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Friday April 28th
In the morning when I had my off time I went to Rebecka for her birthday brunch, it was so yummy! :D After that my day went on as usual, I picked D up and home for snacks and movie before we picked K up. When I was off I got ready for the night - a house party. We all met at Matilda's house first before we took an uber to the party. The uber ride was a lot of fun, since we all were Swedish we played Swedish music in the car :D We had a fun time at the party with dancing and beer pong.

Saturday April 29th
In the morning I skyped with some family and after that I met up with Matilda and we went to a big mall, after a while Elin joined us and we had lunch at Cheesecake Factory, so good!

Sunday April 30th
I met up with Matilda, Rebecka and Linnéa and we went to a place called The Fat Hen to have brunch. When we got there we had to write our name on the waiting list and the wait was around 1,5 hour!! In the meantime we went to another cafe to have coffee and we also walked around in the Scandinavian Specialties store :) When we finally got a table we had been waiting almost 2 hours but it was worth it cause the food was really good!! After the delicious brunch we drove to a bar to play pool and it was fun until a really drunk guy joined us and was super annoying. We could barley leave the place but when we finally did we took off to Lucky Strike to go bowling :) We had pizza and played two rounds and it was a really great day/night!

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Saturday April 22nd
N picked me up in the morning and we drove to Skagit Valley Tulip Fields to see the tulips. This was on my bucket list so I was so happy I got to see it and it was beautiful! We walked around in the field and I had to stop like every step to take pictures of the flowers :D It started to rain but that didn't stop us! After a while we walked back to car, N bought some tulips for me and we went to have lunch :) When I got back home I started to get ready for the night - a birthday party but first I had to work three hours. I had dinner with the girls, watch a movie and played all kinds of games and did some scrapbooking :) When I was off N picked me up and after quick stop at his apartment we walked over this his friend for the birthday party! It was a fun night :D

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Thursday April 13th
After breakfast we jumped in the Van and drove to Rainbow Falls, really beautiful! After a while of walking around we went to Hilo where walked around and the market. I bought a dress with Hawaii pattern and a smoothie :) After this we went to Ahalanui Warm Pond it was nice and we spent maybe 3-4 hours here just relaxing in the warm water. Before we left we had some fresh coconut drink, not my favorite but it was on my bucket list! Mitchell came back to pick us up and we took off to Hawaii Volcanoes National Park where we did a bike ride out to a Lava Flow, it was so cool to see real lava flowing out in the ocean! Back to camp for a late dinner.

Friday April 14th
First stop of the day was Kilauea Iki Lava lake and near by was a rain forest that we walked through to get to the Lava Tube :) After that we went to Honoli'i Stream which was a beach where a river and the ocean meets, it was a very rocky beach. We were not allowed to go out in the ocean cause there were big waves and very strong currents so we had to stay in the river and it was bit cold so we spent most of the time up on the beach. Next stop was Akaka Falls another beautiful waterfall :) After this we had around a two hour drive back to Kona, we got some free time to just walk around and later in the evening we had dinner at a restaurant, so good :D

Saturday April 15th
We got ready for the and drove to Pololu Valley a beautiful lookout point and we were gonna hike down to the beach. After spending some time taking photos we walked back and it was time for some beach time and not just any beach - Hapuna Beach (one of the worlds top 10 beaches) and it was a really good beach! We spent the rest of the day there just sunbathing and enjoyed the ocean :D After the beach we all got ready for our last night together and we had a pizza on Old Kona Airport State Beach and we saw a beautiful sunset! It's always a bittersweet feeling when an amazing adventure comes to and end. I think we all wished the trip could have been longer!

This trip was so amazing and I wish I could do it all over again! I'm so recommending this trip with Au Pair Adventures if you want to go to Hawaii, it's so worth it and you really get to see and explore Hawaii :D

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Tuesday April 11th
Woke up to birds chirping and the sounds of waves. We made breakfast and after that we started packing and taking the tents down. Back in the van and off to Pu'uhona o Hônaunau National Historical Park where we were going snorkeling! We got our equipment and jumped into the clear blue water. We swam around and saw all kinds of fishes but best of all was the wild dolphins :D After the snorkeling we stopped at Magic Sand Beach for some beach time :) Next stop was Punalu'u Beach also knows as The Black Sand Beach. After a while walking around and looking at the turtle we took turns to shower before we headed to our new camp by the Volcano. We set up the tents and started cooking dinner, pasta with meat sauce and salad :)

Wednesday April 12th
After breakfast we took off to Punalu'u bake shop the Southernmost bakery shop in the USA! We bought some yummy pastries! After that went
on a hike to Papakôlea Beach or Green Sand Beach. It was so hot but a very beautiful walk :) When we got to beach we all jumped in the water and enjoyed the big waves and it was perfect for boggie boardning, so much fun :D I think we spent like four hours there and then we took the shuttle back and it was such a bumpy ride we almost fell off! After the beach we drove to a coffee farm - Paradise Meadows Farm. We got to taste all kinds of Macadamia nuts and coffee, so good :) Last stop of the day was Thomas A. Jaggar Museum where we saw a Lava Lake/Crater. it was so cool cause you could see lava bubbling in the crater!

