I'm so so sorry for not updating. It's just so much going on all of the time and I've had a lot of exams and stuff in school. But I do have a lot to tell you, but I won't do it now though, sorry. I'm currently in a car going to Panama City Beach for spring break! It's finally here! so yeah, now we're on our way to PCB in Florida and on monday we're driving to Miami. we will stay there for three days and then we're off to Key West for two days before the long drive back to Troy. It's 14 hours... But hey, it's spring break and it's gonna be awesome!

I will try to wright and update you guys in everything when I get back and have a computer again. But, then again, don't hold your breath, haha.

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I'm sorry that I'm so bad at updating right now. I'll try to write more often, but I can't promise that I will.

Anyway, last weekend we went to DB as usual and on sunday there was the Super Bowl. We watched it at Adele's (from France) and Cristina's (from El Salvador) house, which is right next to Trojan Village, where I live. They have a TV and a pretty big couch so it was perfect for everyone to watch the game there. We usually have our pregames there aswell. Cristina had bought and made really good hamburgers and there were a lot o snacks to go with it. I think this was the first time I actually watched the Super Bowl (it's in the middle of the night in Sweden) and actually a real Football game at all. I don't know all the rules, but I understand enough to find it entertaining, more or less. It was the Atlanta Falcons against New England Patriots. Atlanta took the lead and after the first half they were up 21-3. So it wasen't that exciting because I really thought they were going to win. But what do you know, in the second half the Patriots caught up just at the end and they went into sudden death where the Patriots actually won. It was crazy.



Spring break is coming up pretty soon but we still haven't decided what we are going to do. We might go to Orlando in Florida to Universal studios and Disneyworld or go to Panama city beach, which is also in Florida but just at the border to Alabama. Either way we should really decide soon.

This is the very small golf course, which I walk by pretty often, when I take walks. It's really pretty but not that green right now. The wheather here is strange, one day it's 23 degrees and the next it's only 10. We also had a thunderstorm with rain literally poring down for maybe six hours straight, this tuesday. But tomorrow it's supposed to be 25 degrees and sunny so we might hang out by the pool.

Tonight we are going to DB as usual, but this time one of the fraternities, Tau Kappa Epsilon, is having a Valentine's day party thing there. I think that it will either be a lot of fun or really suck, but I'm hoping for fun!

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I'm really getting used to my life here on the other side of the Atlantic ocean. We have established our everyday rythm and everything is good. It feels like I've been here for forever at the same time as it feels like I've only been here for a couple of days. It's been almost three and a half weeks already and it's kind of scary that I soon have been here for a quarter of the time!

Anyway, this past week I had my first exam. It was in Psychology of Learning and wasn't really that hard. I scored 100 out of 100, so I'm off to a good start! Next week I have two exams, one i Consumer behavior and another one in Psychology of Learning. Other than that, school is pretty good and I have pretty short days.

This weekend we went to Atlanta! We felt like it was time to get out of small Troy and see more of America. So on friday we drove off in our rental car at 4.30 p.m. The drive took aproximately 3 hours and we arrived at our accommodation at about 9 o'clock, because there is a one hour time difference and we stopped for some food at Arby's. We stayed at a house in the outskirts of Atlanta in a family area. It was a really nice, cozy house with everything we needed.
After getting ready, we ordered a Lyft (which is like Uber, but cheaper!) and headed in to Atlanta city to an area called Buckhead. There were a lot of bars along the street and we were originally planning to go bar jumping, but we ended up staying at the Dive bar all night. It was a good night!
On saturday, we woke up pretty late. We then went to Atlanta's version of Mardi Gras. It was apparently the second year they had it, and there were quite a lot of people there. A lot of them were dressed up in costumes and many had colorful necklaces. There were people playing music and dancing, drinking beer and just having a great time! It didn't hurt that the weather was really good too. 
Then, we went to Georgia Aquarium. It was a big aquarium with different themed sections, and we watched one sea lion show and one dolphin show, which both were really cool.

For dinner we went to the Cheesecake factory! I have wanted to go there for a long time so it was so nice to finally eat there, and I was not dissappointed, the food was really good. There was a long line of people there when we got there and if you wanted to sit inside you would have to wait for at least one and a half hour, but fortunately they had an available table outside. I think it was only maybe 8 degrees, but they had heating so it was fine. Of course we wanted to try the cheesecakes too, but we were so full from the food so we decided to get them to go instead. It was really yummy!

