First Day


15/12-16

08.00 I’M IN SWEDEN. So that cue in Newark stood still for like 30 minutes and we didn’t lift until an hour after the actual departing time. Which meant dinner came an hour later and I just had 3 hours to manage falling in and out of sleep. But now I’m here. I just ran through the whole airport here in Stockholm. I got so pissed cause seriously no one knew how to walk in the stairs, there were a few of us that were in a hurry and then there was a lot of them who took up all of the stairs walking in slow-motion. Keep to the right maybe? Nope no one did that. Well I got there in time, even so that I could buy a juice from Joe and The Juice. Which I’m now waiting for, then I’m getting on the last flight which will take about 50 min and then I’m HOME.

11.30 I’ve only been here for 3 hours and so much has already happened. So the flight was not up when it was supposed to but it took like half the time I should’ve because of the winds so I was home in like 25 min. We went up, I did my make-up and then I was there. 09.10. Since it was a small plane we got off outside. Everything was white, the air was chilly and the sun was coming up. Grandpa was picking me up and he was so cute with the biggest smile when I got down the stairs. My city was beautiful and shimmering with the snow and the morning sun. Mom was home cause she wasn’t feeling well. I were to surprise her at work but instead I got to hug her right away. I changed and then grandpa drove me down to the center of the city. It’s like 15 min walk but it was ice like everywhere. Right when I said bye to granddad a radio reporter wanted to interview me about texting and driving. I was just so happy so I’m like why the hell not. Then I went to the flower shop and got a rose to say sorry to a friend I’ve been an ass too. We’re all asses sometimes the important part is to show your sorry right, also brought her some Reese buttercups cause she loves them, like who doesn’t. I walked to a round window looking in at Freya and knocked. Her face was priceless, she waved and smile but then she realised it was me which didn't seem right, her confused look was so funny, and then she turned super happy. Gosh how I've missed her. I got to sit her job for a bit and she got me coffee. Then she needed to work for a bit but we decided to have lunch. I went to systembolaget (the only place you can buy alcohol in Sweden. You can legally drink in bars when you're 18 yrs but not buy in that shop until you turned 20) and so it was my first time there. Pretty fun to get to choose from all that different alcohol. Now I'm sitting here at one of all the knew places that opened while I've been away. It's called Vezzo and is pretty much like Vapiano. So here I am waiting for Freya and also Hilda will walk past just to say hi and get a hug.

13.00 OMG that food. It was so good, had a Tagliatelle dish with mushrooms and a creamy wine sauce. Almost a little to much cream and wine cause I couldn't finish all, but my taste buds where happy. And also I had the best company. Now I've walked all the way up the hills. Tried to keep up the NY pace which was completely impossible as the ground is covered in ice all over. I stopped at the grocery store on the way home and got myself lots of candy. Now I'm gonna go visit my neighbours then I'll get Norton. My little brother of 6 yrs that doesn't know I'm already here. That little rascal is the one that I'm the most exited to meet and surprise.


21.00 Norton was so chocked when I got him from school he didn't almost seem happy. But after making our way home he stopped me cause he just had to hug me. When we got home I was tired so we sat down to watch some tv. After a while I has to take a nap, and then I crashed, I crashed bad. So I only slept the 3 hours on the plane and then I've been high on excitement and happiness all day, but then I'd been up to long and meet everyone for today. I went for a nap, woke up by Norton almost jumping on me. Mom being sick in the other room screaming to tell me I need to get him to swimming class. Which meant I'd had to drive a shift stick, on ice, in the dark with no sleep. I started crying like crazy cause I didn't even know where I were to begin with. And then I couldn't stop crying, cause mon really wanted me to drive him, and I felt like I really couldn't do so. After crying all the tears I calmed down. I put my brother to bed, I ofc fell asleep and mom that was felling better by now came up to check what I was doing cause she wanted to have a fika with me now. Now I'm waiting for my latte to get made while mom is defrosting the saffron buns. My first day in Sweden could not possible have been better.

