Of all the paths you take in life, make sure some of them are sandy

On my last night in Siesta Key we all walked down to the beach together. We spent the night swimming in the ocean under the sunset, played games in the sand and tried to just enjoy the last couple of hours of the vacation together. Many laughs were shared, some shells were picked up and each and every person had a huge smile on their lips. I guess that's what the ocean and the beach brings to you - happiness.

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While in Siesta Key the vacation life is just a fact. You wake up, jump right into your bathing suit, pick up a towel, grab breakfast and then walk down to the beach to stay as long as the weather allows you to. Whenever the weather changed from clear blue skies and sun to dark clouds and rain we just walked the two minutes back to where we stayed, had lunch and then jumped right back into the pool. It's just the perfect way to spend a day and the only problem in your life might be the sand that follows you wherever you go.

I wish I would have had one more week of just relaxing at this beautiful place but as always the time flies when you enjoy it the most. With that said, this chapter haven't reached the end quite yet. Two more posts are yet to come so stay tuned!

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Two weeks in Washington DC went by faster than I wanted to. But when the departure day arrived I wasn't too sad - I still had five more days of my vacation left! I hopped on the flight departing from DC and arrived back in Florida, but this time the final destination was Siesta Key which is located about two hours south of Orlando.

In Siesta Key waited a weekend full of beach days, hours relaxing by the pool, amazing food and drinks and some real quality time with the host family I lived with and worked for during my time in the states last year. As if that wasn't enough - I got to participate at my host parents beach wedding! I am so thankful and grateful for that I could be there with them to celebrate their special day!

The pictures above are from the first day in Siesta Key. We spent most of the day at the beach and it was beautiful! Later in the afternoon we all went to a cozy restaurant for the rehearsal dinner. When we got back to the resort we all ran down to the beach to watch the sunset and it was gorgeous! This is the first post of a few more that is yet to come from Siesta Key.

. Until then, take care!

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My favourite part of Washing DC is definitely Georgetown. And if that is my favourite part of DC, it's most likely one of my favourite places in the world. This part of the city is definitely different from the other parts and it just have something so amazing about it. Some people say that it looks like Europe, and maybe that is why I like it so much.

Georgetown has a different architecture and no building or house is the same as the other. There are small shops, cafés and restaurants everywhere with a unique touch to each and every one of them. Georgetown also have the waterfront which is amazing to just walk by, have lunch in front, drive by while boating or feed birds. Some of the embassies, as the Swedish one, are also located there.

The best spot in Georgetown, according to me, is definitely Baked & Wired, a little place that sell the most amazing cupcakes, which is located in a small shop on a small street but with the longest line you can imagine for getting cupcakes. The shop is next to the little river that goes through Georgetown and it's just so beautiful.

Anyone who ever visits DC needs to make their way to Georgetown. It's a must.

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You will never be completely at home again. Because part of your heart will always be elsewhere. That is the price you pay for the richness of loving and knowing people in more than one place.

Do you know the feeling of coming home? You feel like you know the place, you feel comfortable and safe and it just feels like you belong. When you get there you exhale all the problems and thoughts you have and you just know that this is the place where you can relax because this is home. That place is Washington DC for me.

Washington DC is, and probably will always be, my second home. I lived there for one and a half years and I fell in love with every part of that city. I don't know if it is the friends I made and the people I got to know, the beautiful surroundings and all the opportunities the city has to offer, the fact that I made most of my greatest memories at those streets or just a combination of it all that made this place to my happy place. Leaving DC was one of the hardest things I have ever been through. I created a new life there, I made friends for life and I had such an amazing time so just the thought of leaving for something that was yet so unknown made me terrified. Needless to say - I have missed that place every day since I wiped my tears of off my chins at the airport in December last year.

One person that I got meet while living in DC was Sterre, and she quickly became one of my best friends. Both Sterre and I were back in Europe and both of us missed DC and all the crazy memories we made there. So we decided to go back together this summer, to stay for two weeks. And that is exactly what we did after our adventures in Miami. Getting off the airplane at Ronald Reagan airport, driving by the Washington monument and getting dropped off at my friend Lukes house teared me up. I couldn't believe that I was back and that I had two weeks in front of me in the city I love so much.

Two weeks goes by so quickly and I couldn't believe that it was over when the departure day started. Even if those two weeks passed by way too fast, we had the most amazing time. We visited old friends, went on roadtrips, did some shopping och sightseeing (it's incredible how things you've seen so many times can still be breathtaking and exciting), went partying, visited our old host families and made so many new memories. I'm so happy that I had the chance to come back to see all the people I got to know in this beautiful place and to meet so many new friends. DC is a never ending story and I will never get tired of what it has to offer.

Leaving again was hard. You have all the memories fresh in your mind and you know that you will leave the people you love so much without knowing when you will get together again. But even if I was so sad for leaving I was very grateful and happy for the time I got to spend there again. And my vacation wasn't really over, I still had one more adventure on the calendar and one more destination to go to before waving goodbye to America.

