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Epilogue

One week has now passed since I left Seattle and the United States of America. Almost ten months has passed since I first got there. While I wouldn't be surprised to find my self back there one day, I feel that this is a good time to summarize my experiences from the large country 'over there'.

I'll start with a one sentence summary of the greater Seattle area; Like Sweden, but bigger.

To elaborate, pretty much everything is bigger over there. The trees are bigger, the mountains are bigger, the cars are bigger, the stadiums are bigger and more numerous, the streets are wider, and the food portions are more generous. While we also have trees, mountains, cars, stadiums, streets and everything else they have over there, theirs are simply bigger. Whether that is positive or negative depends on the question at hand, and I guess I can't give a much better generic answer than "it depends".

The second most obvious thing I've noticed about Seattle is that people are more relaxed, hospitable, and easy-going. They are simply just very nice. Nicer than Swedes, I would say, at least on a shallow level. But when you think about how many people you talk to on any given day, you realize that you actually have a lot of rather shallow conversations. Americans are just so much better than Swedes at having those casual and spontaneous conversations. In fact, if there is one thing I would like to bring back home to Sweden, it would be this very skill.

One of the absolutely best things I did in Seattle, possibly even the best, was to start playing Ultimate. I've met a whole bunch of cool Americans, I've learned a great sport, and I've had so much fun! Not to mention that it has helped me stay in shape, and not gain any weight. I can wholeheartedly recommend both Ultimate as a sport, as well as playing some kind of team sport while studying abroad. It's a great chance to meet new people.

Also, I'm happy I took the chance to travel as much as I did. I've visited Hawaii, Las Vegas, Florida, Olympic Peninsula and California. During some trips, I either visited someone I knew, or had a visitor, which made them extra fun. Although I've spent thousands of dollars on these trips, I don't regret traveling for a second. The places I've visited are places I would have wanted to visit sometime in my life anyway, and why not do it when you've already paid for the trip over the Atlantic anyway? However, as a word of advice, don't forget to bring a towel! 😉

So, finally, for any and all of you out there – if you have the chance to study abroad, do it! For some reason, most people who have studies abroad tend to say that it was one of the best times of their lives, and that don't regret it. Although it might sound as a clichĂ©, I can't help but chime in. Do it! You will have a great time, and you won't regret it.

Over and out,
Henrik

1 comment July 11th, 2006

GÀstinlÀgg: Mt Rainier

Efter en tidig vÀckning av dubbla vÀckarklockor och en snabb frukost begav vi oss ner mot centrum för att hÀmta ut hyrbilen. VÀl nere i centrum fick vi vÄr bil (en Huyndai Accent) för att sedan sÀtta full fart mot berget. Resan gick först via I5 med dess 5 filer i varje riktning för att sedan gÄ upp i parken pÄ en smal grusvÀg med helt enorma hÄl i. VÀl uppe i parken möts man av en helt enastÄende natur; orörd "urskog" dÀr naturen fÄr sköta sig sjÀlv sÄ nÀr som pÄ de trÀd som rÄkar falla över vÀgen eller pÄ annat vis hindrar bilar eller personer att ta sig fram.

Mt Rainiers toppGöran och Henrik pÄ sten

VÀdergudarna var helt klart pÄ vÄr sida denna dag, solen stod högt pÄ himlen och ett par solglasögon hade verkligen inte suttit i vÀgen. Stigarna var fina och naturen som sagt magnifik, ju högre upp man kommer desto bÀttre blir utsikten mot berget och dess glaciÀr. Större delen av vandringen gÄr stigen lÀngs med Carbon River viket ger en fantastisk utsikt mot de omkringliggande bergen. Strax innan vi nÄdde fram till Carbon Glacier korsade vi vattnet via en hÀngbro.

HÀngbro över bÀckravinenBerg (eller var det en glaciÀr? :-) )

VÀl uppe vid glaciÀren tyckte vi den sÄg vÀldigt liten ut och efter att ha gÄtt runt lite för att kika nÀrmare bestÀmde oss för att Àta vÄr medhavda matsÀck. Under tiden vi Ät satt jag och tittade ner mot vad vi först identifierat som en bergvÀgg och inser till sist vÄrt misstag. Vi hade pÄ grund av allt grus som satt fast i ytan pÄ isen misstagit den relativt stora glaciÀren för ett berg. DÄ vi Àntligen insett detta valde vi att klÀttra en smula utanför ledan och ta oss ner till smÀltvattentunnelns utlopp frÄn glaciÀren. Det kÀndes ganska imponerande att stÄ sÄpass nÀra en glaciÀr, men medans vi stod dÀr damp det ner sten i en vÀldig fart en 10-15 meter frÄn oss. DÄ insÄg man lite varför det inte Àr rekomenderat (lÀs förbjudet) att gÄ ner till glaciÀren och vattnet.

SmÀltvattenstunnelHenrik framör glaciÀr

Efter detta begav vi oss tillbaks till bilen för att ta oss tillbaks, pÄ vÀgen tillbaks sÄg vi dock ett vattenfall skymta fram mellan trÀden och stannade dÀrför. En kort promenad sÄ var vi precis vid vattenfallets nedre del, det var vÀldigt fint med hÀrligt ljus som kom mellan trÀden, en mycket bra avstickare. Efter denna lilla avstickare Ät vi resten av vÄr matsÀck och begav oss sedan tillbaks till Seattle för att lÀmna tillbaks hyrbilen.

