On Thursday we had a half day so we got out of School after 2nd period. Me, Sierra, Alice and Philipp drove to Downtown Boise where we had lunch at a sushi place, and then we hiked Table Rock! Table rock is a "mountain" close to downtown Boise and from the top of the mountain you can Boise!

After our hike we went to Dutch Bros ( it's a drive through coffee/ smoothie's place) I will miss Dutch soooo much hahaha

On Thursday evening I spent the night at Chess's house <33

The following day, Friday I had my very last day of School. When we got out of School after 2nd period I still couldn't believe that I would never come back to North Star Charter High School again and that I probably never would see some of my classmates again. I can't believe that my exchange year is coming to an end. In 1.5 weeks I will be on an airplane back home to Sweden... I might look happy in the pictures but it was really sad to say goodbye to all of my teachers and classmates that have been such a big part of my life for the past 9 months...

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On Saturday afternoon we walked to a tower called "The Coit Tower", and it was on the top of a very steep hill. But the walk up the hill was totally worth it because the view from the tower was just amazing!!!

In the evening we went to " Little Italy", streets full of Italian restaurants, Ice cream cafés, and italian flags everywhere! We had dinner at a pizzeria and the people who worked there were actually from Italy and they spoke italian. After the dinner we had italian gelatooooo, soooo goood!!!

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On Saturday we had a "free day" which meant that we could go and see whatever we wanted! We had tickets to a "jump on- jump off" seighseeing bus so we could go to all places we wanted! I really recommend that because it was a very easy way to get around in the city!
Our first stop was THE GOLDEN GATE BRIDGE!!

After the stop at the Golden Gate Bridge we took the bus to a place called The Japanease Garden!

After the Japanease Garden we visited Hippie town and China town!

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On Friday night after the Alcatraz tour we went on a sightseeing bus tour in the evening! In the beginning of the tour it started to get dark, and in the end it was all dark. It was really cool to see San Fransisco in the dark, it was so beautiful with the skyscrapers and the bridge all lid up! But it got really cold in the end, we were all freezing!

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When we got into the prison we got headphones, and one thing that was really cool was that there were real inmates and officers who had recorded their voices and they were telling their stories from Alcatraz.

Actually, In June 1962, 3 inmates tried to escape. They made dummy heads out of hair from the barber shop to fool the officers so they could escape. Then the prisoners went to the bay, but they have never been found... No one knows if they succesed to escape or if they died! Even though it's not that far from the Alcatraz Island and San Fran ( 1 mile and a quarter) it is so cold in the water and therefore it was hard for prisoners to escape from the Island.

THE VIEW FROM ALCATRAZ WAS AMAZING!!!!

Alcatraz was honestly one of the coolest things I have ever experienced, and definitely one of the best things of the whole trip! If you ever go to San Fransisco you have to visit Alcatraz!!!!

When the tour was over we went to the "Alcatraz-gift shop" and it was a man sitting there who was signing books. When he was 23 years old he was imprisoned at Alcatraz, but he got out of Alcatraz a couple of years later. He then got imprisioned again in another prison for another crime that he commit and he didn't get out of prison until 5 years ago. He was 80 years old when he got out of prison.... And today he is 85... He wrote a book about his experience as an inmate at Alcatraz ( the red book above) I actually got his signature and we took a selfie with him hahah. He was pretty rude though... But I guess that after that many years in prison you do not become the happiest person...

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LAST WEEKEND I WENT TO SAN FRANCISCO, CA!!!!
Early in the morning last Thursday, 30 excited exchange students gathered together with our exchange coordinators, and later 3 vans were on the road on the way to San Fransisco! The drive took 12 h, and on Thursday we were in 4 different states in one day, Idaho, Oregon, Nevada and California!

After many hours driving in the dessert in Oregon we had lunch in Nevada at In-N-Out burger!

When we entered Northern California, we drove close to a place called Lake Tahoe ( it's a big lake with a bunch of ski resorts) it was so beautiful with tons of snow and trees!! We arrived in San Fransisco around 7 in the evening that day!!

FRIDAY: The next day the weather was amazing, blue sky and sunshine! The hotel that we stayed at was 20 minutes outside downtown San Fran, so when we arrived at downtown we went to the pier! From the pier we could see Alcatraz, the Golden Gate Bridge and a bunch of seals!

In San Fransisco Clam chowder soup is very popular, and the city is also famous for their sour dough bread. So for lunch we had clam chowder soup in a bread bowl at a really cute restaurant, it was sooooo good!!!

After lunch we went to Alcatraz!!! For those of you who doesn't know what Alcatraz is, it is an old prison that opened in 1934 and closed in 1963.

This is the view of San Fransisco from the boat!

We took a boat out to the Alcatraz Island, and I was surprised that Alcatraz was so close to the land, I have always thought that the Alcatraz island was further out from the land. But I later found out that there is 1 mile and a quarter between San Fran and Alcatraz!

Me, Emilio and Chess

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Prom was just amazing, and I couldn't ask for a better group of people than these guys to experience it with!!

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Last weekend another exchange dream came true, prom!!! I have been looking forward for this day for so long, and finally I was going to experience my first ( and last) American prom!

The day started when me and Chess had a make-up and hair appointment at 12! We were there for 4 hours...

Before/ after

After the make-up and hair appointment we went home, put on our dresses and then went to Eagle Island were we met all of our friends that we were gonna go to prom with!

Eagle Island is a park really close to where we live and we were going to take pictures there before dinner!

After we had taken prom pictures we went to a restaurant to have dinner, the restaurant was a Japanese steak house!

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Two weeks ago we had a Field trip to BSU ( Boise State University) and our Economics class attended an event called "International Econ summit" which is a form of competition when people from different high schools represent countries around the world, and then your country have to trade with other countries. Each team get assigned a country, and my group got Norway!! ( as close to Sweden I could get haha) So me, Sierra, Alice and Chess represented Norway, so we were dressed out as skiiers, with a googles and a google tan :))

The same day I had a track and field meet ( fridrotts tävling) in the evening at Parma High School. The events that I'm doing is:
- 200 m sprints
- 300 m hurdles ( häck)
- Triplejumps ( 3-steg)
- 4 by 2 relay
It was a lot of fun, and my whole team did really good!!

The picture above is taken from my track and Field meet last weekend @ Bishop Kelly High School!

Karsen, Sierra, Alice and Trevan during our lunch break <33 ( Sierra got roses in her hand because the moment before the picture was taken she got asked to prom by our friend Logan)

Me, Chess, Blanca and Adriana at our friend's pool party 2 weekends ago

Both Blanca and Chess got really surprised when Philipp and Stein asked them to go to prom!! Their signs were so cute!!

Dutch Bros ( it's like Starbucks) on our way home from School last week! ( I will miss Dutch bros soooo much!!)

And last Friday my friend Trevan asked me to prom with a sign and flowers during lunch!!! It was soooo sweet!!!!

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