I´m sorry that I haven´t posted some blogpost this fast few weeks. The reason behind this, is that I live with a busy host family, and we have done a lot of things the past few weeks. We´ve been camping in Truckee, I´ve started school, I´ve been to two festivals, and swimming in crystral clear water, under Yankee Jim´s Brigde.
The weekend August 4-6th, my host family and I, went camping in Truckee. It was an awesome first camping trip:) I tried paddle boarding for the first time, sat around a bondfire together with my fam, and had debates about global warming, and if the earth is round or flat.
On Aug 7th, me, my host siblings and a friend of my host sister went together to Yankee Jim´s Brigde(look at the pictures above). Is was so fun swimming in crystal clear water, and have a awesome time together with my host siblings:)
My first day of school was Aug 9th, and American High School wasn´t like I expected it to be. It was much bigger than I thought, and not that easy to get friends. You have to ask them where things are, or if you want to eat lunch with them. Americans don´t invite themself, so you have to invite yourself, if you want to eat lunch with someone. I didn´t find this a shock, but I noticed culture differences right away. Something that hit me, was the homework. I knew American high school gave a lot of homework, but not as much as I got last, and first whole week at school. It´s also hard translating everything from English to Norwegian, but I´m getting used to it;)
The high school sprit means so much to the students, and the four different grades compete agains each other a lot. Until now, there have been three events, where they competed agains each other. (Watch the O-games in my Youtube video, if you want to see).
The weekend Aug 11-13th, my host family, our neightbors and I, went to a music and art festival, called Outside Lands. We got three days VIP passes for free!! My host family know someone who works with the sound at the festival, and he was so kind giving them to us. It was so awesome seeing Metallica and Lorde perform!! I saw some cebrities, and enjoyed my time at the festival.
Last weekend, Aug 19th, I went to Sacramento Scandinavian Festival. At the festival they had Norwegian, Swedish, Danish, Finnish and Icelantic stands, where you could by cool and small suvenirs and things from "their" country. I also got to eat Norwegian "lefser", and Swedish meatballs/"kjøttkaker". The food was so good, and it remind me about the Norwegian "lefser" I get home. I got to meet three of my exchange friends there, and it was so nice meeting them again<3
On Aug 20th, I went to church with my host family, and my host dad´s family came over for dinner. It was so nice to finally get to meet them. They were so kind!<3