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Sunday May 28th
This day Nick had a birthday surprise for me, my birthday was May 22nd. The only thing I knew was that I had to dress up and that it was gonna be at noon. I got ready and Nick picked me up and I was so excited! I had no idea what the surprise was gonna be until we parked the car by the Space Needle. For you who don't live in Seattle, Space Needle is an observation tower, a landmark of the Pacific Northwest and a tourist attraction in Seattle. To go up in the Space Needle has been on my bucket list before I moved here but I have never thought I would have the guts to do it, cause 1. I'm scared of heights, 2. I don't like elevators and that's how you get up there.

Nervously I stepped in the elevator with Nick, grabbed on to the handle and after a while I dared to look out. The elevator was super quick and we stepped out and we were at the observation deck. We walked out on the deck for a little bit while waiting for our table, cause there is a restaurant up there as well. We got a really good table facing the window = view, we were so lucky with the weather this day - blue sky and sunny! We had a three course brunch and it was delicious :D The restaurant slowly spins around so you get a full view of Seattle. After the brunch we walked up to the observation deck again and walked around! I'm so happy and proud of myself that I made it :D

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Weekend
After a few days of being sick with fever it was finally weekend. Friday I went out to a bar with Tamara. Saturday Nick and I went to a street market in the U district and we tried some new food :) After a while we walked over to the campus and just relaxed in the sun and tried different benches. We had dinner and after that we drove to Gas Work Park and watched the sunset and the sky change from day to night, so beautiful! :D Sunday Nick and I went to Danish bakery and had Swedish Princess cake to celebrate my upcoming birthday. We found a great spot in the sun by the water :) After this we went to Kerry Park and we had a great view over Mt. Rainier, it's so beautiful! In the evening we had dinner with Nick's parents :)

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Saturday May 13th
Eurovision Song Contest Final!! My host family was away over the weekend so my Swedish friends Matilda, Linnéa, Rebecka and Hanna came over to watch the ESC final. Everyone brought some snacks so we had a lot of yummy food to eat during the show and of course some party hats! Sweden came in fifth place and the winner was Portugal.

When the show was over Nick came and picked me up and we went over to the University to go and check out the UW Night Market, a food market :) We walked around and the rain was pouring down but that didn't stop us! We tried some new and good food and after a while when we were soaking went we decided to go back to his apartment and we were still hungry so we drove to Red Robin and had dinner. After this we went home to my place and I got ready for a night out with Nick, Rebecka, Matilda and Louisa :D

Sunday May 14th
In the morning I had my Au Pair meeting - a dance class, it was a lot of fun! :D After the class I went home to shower before I met up with Victoria. We met up at Gas work Park and just sat down on the grass in the sun and talked :) After a while we went to a cafe and had coffee. In the evening I went out for pizza with Matilda, Rebecka and Louisa and we went to my favorite pizza place :D

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Monday May 8th
I dropped off D at school at went home for a little while before I went to Tamara. We walked to a Starbucks and had coffee and walked back to her house and just talked :) I picked up D at 12:45 pm and home for snacks & movie. Pick K up at 2:15 pm and home for nap. When I was off I went to Matilda and we drove to Green Lake for a walk and talk! It was a beautiful evening :)

Tuesday May 9th
Gymnastic day! D has her gymnastic in the morning and K in the afternoon. Before gymnastic D and U usually do some puzzles and she loves doing "faces" on my phone, which is doing all these snapchat filters. Then we get ready, packing snacks, gymnastic outfit on and hair up in braids or ponytails. When we were about to walk out the door my host dad texted med and said that he had forgot to change the girls car seats from his van to mine so I couldn't take D to gymnastic. She got a little bummed out but we decided to go to Dunn Gardens and have a picnic :D After a while playing hide and go seek and some crab we decided to go home. D had her scooter and on the way back she fell and got hurt, so I had to carry her, the backpack and the scooter all the way home! When we got home D snuggled up on the couch while I made lunch. After lunch we played a little bit before it was movie time, some snacks and then time to pick K up and we had to walk since I couldn't use the car, luckily it's not that long of a walked and it was sunny. Back home for nap. When I was off I went to my class.

