Today, a celebrity came to the school to have a speach. Most of you probably know who he is and you either hate or love him, the YouTube star Logan Paul. He told us about his way to success and how he got back from the events around his YouTube video which he have got a lot of hate after, which is understandable. He told us how he got back from that and what tips he have to reach your goals and dreams. After his speech I even got to meat him and take a picture with him! My friends back home would be so jealous.

My sister is coming to visit me next week and my host family are helping me to plan some activities so that I can show her the place that have become my new home. I´m so excited to meet her, me and my sister are very close and I miss her a lot. We´re gonna go to the Navy Pier. I have´t been there either, but I´ve heard that it´s beautiful in the evening. Of course we´re also going to the Cloud Gate because it was really cool. We´re also going to the Shedd Aquarium because my host family told me it was really cool fishes and water living animals there.

But now I´m going to bed, goodnight!

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This weekend it´s a nationeal holiday here, the presidents day, which means that I got a three-day weekend! Me and my host family are gonna go out to eat on a fancy restaurant on Friday and on Saturday we´re gonna go bowling to celebrate. The presidents day is always on the third Monday in February, which is 19/2 this year. I really look forward to it since this is my first national holiday with my host family and also my first in another country. But I have been away from home for a long time now, and I have started to feel really homesick, three months suddenly seems like a really long time. I talk to my family and friends pretty often and that makes it easier to not think to much about them. I also usually listen to some music when I feel homesick and that always makes me feel better, but right now I just wish that I could be back at home.

On the bright side, my host family decided to get a pet, and they even wanted me to help them choose which one to get, it makes me really happy and I felt like one in the family when they asked. We decided to get a little puppy and we named it Deisey. She is the cutest thing I have ever seen.  Here´s a picture of the puppy (you´re welcome;)).

Goodnight guys

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I have been om homestay for a month now and I have got comfortable in my rutin which feels good. I am starting the day with a cup of coffee in the garden, or if I have time, at the beach, and looking at the sunrise, then I go take a shower and after that I eat breakfast. After school I usually hang with friends or I take the bus home to the house. In the evening I often take a swim in the pool and does some exercise. After that I take a shower, brush my teeth and write my blog before I go to bed. My routine here is pretty different from back home in Sweden since it´s really cold outside in Sweden now so I would not be able to take a swim in the pool, and it would not be nice to sit outide in the morning an dwatch the sunrise. I have also been better at sleeping early and wake up early so I doesn´t have to stress or be tired, which is different from home, where I always go to bed to early and always have to stress. I really like my routine here.

I feel like I´m one in the crowd more and more for every day and I have even started to like some strange food, like fast food that I didn´t like at all before, and also some vegan food since there is some really good vegan restaurants here. It´s fun to get to like food thet you didn´t like before. One bad thing tho is that I have got an indjury during my fourth week here. I had to go to the hospital, but it´s not too serious but it still hurts like hell. I can´t think of how it happenend without gtting a smile on my face and feel pretty clumsy haha. Me and a girl in my class were gonna go upstairs to the gymnastics hall in school when a boy in my class scared me and I kicked my big toe straight into the stone staircase. It hurted really really bad so we went to the hospital to check if it was broken, which luckilt it was not. It had a crack in it tho, but it would get better by itself, I only had to be careful for some time so it felt good that it wasn´t broken at least. 

Here below the text you cen see the view from the beach that is located near the house. Goodnight, sleep tight


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​I have both bad news and good news. The good news is that school was cancelled on Tuesday, and the bad news is that there was a big forest fire and many people were killed. People lost their homes and everyone is jumpy about the event. They could stop the fire after a day, but at that point, the fire had already destroyed whole villages and probably killed a lot of animals  and humans too.. I stayed home all day and watched the news with my host family, and under the whole day I got calls and texts from my friends back in Sweden who also had seen the events on the news, to make sure I was okay. The people in my host family was scared that the fire would come to their house and that we would have to evacuate, but luckily we didn´t have to do that.

After the big fire, there was much work that had to be done, so I joined an activity group to help the people that had lost their homes by collecting things from other families that they donated to the affected families. It was actually way more fun than I could have imagined, it felt good to help people in need. Well, I have had a long day today so I´m going to bed now, goodningt.

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I have been living here for two weeks now, and I have started to get used to it. I have my routine now and I have even had an argument with the daughter in my host family. She thought that I wasn´t home at all, that I was away with my friends all the time, which is kinda true. But I have just started to get to know the people in my class and I really like them now, but I suppose that I have to concider to be home more often.

