Happy Friday! Currently at Heathrow Airport waiting to board my flight home to Sweden for my first half term. Also my first time flying alone and it has so far been almost too favourable. Arrived with school transfer ridiculously early (4 hours prior to boarding??) and went through all the routines in just twenty minutes so I am really starting to get bored at this point.

Goshh, on one hand these two months went incredibly fast, while on the other hand - sleeping in my own bed, having dinner with my family, rushing to the bus, going to my local supermarket - felt like a
lifetime ago. It feels so real yet surreal to come back home again, but either way two weeks off couldn't be more needed than right now! I can't wait to spend one full week with friends and family (and one full week's vacation on Cape Verde with my dad and sis!!!).

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Hiii! Taking a break from my current drowning in studying to pop in here. Three tests coming up the next two days - which is definately a challenge for me because I'm not used to having so many tests at once! Thing is, when I know a test is coming up I feel like there are infinite things to study but now that I have three at once I know I can't put in an infinite work in all of them, so I have to find a strategy at some point.

Good news are my mum and sister came to visit last weekend!!! On the Saturday we went to Birmingham and did some (lots) of shopping and on the Sunday I just showed them around in Bromsgrove. Actually it doesn't really matter what we did - for me it was just perfect to be with them again. As my mum said on phone today - now I've loaded up with clothes, food and love to survive the other half of the term until I am back home again! Wish me luck,
xoxo


From the weekend

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And I'm through another rainy gray Monday - in fact a rather slow one but I know the rest of the week will be flying by. Our days here are quite crammed with activities - sometimes I miss being able to waste time if that makes sense, and overall just being by myself. I feel like there is always something here that I have to do and when there is not I really want to use that time to call my friends and family in Sweden. But on the other hand I get so much done in one day and because we must do a certain number of activities I find myself doing things I could impossibly let off time to do before, which is amazing.

Every weekday there are classes from 9:00-3:50 and prep time in the evening 7-9. Apart from that a week of mine usually looks like this;

Monday: Tutor time followed by Head of Year with different themes every week, sometimes quite interesting topics and sometimes it could easily be a substitute for sleeping pills :P

Tuesday: I've volunteered to do CCF (Combined Cadet Forces), which is a Ministry of Defence sponsored youth organisation here in UK. We get to wear these really cool uniforms and why I signed up is because we get to learn so many skills that we don't in classrooms. Survival skills, leadership, self reliance, dicipline, and at some point - shooting :D

Wednesday: Athletics (quite self explainatory)

Thursday: Weights, which I am so happy they are offering as I apparently am not old enough to go to the gym yet :(

Friday: Athletics

Saturday: Art and Athletics, and I find art so relaxing and at the same time slightly challenging. I really enjoy creating but I'm also a person with plenty of pressure (just from myself) to perform and I hope some day I can let art be something I do without that pressure. I really believe it will get better if I work on it every week!

Sunday: Brunch from 11 and then the whole day free!!! (Which usually means going to town or studying, and planning for the following week)


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Surprise surprise, I AM STILL ALIVE! Initially I just thought I would take the first days off to settle in and stuff but since then I have, honestly, never got time for myself to just sit down and write - and now I have so much to tell you.

I cannot possibly comprehend how it's already been almost a month - I mean I know when people say "time flies by" and bla bla bla, but it has gone incredibly fast. Neither can I really get all my thoughts down right now but I will try keep you updated and you will understand over time how much I actually like it here. I sometimes (quite often..) find myself complaining about ugly uniform skirts, bedtimes, homework, restrictions - but at the end of the day I am so grateful for all the opportunities I've been given, all the friends I've met, and how I feel like I am growing as a person everyday that passes by. I feel like I really want to retain this time in my life in some way so I will really try my best to make up time to write!


CCF Army Field Day last weekend

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So sorry I haven't updated these two days but as you can imagine I've been busy TO DEATH these first days. When we first arrived we got a checklist of all meetings, tests and checks that had to be done which me and dad just finished so he is going home to Sweden now.

Despite everything being a tiny bit manic and busy I've settled in really well and I am so glad I haven't been overthinking och nervous prior to moving here because everything has turned out just how I wanted and I am so, sooo happy with my choice coming here and I can't wait for school to start for real on monday.

Here are some quick photos of my dorm room! It is messy
I know, I need to get some organisation. Actually me and my roomate are sharing the largest room in our boarding house (!!!!!!) which actually is a sixth form room (we are fifth). Couldn't be better!


Here's the room before we moved in!


And this is now! Of course I'll show you again when everything is finished


Now I'm waiting for roll call and dinner, and then bowling tonight! I'll see you <3

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Good morning! Just came back to the hotel from a quick (or well, 1.5 hour's ) visit to the school to do some uniform fitting and believe it or not it was quite fun. Because a) I had never worn any uniform or such proper clothes at all before, and b) I had NEVER bought so much clothes in one go! Got everything from blazers and ties to trackpants and hockey shoes, what's the less fun part will be spending this evening sewing name tapes on every single item... including SOCKS!

