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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Shopping & Starbucks

After Halloween I got sometime to myself even though that cousin was there for a it longer. It was the beginning of November and we'd already had guest since start of October. The 5th of November it was alla helgona which is a remembrance day in Sweden, so me and Madeline went to the beach, lit candles, talked, laughed and cried. Told the stories about those who left us and the ones at home we miss so dearly. Such a cozy and needed evening.

On Sunday, a week after my gals went to Boston Olivia came down again. She spent the week with me an it as pretty cozy. I as probably kind of boring at times cause I had a period of being very tired. But we manage to do the important stuff like shopping and drinking Starbucks. We both got sets of Pink chill clothes which were absolutely awesome. I think we bot motivated each other to workout as well cause I had a pretty good week of training even though I'd rather would've slept.

On the Friday we went to New Jersey to shop at Jersey Garden, got to finish work at 10 at of we were at about 11. There we had an insane lunch. We intended to buy sixteen nuggets to share. Haha but instead it turned out to be sixteen massive tenders and since two big sides was included we had two insanely big boxes of fries, haha they gave us bread too. It could've easily feed like five or more. We actually did not find much at all until the final end. I got myself a pair of Timberlands and adidas cotton tights. Olivia got the same tights and also two hoodies. We went by Ikea before going home and got lots of foods. Mostly candy hehe. But Ikea was probably the most exiting part of the day. On our way home it was dark and George Washington bridge was so beautiful lit up. We drove to Rye to pickup Chopt' and then I had a nap cause Agnes were coming and her buss was late once again so I needed some shut eye before getting her later. Haha her travels where chaotic, I'm a tiny bit nervous about traveling with her in the future cause nothing seems to go her way. Finally we got home and after five hours of driving I felt pretty done with the day and ready to sleep away.

Emma, x


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With My Gals

OMG, my girls are here and boy' am I happy. It's Friday and I've been so exited all day, felt this weird thing in my tummy like right before you go on a roller-coaster or have a "travel fever". Right after work I got on the train to met the ladies in the city. Agnes was supposed to come around 7 I think and Olivia around 10.30 or so. But Agnes buss from Boston stopped in Yonkers (closer to where I actually live then to the city), it turned out to be a good thing though as there were 30 min walking from grand central to penn station and not 10 min as Agnes had though. I was so extremely over exited to meet her, I could feel people starring some as we might have screamed a little. We walked through the city, found Urban Space outdoors food market but it was just closing so had to keep searching for the right dinner. We decided to get Shake Shack. It was horribly much people in there so we brought it to Grand Central and sat down in the stairs. We sat there talking and all off a sudden there were someone very close to us saying hi. We looked up, jumped up, started hugging and talking (screaming), laughing. Olivia was here, she just come from JFK with the buss and found us sitting their eating burgers and babbling away. We haven't seen her since June so it was mighty exiting. We went down a floor so that Olivia too could get a burger since there's a Shake Shack in the station. We went to the train and got home around midnight. I'd been up since 5am because this particular day I'd felt like it was a good moment to do a morning workout. So I was pretty tired but since we just met again after all this time no one wanted to sleep quite yet. We tried on our halloween outfits for the upcoming eve and they tried walking in their heels. Hahah well, they can walk, it's just that after a while they decided they looked as football players at a awards night. They looked completely insane and gosh how I laughed.

Saturday morning we decided to not sleep in too much as I wanted to show them around a little. We had a nice breakfast and then got going. We drove around in my little town and then out to the coast. Stopped by Starbucks and then went to Rye Pier. It was super windy but also a very beautiful view. We went by Madeline to get some of my stuff before going home. She remedied us of the time so in stress we drove past the store, grabbed some taco ish food and then got home. At home there were a lot of people, since my host dads brother from Sweden and one of his daughters were visiting the brother that lives in Manhattan came too with his whole family. Both of my host parents were at the stove, we said hi to everyone and made our way downstairs. Put our groceries down on the bench in my kitchen area and heard laughter. I couldn't place were it came from at first "are they in my room!!??!??!". And yes there they were, and did I get furious? Oh, yes I did. The 8 yr old cousin (that already made me insane since she made the house to a complete mess, screamed constantly and affected my kids to become non-respecting little monsters) is in my room with A my 2 yr old. A is completely covered with make up in her face, all my stuff has been taken out off the make up bag. We all had our computers and iPads on my bed and I ofc freak I think I screamed NO or something, picked my girl up who started crying immediately as she understood I were pissed. The cousin walked behind me, her dad saw when we came up and asked her what she'd done, I dropped A of in the kitchen to her parents and went down to do a check on the room. I felt a bit weird, as if someone walked in on me naked and then walked out with out saying sorry or excuse me. There were make up on the wall and on my sheets. One lipstick were broken but a cheep one at that, nothing else were broken. (I felt very pissed at my host parents to begin with since I thought there were enough grownups to have the situation under control, but later me and Jay talked about it and I understood how it turned out the way it did. And could drop it very easily since the damage were so tiny, would have been something else if my expensive stuff was torn). With the stress of getting done in time with make up and eat, then getting on the train in time mixed with this made up for a pretty grumpy Emma.

