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This year's christmas tree, decorated with home made christmas stars and hearts, after my coming home from California :)

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Pictures from yesterday's Christmas shopping in San Diego. It's an eerie feeling to experience Christmas in a place filled with palm trees and with the hot weather :)

Lidt billeder af julepynten i San Diego. Underlig følelse, at der er varmt og palmer, når man er vant til frost og kulde i december :)

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Seeing as my adventure here in California is soon coming to an end, I got this very beautiful piece of jewelry to bring with me back home. I love it so much! It is a 14K yellow gold flip flop with diamonds. It will forever remind me of this study abroad adventure, where I have mostly worn sandals and flip flops due to the nearly perfect weather in Southern California. :)

Mit studieophold i Californien er snart ved at være slut, og i den anledning har jeg gået og overvejet, hvilke ting, jeg skulle have med mig hjem. En af tingene er blevet til denne flotte halskæde, der skal ligne en flip flop. Den er lavet i 14K guld og har diamanter på toppen - jeg simpelthen så glad for den. Den vil minde mig om en helt unik oplevelse, og eftersom jeg næsten ikke har gået i andet end flip flops herovre, er den et fint minde om min tur. :)

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One thing I must say about San Francisco is that it has some very pretty houses. They are colorfully decorated and many of them are placed on hills which gives a particular visual illusion. If you visit San Francisco, make sure to walk around and enjoy all the beautiful houses. :)

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Some months ago we headed to San Francisco for about a week. Here I show you some pictures from our first day in the city. San Francisco is very expensive, at least during the summer months, so we did a lot of walking to save some money. The area around Pier 39 and Golden Gate Bridge was very crowded, but it's definitely worth the sight nonetheless.
If you want to avoid all the tourists, you should visit the city during late Fall or Winter. It was almost impossible to walk on the Golden Gate and it was even more impossible to enjoy the view over the ocean due to the many people and cameras when we were visiting in August. :)

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Today we took the bus to Pacific Beach to watch the sunset. It seemed that today was a really good pick, and we shot some beautiful photos of the enchanting sunset.
Watching the Sun go down over the Pacific Ocean is so beautiful and something I would recommend anyone to do if they get the chance. The waves in the Pacific Ocean are huge and wild, and they go well along with the stunning scenery where the Sun quietly disappears from the sky. :)

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Back home I used to make this for breakfast for a while, but seeing as I'm currently living in California, I have no blender or mixer, meaning that I can't make this super delicious breakfast here. When I return home in a few weeks, I will make this right away. :) The recipe is as follows:

- Berries of choice (my favorite is raspberry)
- Soy milk
- Squeeze of lime
- Fresh fruit (I prefer kiwi, fresh raspberries, blueberries and plum)
- Other toppings (coconut flakes, 100% raw cocoa and home made granola)

You just mix the berries, soy milk and lime juice, put them in a bowl and add your fruits and toppings. Easy and delicious. :)




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We have only 5 weekends left here in California, and I thought it was time to find some treasures to bring with me back home to Denmark.

Seeing as San Diego is placed very close to the Mexican border, the town is heavily influenced by its culture. I love wandering thru the small streets filled with colors and music. Every corner seems to be decorated with colorful, Mexican pottery in Old Town.

Seeing as I am not that thrilled with collecting the typical souvenirs, I deciced to look for something that will always remind me of my study abroad period in San Diego whilst at the same time being something I can use in some way rather than something that would end in a box in a corner at home.
When I saw the Mexican pottery, it didn't take me long to convince myself that I wanted some.

I deciced to buy some dishes and small bowls, since I think the colorful patterns could be a nice contrast to the typical Scandinavian, minimalistic style :) I am already looking forward to all the dinners that will be served using this beautiful pottery. :)

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We just returned from an amazing trip to Universal Studios, Hollywood. It's been long since I've last screamed and laughed this much. I must say that the 3D rides are some of most fun and surreal rides I have ever tried! Especially the Harry Potter and Krustyland rides are something I will remember for a long time. I can't explain the crazy visual effects - it's just has to be experienced!

The Wizarding World of Harry Potter was simply awesome and I think that was my best experience in the park.
Butter Beer and chocolate wands filled the streets, and of course you could try Jelly Beans in tons of flavors, including earwax and vomit ;)

We were very lucky to visit the park in a period of time where there weren't that many people. Normally you'd have to wait hours for the iconic Studio Tour and yet more hours standing in line for all the attractions. Here are some tips if you consider visiting Universal Studios, Hollywood:

When to visit: Usually, Universal Studios is so crowded! But visiting the amusement park on a weekday in November seemed to be perfect. There were almost no lines for the ride, including the famous Studio Tour which we could jump right on with no waiting time. Seeing as the weather always seems to be perfect in Southern California, it makes the late Autumn a perfect time to visit - we had 33 degrees Celsius when we visited.

Where to eat: As most people know, it costs an arm and a leg to eat at these tourist attractions. We brought a picnic to the park to save some money. Nonetheless, we just had to try the giant donut from "Lard Lad Donuts", which were $5 each.

How to save money: Of course you can save money on food as already mentioned. But you can also save money by visiting the park in Fall, Winter or Spring. The ticket prices are higher in June, July and August. That means that you'll actually pay more money for more lines, waiting time and a bigger crowd.

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Last week we headed up to L.A. again. This time it was to experience Venice Beach, which many people talk favorably of.

It's an old hippie neighborhood filled with colors, artists and music. It was too windy to take a dip in the Ocean.
I must say that I wasn't that impressed by Venice Beach, especially when I've seen the beautiful beaches of San Diego which I personally find much more attractive. I'm headed north to L.A. again next week, this time to visit Universial Studios, yay!


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