But before I dedicate myself to that, me and dad are taking a quick trip to Redditch to do some dorm shopping. I'll probably drop in here tonight as well!

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Good evening guys! Thought I'd drop in quickly to tell you I am alive (shouldn't be taking anything for granted, right). After a long trip of car, flights, trains and taxi me and my dad have arrived at a hotel in Bromsgrove where I'll be staying the two nights before moving in to the school.

Saying goodbye to friends and family yesterday and this morning has been tough, to my mum this morning was probably the hardest, but I am forever thankful for her having the courage to let me do this. That is putting my needs before her own, I love you mum!


This, by the way, is the camera that had the honour to be coming along! I could impossibly fit the SLR in my suitcase but I had room for this little hybrid SLR/digital (kinda) camera. Hope it'll do! Guess we will just have to focus on the text over the photos for a while.


Tomorrow I've got a uniform fitting appointment at 9 am and then the rest of the day free for some bank errands and doing some damage at Boots hehe.. Good night! xoxo

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As written in the title, this was my last weekend here before I'm leaving for boarding school in the UK on Tuesday, and everyone (including myself) is wondering why I'm not showing the slightliest sign on nervousity. I'm wondering if it is because I am so sure on my decision or if the mental breakdown is just still waiting around the corner, however I've realised unnecessary stress and worry does no good anyways!

Yesterday me and my best friend Amanda threw a goodbye party / dinner for some friends and I really couldn't have asked for a better "last-weekend"! It was such a blast. On top of that me, my mum and Kenneth are now on our way home from a successful day of shopping @ the Stockholm Quality Outlet as I had a few things that I needed (or didn't need...) to buy before leaving. I'll definately show my findings here later on!

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Such a true match! When I saw this gorgerous red top at Zara in Prague I immediately pictured with with a deep blue denim piece. The black loose pants are also bought in Prague, from the brand Tally Weijl. The denim jacket is a really really old piece I found in the closet, I honestly have no idea where it is from.

What do you think about red and denim? <3

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The most important place to visit if you find yourself around Prague. If you ever at all get the chance to visit any concentration camp, do it. For me and most people who have only seen them in movies, on pictures, in history books - this was something completely different.

It's so easy to just think it how it anyways was such long time ago and so far away from us. But when seeing it and knowing the ground you stand on, someone might have been tortured to death on, that the room which you now think is crowded with 25 people, once housed 100 people, how numbers and data were all
people with family and dreams. It was an awful time in human history but we shall never forget it. We have the right to forgive, but not to forget.


"Work sets you free"


A shower (regular shower, not a gaschamber. Theresienstadt had no gas chambers.)


The sinks below is inside what was a barber shop, which was built only in the purpose of propaganda for an inspection by the International Red Cross and the prisoners never got to use it. Fact is the water taps are fake.


This dorm housed 600 people.


The site where prisoners caught trying to escape were publically executed.


A water basin intended for fire-fighting, where many prisoners died while building it. The SS members then rebuilt it and used it as a swimming pool. Where prisoners had died, the soldiers would take their family swimming.


The names of a couple of concentration camps.

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Good morning! This time I am writing from the bus, on my way to see the Terezín concentration camp memorial, 50km from Prague. My mum and Kenneth travelled here from Sweden and met us in Prague the same evening we arrived, so now we have been 7 people travelling. Whereas everyone has different interests we decided to split up today. Me and family is going to see the concentration camp while the other ones are visiting a village. The concentration camp will probably be emotional but I think it will be really educational too. I'll try to take photos to share with you here!

These are some from yesterday. The day yesterdaystarted off with raining -
sucks - but we found a short boat tour so we got on that one to take shelter.


For lunch we found a restaurant that I actually highly recommend! It's a floating Italian restaurant called
Marina Ristorante. Had a beautiful view over Charles Bridge and Prague Castle.


Then we visited a site that I really wanted to see, the Jewish quarters where among many synagouges, the Pinkas synagouge can be found. In the walls of the church, the names of the over 77 000 Czech Jews who never returned after the second world war, are engraved.


There was also this beautiful but sorrowful exbihition of drawings by children in the ghettos. Some were really, really touching.

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Writing from the car on our way to Prague, after two - way too short - days in Austria. Yesterday we drove to the village Halstatt, very famous little town which often is titled "world's most beautiful village". At least in China, therefore it is so popular among Chinese tourists. I read they have created an identical village in Luoyang - how funny!


We rented this swan-looking boat (powered by pedaling), so cute!


Our hotel apparently had a private little beach with a jetty and lots of water sporting equipment to use! I completely fell for these stand up paddling boards. We paddled around until dinner yesterday, and after breakfast this morning me, my sister and my aunt spontaneously decided to paddle across the lake,
to the other side (not standing up, though) We estimated it to 3 km, indeed an arm workout!

