Everyday Life, Travel

Hi!
So I'm in Mexico, yay! I made it. I arrived Wednesday to Cancun where I spent a couple of days at the beach before I flew here, to Mexico City and my in-laws. Then Saturday the hubby arrived and Sunday we spent at EDC Mexico, which was actually very impressive. Not like EDC Vegas of course, but not too far off either!

And then arrived Monday and the seriousness. Appointment at the CAS to take visa photos and then running around to get documents and important stuff. And today, the embassy appointment. I've been so nervous and excited, I could barely sleep at all last night and woke up before the alarm. So then we went to the appointment... and just like that, we got our visas approved! We're picking them up Friday before we head to Acapulco for a wedding.

I'm so super happy!

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Travel, Everyday Life, New York, Sweden

Hey guys!

I'm so stressed out and nervous!

In two days... well 1,5, I'm leaving for Mexico where I'm meeting up with my hubby to apply for our new US visas. I have so much to do before I go, I have to finish my project plan for my bachelor thesis and have a meeting with my tutor to get it approved, print all kinds of stuff, book a shuttle, and most of all: PACK! Holy bananas.

The day today was spent in Falun at the hospital, I went for an assessment of my teeth for the surgery I'm gonna have to remove a wisdom tooth. I had a scan of my teeth and stuff so that took up a lot of time. Then I went to get some impportant documents and then I just haaaad to buy a semla (swedish pastry... I mean I'm leaving soon so I have to eat as many as I can before that haha) and then I found some shoes for a wedding I'm attending. Took the train back and spent the rest of the night finishing my project plan. It's actually been a pretty efficient day, but I just feel that I still have so much to fix. I'm also nervous, what if I don't get the visa? I always get super worried before this type of stuff.

Tomorrow is gonna be spent packing my bags and then I'll have a meeting with my tutor before me and mom leave for Stockholm and the airport. The flight is at 7.35 in the morning onn Wednesday which means I have to be at the airport way too eaarly in the morning. Ugh.

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Travel

I warned you! This is what happens every time I try to keep a blog going. It doesn't work. Well, at least this time I kinda have an excuse - I've been travelling. I've been all over Colombia, with varying access to internet connection.

I was there for almost a whole month, and since there's not really any fair way to summarize all the incredible experiences, I'll just show you some pictures. Here we go:

First stop was Bogotá. I didn't really get a great first impression, it was rainy and cold and we accidentally ended up in a bad neighborhood, but luckily nothing happened. There were nice things too though, we went to the gold museum which was cool, and the Parque 93 area was really nice. We only had 2 days there though, so we didn't have time to see a lot of it.

Next stop was Pereira, where we stayed at an Airbnb apartment and spent Christmas with JD's family. On Christmas eve he proposed to me in front of everyone, and of course I said yes! Yes, we're already married, but there was never an official proposal, we just decided to get married because we love each other and want to be together. Now I'm both engaged and married, haha!

We then took a road trip to Cali for 2 days, where we went to an amazing salsa event called Delirio. I soooo wanna learn to dance salsa!

We then wen't back to Pereira, and from there to Armenia where we saw more family and went to this really cool place called Container City, which is - as you may be able to guess - made out of containers. They've made them into restaurants, bars and cafés!

We spent New Year's in Pereira with family and saw the burning of Añoviejos in the street (dolls made out of paper and wood with fireworks and firecrackers inside - kinda frightening). We then went out to the finca, a house in the Colombian countryside which was really nice. The nature in Colombia is amazing, there are so many exotic plants and trees, guavas and mangos everywhere!

We then headed to what turned out to be my favorite city in Colombia, Medellín. It was my first time in a plane that tiny, and with propellers, scary! The flight was only like 45 minutes though so it was fine. We flew everywhere, even though the cities are actually not that far apart, cause if we took a bus it would take like 7 hours because of all the montains.

In Medellín we visited Comuna 13, which used to be the most dangerous and violent part of Colombia, with a lot of kidnappings, drug cartels, child soldiers, gang criminality and very, very high homicide rates. This area used to be controlled by groups loyal to Pablo Escobar, who lived in Medellín, and going there pretty much meant risking your life. This area has really improved and transformed, and is now safer (although definitely don't go there by yourself or after dark) and the outdoor escalators and tramway are great inventions. The views were amazing!

The next stop was Cartagena, where we spent a whole week and had time to see a whole bunch of things! We stayed at a nice hotel and a great Airbnb apartment, and went to see the Castillo de San Felipe, the port, and the old city which was beautiful, The beach in Cartagena was not great (the big picture), crowded and dirty. So we decided to take a day trip to Playa Blanca in Barú, which was so much better! The sand was white, and the water blue, and we had drinks in fruits. We also went to Storyland, Colombias biggest music festival, which compared to EDC Vegas was tiny, of course. We saw Moska and Tiesto the first night and then decided to sell our wristbands for the other two nights.

Last stop on our journey was Bogotá again, and this time we had time to see some family and also visit the Catedral de Sal, which is a huge salt mine made into an incredible cathedral with sculptures carved out from the salt rock. The cross in the middle picture is 16 meters high!

Overall it was an amazing trip, and I'm definitely going back to Colombia again!

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Everyday Life, New York

Hey guys! guess what? I got sick again. My cough us back and I think I have a fever, so I'm just laying here feeling sorry for myself. This means no kickboxing tonight and probably no dancing tomorrow. Boo! But at least I get to stay at home and be cozy and drink tea.

It got cold here at last! Yesterday it snowed and it's time to start using mittens. I don't know if I'm happy or sad about it. It's annoying but also cozy at the same time. I have a feeling I'm gonna miss the typical winter weather when I'm in Colombia for Christmas and New Year's... well I don't know, hot weather sounds pretty nice too. Can't wait to go to the beach! We're also gonna go to Storyland, an EDM festival in Cartagena, so I'm pretty stoked about that too!

