnel under the sea. When I was there I saw over100 different sea creatures, all from crabs to sand Sharks! It was a reallynice and breathtaking trip with lots of different sounds from the animals. If Iwent to Las Vegas again I would definitively visit this “aquarium” again.


Bye Las Vegas I will miss you! Next stop, Miami! Yeee


/Oscar

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