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A trip to Miami will not be completely right without visiting the Everglades national park. I went there last year but it was my friend Sterre's first time in Miami so we had to make a little trip there. Before going there last summer that was one of my top 5 things to do on my bucket list. I don't know what I find so interesting and fascinating about it but it definitely has something extraordinary. Maybe it's the environment which is so far away from what I'm used to in Sweden, maybe it's the excitement about catching a alligator swimming in the swamp or just a combination of it all. As always when you check things off of your bucketlist, new things appear on it. This is not an exception and as I marked Everglades with a check on the list, the swamps in Louisiana took it's place. I can't wait until the day I get to check that off too.

This day the alligators were sleepy and shy so we only spotted two of them hangning out in the swamp. But two are better than none and we got to see some special birds which we fed from the airboat. It's all about being grateful for the small things!

This post will also be the last one from Miami and all the adventures and memories we made there. We stayed for five days but the time passed by a little too fast, as always. Before we knew it Sterre and I was boarding the flight to our next destination.

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After a couple of days in Miami, me and my friend Sterre decided to go on a little roadtrip. No USA-vacation is complete without driving by the coast, singing along to old songs with your best friend. The destination was supposed to be at Key West, but after sleeping in for too long we ended up with the final destination Key Largo - which wasn't bad either!

We had an amazing day driving around to different places in Key Largo. Hanged out on the beach, photographed palm trees for an unknown amount of time, went to Biscayne national park, went souvenir shopping and finally and the best part of the day - went parasailing with a view over the keys! It was so spontaneous and a little scary but the amazing view made up for the fear we felt beforehand. Shaking from adrenaline and our arms full of goosebumps we went back to the car and started our trip back home to Ft. Lauderdale - with the biggest smiles on our faces.

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Second stop quickly became the last destination for the day. We went out to South Beach and was enjoying ourselves too much to care about leaving to see something else. I'm definitely a beach-girl so the clear blue water, the sand kissing my feets and the sun tanning our bodies can only be described with one word - perfection.

When the day turned into night we decided to pack up our few things, with the plan to go home. On the way to find a ride back to Ft. Lauderdale we got stopped at a restaurant that offered fishbowl-drinks with discounts so we couldn't resist. We finished the first day of our vacation together with live music, tasty drinks and some quality girl-time together,

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After being in Sweden for 194 days, yes I've counted every single one of them, I packed a huge suitcase, printed my tickets and took the flight over the Atlantic ocean. After a, not as smoothly as hoped, trip I finally landed at Miami international airport about 9 hours later than planned. If it wasn't for the fact that my best friend was waiting down at the bagage claim I would probably be in the worst mood ever. But who can be sad when you are about to meet one of the most important people in your life after 7 months apart? After running through the hall like a romantic movie, a couple of happy tears and many "oh my godness, I can't believe it's true"-moments later we could finally exhale and go home to sleep.

It's hard to describe the feeling of being away from someone that means so much to you and then finally get to meet again. This time we had 3 weeks of total vacation ahead of us and I had the biggest smile on my face falling asleep that night. We stayed at one of my old friends, José, house that lives in Miami. I went to visit him in August last year as well and he definitely showed us a great time back then which made it very hard to say no when he invited us over again.

Needless to say, it was not hard to get up from bed the first morning. Sightseeing was on the agenda and we headed out in the morning. After an amazing brunch at an American diner, goodness gracious did I miss American food, it was time for the days first sightseeing stop; which happened to be the Wynwood Art District. After walking around for hours and with the camera memory-card filled to the edges we continued the day to the next stop - which you'll be able to read about in my next post. Until then, take care.

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We continued our trip by driving for hours and hours through the Arizona desert, surrounded by sand, sand and more sand. It was amazing how the ocean, beaches and palm trees quickly got replaced by dry plants, red mountains and no civilisation what so ever. In the beginning the view was so exciting but after a couple of hours without anything but maybe a gas station or a couple of donkeys on the side of the road we got pretty bored.

Our first destination was the Salvation mountain, which had been on top of my bucket-list for ages, and when we finally got to step outside the van we walked right into a wall of heat and dry air. The temperature was close to 47 degrees celsius, so the stop by the mountains was short since there was no shade as far as our eyes could see.

We continued our road-trip for a couple of more hours through the desert. As we drove further into the desert we had to turn off the Air conditioner since the heat made the engine work too hard which could cause damage to our van. We all decided that we would rather be in a hot van than have to stop in the middle of nowhere with really bad phone connections, limited amount of water and the temperature that got hotter and hotter for what felt like every minute.

When we came to our campsite for the night we got happily surprised by a little lake that was perfectly located nearby. The temperature was almost 50 degrees and I've never seen anyone build their tents as quickly as our group that day. We ran down to the water and spent some real quality time in the not so very clean water, but we couldn't care less. The campsite was surrounded by beautiful nature but I think that night was the worst night of my life. When we laid down in our tents to sleep the temperature was around 40 degrees, we had no air conditioner, no cold water to cool off in and the drinking water wasn't close to be cold enough. We woke up after a miserable night to a morning that felt amazingly nice and cool, with only 35 degrees outside the tents. Needless to say, we were very happy to leave Lake Havasu for our next destination.

Los Angles - San Diego - Lake Havasu - Grand Canyon - Las Vegas - Death Valley - Yosemite - San Fransisco - Santa Barbara

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