Emma, x

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Packing for Sweden


13/12-16

I didn’t sleep to well this night. For two specific reasons. Guess what? Today I hit my half year mark as an au pair. I wanted to do a nice morning for the family and that’s one of the reasons I woke up seven times between 1 am an 5.30. Then I just got up anyways cause I started to be annoying. I brought my fairy lights up stairs, put out gingerbread, the last saffron buns, baileys truffles, cut up strawberries and peeled some mandarins. Light up the advent candles and made it really cozy. Usually I wait till they come down but today I went up and helped them getting ready. OMG, already 6 months, insane. The second reason I can’t sleep properly I cause I’m taking the plane to Sweden tomorrow. I’m so so so so so so so so so so very very exited. Astrid was just super cozy all day. I’m gonna pack have a workout and then try to sleep better then this past night.

14/12-16

12.00 Today is the day. The day of long travels. I’m like to exited to function. I feel as if I’m just about to go on a roller coaster of true happiness, which I am. I’ve finished packing my bags, writing some in my diary and trying to breath like a proper human. F is going to drive me to Newark soon but every minute feels like forever, I’m never gonna get there. Oh well, I’m ready.

(Haha, update, just carried the bags up. the cleaning ladies laughed at me cause I almost fell over carrying my 25 kg bag up my long long stairs. )

17.00 I’m here, in the airport. And I’m bored. I’ve already been here for like four hours and this is getting on my nervs. I feel like I’m over it, done with traveling. And the best part of it all. I haven’t even started yet. I’m gonna have to wait another hour to board. I’m already bored out of my mind and technically my traveling haven’t even started yet. 10 h to go till I’m home.

Haha it’s a bit later. Boarding time, they haven’t opened the gate but still all the passengers started cueing as the clock struck. Punctual cueing Sweden. Hahaha so hilarious. Would seriously not happen as it did now with none swedes.

Emma, x

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Christmas Shopping

Winter came. I must say I’m not a fan New York. Your winter kind of sucks. But also I’d rather choose you then -20*C and a meter of snow. The girls and I did gingerbread after my great nana’s recipe. A is a little too small to understand how to do it but S had a really good time. The Christmas tree went up and it looked like the decoration monster vomited on it, liked it though. When the weekend came me Madeline and I went to the city for some Christmas shopping. I went to get her and immediately when we got in we were hungry so we went to Pret. It was a chilly day so we got soup and a hot meatball wrap to share. Then off for some shopping. I was a bit nervous cause it was my last chance to shop for gifts but I was in luck. Found the book I wanted to get for Freya and the same CK beanie I already had that my brother wanted at Urban Outfitters. We went to Rockefeller center to watch the massive Christmas tree and the people skating. It was so much fun. We were laughing with tears at the grownups skating down there, barley being able to stand with the skates. During the 20-30 min we were standing there we got to witness two proposals out there on the ice. Felt a little bad for the second one when it’s just been done minutes ago but I bet it was a pretty astonishing moment for both anyways. I got to live two movie moments in New York. Everyone around started screaming and clapping, hundreds of people. Pretty cool. We then went to Victoria Secret on 5th and got a bit overwhelmed, the store is flippin 5 floors. I got 3 bras with matching panties, one of them 50% off bras day. Would’ve gotten more if I’d afford it. I also got a pajamas for my mom and got slippers for free. Also got a free blanket…that’s how you know you bought A LOT. It was horrible to walk on 5th, if you ever plan to go to NYC, don’t do it at Christmas time. I felt like we were cattle, could walk like one inch per minute, people everywhere and could not get anywhere. Pushing they did too, cause that will go faster… . We ofc went by Sephora as well. After we took the train I drove Maddie home. I went by Chopt’ to get salad and then wrapped my presents the rest of the eve. Well after I freaked out about the snow and made so many snowballs that my hands were hurting. I love the first snow.

