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When I took a closer look at the brochure I saw that there are many trails in Boston that you can walk, like the Freedom Trail that I actually went to. It's a 2,5 mile long route that takes you to several historical sites, 16 to be exact. I went on a guided tour to get the full experience. On the route, you see a collection of museums, churches, meeting houses, burying grounds etc. that tells the story of the American Revolution which began in Boston. Politics have been important for a long time in the USA which is why its such a powerful country. They've had a long time to develop their political system, and it's noticable how important freedom has been for the people who have tried, and sometimes suceeded, to make the country a better place where there's equality between the genders and where racism and slavery doesn't exist.
I've spent one day in Boston and I've gone to one trail and the Museum of African American History, and I've already experienced the diversity between the neigborhoods and the people I've met. I think that the diversity is pretty much based on Boston's history as a part of a colony and the slavery that earlier existed. I think that everyone knows that African Americans have worked as slaves for a long time in the US from the time that they where imported (ugh, what an awful word to use when you talk about human beings) from Africa. Even when slavery was abolished, African Americans were still very oppressed in the American Society, even though they'd belonged to it since its beginning. I find it sad that people couldn't appreciate the people who contributed to form the country. Without their influence, the USA would most likely be more like a version of England. Diversity is never a bad thing. Sweden has never been a colony which is why we lack this diversity in culture, it's just recently with all the conflicts in the world that we've gotten the chance to experience it because of all the immigrants. Sadly, most people don't seem to appreciate it, but I hope that it'll change soon.
Oh, I'm babbling so much! I should probably go to bed now, it's been a long day.
I'm going home tomorrow, and I thought that I'd make some kind of recording of me comparing Sweden to the USA. Would you want that? Let me know!
See you, good night!
The Freedom Trail
Museum of African American History
Museum of African American History
I'm in Boston now and I'm staying at the Royal Sonesta Boston hotel. It's a modern hotel with free Wi-Fi (yey) and a pretty view. They receptionist was lovely and gave me a brochure on what to do in Boston. We also chatted for a while and I learnt the basics about the Boston culture. She told me that Boston is one of America's oldest cities and that it was founded 1630 when people from England came to America. Boston was originally named Shawmut by the local Native Americans but was later renamed after Boston, England which was a town in Linconshire from which several prominent colonists originated. Sports is apparantly a big thing in Boston, especially baseball. She said that I have to go to a game if I have time. Boston also has a rich economic and social history which is why I *quote* "have to visit aaaall the museums here". Boston began as a homesteading community and then evolved into a center for social and political change. It's also the cultural hub of New England, which is one of the reasons why I wanted Boston to be my last destination before I go home.
I'm excited to experience the Boston life and to really dig into its history. I think that I'll just grab my purse and go for a walk through the city and see where I'll end up. I want to see as much as a can on the two days that I'm here.
See you, bye!
P.S. Just when I was done writing this post, room service came with my food. They served clam chowder which is a chowder soup containing clams, broth, diced potatoes, onions and celery. I also ordered baked beans because I wanted to try some of Boston's traditional dishes. SInce Boston earlier belonged to the Massachusetts Bay Colony which was an English settlement on the east coast of North America in the 17th century, many things in the Boston community is influented by England, like the food. I wonder what other affects England has had on Boston. A big plus is that the food here are cheap, or at least chaper than in Sweden. D.S.
My hotel room, love the colours
I bet you want to hear about my day at Disneyland. I've always wanted to go there since I was a little kid, and finally my dream came true! Sure, it wasn't as magical as I had imagined it when I was little, but it was still a fun experience. Famous characters like Mickey Mouse, Donald Duck and Goofy were walking around in the park. I also saw Rapunzel from Tangled, one of the disney princesses. I found it funny that they never broke character or took their costumes off. It would've broken the illusion. There were small souvenir shops everywhere and I bought a pair of Minnie Mouse ears in one of them. They are so cute!
Unfortunately I couldn't stay at Disneyland for longer than two hours before I had to get back to the hotel to get ready for a date... ;) Yesterday was Valentine's day, after all. Traditions are taken more seriously here in the US and are celebrated a lot more than in Sweden. You wouldn't have been able to miss what day it was. Every shop and café were overly decorated with hearts and the color theme was red and pink, everywhere. I kind of wish that it was the same in Sweden. Sweden is really the country "just enough" when it comes to everything, even traditions that are supposed to be a little bit over the top, I think.
Today was my last day in Los Angeles. Now I'm on the plane to my next destination - Boston! I know that I said that my plane would take off in the evening, but it was delayed and I had to wait for forever. At least I'm on my way now. The flight will take almost seven hours without any stopovers. Since the USA is a large country travelling can take some time, even though you're still in the same country.
Soon I'm in Boston so I have to put my computer back into my bag now. I'm very excited to learn more about the American culture and history, and also to share it with you.