Wednesday May 10th
Just a normal day with both girls in school and I had my free time :) This day K had early dismissal so I picked her up at 12:15 pm and the straight to pick D up at 12:45 pm. Back home to play a little bit, movie time and nap time. I had dinner with my family and after that i got ready for the night - College party! Bucketlist - check :D

This week it was Greek Week which meant that it was gonna be a lot of parties at the Greek houses (Fraternities & Sorority). I went first home to Matilda and met up with Elin, Hanna and Rebecka. When everyone was ready we went over to N's place. The house next to N is a Fraternity and they had a party so we all walked over and when we got to entrance they said only girls could come in, boys could but too but you had to know someone in the frat. N and his friend didn't so they had to go back home. We girls walked in and had a lot of fun on the dance floor with confetti :D When the party ended we walked back to get N and his friend and we decided we wanted to try another house. So we all walked around and finally found a big fancy house with a rooftop. Matilda and Hanna walked up to the door and we could go in cause we were Swedish and our first frat party, we even got a private tour of the house and some free drinks. After this party N, his friend J and me went to bar at the U district and it was fun :D The whole night was really great! :D

Thursday May 11th
K in school and D had her free day. We spent some time at home before I packed snacks and we went to Golden Gardens to play at the playground :) We came back home and had lunch, played some more before movie time and picked K up from school and then nap time. When I was off I went to my class. Came home showered, had dinner and got ready for another party night. This night I was the driver and I picked Jessi up and Hanna. We drove to N's place and after a while found a parking spot. We waited for Elin and when she came we said bye to N and walked out to try to find a party, we just followed the music. It was a it dead, probably cause everyone had parties the day before. After a while we found a house and got in, the house had sand in front so it was like a beach party :) We stayed until it started to rain, Jessi and I went home while Elin and Hanna went to another party.

Friday May 12th
Normal day with both girls in school and I had my free time :) Picked D up at 12:45 pm, back home for movie and snacks. Went and picked K up at 2:15 pm and back home for nap. I got off a little earlier and could get ready and take an uber to Tamara. Her family had invited me to go watch the University baseball team :) It was fun even though we didn't stayed the whole game because of the kids. Back home to Tamaras house and got ready to go out. We went to a bar, the one we always got to haha! After that we went to our favorite little dance club Havana, we had great night :D

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Monday May 1st
13 months in USA!!
Just a regular day, I dropped D off at her school 8:45 am back home and had my free time :) Ate lunch and went to pick D up at 12:45 pm. Home for snacks and movie before we go to pick K up at her school 2:15 pm. Back home and time for Nap. After nap is my host dad home so the girls wanna play with him so it's pretty chill. When I was off N came to pick me up and we drove to his grandparents to have dinner, it was really nice :D

Tuesday May 2nd
Gymnastic day! D has gymnastic in the morning and K in the afternoon. So I go with D to her gymnastic class and it's always fun watching her! Back home for lunch, playing and then movie time before we go and pick K up from school and then nap time. When I was off I quickly changed into workout clothes and headed off to my class Strength & Conditioning at North Seattle College.

Wednesday May 3rd
Another normal day with both girls in school and me having free time :) Pick D up from school, snacks and movie. Pick K up and then nap time for the girls and coffee time for me! When I was off N picked me up and we went to a see one of his friends in a talent show! After that we went out to a bar in the University District. It was Wells Wednesday which meant that we got cheaper drinks :) The bar also had a little dance floor which was fun :D

Thursday May 4th
Finally a sunny day! I took D to Golden Gardens and we enjoyed the sun and played around on the beach :D Home and had Mac & Cheese for lunch, played a bit, movie time and then pick K up. Back home for nap. When I was off I went to my class again :)

Friday May 5th
When I walked to start working my host mom told me that D was sick so my schedule would change for the day. I stayed home with D all day and we had chill day just playing inside the house. Went to pick up K and back for nap. After work I got ready to go out with my Friend Tamara that was invited to a dinner. It was also Cinco de Mayo so after dinner we went to a bar where N joined us :D We stayed at this country bar for a little bit before we left and went to another one where there had been a Cinco de Mayo street party. We had fun dancing all night!

Saturday May 6th
N and I went to have lunch with his sister, it was fun to finally meet her :) After this we went to his parents house and we walked around in his childhood neighborhood. It was a really nice day and in the evening his parents invited us to join them for dinner and to a show. The show was a band that played 80's disco music. It was a lot of fun, N and I rocked the dance floor with our disco moves :D

Sunday May 7th
In the morning N picked me up and we went to the Swedish Club to go to the Swedish Pancake breakfast :) After a yummy breakfast we went to his apartment to meet up two of his friends and then go to a baseball game, Seattle Mariners. It was a sunny day and when we got our tickets we walked in to have some food and drinks :) We had really good seats, in the sun! I don't want to complain about the sun but it was a bit hot and we got a little burnt :P We were lucky cause The Mariners won, it was a great game :D

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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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