However I got it together thanks to my awesome friends and once on the train I felt much more content. We took an uber to the club. The club straight up and down sucked. And our promoter even more so. But the evening were still a success since I had my friends there. And the fact that Olivia put out super much money so that we could get drunk helped too. We went to the bathroom and talked very loudly since we though most likely no one would understand us. I found a abandoned cigarette package that I brought with us out from the bathroom. We danced with some guys but then decided it was time for food. We had to take the last train home since the girls were to go to Boston the following morning. We smoked, laughed and stumbled around till we got to Subway. It was the best food eveeeer eaten, EVER. Agnes started to get nauseas since she can't drink vodka and thats basically what we drank. Took the Uber and went on the drunken train as a guy so nicely put it when he stepped on. People in costumes laying down on all the seats. I can't even describe how tired I was.

Sunday I drove my girls to the train, which was very sad but I knew that they will come back soon so it's bearable. I slept kind of all day. Monday, the actual day of halloween, I was a freaking superhero. I had one hour to get my kids fed, changed and ready. And I did it. .... but the cousin had a meltdown. I understand her cause I used to be like that too, still sometimes, have expectations and then nothing turns out as you wanted. So even though I'm still a bit upset with her I saved the day with some proper makeup, black eye shadow to be precise. Went from crying to scared of herself in a happy positive way. Overall my Halloween weekend was very tiresome but mostly a blast and amazing.


Emma, x

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Blisters but a Blast 
Once in a while one needs to go to NYC. Especially if one lives 40 min outside of it. So that's what we did, a Saturday in the city. This time I didn't take as much photos but I had a lot of food. Money flies pretty easily in the apple. It was incredibly hot, like 30*C. I had make up which I was very happy with but immediately came to regret as I stepped out the door. I didn't know what to wear in that heat and actually don't have much summer clothing so I choose high waisted black shorts, a white t and espadrillos. I met up with Daniella at the station who already had a venti cold brew in her hand. When we got to grand central I took mine and our first selfie in their. Probably the 10th time I'm there but I'm always on my way and never stopped to watch this beautiful place for very lonng. We were waiting for another au pair who's from Ukraine called Tanja. We meet her up in there and made the way out into the city. We started walking towards Central Park and intended to buy food on the way. But when we finally found Shake Shack all we wanted was a ac, somewhere to sit and no walking. So we stayed there to eat, however our wish to sit were impossible to acquire since the restaurant was packed with people. The waiting and the standing was totally worth it. This is the best fast food I've ever had. It's a little bit more expensive then McDonald's for instance but it's worth every penny. The burgers looks and tastes homemade, cheddar and bacon on top of that and it was just amazing. I got so extremely full and needed some caffeine but it was to hot for a latte, instead I took a iced PSL, it was good but I'm not likely to get it again. Got to the park and let my feet take a break from those espadrillos giving me blisters like crazy. We walked some more in the park then went down on 41St and ended up at a FIKA between 6th and 7th Ave. Me and Daniella shared a cinnamon bun and she had some more coffee. Now this girl is worse then me cause now she already had two venti cold brews and this hot coffee here. We all went to the toilets here, after all that coffee, water and lemonade it was needed. And I just wanted to say I recommend going to FIKA's bathrooms as they are very fresh interior wise and mostly clean, much better compared to others. Also to most other cafes bathrooms you need to buy something first to get the code to the bathroom on the recite, these ones aren't locked.Then we went shopping, since I don't have that thigh gap but more of then frog thighs I was now dying for some long flowy pants. I got stuck at H&M for about an hour or more trying to find cheep, fitting, good enough looking change of outfit. The other girls just wanted to browse so they went on to the next shops. We meet up when I finally were done for some Chipotle. I feel Chipotle might be a bit overrated cause people go insane over it, not saying I don't like it, it was good and I were happy to have it for dinner. Both Shake Shack and Chipotle was new for me, I like them both and recommend people to try it. Being super full again I wanted that cup of coffee. We went to Pret and I bought a Latte as it now were a bit colder and the sun was going down. We sat down in Bryant Park, enjoyed our hot coffee, the fairy lights and some people-watching. We went to grand to say bye to Tanja and then walked around, felt a urge for a drink. Found ourselves a weird Irish pub were she had some white wine and I a glass of rosé. We walked up and down 42nd, found som nice places to make stops in the future. Then we went to Grand Central, bough some candy sat down in the stairs to wait in our train. It was the funniest train ride I've ever had. Gosh how we laughed, can't even remember what at, probably everything and nothing. We had a long day, way to much caffeine and just finished our candies. I laughed so I cried and barley had time to breath, we felt a little bad for the others in our car but we had a blast. When I got home I took a much needed shower to get the dirt if the city away. Then got into my new pyjama I ordered from asos. It's Chelsea Peers, it's pink and has ice creams on it, possibly the softest thing ever, LOVE IT! Went to bed very tired and content with my Saturday.

Emma, x

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