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Det är jag som är Anna, den andra svenska tjejen!

Ni vet nog säker redan hur underbar denna tjejen är, men jag vill bara påpeka det igen!

Jag har nu snart lärt känna Klara i 7 eller 8 månader vilket jag är väldigt glad över. Om jag skulle beskriva henne med tre ord utsett från den tid jag har lärt känna henne skulle jag säga: nyfiken, curious och väldigt omtänksam!

Hon är en av mina Best Friends och det kommer hon alltid att vara! Jag har så mycket att tacka henne för; att hon är helt underbar, hon finns alltid där för mig och supportrar mig i alla väder, att vi har såå himla kul tillsammans e.t.c. Listan blir för lång om jag fortsätter... Vad skulle jag göra utan henne?

Tyvärr flyttar jag åt det andra hållet och inte tillbaka till Sverige efter de har månaderna i USA, så det kommer bli en liten utmaning att träffa Klara så ofta som jag vill... Jag kommer flytta ner till Syd Afrika där min pappa har har fått ett job. Men jag kommer tillbaka till Sverige och hälsar på och förhoppningsvis kanske Klara kan komma och hälsa på mig, förhoppningsvis. Vi får se.

Igen, jag är så himla glad att få lära känna henne! Hon är bäst!

Det var så kul att få möjligheten att skriva här! Jag hoppas att ni alla mår super!

Om ni kanske vill veta mer om mig och mina äventyr så har jag också en blogg:

http://nouw.com/annarattvall

Ha det bäst!

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Here are a bunch of pictures from prom last weekend, it was a great day&evening! We started getting ready at 2.30 at a nail salon where I spent 2 and a half hours because I got there first but didn't get my nails done until last.. After everyone had gotten their nails done we went to one of the girls' houses to keep getting ready. After that we went to a park to take pictures, that's where almost all the pictures in this post are from. After taking pictures we went out to an Italian place for dinner that was so good and then after that it was time to head to the dance. The dance wasn't super great but we at least spent couple of hours there before we left at about 11.30. At midnight the so-called After Prom started which was like an after party at school (the dance was at another place). I thought After Prom was more fun than the actual dance, we played bubble soccer, ran in hamster wheels (don't know if that's how you say it..) and just hung out. I think we left After Prom at about 2am and then a friend and I went to my place and we went to bed right away, we were both super tired. Overall I had a great day and now I can say that I've experienced a real American prom! :D

Kram!!

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Hi everybody!

Now I've been in school for two weeks since spring break and it's been very good. For a period of time before break it felt like I had multiple tests every week and always a ton of homework but since after break I've barely had any tests and not as much homework so it's not as stressful!

During these two weeks I've had five soccer games and on the days we didn't have a game we had practice. Our team is definitely the underdog in our league and I think there are just a few out of like 16 teams that we expect to beat. We lost 4 out of our 5 games these past weeks but honestly it doesn't bother me that much, I'm just happy to play soccer again.

Next Friday, so in less than a week actually, my school is having prom. I don't have a date or anything, I'm going to go with a group of friends. We are making plans right now about where we want to go out for dinner etc and it seems like we're going to take a limo to the dance haha! I'll tell you guys more about our plans later on when I know more. Since prom is next Friday all of next week is called "prom week" at school and each day has a different theme. Monday is "USA day" so everyone is supposed to dress in US colors, Tuesday is retro day, I don't remember what Wednesday is, Thursday is "Poudre (the school) spirit day" and on Friday, the day of prom, we don't have school so there's no theme for that day.

This weekend is going to be pretty busy for me which is! Tonight I'm going to a hockey game, tomorrow before lunch I'm going on a hike and tomorrow night I'm going to Denver with a friend and her host mom. We are going to spend the night in Denver and be there all day Monday so we'll miss the first day of prom week but that's okay. And on Tuesday I'm turning 18... :O :D I have a game on my birthday but I think we are going to go out for dinner after that :D

I hope you all are having a great spring break!!

Kram


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Josephine and I also got our nails done and afterwards we went to a restaurant called Olive Garden, has anybody heard of that? They have one of them on Time's Square in NYC, my host parents and I ate there when we were there in October and their food is amazing!!


Down below are some pictures from when Sarah and I ate at the Cheesecake Factory!

A lot about food in this post haha but there are so many good (and bad) restaurants to try everywhere here..

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(This post was supposed to come up on Monday but I forgot to finish it up and post it..)

Hi everyone! I'm writing this at 7.40 in the morning while waiting for my first class after spring break to start. It's actually fun being back in school although waking up this morning was very rough. My first class is anatomy which is one of my favorites, after that I have math and then French and history! After school today we have our last soccer practice before our first game, I'm excited and I hope my foot will be healed up enough so that I can play.

Now a little about my spring break!

Last Saturday, 12/3, Josephine ( a friend of mine from Sweden who's an exchange student this year in Phoenix) flew from Arizona to come visit me here in Fort Collins for a couple of days. We had such a great time together and it's so great having a friend who's also from Sweden and who's also an exchange student because we really understand each other in a way that I think is hard for others, who haven't done an exchange year, to understand. 