Emma, x

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Statue of Liberty & Stomp

Saturday we took the Staten island ferry (I think..) to go passed Statue of Liberty. So for you whom are a little stupid like I was before I got here and though this think was something you could walk too, we were wrong. To get to the statue which is on it’s own little secluded island you have to pay for this specific ferry and then when you’re done you have to wait to get back. The ferry we took is free. We felt like we didn’t want to waste that time. We went passed and got to see the statue and the beautiful skyline of the city. Then took one back. We went to Wall street cause dad wanted to go up and down there and then to a music shop to ask some questions. Of course he didn’t google if it still existed which it did not. Typical dad. Well after we were to see Stomp. I had no idea what it was at first, my dad booked it as a surprise for me, after looking it up I realized I’d been so amazed by this in like 8th grade and though it was really cute of him to remember. Before going we went to eat something small, grabbed Indian wraps from the place next door. I really loved it. Both the food and the shops design. It was amazing what a good job they’d done with such little space. Then we were of to Stomp. It was super cool, how they could create so many sound effects while being synchronized and acting. Had a lot of fun. Wish I had a little more energy so that I could’ve taken more of it in. After we all were very decaffeinated and coffee was high on the priority list. Got our cup and decided to go up on 5th Ave. In the sub we got to hear this incredible voice. This guy was playing The Gardener – The Tallest Man On Earth. His voice was perfect for that voice and the whole fam kind of starred, one couldn’t help it. We got up next to Bryant Park so I convinced them to go in cause I really wanted to see the Christmas market. They had a huge beautiful Christmas tree and an ice rink in the middle. Walked up 5th and saw the insane Christmas set up at Rockefeller. Dad bought me a shirt/cardigan from Guess as a Christmas gift. Went back down to lower Manhattan and had dinner. We wanted to go to the Greek place again but it was very full so dad asked a local girl and we got to a super cozy place. I had a mint lemonade with a seafood risotto. Then we walked back to our hotel and ate Marabou(Swedish chocolate). Perfect way to end a day.

Sunday they were going home. We first took a stroll in a very sunny Sunday morning to the water. Dad took photos of the bridges. Then we packed and checked out. Ate a pizza slice for lunch then said our byes. It was sad but after a intense week I was to tired to really feel it. Went by Joe and The Juice then took the train home. So nice to get the house for my self a few hours and some quite time after a week like this. Had so much fun.

Emma, x

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Shopping in Soho

FriYAY, I woke up in lower Manhattan. We were all sharing room so I did not sleep to well. My dad snores crazy much especially when he’s tired I probably did to as I had a cold. Shared a queen sized bed with my brother who tended to end up keeping his feet where I needed mine. We had breakfast at the hotel and for me it was pretty difficult to find anything eatable since it all was incredible sweet and unhealthy, found some oats so that I could make porridge. It was pretty cold by now so I decided to put on my leather pants with an oversized knighted shirt and my timberlads. We were spending our day in Soho, looking at the insane black Friday cues. We went into all kinds of stores high end clothing, music stores to try headphones as both my dad and brother are some what sound-neards. Tried some super cool wooden Ray-bans. Did lunch at Joe and The Juice. I did some shopping at Sephora and Sanna bought a dress from DKNY. Since we lived between the two bridges we were pretty much in china town so we went for Chinese. It was good but so sticky and greasy and a massive portion so I didn’t eat it all. We were so full but dad wanted dessert. Which meant we ended up at a bakery with coffee, two chocolate cigarettes and two cookies to share and then also a apple pie the guy working there threw in for us. Felt so extremely fat. But it was yummy.

Emma, x

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I love my families

Thanksgiving day, a lovely one for sure. I got to sleep in a little which of course led to a great start. When I got up the kids where in the pajamas which I was as well so felt like I made an ok choice keep my amazing ice cream bottoms on for a bit longer. We watched tv and I was half asleep as well as the dad. The parents went to the store to get the foods they've ordered. The girls showered and we all changed. When they finally got home later then we'd all predicted due to the longest que in the store me and the girls got buckled up and went to the train station. There we picked up my dad, his girlfriend and my older little brother. Haha the poor things had to climb into the car since we have two toddler seats occupying the easy access seats. My brother Simon got to sit in between the girls, dads girlfriend got the front seat while dad had to climb in through the back to one of the extra seats where he barley fit. But they all got in fairly quickly and home to my host family we went.