I have made a new friend, Eric, who is in my class. I have hung out with him after school a couple of times and I really like him. I think that I actually like living here, since I have people to talk to in my class now and everyone is nice now. The weather is a good thing too. It really is much warmer here than home in Sweden which I like.

My host family wanted to take me to some tourist spots, so we went there on the weekend. We woke up pretty early and took the car to a place called Millennium Park. It was like a big park with a lot of tourist attractions, for example Jay Pritzker Pavilion, Cloud Gate, The crown fountain, the Lurie Garden. The Millennium Park is connected by the BP Pedestrain Bridge and Nichols Bridgeway to other parts of Grant Park. It´s actually concider the largest rooftop garden in the whole world. It was actually really fun to see it. We also went to Maggie Daley Park where we iceskated which was fun too.

When we drove home after a long day with much impressions I saw something that I will never be able to forget. I saw a beautiful tower that was like the highest tower i have ever seen, the Willis Tower. And the city and sunset and everything like reflected on the towers shiny surface. Wow, that was a really good ending on our trip.

On the pictures you can see the Cloud Gate and the Willis Tower.

I have to go now, but I will see you soon again, bye

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I have been here for one week now and it has been both exiting but also frustrating. There´s a lot of differences from Sweden, both good and bad. Now I can understad what people mean with "culture shock". The first difference I noticed was the weather, it was much warmer here than it is in Sweden this time of the year, but for me, that´s a good thing. I prefer heat over cold. Another difference is the traffic. I live in a pretty small town in Sweden where there are very much less traffic than it is here. I mean, the rodes home have one or two files where I live and here I have seen six files! That´s a big difference. Another really weird thing, is that they have their steering wheel on the wrong side. In Sweden we have the steering wheel on the left side, but here, they have it on the wright side, really weird. The fast-food(like mcDonalds and Burger King) are much cheaper here than it is at home which I think is weird, but I don´t mind. Of course the language is a very big readjustment, everyone here speaks english, everything is written in english and so on. All of the markets are bigger here too, but I like to go shopping so that´s a good thing. I miss my family and friends, but I like it here too, and it´s not weird to be a little homesick when you have been in another country for a week and when you´re the only one who talks swedish.

I´m also going in school here, which is also a big difference from Sweden, they all have clothes that looks exactly the same, and I am supposed to wear one too. The school buses is really cool tho, they are yellow and it says "school bus" on them. They look just like in every movie or picture i have seen. When I came to the school at first, there were some kids that talked and looked at me with a weird look, so I guess they were talking about me, "the new girl form Sweden". Well, at least everyone was´t like that. A girl came up to me, she asked me what my name was, how it was to be in the U.S and so on, she was really nice, and she is in my class too. She helped me with everything I needed and was really nice to me. We have also hung out after school a couple of times, it´s nice to have a friend here. But I think that I´m gonna go down to my host family and spend some time with them since I have been away all day.

Bye

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I just arrived to the airport in Chicago for a threemonth homestay. I am here to learn more and better english and meet new people and get new experiences. I hope I will have a really good time here.

When I got off the plane, my host family met me at the gate. They seemed really nice and I think that this will be a really good and funny trip. The family members concisted of Daisey, who was the mother, Eric, who was the father and their doguther Clare. Daisey was very happy and welcoming when they met me, she´s 45 years old and has brown har that goes to her shoulders. Eric was very welcoming too and had that "dad humor" haha. He is 46 and has brow hair too. Clare was pretty quite when we met, but i think that it was just now in the beginning. She is 16, just like me and also her hair is brown, it runs in the family i suppose.

The airport looked just like all the other airports I have seen before. The only difference was when we got outside and the heat hit me. There was also much more traffic here than it is at home, in Sweden. We took a taxi to their house, it was located in the city and was pretty big with a pool in the backyard. When they opned the door, a dog came running against me and wagged his tail. He was very exited and looked really happy. They lived in a very pretty house that looked like it was new built. They showed me the whole house and last, the room I were going to live in. It was really nice with a big bed, black wardrobes and big windows. I think I can get comfortable here.

In the evening we went out to eat, we took their car to a small place in town that was really cozy. The mother told me that this was their favorite place to come to when they wanted to get away from all the "big city things". I ordered a hamburger with fries and it tasted really good. When we had eaten we drove homle again an I went to my room pretty early because i was very tired. Well, I hav e to say that after the first day, I am very exited to see what this trip has to offer. I hope that my host family will show me what´s typical for the U.S and that I will experiance much things. I´m very exited for tomorrow so I´m going to sleep now.

To the right you can se the restaurant we went to and the room I live in.

Goodnight

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