Josephine and I did a lot while she was here, for example we drove up to the mountains to go for a hike ( not long at all but anyway) and see a Buddhist temple haha, we skied at a resort I had never been before but that I really liked and I showed her around Fort Collins. In the morning of the day she left we made Swedish pancakes which I was very excited about because I hadn't had them since before I got here! It was sad and a little weird to say goodbye to each other at the airport because the next time everything will be so different and we'll be back home in Sweden..

The days after Josephine left I mostly just relaxed and hung out at home. I don't really remember what I did so probably nothing that exciting haha. On Friday however, I went down to Denver to spend the day there with a friend. Our first stop when we got there was a restaurant the Cheesecake Factory and I definitely had one of the best restaurant-experiences I've ever had there! I had a delicious pasta dish and then an incredible chocolate cheesecake for dessert. After the Cheesecake Factory we walked along a pedestrian mall in the middle of Denver called the 16th Street Mall. We went into many different shops and then we ended our day in Denver at Starbucks.

I hope you all are doing great and that you also had/have/will have a great spring break!

Kram





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Here are just a few pictures of what I've been doing since my last blog post. So much has been going on with school etc and the weeks just fly by. I sprained my ankle playing soccer two weeks ago and I still can't play, it's sooo frustrating!! I go to every practice anyway but I've just been doing rehab. Luckily our first game isn't until the 23rd so I really hope my foot will be good by then.

In Adventure PE we've done archery and rock climbing, it's been great. This week we're moving on to our next unit however which will be orienteering and we're starting tomorrow. We're going to do something called geocaching, has anybody heard about that? It's like a treasure hunt and there are about 2 million (if I remember correctly) treasures hidden all around the world actually. There's an app for it and everything so tomorrow we're going to try it out and drive/walk around town to look for the treasures that are hidden here!

Oh and by the way, did I tell you about our pen pals we have in my French class? We've been writing letters to a school-class in Belgium for maybe a month or two and they actually came to Fort Collins on Sunday! They've been with us in school this week and it's been so much fun! My pen pal's name is also Klara and we've had a great time together so far. The first day of this week (and also the first day our pen pals shadowed us in school) however wasn't like a typical day because we had what's called International Day. International Day is put on one day in March every year and it's a chance for the students in the International Baccalaureate program to get a chance to learn about different countries around the world. Students from the school present about countries they've visited or lived in for a longer period of time. For example, Anna from Denmark and I held a presentation about Denmark and Sweden. There were so many other students presenting but I only had time to go to one about Libya which was very interesting.

The last two pictures are from two days ago when I went skiing together with the other exchange students that are here with the same program as I!

This is the last week before spring break and on Saturday-Wednesday, Josephine who is in Arizona this year is going to come visit me! I'm so excited!

I'm sorry for being such a bad blogger, I'm going to try to get back on track (how many times have I said that before..?😅) Oh well, don't have any expectations but I'm going to try to stick with my goal of one post a week.

Hope you all are doing great,

Kram

Klara

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Hi again everybody!

It's already been almost a week since we came back from Florida so I thought that maybe it's time to tell you guys a bit how it was and what we did.

Friday the 5th, the day before we left, I had my last swim-meet in a town called Loveland (isn't that a cute name for a town?). It didn't do as well as I had hoped but at least I got one personal best! The meet was over at about 8.30 at night and then my host parents came and picked me up to go down the Denver airport-hotel where we were going to spend the night before catching our flight early Saturday morning.

We arrived in Florida on Saturday around noon and that first afternoon the rain was just poring. We were pretty worried that that was going to be the weather for the whole week but luckily we didn't get any more rain after that. However, it never got very warm until the last two days but at least it was warmer than in Colorado hehe.

We stayed in a condo very close to the beach which was so nice. Almost every morning when I got up I went down there and just walked along the shore while listening to an audio book and a few times I ran down there  too. We also went down to the beach quite a few times to look for shells, there were plenty of them there, I've never seen such cool shells in real life before! The last evening we went down to the beach to watch the sunset which I definitely will post a picture of, it was the most gorgeous sunset I've ever seen!

At the condo-complex there was a pool and tennis courts. We went swimming in the pool almost every day and if I didn't feel like going into the pool I just sat on a chaise-longue and read. We played tennis one time and another time when we had signed up for the tennis court we didn't use it for the sport it was made for haha, instead my host dad and his friend taught me another sport called wiffle ball (similar to baseball).

We did a lot of other things too, we went for bike rides, saw alligators and dolphins for example, but this post would be too long (and maybe to uninteresting haha) if I  were to tell you all we did. I'll upload some pictures in a separate post!

Hope you all have had a great couple of weeks since I uploaded my last post!

Kram

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Speaking of Florida, would any of you guys want me to do a video travel-diary when we're there? One of those that youtubers do haha? If anyone's interested, comment down below and if nobody is interested that's okay, then I'll just post pictures!

Kram

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