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It's already midnight and I am finally in bed, at a new hotel just by the Gmunden Lake (Austria). Today has been such a typical road trip day, we took off from Budapest just before 8:00 this morning and have been driving almost 600 km. Though we made many stops, which is why we didn't arrive until 9 pm.

Our first stop was at Lake Balaton. It took us all with a storm, I knew it'd be beautiful but I hadn't at all expected it to be
this beautiful! With the clear and bright blue water it almost looked like the Maldives or something. Our plan was just to stop for looking at the view and taking some photos, but when we saw a small beach taking a bath felt irresistible.


Next stop was at the Thermal Lake of Hévíz, located in Hévíz (Hungary) near the western end of Lake Balaton. It is said to be the largest or second largest thermal lake in the world. The plan here was also just stopping for photos, but once again we couldn't resist getting in. There was a mud bath I was highly sceptical towards at first, but I sure did end up there - all mudded up. Hope I'll see some effect in my skin so I know it was worth it!


And the third lake, Gmunden, is the one we are living right beside at the moment. It was all dark outside when we arrived, as well as drizzling and thunder so we'll take the swimming tomorrow. It is also my aunt's birthday tomorrow, so we'll see how we will be celebrating! Good night xx

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Gahhh my feet hurt so bad! Today was our last day in Budapest so we did some really effective sightseeing to bock off all the main attractions of the city. Let me take you through my day!

After breakfast we went to the famous Parliament building, which actually is just around the corner of our apartment.


Afterwards we walked around on the streets and found a great lunch place with a nice mix of Hungarian and international cuisine. I believe it was called
Aurum Bistro.


Then we crossed the, also well-known,
Chain Bridge.


We took this tram-kinda thing (called
Caste Hill Funicular) up the Caste Hill to take som photos and mainly to see the Fisherman's Bastion. Such a beautiful, panoramic view! But also such hot weather today, It'd be unbearable if not thanks to ice cream.


When the heat eventually became unbearable, despite ice cream, we walked all the way back to the apartment and showered. Then me and my sister went out to eat dinner ourselves, spending some quality time! When the sun started going down we met the others and took a walk along the river, capturing some really good shots!


We saw these bronze shoes on the floor, many meters along the river and immediately had to google. Apparently it's a memorial for Jews who where shot here during the Holocaust, who had been forced to take off their shoes first. So devastating, but also such a beautiful way to honour them.


Such nice three days in Budapest! Tomorrow we are setting out really early in the morning for Gmunden, Austria. We have 200km driving, hopefully we can make a stop at the Balaton Lake because it seems stunning. I am so, so tired now so I've got to sleep. Good night!

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We spent the entire afternoon/evening in this stunning artists' village, Szentendre. I am completely in love with the colourful houses, especially how every little building was unique! Definitely a place to visit if you like photography, and of course art as there are loads of museums & galleries which we didn't look into. Or simply if you're an ice cream lover as every other shop is an ice cream shop.

Anyhow here are my top picks among today's many photos, enjoy!

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I am exhausted! After breakfast we headed directly to the Széchenyi (yes I finally can spell that now) Thermal Bath / Spa. Such gorgeous environment, loved the combination of the yellow buildings and blue water. It is supposed to have 17-something baths but we spent all of the time in the outdoor pool. When it's 32 degrees in the air, a hot thermal bath isn't tempting at all.

We didn't bring the camera today but we did toss in the GoPro in the last minute and managed to capture a few shots!


Afterwards we went back to the apartment to shower, eat and have some rest. Now we are heading out again, we'll see if I have anything to publish in the evening!

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My impulses says "write a whole novel about your evening!!", while my heart says "let the photos speak for themselves!!". Think I'll have to do something in between.

We arrived at our apartment around 4am and packed up, then went quickly to the supermarket to buy some breakfast and snacks. In the evening we headed towards the pier for a dinner cruise on the Danube river (to be booked here). Definately exceeded my expectations. Such spacious and modern ship, lots of nice Hungarian food and energetic musicians providing live music. Lovely view - overall such a fabulous experience!


Love it! The Széchenyi Spa is the plan for tomorrow as Budapest is supposed to be the
city of baths. Tomorrow it's up to it to prove that title! Nighty xx

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Dropping in with a blogpost from up in the clouds! We just took off and have a short flight of 2h ahead, I sooo look forward to a few days of warmer weather and to seeing lots of, for me, unseen places. See you in Budapest!

Update:
Ok so actually the post couldn't upload on the airplane wifi so now that I am uploading we have already settled in our apartment in Budapest hehe

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For those times I've forgotten to say "Thank you". For those countless times you've put your to-do list second to mine. For all those times I have not listened to you (although in the end you always get to say your arrogant "what did I say?" so I'd say we're even on that one..)

For your endless support, for your patience, for being my biggest fan and my role model. For all the huge and little things you do for your family;
I love you!

Happy Birthday to my incredible mum! Thank you for inspiring me everyday. <3

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