On the way home on sunday, we just had to stop to take pictures of the Alabama sign ;)

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Okay, so this week I guess it's been mostly about school. We had monday off though because it was Martin Luther King day. I don't think that we did anything special that day, except getting a book for a class and going to Walmart. The course literature here is is ridiculously expensive! If you want to buy a new book you are gonna have to pay somewhere between 150-300 dollars! You can also rent your books for the semester in the bookstore on campus but that is still like 100-180 dollars per book. It's a bit cheaper if you rent them from Amazon, so I have ordered two of my books from there, but they are seriously not gonna be here in like one more week and I have already waited for one week, so I am panicking a little bit here, since we can have pop tests and quizzes at any lecture.

Speaking of tests, I'm having my first exam on Tuesday. It's in my Psychology of Learning class, and we are gonna have 7 exams in that class. But at least I think the exams are gonna be fairly easy, or I hope so, haha.

Okay, over to more exciting (or scary) things: Today I woke up from a strange alarm on my phone. It made a really loud and annoying sound and then a voice said something like: "There is a Tornado warning. Evacuate". The rain was pouring down and it was really dark outside (though it was 9 a.m.). Apparently, tornados are pretty common here, and last semster half of Walmart was destroyed because of one. Anyway, we had to go downstairs to the lowest floor of the building and sit on the floor, waiting. We didn't have to wait for that long though, before the tornado had passed and we could head back upstairs again.

Thursday, we went to a pre-game at Austin's place. There were a lot of people there and there were some beer pong going on with the typical red cups. Apparently, quite a lot of people go out on thursdays here because it's common to not have any classes on fridays. I do, but I don't start until 12 so I'm good. After the pre-game we went with the party bus to DB.

And, yesterday we went out again. You can see most of the internationals (europeans) plus some americans in these pictures.

Just to finish this post off, I'm gonna show you this nice "prank" someone did to several of the statues on campus, haha!

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Hi!
It's been a few days since I last wrote and that's probably how it's gonna be from now on. I will still write from time to time but not every day.

So, Friday was an interesting day or well evening/night. At 6 p.m. we went to the welcome party for all international students. There were some food and people played a some games and danced. We didn't stay long though. Later we went to a pre-game at Cristina and Adele's (two international students) house. They live off campus but only like one minute away from Trojan Village, where I live. We played some drinking games and had a good time. After that some of us decided to go to a frat party (yep, those are real). There are several fraternities and sororities on campus but only the fraternities are aloud to throw parties. This party was at the fraternity called Sigma Chi. They had a dance floor and two DJs playing. There wasn't that many people there though, so we didn't stay for very long, but it was fun to just get the experience. Then, the party bus came and picked us up and took us to DB (the double branch bar). It was actually really nice this time and a lot of people.

On Saturday we went to another basketball game, this time it was the guys playing.

on Sunday we played tennis. They have a lot of really nice tennis courts on campus, so a lot of us internationals went to play. Since I have never really played tennis before I kind of sucked at it, but it was still really fun. And good to get some exercise for once.

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Thursday I had the introduction to the rest of my classes: Retailing, Psychology of Learning and Comparative Psychology. I was a little bit sceptical of some of the classes before but after the introductions I'm pretty excited about all of them. All of my professors seem really nice and I think all classes are gonna be really interesting. Comparative Psychology seems like a little bit of a "flummkurs" since you are aloud to bring your pet to class if you ask the professor and we are going on two field trips: one to Montgomery Zoo and one to a place with dolphins! That's so exciting! It may sound strange but the course is about comparing the psychology of animals with the psychology of humans, so that's why all these animals are involved.

The school here is really different from university back home. You have to go to EVERY class, you have home work for almost every day and we have exams and quizzes a lot. They also use a point system where you can get a maximum of 1000 points per course, and all the exams, assignments and quizzes give different amount of points. You can also get extra points for doing certain things.

At six on Thursday we went to the women's basketball game. It was such a cool experience with the school band playing, cheerleaders cheering and a mascot running around. So American! There were not that many spectators though, but I think there will be more today at the men's basketball game, which I'm going to in about 20 minutes.

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yesterday I had my first class here at Troy University. I'm taking four classes in total and one is on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays while the other three are on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Yesterday I had Consumer Behavior which is a marketing course. This first week of school is called syllabus week which basically means that all the professors do in the classes is to introduce themselves and go through the syllabus for the course. So, that was really all that happened during that class except for that all of us students also had to shortly introduce ourselves. I'm not the only international student in this class which is pretty nice.

The professor was really nice and the course sounded really interesting so I'm excited!

This is the building where I have my marketing classes. It's really nice both on the outside and inside.

The first Wednesday every month (I guess there was an exception this month since it was the first week of school) the local cinema has one dollar movie night for Troy students, which is awesome. So, of course, we took advantage of that and bought tickets to the move Hidden Figures. It started at 9.35 so at 8.50 one of the Danish guys, Kris, picket me, Susanne, Jacqueline and Navneet up and drove us to the cinema. The movie was actually really good and we had a nice time.