I promise to keep you updated.
See you soon!
I just arrived to the hotel and I'm almost asleep already, but I thought that I'd update you guys on my day first.
Hollywood was amazing! I began with the Walk of Fame at 6801 Hollywood Boulevar, you know the street where all the celebrity's stars are. I actually saw quite a few celebs when I was in Hollywood, but that's pretty common since many of them work there. Nobody acted crazy or anything when someone famous walked by, not like in Sweden. In Sweden they'd be surrounded by a crowd in just a couple of minutes, but I guess that's because celebs aren't as common there. In Hollywood and other places in LA they almost appear as "normal people". I think that's nice.
My next stop was Universal Studios Hollywood. They had attractions with the theme of several different movies like Jurassic Park and Fast & Furious. I heard that there are also opening The Wizarding World of Harry Potter soon, in April I think. There were also many characters from the movies walking around in the park. Even though that's mostly for kids I actually took a picture with Scooby-Doo haha... You could really notice what a big industry the film industry is when you are in Hollywood.
But what have I done until two in the morning, you might be wondering. I met some lovely people at Unversal Studios and they invited me out, just like that. I guess they thought that I looked lonely when I sat outside the restaurant and ate my burger all alone, so they sat down and we chatted for a while. People here are very outgoing, I have noticed. Not like in Sweden where people freak out if someone sits down next to them. Oh, the horror. Later this evening I actually ended up in a famous person's house, but I can't tell you more about that... I'd feel mean, celebritys are already very exposed I think. My company told me that that's pretty common anyway, and I wasn't the only one invited.
*yawn* Well, I'm going to sleep in my huge bed now, I can barely keep my eyes open. Tomorrow I will go to Disneyland and then I will travel to my next destination in the evening...
The Walk of Fame
Universal Studios Hollywood
I'm at Casa in Downtown LA and I have just finished my lunch. The restaurant is close to the hotel and it offers mexican food. It was delicious! I've heard that you should tip most of the time when you are in the USA, so I tipped 20 percent of the cost of my meal just to be sure. It was pretty inexpensive anyway. The only con is that I had to wait for the food to arrive for an hour. But I ate when it was rush hour so that's understandable. There are a lot of people in LA (3,8 million in the city itself actually) and everyone has to eat. Did you know that Americans eat out or order take away more often than the average Swede? I can only imagine the amount of money you'd waste on food in a year. And it's usually not healthy food since fast food chains are pretty common in the USA.
But all I've done today isn't to eat. I hired a car this morning to drive to Hollywood today and Disneyland tomorrow. The hotel receptionist recommended it since cabs aren't very common in Los Angeles and the public transport is close to nonexistent. I will tell you more about my adventures in Hollywood tonight. I know it'll be exciting.
I arrived at LAX at 18:15 LA time on a Friday, but in Sweden the clock is three in the morning and it's Saturday since there is a time difference where Sweden is nine hours ahead of Los Angeles. I'm super tired, but I have to stay awake for a couple of hours, or otherwise my sleep schedule will be ruined. By the way, did you know that LAX is the world's fifth biggest airport? LAX is very big (much bigger than Arlanda) and I find it hard to imagine a bigger one. I'd get lost immediately.
Right now I'm in my hotel room, and wow this hotel is amazing! I'm staying at Omni Los Angeles Hotel at California Plaza in Downtown. This hotel has everything! It has an outdoor pool, some kind of spa, restaurants (food!) and a fitness center (to burn the carbs from all the food). My hotel room feels very luxurious, but it is damn expensive. Well, I'm not the one who pays. The best thing is that it is close to central LA, which means that it is close to things I want to see while I'm here, even though I'll have to take a cab to most places. The distances here in LA are huge. You'd almost need to own a car if you live here, or you'd have to waste a lot of money on cabs. But that will have to be tomorrow. I'm going to order room service now and then I'll probably go to bed.
Good night, see you tomorrow!
LAX, very beautiful lights
My hotel room with a bed that's waay to big for me
Good morning sunshines!
Today is the day. I'm finally going to the USA! My plane will take off from Arlanda at 07:10 a.m. and the trip will take 20 hours and 20 minutes in total. The plane will do a stopover in London where I will have to wait for six hours (*sigh*) before I finally arrive at LAX. Yes, my first destination is Los Angeles!
The preparations for this trip have been awful. Since I'm going alone, my parents are pretty worried, and there are so many things you need to think about! You need your passport (of course), you have to apply for ESTA, and you are recommended to not lock your luggage. I guess that's in case they'd want to search through it. The security is super high. I've heard that someone takes a picture of you when you enter the states, and they sometimes even take your fingerprint. It's for security reasons of course, but I still find it just as creepy.
Now I'm right outside Arlanda and I have to check in, but I promise to keep you guys updated.
See you soon!
Arlanda control tower