Wonderful weekend in wonderful San Francisco

Where I spent my weekend =)


Spring Break has begun and I finally got to see San Francisco. What a city! Just amazingly nice, cool and so much to see.

I was there with my friend Gaby from The Channels as well as her friend Cecilia who is visiting form Sweden.

We went up there early Saturday and got up there in a good time. The ride only took 4,5 hours, but once there it took almost an hour to get parking. It was impossible. And if you would have found a spot: how do you park there?

I’ve heard that San Francisco is a city with many hills, but this hill-y!? Every street has about a 45 degree of inclination, so you gotta have a good parking break if you park. Thankfully our hostel, Amsterdam close to Union Square, had an agreement with a garage, so that turned out well.

 

The first afternoon we went to Fisherman’s Wharf. Restaurants, cafes, boats, sea lions, and a lot of other nice things by the harbor. We walked around, ate, and felt good. Then we went to see the crooked and steep Lombard Street and went by old tram home.

 

Lombard Street seen from above


In the evening we went out partying at Union Square, at the top of a hotel in a skyscraper with a magnificent view over the whole city. Awesome!

 

The weather the next day wasn’t that good, but we still went on to do our planned things despite rain and fog. But once there, we found out that all the tickets to Alcatraz was sold out, so we had to wait till the next day. Instead, we started to head for the Golden Gate Bridge by bus and foot.

That bridge is so majestic. So cool. We got all the way there, and then started to walk across it. Unfortunately the weather was so bad that we could only walk up till the first tower before we had to head back because of the rain and coldness.

 

Me at the bridge

 

 

The next day, Monday, the weather was so different. Sunny, warm and wonderful. A perfect day to take the boat to Alcatraz.

Once again, so cool! Historical and mighty. You walked around with some kind of Walkman and listened to a guided tour. By doing so, you could do anything in your own pace and stop if you wanted to take photos or see something different, without missing the tour. And photos, we took a lot of those. Both me, Gaby and Cecilia had our cameras with us all weekend and took soooo many pictures, probably a few thousands combined. It’s only a handful of those I posted on facebook, and that is still 200.

 

Alcatraz!

 

Also, Alcatraz has the best view of the city. You have a spectaculat view over downtown with all the skyscrapers, and also the Golden Gate. The prisoners at Alcatraz though, didn’t like this, I learned on the tour. To have freedom and normal life so close, but yet so far away, was painful to watch for the prisoners.

 

View from Alcatraz

 

After eating ashore, we made a new attempt to go to the Golden Gate, since the weather was so nice now. We drove over there and got magnificent views with amazing photos.  First at the same place we went to the day before, and then I wanted to drive over the bridge, so I did. Wow, I have driven over the Golden Gate Bridge!!!

We went to the viewpoint on the other side of the strait, and there we got the best pictures of them all. It was a perfect ending to a incredible weekend.

 

Just pure amazing view



Cecilia, Gaby and me posing for a last photo of this incredible vacation.

 

As you can see, I only use superlatives to describe everything. It is because I already love this city. It will be so fun to come back here with my parents in a few weeks, but that won’t be the last time. I will return here soon again. The city has everything you want, big city atmosphere but still cozy smalltowness, nice areas, cool clubs, beaches, historical sites… and a lot of hills.

 

Now I’m at home, and Gaby and Cecilia is hiking in Yosemite National Park. I will chill at home for a few days. The weather is so nice now. Finally, after weeks of rain and wind and cold. Now it’s warm, and even in the night you can wear just tshirt and shorts.

 

Over the weekend I’m going to Vegas! Me and Cecily will go there and meet Gaby and Cecilia up. Together we will stay at the Hard Rock Café and make trouble in Sin City!


Spring Break

I’m free now. Feels really good to be able to relax a little after all schoolwork that I’ve done up until now.

There will not be a cruise to Mexico though :/ People weren’t able to fit it in to their schedules. Hopefully we will do it in May instead after school is out. At least I hope so.