They all got along very well and I think they all liked each others company. We had a thanksgiving lunch. It was all yummy and I was in particular very happy about all the different potatoes. We ate so much, and then they reminded us that it was pie for dessert. It was cozy and I felt so extremely happy with both my families getting along and sharing laughters. My host dad kept telling them how happy they were to have me and that I'm really a vital part of their family, and I surely and truly felt thankful.
My host family said bye after been about to leave the house for some time after they've been stuck in the nice conversation as they were going. We stayed for a bit. They played ping pong as I were packing for going into the city. I called a cab which made me feel very grownup since I used to get so anxious about such things before. I open my bottle of rose just to get a glass while waiting fire the cab, probably not a very smart idea since it will go bad now when I'm in town, but I felt like a glass so I pored one. Well the cab came and we all went to the city. It took some time to get to the hotel as it was lower east side next to both the bridges (Manhattan and Brooklyn bridge). We checked in and then went for food. We aimed to find a Chinese place since we almost were in China town. But instead we found a lovely Greek place which had a very special rustic dark hipster kind of way about it. Kiki's it's called. We had different small plates like tapenade and tzatziki, bread. Then we had a shared plate with lamb sausages, chops, some other ground meat and fries. It was amazing.
After that we were pretty full and done for the day. Most of us got down on our beds right we when we got home to the hotel but Simon went for a workout. Dad was already snoring and I knew since I was sharing bed with my brother I would wake up with him taking up all the space. But I was so tired so I fell asleep anyways.

This is a very good tradition indeed, I really felt like even at the times you didn't really have time to think you felt that gratefulness in the back of your mind and in all of my heart. This host family of mine is so lovely and I'm so so so lucky. My girls are the best, they completely drive me to insanity but I really love my little buggies and hate to think of the day when I'll leave them.
Emma, x

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at The View

Monday morning. Well it was almost afternoon, morning in the sense that this was the time my brother woke up. I’d already left the kids at school hours ago and was ready for lunch. So I decided we were to do Chipotle since it’s completely new for him. Even though putting rice in something taco-ish is completely weird to him he seemed very content with my choice. Then it was time to get the kids. They absolutely loved Simon, at least S. She asked him like a thousand questions and said his name all the time just cause she wanted to show him she knew it. After the girls had dinner I went to get my makeup cause we were to have dinner in the city with dad. Their mother rarely does her makeup and me neither. So when they saw me starting to put my bags at the bathroom sink upstairs the tv was not as interesting anymore. S got to play with my powder brush and looked very intensely as I applied layer by layer. She’s 4 so I’m impressed it could be interesting for her as long as it was. I don’t own a dress at the moment and also it was horribly cold outside so I went for black jeans, a baby blue blouse I borrowed from Madeline, my vintage navy trench and black leather heels. I was way to slow per usual which meant we ended up running from the car to the train. We made it though. We meet up with dad and Sanna at Times Sq, I mean cause that’s a great place to find each other (for *** sake, if you ever try to meet anyone there me more specific). I became a total bitch cause I was freezing and my feet were already in pain. But after being a bit pissed at dad and my brother was trying to deal with me being impossible we finally found each other and made our way to the restaurant. It was a super fancy one as today was not any regular Monday but 21th of November and my dad were turning 50. There for he’d chosen a very extraordinary place. We went to The View. Walking off 7th Ave and then up 48 floor (yes the elevator completely freaked me out, especially since it was partly glass). The View is a restaurant that is not only super expensive and serve amazing food. The whole flipping thing actually spins. Which means you do not only get to see the incredible view that you have as your seated but look out all the different directions of Manhattan. We had a absolutely lovely evening. Great food and the best of company. Me and Simon gave dad a watch from Daniel Wellington’s new collection and even I got a watch from dad for my 20th birthday this eve. Simon decided to stay with me another day so we walked out into a crazy windy NYC and made our way to Grand Central.

Happy birthday once again to my dapper dad! (Ps. Your old now)

