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Okay, so I visited the best place yesterday… Petland! Petland is an animal store, where you can buy everything for your animals plus actual animals! I didn’t have high expectations when I went there, but I got pleasantly surprised. There were puppies everywhere! And the best part was that you could pick any puppy to hold and play with. They had so many different puppies, and I fell in love with every one of them, especially one Australian Shepherd puppy. I wanted to buy him soooo bad. Victoria and I also held a pug puppy as well, and it was so tiny! When leaving the store, I felt so bad for all the puppies that were left there, although we actually saw a few of them being adopted (!!!), which warmed my heart ♥


❤ Philippa

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2017, Au pair

Today is my last day in North Carolina. Tomorrow, I will fly back home to Columbus. Although this time, I will go alone (yes so fun I love flying by myself)… I have the weekend off, and it is going to be nice to have some time off for a longer period. Everything is still very new, so I’m still exhausted every night, but I wake up at 4 am every morning, so maybe that has something to do with it too.

Other than relaxing this weekend, I will prepare myself for the psychology course I will be taking at Columbus State Community College this fall. I’m super excited, and the course seem very interesting, even though I have read some of the things already. Hopefully, I get a good grade in this course so I can take abnormal psychology or psychology of personality next term. I have to read the basic psychology course before I can choose a more focused area of psychology, which is a bit annoying. There were SO many different courses that I wanted to take at CSCC, and I had a hard time choosing which one I was going to pick for the fall term. I can also say that it was not an easy process for a foreigner to apply for courses… They needed a huge amount of information, much of which were difficult for me to get a hold of. In the end, I still had to take a Math and three different English tests.

During my week here in NC, I have discovered my favorite place to spend my free-time, Barnes & Noble + Café. I’ve been going there a few times during the week, just to write, read, look at books, and, of course, drink coffee. The coffee isn’t that great, and I’m often longing for a cup of real Swedish black coffee. But you can’t have everything in life ;)



❤ Philippa

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2017, Au pair

Hello from North Carolina!

This week, we have changed our Ohio environment to the one of North Carolina. The boys and I arrived here late on Thursday evening. Even though we went to bed really late, the activities started early on Friday morning. We went to a garden called Sarah P. Duke Gardens, which is part of the Duke campus. The campus was so so so pretty, but unfortunately I didn't get any photos of the buildings. The garden itself was incredible. It was so beautiful, and I saw plants and flowers that I have never seen before. We spent almost three hours there, and to be honest, I could have spent many more! It was truly amazing.



♥ Philippa

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2017, Au pair

Last Friday was a very special day. It was my birthday! It was really weird celebrating it away from home. For example, I really missed my family waking me up with the 'Happy Birthday' song. Even though it didn't feel like my birthday, I still had a really great day!

The day started with birthday hugs from my host children, and a lot of birthday wishes from my family and friends at home. I also talked to my parents and my sister. They had bought a princess cake and presents, which they opened/ate during our FaceTime session... I did, of course, also have a princess cake later in the day (with pink marzipan like it should be). At lunch, Bella (the previous au pair) and the boys sang 'Happy Birthday', and I got some presents that they had made, which were super cute!!

In the evening, my host mom had a party for her colleagues. It was fun and the food was great. Later in the evening, around 8 pm, Bella, two other au pairs that we had invited, and I went shopping. This is one of the better things about the U.S., most shops close at 9 or 10 pm. We went to an outside mall, and it was nice but cold (22 degrees Celsius, haha). Unfortunately, I didn't find anything. The girls also gave me a present, a shirt that said 'Ohio' on it, which was so sweet of them :)

And that's my 19th birthday :)


Thank you so much for all the birthday wishes!


♥ Philippa

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Hellooo!

When I talked to my parents yesterday, they told me that it was time for a new blog post. They wanted to read about something else than IKEA. Soooo, here I am, writing another blog post.

The reason why I haven't written anything here in a long time is because I have been super busy! Since the boys aren't in school, we have tried to plan activities for each day, so that they wouldn't sit by their computers all day. Every day of last week, we did something new. We went to the zoo, to a space center, went on walks, played with the dog, and played soccer. I was so exhausted every afternoon when we got home... Along with being very active, there is still a lot of new information that has to be processed, which, according to my host mom, is why I am so tired all the time!

Yesterday was my day off, and, let me tell you, it was well-needed. I slept to 8 am, which was sooo nice (I've gotten up at half past six every morning), and the rest of the day was pretty easy-going. I went shopping, read a book, and in the evening, I went out for dinner with another Swedish au pair in the area. We went to a place that served pretty much everything. There were so many people there, but we managed to get a table, and we sat there for a couple of hours just talking. When I got home, I saw one episode of the series 'Bull' (a very interesting series), and then I went to bed. So yeah. That is kind of a quick recap of my week. Now, it's Monday again, and more activities are ahead of us! Hopefully, they will not be as exhausting as the ones we did last week!


The zoo


The zoo


The only place where people actually spell my name correct, without me having to say anything <3



♥ Philippa

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Heeeeeeeey!