 

So instead I’m going to San Francisco! It will be so fun. I’ve never been there so I’m excited. I’m going there with Gaby and her friend Cecilia who is visiting from Sweden.

 

Next weekend I might go to Vegas. That would be fun. If so, I’m going with Gaby and Cecilia again, along with Cecily.

 

I’ll write more in the upcoming week. Then I will also show a lot of pictures from the weekend.


Recap of the last weeks

Hi everybody! I’m really sorry that I haven’t written for so long. I will here give a short summary of what I’ve been up to the last weeks.

 

Last weekend I went to Norcal for the first time ever. Me, Cecily and Paige went with Lauren up to Colusa where she comes from. For the whole weekend we got to see the place where she grew up and meet her friends. We had so much fun.

 

On the Friday we partied at her place, and Saturday we went to a rugby game where her boyfriend played. It was a lot of fun, and I could really see my self both playing and watching rugby. It’s very brutal though, and Kyle got injured.

 

 

 

Rugby!

 

After the game we all went to a bar where the players from both teams celebrated. Despite the fact that Colusa won the game really convincing, the other team joined in to party as well. It was a lot of fun, and we played drinking games, sang dirty songs and had a lot of fun.

 

Lauren, Cecily, Paige and me at the bar after the game


The last day of our stay we went horseback riding! I've been wanting to do that ever since Lauren's friend Sarah visited us in the fall, and told me about it.

Lauren’s sister Shelen has a horse, and after the two Boyes sisters had warmed him up, we got to ride as well. And also, making stunts on the horse. While it was standing still, that is.

 

 

 

 

Shelen and Cecily

 

Stunts!

 

Lauren is doing a Scorpion, stunt from cheerleading.



I can do stuff too!

 

School now is pretty chill. I only had one midterm, which was online, and I scored 100%! It was just 10 questions, but still!

Also wrote a review of the SBCC play Tartuffe for my Creative Writing class. And that all tough stuff I have to do before spring break.

 

Sunday I went with Lauren, Kyle and Riley to Irvine for Lauren’s last cheer competition. It didn’t went to well. A girl fell and got injured, so that had to abort and redo their routine. They then finished last.

 


Last cheer competition I went to

Once again my attempt to go to IKEA has failed. Yesterday there was to much heavy rain, so we didn’t wanna go that far in the bad weather all down to Burbank. Maybe someday we’ll get there.

 

Spring Break is coming up! I don’t know what I’m gonna do, though. We had planned to go to Mexico on a cruise, but now I don’t know. The others seems to not have the time to do it, with different schedules and boyfriends who’s not available.  So I’m not quite sure what I’m gonna do yet. I might go up to San Francisco over the weekend, but after that I don’t know. My roomies will be gone too. So maybe a road trip on my own? Or with someone else who doesn’t have anything to do. I don’t know; I’ll figure something out.


My first flat tire


It was surprisingly easy to change the tire.

Me and Ola was yesterday supposed to go to IKEA in Burbank and buy Swedish stuff, to be on the way home stop in the Oulet stores in Camarillo. However this did not happen. Instead, we got a flat tire.

Or, actually not. It was pretty weird. On the way there we drove past a man who began waving like crazy for us. We didn’t bother. Thought he was crazy. Later, also a motorcyclist started waving and pointing. But it was nothing wrong with our car, it ran on as usual and nothing felt, sounded or smelled strange. Then came an old lady in a car that drove along with us through the freeway in Camarillo and waved and pointed the whole time.
Now I became worried and decided to turn off the freeway and drive into a parking lot. A look at the back tire and we saw what the problem was. It was quite trashed, but not punctured. Moreover, it was really, really hot. We do not know what happened, but it felt like it could explode at any moment.
That was what was so strange. It was running on, and was not flat, but it was broken.
We were surprisingly easy to change the tire in spare tire we had in the trunk, but then came the next problem. We need a new tire, but were do you get that on a Sunday afternoon?