Emma, x

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The fam 

I jumped out of bed at 7 a Sunday morning thinking I was fit for fight. Taking a step only to realise my body felt I've been out hiking, which of I'm sure I hadn't. But I was up so I followed through with my workout plan. Had a nice porridge. Did a face mask, make-up. Everything that implies a good morning. And so it was. Left on the train to the city. Met up with my Dad, his girlfriend and my little brother Simon. Hadn't seen them for about half a year so was pretty exited. We met in Brooklyn at The Brooklyn Tabernacle. Me and my brother felt a bit out of place at the church. Very old fashioned, the tv's in the roof was thick like in the 90's and it felt like we traveled in time. The gospel was nice but after a while it all just kind of melted together and some of the texts made me and my brother exchange looks. But at least the other two enjoyed the almost 2 hours spent in the church. After we made our way towards the shore but in our hungry state we instead stopped at the first bbq place. Brooklyn BBQ or something like that was the name of the place. And Jiiizeeez did we have a chock in there. Me and Simon saw to older ladies having the Sunday lunch of their life. A burger each, chicken and rise, corn bread, dessert and drinks. And as if our jaws weren't already bout' to drop another two plates of burgers n fries came in. Turned out they where bringing them home, but still, we couldn't even finish our one burger and fries. Not even my 17 yr old brother which says something about the amount of food that serving was. Should not be possible to eat that much. We enjoyed our pulled pork burgers and then walked to the riverside. It was insanely windy but worth the pictures we got as the dark slowly came creeping into the city. Walked a long the shore-walkway watching the skyline. Next to the bridge we found this magical garden filled with fairy lights. Stopped at Starbucks right before we went up on the bridge. Needed some heat and caffeine. I've walked the Brooklyn bridge before but never at dark. It was beautiful and as calming as a rainy day with a cup of tea in your hand. So happy to be there with my family. Especially to catch up with my brother. Took the metro to their hotel room where we chilled for a bit. My brother decided he wanted to come home with me upstate. Before catching the train home though we walked through Times Sq and up 42nd. Pretty tired after a early morning and a long day of walking we went to bed.


Emma, x

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Hillsong & Fika

Sunday, the last weekend day for Olivia. We went to the city once again. I wanted us to go to Hillsong Church and Olivia though it was a nice idea so we went. First I dropped of Agnes at the train and then we had a long slow breakfast. Took the train, on the way to church we got coffee at Pret. It was a good idea cause the line to church as insane. However, queuing was well worth it. We had the best time, there was a guest pastor whom was hilarious. So good, I laughed to tears but also he said a lot of good and deep stuff that really stuck. Music was great, as always by Hillsong. After we walked up to Fika at 58th and had the best meatballs. Bough a coffee and walked through Central Park. They'd put up the ice rink and further into the park people were dancing with roller skates. It was still pretty autumnal and colourful. We went to the famous fountain and then just walked back to Grand Central. It's always the walking that takes time in the city, one should never plan to much cause then you set up for disappointment. So it was really nice to just have the few things to do and just enjoy our walks in The City. A absolutely lovely day.


Emma, x

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I'm turning 20

My BIRTHDAY. Olivia and Agnes made me breakfast in bed, so cute, loved it. The family also bought me presents and I got so surprised about how much lovely thing there were, got a gift card at PINK, a golden planer, pens, a little pocket purse or something like that to keep in my bag. S had signed her name in a card and it was just so heartwarming. From Olivia I got a beautifully red velvet handbag that I'd wished for. Agnes got me a funny but pretty pocket flask and a well written card. My whole family called in episodes, while I was getting ready for the city. My uncle, grandparents, dad, brothers, mommy. Got to talk some to all of them and thy sang to. I felt like the luckiest girl in the world. So already here my day didn't really need anything more. It was perfect. But we were set to go into the city so that my tourists could explore. We got on the train and then at Grand Central we met up with Madeline. We changed to Metro and made our way down to Brooklyn bridge. First time for me visiting that landmark, it was a really beautiful day. We walked across and then tried to find a good shot of the Manhattan skyline. Passed by shake shack for a bathroom break and a small refill of energy. Then walked back over again. Took the Metro to Union Sq and walked to Flight Club since Olivia is a little bit super sneaker obsessed. She bought a beautiful pair of adidas. About this time everyone's blood sugar was close to non existing so we walked to Fika. I'd planed for us to have meatballs but apparently they didn't serve hot food at that very location so we got some yummy wraps to share. Chocolate balls and coffee, so yummy! We then walked to Times Square and took some awesome pics. Also ran into a demonstration against Trump, "we reject the president elect" "hej hej ho ho, Donald Trump had got to go" and so on. Mexican flags, painted vaginas and one dude holding a white rose as for president snow which made me freak on the inside for a sec. Scary situation for the world but still quite mighty to see and hear them march and shout together for a right to have a president that doesn't discriminate. We then walked up to Vanderbilt cause I wanted to buy dinner from Urban Space but apparently they were closed. So instead we went home, bought pasta and salad to share, had Rosé , mango, Nutella and lots of Swedish candy. I'm so happy with my birthday, all we did, the food but ofc mostly the company.

Thank you all for making my day this perfect, lots of love.


Emma, x 

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