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Yesterday we had the day off, so Susanne and I decided to explore Troy. The weather is finally getting better, and it was approximately 15 degrees celsius, so it was really nice to take a long walk. I'm not really sure but I think the walk took about 45 minutes before we arrived at the center of Troy. During this walk we got a lot of stares from people driving by, apparently you don't really walk here, you take your car, haha. Downtown Troy wasn't that big but there were a few places to eat, a hair saloon and some stores. Really close to the center was a street with these big and beautiful houses, with their southern charm and big front porches. They were a big contrast from most of the other houses we saw along the way that were pretty worn down and small.


Remember when I said that there are two bars i Troy? Well, we passed the second one on our walk and as you can see, it doesn't look like the bars in Europe. But I guess it has its own charm, though we haven't been inside this one.

They are also very religious down here in the "bible belt" and there are churches everywhere. Also, they all have guns and we found this nice store where you can buy guns or get them cleaned. This is so weird to see as a non-american.

And of course thay love their big cars, especially pick-up trucks. They are everywhere and they are huge.

That night we got invited to go to a bonfire at Anne's american friend's house. I think we were almost 30 people there and it was mostly international students but also some americans and everyone was so nice! We had a really good time and it was great to meet a lot of new people.

Oh, and I just have to show you these awesome wineglasses we got at the Salvation army. It's like so tacky that it's cool.

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Hi y'all!

Yesterday started with the last of the introduction for us exchange students. It was mostly about academic stuff and what to do and not to do on campus. After that we went to Walmart (again) and managed to buy some wine this time. We had decided to go to a bar called The double branch later that night so we needed something for the pre-game (that's apparently what pre-parties are called here).

So, at about 9 me and Susanne went over to Navneet and Jacqueline's apartment for the pre-game. There were also two danish guys, that we met earlier that day, joining us at the pre-game. We played some drinking games and then it was suddenly time to go. So, this is pretty cool, there is a bus at night that you can call when you are going out and it comes right away and picks you up. The best part: it's free! The bus drove us to The double branch bar, which apparently is the best bar in town. Well, there is only two bars so maybe that's not that much of an accomplishment, but still. The bar consisted of three different rooms with three bars and a lot of pool tables. It was pretty fun to play pool but other than that the bar wasn't really top notch. But Jacqueline and the danish guys that had been to the bar before said that it is usually more fun than it was last night. But the weirdest part of the experience was probably the people. I think more or less everyone was a student, and almost none of them were dressed up. I mean, a lot of the guys wore caps and flannel shirts, like your typical hillbilly, haha. And according to our suite mate Anne, they always dress like that. And while we're on the subject of clothing, I have to mention that on campus a lot of people wear either sweatpants or training tights. It's really easy to spot the sorority girls too. They wear these really oversized, washed out t-shirt with there sorority logo on it, with training tights or shorts underneath. So when you leave your dorm and you have on regular fitted jeans and a nice shirt, you almost feel overdressed. But it's a fun contrast from home!

When the night was over the bus came and picked us up and drove for like 5 minutes before we got back to campus. It's a little to far to walk from campus though, so the bus is awesome.


My lovely bracelet saying that I'm over 21 and allowed to buy alcohol and Susanne playing pool.

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Today has been kind of a lazy day. I woke up at 7.15, I guess I'm a little jet lagged, and then I worked on an essay for a little bit. At 1 p.m. Susanne and I met up with Navneet and her Danish suite mate Jacqueline and went to dining hall for lunch.

It has been really quiet on campus so far, like, there is seriously no one anywhere. It almost feels like a ghost town. But today it seemed like a few students have returned and I guess the rest will come tomorrow since the classes starts on Wednesday. We finally met our suite mates today as well, one Korean girl called Lira and one Danish girl called Anne. So now the apartment is full.

After lunch we went for a walk around the outskirts of the campus where we found the lovely American waterpost in the picture. We have actually already seen quite a lot of really "American things". Like when we went to Montgomery we passed a lot of houses with porches that had rocking chairs on them, all that was missing was a redneck with a rifle. And all of the drinks are really big sized, like if you order a regular coke you get what we in Sweden at least would consider a large one. Also, the people here seriously says "y'all" all the time, it's so cute!

After our walk we went to Walmart. We had decided to maybe go out tonight, so we were going to buy some wine. But when we got to the counter and was going to pay the cashier said that you can't buy alcohol on Sundays. Haha, we were so confused. But this means that it's gonna be a calm night tonight instead.

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