We called Pontus who was home and he looked up where there were workshops. There were some around us, but a quick tour revealed that all were closed because it was Sunday.
We decided to drive home on our extra wheels. Since you can only run in about 20 mph, it would take a couple hours of home, but what else could we do? We decided, however, that since we were already in Camarillo, we could just as easily go to the outlet stores and do some shopping. IKEA was out of the picture.
On the way to the outlet, however, we saw our salvation. A workshop with a lone mechanic were about to close up and we go there and ask if we can get help, and he could. He had one tire left that suited our car, and he could fix it and our car was ready to go again.
We went to the Outlet stores and could then drive home at normal speed.
So we had a lot of bad luck, but very, very lucky to be able to fix it as quickly.


Where did this week go?

This week has just passed by so fast. Where did it go? I’ve had so much to do, so maybe that’s why.

 

The paper is going well, and so does the internship. Had one interview this week, and doing another one later today.

 

Yesterday we went to play bowling, which was fun. Today we probabably will play basketball and tomorrow the guys in number four will go down to IKEA in Burbank to buy a lot of unnecessary stuff. Most of all food. Oh, Swedish food! Marabou chocolate, Kalles Kaviar, meatballs and a lot of other really nice things.

 

As you can see, I’m out travelling a lot. Cheer competitions, Anaheim, Burbank, and next week me, Cecily and Paige will accompany Lauren and come with her up to Norcal and the place she grew up. It will be so fun and really American with horseback riding in the countryside, bbq at a ranch and much more. I’m really excited.

 

Speaking of American, I have no got my Social Security number! Now I’m a part of the American system, and it will make it much easier when I want to get a job, take a loan, start my credit, get a green card if that will be an option in the future. But for now it’s only for me to get paid from the paper, which I will be for the first time next

Amazing and wonderful birthday weekend for Cecily

I love my wonderful friends. We have so much fun together, and this weekend was one of the best ones ever.

Friday, me, Gaby and Paige surprised Cecily in school by coming in during production by singing and giving her a cake that me and Gaby baked the night before. Cecily got really surprised and she got so happy. Cody also had birthday, so he was also celebrated. And the cake tasted really good also btw.

 

The cake

 

While she continued her school us other went home to pack. Around 5.30pm we got on the road. We went in two cars, me Ola, Lauren, Paige, Cecily and Vaios. In Anaheim Cecily’s old friend from back home (Shanna that I met several times) met up with us.

 

We had heard that the weather should suck, and it did. Such heavy rain all day, the way there and during the night. But who cares, it was Cecily’s birthday and we had so much fun at the suite we all stayed in. We partied, celebrated Cec and ordered room-service food.

 

Me, Paige and Lauren.

 

Cecily is opening Laurens present.

 

Shanna, Cecily, Lauren and Paige.

 

The hotel also had a 24-hours open pool and Jacuzzi so we spent a lot of time there too in the middle of the night and the middle of the heavy rain. So much fun and wet in the air, and warm in the pools.

 

We got worried for how the weather should be the day after. What would happen to our planned visit to Disneyland, how will that go?

 

It went perfectly!

 

When we woke up the sun was shining and it was warm. We went to Disneyland (except Lauren who had to go away for her competition weekend) and once at Disneyland we found out something great: There were almost no people there!

 

A lot reminded of Eurodisney in Paris.

 


The Castle was smaller, though

 

Newly bought hats!

 

 

A lot of people had probably decided not to go there since the weather was supposed to be so bad. So we never had to wait in line basically.

 

In the night we came back to the hotel, and there another old friend of Cecily’s joined us. Emily who I met this fall, and her boyfriend Hunter joined in our parties, baths and fun. This night we all ate at the hotel restaurant though.

 

 

Dinner at the hotel. Me, Shanna, Paige, Emily, Cecily, Vaios, Ola and Hunter

 

The girls partying in our room

 

 

The day after many had to leave early since they had a long drive home. Also, Lauren’s competition had been delayed a lot, so they went home. I went to the competition though, and stayed with the team for the rest of the night. They finished second, and lost by only 0.18 points.

 

But this has been such an amazing weekend, and I’m so happy!  And btw, a lot more pictures are available on Facebook.


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