Otherwise nothing new. Just being your average New York housewife, since I just turned in my last essay for the semester and now have nothing to do all day. I keep myself busy by baking bread and pastries, washing clothes, buying groceries and shopping way too much... which I need to stop doing because I have no income until school starts again. Boo!

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Everyday Life, New York

So this is what happens every time I keep a blog. I write every day for like 2 weeks, then I forget I even have one.

Anyways, it's been a good couple of weeks since my last post, and the Christmas spirit has taken over the city. Immediately after Thanksgiving (which we spent at JD's friend's house eating turkey and pie) everything changes from pumpkin spice to peppermint, the street carts start selling chestnuts, and suddenly it's winter (except for the weather, it's still not cold or snowing).

Friday night was one of those really cozy beginning-of-winter, getting-ready-for-christmas-season nights. I met up with JD when he got out of work and we strolled through the christmas village at Bryant Park while sipping gingerbread lattes, walked up 5th Avenue and stopped at the Christmas store, and then saw the amazing holiday display at SAKS Fifth Avenue. So many sparkly lights! We also stopped by to look at the giant tree at Rockefeller Center. Awesome!

We then headed to Alfredo's for some pasta (the original pasta Alfredo of course) octopus, chicken and a lot of wine. Such a great night, which we ended by going to the Minus5 ice bar for a drink. Everything in there is made of ice, which is kinda cool I guess, but it was way smaller than expected and I was honestly not that impressed. But the night was one of the best ones I've had in this city!

Oh and I've also decorated the apartment! There's truly some Christmas spirit going on here now!

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Everyday Life, New York

I'm feeling good today! I'm barely coughing anymore and definitely don't feel sick anymore!

Today is a sunny day, and I've actually gotten dressed in real clothes (not just yoga pants), I've done my makeup, done my hair, and I feel like I'm back to life.

It's also perfect timing cause tonight I'm going to Cirque du Soleil's Kurious on Randall's Island with Andrea! I'm so exciteddddd. I don't think I've ever seen them live before, but I've always wanted to. And now I will, so yay! It's a great day.

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Everyday Life, New York

Hello!
I'm still at home, tired and coughing, but I'm feeling a lot better actually. The medicine helps against the cough, I'm breathing more easily and the headaches are gone. Wohooo! Maybe I can even come back to dance class later this week.

Anyways, walking around the apartment all day everyday has made me notice some details in our home. For example, we have a dish washer, but we never use it, since it's usually just me and JD who eat and we don't use a lot of dishes, so the machine would never fill up. So, when I did open the machine to check it out, I found out the guys had found another purpose for it. It is now a plastic bag storage unit.

I also realized we have three different blenders. I thought 'These guys must drink a lot of smoothies'. Nope. They might use one like once a week. There's also lots of coffee beans, a coffee grinder and a coffee machine. The only coffee I've seen anyone drink since I got here has been instant coffee, with microwave heated water.

Also, there was absolutely no recycling going on when I got here. That has now been solved with a couple of cardboard boxes. Though, coming from Sweden where we take recycling seriously, it really bothers me that glass, metal and plastic go in the same container and the only thing that is separated is paper and cardboard. They don't even separate food waste from other trash! In Sweden we have different containers for newspapers, cardboard, hard plastic, soft plastic, metal, clear glass, colored glass, bottles, cans, food waste, other trash... it's all put in different bins.

Haha, and look at this. To save space, JD has put our desk up against the window. There's some sort of step or ledge there though, and the desk didn't have adjustable legs to make up for the difference in height. JD solved it by putting plastic cups under 2 of the legs. You have to be smart, people! 

And while we're talking about details, whats up with the door phone thingy? Took me a good while to figure out how to answer it when the doorman calls to say someone is here to visit or there's a delivery for us. I know how to answer and talk now, but have no idea what the other buttons are for. I stay away from that thing, haha!

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Everyday Life, New York

It's Monday again and the weekend just flew by. Just kidding. It was very slow just like the rest of last week, since I'm still sick.
Saturday started with some awesome Swedish pancakes (which are thinner and less fluffy than American pancakes, kinda like crepes), and then we went to the grocery store, where I had a cough attack and probably made everyone think I was dying. So then we went back home and ate sushi and played pool in the lounge of our building. I love the lounge, it's great. It has a few tables, a huge TV and sofas, a kitchen and a pool table.

Sunday I was still feeling awful and woke up coughing, and since it had been a week and I was not feeling better, I decided it was time to go to the doctor. So I spent all day figuring things out with the insurance company and their agent (who were great and kept in touch all day) and found an urgent care center in Astoria where my insurance would cover the costs.
Once there they I was examined and told I had a cough (really?) and some kind of throat infection and was prescribed some antibiotics, cough syrup and an emergency inhaler for my asthma. So now I'm keeping my fingers crossed that it will help and I'll get well!

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Everyday Life, New York

So, still sick. Apparently this flu is stubborn. Yesterday I thought I was getting better, but then I coughed all night and my throat started hurting again, my headache is back and now I'm sneezing too. Oh, and I made my husband sick too, so he's been working from home today.
I'm so damn bored. I just want to go out and do something, and I can't, because I'm sick. I'm also missing my precious dance classes!
All I've done today is make breakfast, work on a 3D school project that needed alteration, whine, and read a book. Ughhhh!

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Everyday Life, New York

So that was a disaster. Trump. Trump is gonna be president. How is this even happening?
I feel sad for women. For the LGBTQ community. For the disabled. For people of color. For any minority.
I know we have to accept the election results and move forward, and I will. I hope things will turn out better than I think they will. But right now I'm just angry and sad.

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