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Saturday April 8th
The big day finally arrived and I was so excited! My flight was at 11am and N gave me a ride to the airport. I had a six hour flight to Honolulu and then around 1-2 hour to Kona on the Big Island :D I arrived a the hotel around 6pm and met Annie, a Swedish girl from my group. We got our room and after a quick fresh up we went out for a walk and dinner. We found a cozy bar with a view over the ocean :D

Sunday April 9th
We woke up and got ready before we walked down to eat breakfast - oatmeal, fruits, toast and coffee :) After breakfast we decided to go out and just look around. We found a cool beach, took a look at the Sunday Market (where we saw the biggest avocado we've ever seen!), we found another beach where you could try Stand Up Paddleboarding, which we did and it was really fun! After a some time at the beach we found a nice place to have lunch, so good! Back to the hotel to change and Annie was going to a local event - Luau, so decided to meet up with some other girls from the group. We spent the time at the beach, walked around and looked in the shops and dinner :)

Monday April 10th
The start of the tour! After breakfast Annie and I walked down to the lobby to meet the rest of the group and our tour guide. We had a little welcome meeting before we packed the van and took off to Costco to go grocery shopping, well our guide did and we waited in the car :P After like an hour he came back and we started the drive to our first Camp. On the way we stopped for lunch, so yummy! Our first camp was at Ho'okena Beach Park. After putting the tents up we changed into swimsuits, had some good drinks and our guide had bought this big floaty that we all could sit in so we had a fun party out on the ocean :D It was so cool to camp on the beach and lie inside the tent at night and hear the waves outside!

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Saturday April 1st
Day 365 in Seattle! I can't believe I have been here a year already, it feels like I came yesterday but at the same time it feels like I have been here forever :D
At lunch time I met up with Victoria for a coffee, we had a lot to talk about since she had been on a roadtrip LA, Vegas, SF :) After dinner I took an uber home to Tamara and we had some drinks before we went out to one of our favorite clubs and danced the night away to celebrate our first year and one more year to go :D

Sunday April 2nd
In the morning I met up with three Swedish friends to go to the Swedish club for Swedish pancake breakfast :D After the yummy pancakes we drove to Univiversity of Washigton to see the Cherry blososm trees and they are so beautiful, it never gets old! We took a lot of pictures. In the afternoon I went to the mall to meet up with Imi for the last time :( This is one part of being an au pair that I don't like - saying goodbye to the friends you make here, people come and people go so there's always a change.

P.s I am gonna try to write in English from now on for two reasons nr. 1 I have a lot of English talking friends that reads my blog and nr 2 to challenge myself :)

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Fredag 31:a mars
Efter jobbdagen så kom N och hämtade upp mig för att jag skulle få följa med på fotboll med han och hans föräldrar :) Seattle's fotbollslag är Seattle Sounders FC. Vi parkerade bilen hos honom och så gick vi igenom campuset och N visade mig biblioteket då en tyst läsesal där inne ser ut som stora salen i Harry Potter! Vi gick till tågstationen för att ta tåget till arenan. Jag fick låna en halsduk så jag kunde passa in med resten av publiken då alla går all in med supportkläder! N's pappa hade köpt biljetter och platserna var mycket bra :D Matchen slutade noll noll men det gjorde inte mig så mycket jag tyckte det var kul ändå, att få uppleva stämningen och se min första fotbolls match var så kul :D Efter matchen så gick jag och N till en bar i närheten som hade minigolf så efter ett tags väntan så fick vi spela en runda och det var kul!

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Måndag 27:e mars
En vanlig dag med båda barnen i skolan och jag hade min lediga tid :) Var bara hemma och tog det lugnt innan jag hämtade D vid skolan. Hem för snacks och film för att sedan hämta K.

Tisdag 28:e mars
1 år i USA! Denna dag för ett år sedan var jag på Arlanda, klev på planet och började mitt stora äventyr! Känns så konstigt att det gått ett helt år redan, känns som att jag kom igår men samtidigt som att jag varit här hur länge som helst :D Tisdagar är gymnastik dagen och D längtar lika mycket varje vecka! Efter gymnastiken åker vi hem för lunch, lek, snacks och film innan vi hämtar K vid skolan.