Today, I had the day off to do whatever I wanted to do. I had planned to go shopping and just drive around in the city. My plans changed quickly when my host mom told me that they were going to IKEA! Who can say no to a trip to IKEA?! It was really nice walking around and reading all the Swedish labels, seeing all the Swedish food (Kalles kaviar and knäckebröd <3), and of course, eating the Swedish meatballs! There is nothing better than some meatballs and mashed potatoes. And like always, we ended up buying a few things. We bought a pink carpet and some scented candles for my room, plus some other things for the house. My room is now a bit cozier, prettier, and more pink! The only things that matter ;)

When we got back, I went on my own to some stores nearby, including Barnes & Noble. I LOVED that store! It is a book store with a café, and it was a really nice place and I'm planning on going back there soon! I also bought three books, which I'm very excited to read. I haven’t been doing much else this evening, except recharging my batteries for the coming week. We have lots of things planned, and I can’t wait!!


Bloom: Navigating Life and Style - Estée Lalonde


♥ Philippa

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2017, Au pair

Hello again!

A part of settling in and making a new place feel like home is to have the things you usually use on hand. When I was in NY I used travel sizes of everything. Shampoo, conditioner, body wash, and toothpaste were all in these tiny bottles. The travel sized things I had were not the brand/type of product I usually use. The toothpaste especially…When I got to Columbus it was time to buy full sized bottles, and the type of product I usually use. We went to Walmart, one of the cheaper places for these kind of things, and although I found the five small things I needed, I left the store $45 shorter... Now I can understand why Mom got annoyed at my sister and me for 'eating the conditioner'. But why are these things so expensive? It is times like this that I don’t enjoy being an adult…

So, what has happened this week? Tons of things! I got a bank account, phone number, completed an English test, and I also became an owner of an American driver’s license. This week has been stressful, but it’s nice that so many things are starting to come together. Now, it’s only the social security number left, and then I'm all set! It is so insane that just two weeks ago, I was working, packing, and just preparing myself for this. These two weeks have passed so fast. Next week, I will start working for real. The boys’ grandmother has been here this week helping me with everything, but soon I have to do everything on my own…which will be both scary and exciting. Wish me good luck!


New York City 2016


♥ Philippa

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Hi everybody!

Like you can see, I'm not that good at blogging... It has been a stressful week with a lot of new impressions, and I have been so exhausted that I haven't had time for anything else than settling in.

Even though I have only been in the U.S for eight days, I have to say, and I'm sorry family and friends, that I love it here and don't regret the move one bit! I was very fortunate at the au pair camp because I met so many wonderful people, and my host family is just the best! I really feel at home here.

Since so much have happened from the day that I got to New York to my days here in Columbus, I will share some photos of some of my adventures instead of writing a looong and booooring blog post :)


The girls, aka Joline, Allana, and I


On Thursday afternoon, we went to New York City!


Top of the Rock - Central Park


Top of the Rock - Empire State Building


The Fire Brigade (Kennedy, Allana, and I)


I love this photo... It was raining so the floor was pretty slippery. Allana and I were trying to get a nice photo in front of the Empire State Building when a little kid slipped and fell. It made the funniest sound ever... I couldn't stop laughing...


Times Square


We were all pretty excited for the Disney store


The day that I met my host family for the first time!!


Where I will sleep the coming ~360 days


I can't even describe to you how much I look forward to the rest of the year!

♥ Philippa

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Hej alla ni!

Nu är det inte långt kvar tills jag gör den största resan i mitt liv. Den 10 juli åker jag. Det har ju varit planerat ett tag men jag tror inte riktigt att jag förstod hur nära det var. Just nu är det bara en vecka sedan jag tog studenten. En upplevelse som jag fortfarande inte riktigt har förstått. Även om det bara är några ynka veckor kvar tills jag åker, ska mycket hända emellan.

För er som inte har hört mig tjata om denna resa, så kan jag berätta att jag ska jobba som au pair hos en familj i Columbus, OH i ett helt år. Jag ska ta hand om två pojkar som är 11 och 13 år. De är super trevliga och jag tror att jag kommer ha det jätte bra i den familjen. Jag är extremt taggad! Det senaste halvåret har varit väldigt stressigt så jag har inte riktigt hunnit tänka så mycket på resan. Nu har jag dock kommit till den punkt där jag har börjat räkna ner dagarna... 16 dagar. Lite mer än två veckor. Ju närmare jag kommer avresedatumet, desto mer förstår jag att jag ska faktiskt vara borta i ett helt år. Ett år från min familj och mina vänner. Det är helt sjukt egentligen. Ett problem som har kommit efter alla dessa tankar är hur packar man en resväska för en resa på ett år? Dessutom på bara 23 kg? Min resväska vägde 21 kg när jag åkte till Magaluf i en vecka... Idag började jag i alla fall att lägga ut vad jag vill ha med mig. Jag lär ju få sålla bort en del saker, men man måste ju börja någonstans. Önska mig lycka till!


♥ Philippa


Key West 2016

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