It’s finally here, my five week long Christmas break, and it feels so good! I started off my break with a trip to Raleigh and the “Scandinavian Christmas Fair”. Liz and I met up with Malin (a new friend of mine, a Swedish girl, who lives at the beach where Liz’s parents live!) and we were literally running around to all the different booths at the fair, buying Swedish goodies such as lussekatter, Geisha chocolate, and Marabou Milk Chocolate. Heaven! We also watched Lucia! Such a great day which we ended with a Christmas Lights Festival, outside Winston-Salem. The Festival is a park filled with Christmas lights in different themes, for example, Candy Land, Santa’s Workshop, Snowflakes hanging all over in the trees, Hanukkah candles, and so forth. It was great! We came back to Asheville late at Saturday night, and Sunday was just a day filled of relaxing time. I truly love studying, but to be off for some time after an intense semester, it feels sooooo good!
It’s Tuesday morning now, and the girls (some other international students) are coming over tonight for some wine, Christmas music, snacks, and plenty of chat before they are leaving town for their different trips in the States, before heading back to their home countries (they’re from Germany and Austria). Tomorrow, I’m gonna attend the “fika-tradition” Liz has started. She has met up with a bunch of people at different cafes in town for fika. It’s such a great idea and a way to get to meet new friends! I have had class on Wednesday at the time for their meet up, but I can finally attend it now. I’m excited! Tomorrow night, it’s Pizza Night with some other friends! FUN, and then the week will continue with some great plans, but more about that later on!
We have also decorated for Christmas at home. Ah, how I love this time of the year! The height of coziness!
It’s been a freaking month since last post, and the only reason for that is that I’ve been crazy busy. I don’t think I’ve ever experienced such a busy fall as the fall of 2013. BUT, as of today, I have my last class for the semester – MY LAST CLASS! How crazy is that? I’m almost done with my first semester at an American University! Today at 12:10pm (18:10 for you all Swedes), I’m on Thanksgiving Break and Liz and I are heading to the beach for a few days! I believe we are coming back to the mountains on Saturday, and I will then have Sunday through Tuesday as study days before all my finals start. History final exam and a design presentation on Wednesday (almost a week from now), Academic Writing final on the next day, and then Tactical Media final on the Friday. So four finals on three days…phu, BUT then I have five weeks of Christmas Break!!! Have some fun design projects to work on then, so I’m excited to have some time to do what I truly love to do.
So with this post, I would like to wish you all a great Thanksgiving (for those who are celebrating that..hehe), and I will most likely come back with plenty pictures from our Thanksgiving at the beach, ones all my finals are done!
Some instagram pictures from the past weeks (liersees is my nickname there)
studied for my second history exam (which went well!), in school waiting for my class to begin, in the car on our way to IKEA one weekend, Saturday brunch in downtown Asheville, Chinese food delivery an evening we were tired and didn’t want to cook, my first visit to a chocolate cafe where we had a long fika with a new friend, proud owner of a Biltmore Estate pass so we can visit the house whenever (it’s decorated differently according to the season, but also can do the winery tasting along with using all the amazing nature surrounding the mansion), me, dinner and beer one evening with my crazy wife and her no-less crazy brother, another day and another beer, and finally my wife bought some yummy peppermint mocha latte from Starbucks the other day.
We’re back in the mountains now after a mini weekend trip to the State Fair in Raleigh, as I mentioned in my last post. It was a true experience, but I will come back more to the Fair later. First, when Liz picked me up after school, Friday afternoon, she surprised me with such an amazing gift. Unbelievable!!!! Sha gave me a freaking camera!!! So now I have my own one and can take way better pictures for this blog. YAY!
The pictures below are taken with my phone. More pics from the State Fair (taken with my camera!!!) will be posted as soon as I have more time. It’s Sunday and I really need to study the whole day, until the dinner with all the girls tonight!
A pretty fall day. The leaves are changing colors, but it was still warm. I was waiting for Liz to come and pick me up.
So pretty at school.
She came and we took off to Raleigh and the State Fair.
In the car, she surprised me with A GIFT since I was celebrating 3 months in the States!!!! It might sound crazy, but I used to travel back and forth between Sweden and the States when I didn’t have a visa, and once we reached the 3 months, it was time to say goodbye. So this is something huge for us!
There’s only one time before in my whole life I’ve been able to pass a three month period in the States. It was when I was an au pair in Washington, DC in 2003. Today, ten years later, I’m doing it again! As a foreign person, in the States, you are not allowed to stay in the country for more than three months unless you have a visa. Today is three months since Liz and I left Sweden and moved over here. So today I’m celebrating my opportunity to stay for way longer this time!
It’s Friday and we’re off for a road trip to Raleigh (the capital of North Carolina) this afternoon and the big State Fair. Something I apparently gotta experience when I live in North Carolina. Check out more about it here. Liz and I went to the Mountain State Fair, here in Asheville, in 2009 (check it out here), but the one in Raleigh is the big North Carolina Fair so it’s way bigger, and filled with entertainment such as rides, food, concerts, exhibitions, and agriculture, just to mention a few things. We might do some shopping as well since Raleigh has a pretty good mall with stores we don’t have here in Asheville. So the three month celebration continues in Raleigh this weekend and we are off once I’m out of school in the early afternoon. I’m excited!
Pics from the Mountain State Fair 2009 in Asheville
Sitting by the desk, writing down notes from my history book (oh well, not exactly right now since I’m writing here – needed a break), and listening to some music. Håkan Hellström to be more specific. I’ve never really been into his music, but better late than never, I guess. Enjoying it big time. It’s raining outside so it feels totally cozy. Love it. Liz is sitting beside me, writing on her article for a paper (we’re both totally living out our dreams). How amazing is that? Gonna read and write some more, drink warm stuff for my sore throat. Yes, I have a freaking cold AGAIN. It’s gotta be the American germs. Plenty of students are sick at school and since attendance is mandatory and will affect your grade in the end, students are going to class, and therefore all the sickness is around all the time. Hmpf. But I have explored our instant hot water, built in in our coffee maker, so I’m a happy camper. So easy and convenient when you constantly need to drink something warm so the throat doesn’t hurt too much.
Oh, we went to the movies last Friday and watched Gravity with George Clooney and Sandra Bullock. I was freaked out for the whole 1.5 hours it was showing. Space, accidents, close to death or death experiences with its panic…gaaaah. But it was pretty ok, and it was fun with 3D and space. Gotta go back to the Golden Age of Athens now.