Onsdag 29:e mars
Ännu en vanlig dag och båda flickorna i skolan och jag hade min lediga tid. Efter att ha hämtat D vid skolan hann jag precis hem och lämna henne för att sedan åka iväg och ha uppkörning!! Jag var lite nervös men körningen gick hur bra som helst och jag klarade mig, så nu har jag amerikanskt, Washington State körkort! :D Till middag firade vi att åka till Taco Time för att köpa mat och sedan åkte vi till Golden Gardens och åt i vanen och njöt av det soliga vädret :)

Torsdag 30:e mars
K i skolan och jag och D var hemma. Vi gör så himla mycket saker och lekar och det byts var femte minut ungefär så det gäller att hänga med :) Vi gick i alla fall en sväng till Dunn Gardens för att ha en liten picknick!

Fredag 31:a mars
D och K vid skolan och på ledig tid åkte jag till ett Driving Licensing Office för att fixa mitt körkort och ta foto till det! Jag fick ett papperskörkort så länge innan det riktiga kommer på posten och jag kände mig så fri efter att ha fått stanna hemma då jag inte kunnat köra bil. Första turen gick till Northgate Mall :D Hämta D och som vanlig hem för snacks och film innan vi hämtar K.

Ps. Kommer inte att kunna blogg på över vecka då jag på Lördag (8:e April) åker till Hawaii!! Så ni får vänta på uppdatering tills jag kommer hem :)

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Lördag 25:e mars
På morgonen hade jag teoriprovet för amerikanskt, Washington körkort. Här gör man teoriprovet på papper och man får ta den tid man behöver så jag tog det lugnt och läste frågorna noga och jag klarade det :D

På eftermiddagen kom N och hämtade upp mig och vi åkte till University District och tog en kaffe, sen middag och efter det åkte vi till Cinebarre en bio med bar! När du kom in så var det en bar och sen fick du ta med dig din dricka in till salongen då alla stolsrader hade bord framför sig men en liten knapp som du tryckte på om du ville beställa mat eller dricka. Vi såg Beaty and the Beast medan vi drack goda drinkar. En mycket kul och trevlig kväll :D

Söndag 26:e mars
På förmiddagen kom N och hämtade upp mig och så åkte vi till U District, parkerade bilen hos honom och så gick vi till ett Starbucks och köpte kaffe. Sedan promenerade vi till University of Washington för att se på de berömda körsbärsträden! Trots mulet väder så var det så vackert :D Vi gick runt bland träden och jag tog en massa bilder såklart, älskar ju blommor!

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Måndag 20:e mars
Båda tjejerna hade skola som vanligt och på min lediga tid kom N och hämtade upp mig och vi tog en kaffe på Starbucks och sedan tog vi en promenad vid Golden Gardens. Det var en fin morgon med sol, blå himmel och man kunde se bergen :) Fick skjuts hem och hann i princip in och vända innan det var dags för mig att hämta D. Vi kom hem, åt lite snacks och såg på film innan vi hämtade K.

Tisdag 21:a mars
K var i skolan och jag D hade en lugn morgon innan det var dags för gymnastik, sista gången för vinter terminen. Så i slutet av träning fick hon en fin rosett och hon var så glad och stolt :D Hem för att äta lunch, leka lite och sedan film innan vi hämtade K. På kvällen så började jag att plugga körkortsteori för att ta mitt amerikanska, Washington körkort. En kompis hade skickade en länk med gratis tester och jag hittade körkortsboken online och laddade ner den.

Onsdag 22:a mars
D till skolan och K vaknade upp med feber så hon stannade hemma. Vi hade en väldigt lugn dag med puzzel, rita och bara ta det lugnt på soffan. Min värdmamma jobbade hemma så när jag skulle hämta D vid skolan kunde jag lämna K hemma. Kom hem med D, vi åt lite mellanmål, såg på film och sedan var det dags för vila.

Torsdag 23:e mars
K var bättre och gick till skolan och jag var hemma med D :) Vi lekte med allt möjlig i huset och sedan tog vi en promenad till Dunn Gardens, en liten fin trädgård i kvarteret. Märktes att våren är på ingång då en massa fina blommor hade börjat blomma! Vi hade en liten picknick och lekte kurragömma. Hem för att göra svenska pannkakor till lunch :)

Fredag 24:e mars
D hade skola och K var sjuk igen så hon och jag hade ytterligare en lugn dag! Hade födelsedagskalas för hennes mjukisdjur - katten Lilly :) Byggde och lekte med lego, en hel del! På kvällen hade mina värdföräldrar en date night så jag var hemma med barnen och vi såg på film, lekte kurragömma, gjorde roliga videos med Snapchat filter, åkte scooter och skateboard innomhus, vi hade en bra och roligt kväll :)

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