I know that it has been over a week since October the second, but I have not had time to write until now. I have had a ton on homework since I came back from the amazing Yellowstone Trip.
October 2nd: The day started early at 8.30 in the morning when me and Lauren left the house to go to the meeting point were my IEC (International Exchange Cordinator) and a few of the other exchange students would pick me up. After that we went to pick up two other exchange students further up north, and that was our last stop in Utah. The last place we picked up an exchange student were in Idaho. He was the cousin of my IEC's host son, so thats he was on the trip even though he doesn't live in Utah (near Salt Lake), like the others, but the more the merrier! We were exchange students from Sweden (me), Norway, Denmark, two from Germany, two from Thailand and three from Italy, so in total 10 exchange students, six guys and 4 girls.
In Idaho did we go to "Bear World", which was a drive through safari alike thing, but with bears, wolfs, buffalos and elk (maybe some more animals as well). Then you could also pet small goats (I think) and watch kid bears up close, they were so adorable! At the same place there were also a really small amusement park with four or five rides for kids, but since we are exchange students we try everything ;) So it was just fun to see while all of these seventeen year old teenagers (us) tried all of the rides hahah
After that did we continue our trip to Yellowstone, Montana.
The Elk (or Moose?)
Me hugging the Bear outside of Bear World
All of the exchange students hugging the bear!
One more child bear
Such an adorable little bear!
Me and the small goats(?)
At the attraction
There were more of them!
That was the main thing we did that day. Later on we arrived at the hotel in Montana. We had dinner at a buffalo place in the cute little town in the middle of nowhere.
At the food place. Had a good, but strange salad. It was a chicken salad, by it contained caramelised nuts... America, nothing can ever be just healthy hahah
After that did we go back to the Hotel, played some fun games, and did eventually go to sleep.
October 3rd: This day did we actually go to YELLOWSTONE. It was amazing and so fun to see.
Smoke from the gazer.
The actual water coming out of the gazer! Amazing to see!
Me in front of the gazer.
Water thing with blue water, just beautiful.
Yellow Stone ;)
More BLUE water
This was one of the worst things I have done in my life! I'm soooo afraid of heights... It was a beautiful river in the end, but I will NEVER do it again.
Group picture at the end of the hike.
After that did we go back to our hotel and went out to have dinner at this super cute dinner (fifties style). After that we went back to the hotel, no games this time, cause everyone was sooo tired. So me and the girls socialised and talk for a bit in our hotel room before we went to sleep.
October 4th: That day did we star our journey towards Jackson Hole, Wyoming. To go there we went through Yellowstone and saw some more gazers and boiling mud.
A beautiful waterfall we saw.
Me in front of some gorgeous mountains (at least from were I'm standing)
Group picture in front of the mountains. All exchange students and my IEC's son. From left to right, Thailand, Italy, Italy, Sweden, Germany, Italy, Germany, Norway, Thailand and Denmark.
Once we arrived in the little old fashioned town Jackson Hole, we were given about an hour to just walk around in the little town, looks in some shops, enjoy the air, and freedom of actually walking, and not being stuck in a car ;)
We had dinner at Bubba's BBQ, and I had a chicken burger, it was good, the chicken was a bit dry though. After that did we walk back to the hotel. We (all of us) hung out in the guy room, talked, laughed, listened to music, played games (Uno), and had overall fun! Then it was time to sleep, cause I new and last day awaited us tomorrow.
October 5th: This was our last day together at our Yellowstone trip :(
But we had soooo fun that day. We went to a place were they took old times pictures. We all dressed up in old "Western Cloths". The girls had dresses with corsets (I do not understand how they were able to breath back then...!), except for one girl who dressed up as Pocahontas. The guys dressed up as cowboys and rich western men, except for one guy, who was dressed as an Indian. Then we all took pictures together, it was one of the most fun things I've done here in the US.
Group picture with all of us, "serious faces"
German girl, Italian guy and me.
Then we all went out to have dinner together at a sport bar'ich place, our last meal together, I had a great Caesar Salad. One of the Italian guys host family joined us at lunch. After that we begun or five hour (or more), long trip back home. Unfortunately the Italian guy went home with his host family, so there were one less of us on the way home :(
But we still had a great and fun time in the car!
I got back home around 9.30 pm, super tired and already missing my new and amazing international friends.
That was my amazing weekend! And now its time for a new one, not as amazing as the last one, but its still nice with a weekend.
But now I need to go back to my studying, before I can have a nice friday evening and night (even though I'm not sure what to do yet...).
I hope you all have an amazing weekend!