/Göran

1 comment May 7th, 2006

GÀstinlÀgg: SpÀckhuggare

Det blev ingen film igĂ„r. Eller Ă„tminstonde inte en hel – vi somnade ifrĂ„n den efter mindre Ă€n halva =P

I morse gick vi upp klockan sju, Ät frukost och gjorde matsÀck och begav oss till Anacortes. DÀrifrÄn Äkte vi med en valskÄdningsbÄt ut runt San Juan Islands. Vi var ute nÀstan hela dagen och fick bland annat se sÀlar (harbor seal), en flock med spÀckhuggare (Flock J) och en del tumlare. VÀdret var inte soligt men nÀst intill helt lugnt hav. Största delen av tiden var valarna ganska lÄngt bort, men vid nÄgra tillfÀllen kom vi dem förhÄllandevis nÀra och tvÄ gÄnger viftade de pÄ skÀrtfenan Ät oss! Det var dock mest ryggfenor vi sÄg. (Men det Àr ju coolt nog!)

Harbor sealOrca whaleAlpaca

PĂ„ kvĂ€llen har vi varit pĂ„ basketmatch. Seattle Supersonics (laget vi hejade pĂ„) vann med 109 mot 98. En sponsor hade lovat hela publiken varsitt Ă„tta-pack Pepsi om Supersonics vann med minst 108 poĂ€ng. Med andra ord har vi (kuponger för) vĂ€ldigt mycket Pepsi nu! =) I övrigt sĂ„ var pausunderhĂ„llningen det roligaste…

Innan vi somnar vill vi passa pĂ„ att önska Tess grattis pĂ„ födelsedagen!! TyvĂ€rr i efterskott, men bĂ€ttre sent Ă€n aldrig 😉

2 comments April 20th, 2006

GÀstinlÀgg: Tillbaks frÄn Olympic Peninsula

Big tree in Heart O' the ForestHelgen tillbringade vi pĂ„ Olympic Peninsula – en stoor halvö vĂ€ster om Seattle. Vi sĂ„g nog i princip allt som broschyrerna lovade: fantastiska utsikter, enorma trĂ€d, snöiga bergstoppar, flockar med (Roosveldt-)Ă€lgar och svartsvansade rĂ„djur, vindpinade kuster, skalliga örnar, varma kĂ€llor (eller rĂ€ttare sagt diken) och kalla vattenfall. FrĂ„n halvöns nordvĂ€straste punkt sĂ„g vi Ă€ven en hel ö full med stora sĂ€ldjur. I brist pĂ„ bĂ€ttre förslag klassifierar vi dem som stellar sea lion.

Idag har vi paddlat kanot i Lake Washington bland bÀverbon, sköldpaddor och hÀgrar. FrÄn vÄrt fartyg sÄg vi Àven en sovande tvÀttbjörn i en solig trÀdstam. Den var sÄÄÄ söt =)

Nu Àr det natt och vi ska sova. Eller ja, egentligen skall vi titta pÄ en film först, men det talar jag inte om =P

2 comments April 18th, 2006

GÀstinlÀgg: Karin i Seattle

Hej hej =)

Just nu har Henrik besök, bÄde i Seattle och hÀr pÄ bloggen! Jag ska vara hÀr i nÀstan tvÄ veckor. Resan var lÄng, men gick bra. SÄg inte Grönland dock, bara massa moln =(

Henrik talade sanning – hĂ€r Ă€r faktiskt vĂ„r! I jĂ€mförelse med Sverige kĂ€nns det nĂ€stan som tropiskt klimat! KörsbĂ€r och lövtrĂ€d blommar och hĂ€r alldeles utanför Henriks hus Ă€r till och med syrenerna pĂ„vĂ€g att slĂ„ ut! =D PĂ„ djurfronten har jag bara sett amerikanska grĂ„sparvar, duvor och trutar Ă€n.. förvĂ„nansvĂ€rt vĂ€lbekant 😉

Blommande syren.

Nu ska jag göra ett studiebesök pÄ Henriks universitet.

/Karin

Add comment April 11th, 2006

Homebound

I'm just [back from Florida](Florida in bullets), but nevertheless I'm planning my next trip. I've just booked a flight to Los Angeles in June when school is finished. There I will meet up with Andreas from Sweden for a two week roadtrip, before going back to Sweden.

Which leads me to the next thing; I am going back to Sweden. No [Google internship](Second Google interview) for me. While it is a little bit sad, it actually feels good to go back home as well. While I wouldn't have turned down an internship opportunity, I wasn't really convinced that I wanted to stay in the US right now. So going back to Sweden, meeting everybody again, and finishing my Masters degree feels like the right thing to do.

Show this on a map.

3 comments March 26th, 2006

Florida in bullets

Trying to tell you everything that happened during my and Markus trip to Florida would take a looong time, so I decided to just give you the “highlights”.

Before/during our trip to/in/from Florida I/we…

Continue Reading 1 comment March 25th, 2006

Spring break

I just realized this post was never published before the trip. I apologize.

A rough idea about our planned trip. Map copyright by Google.The week we've just put behind us has been the final week of the Winter quarter. And before Spring quarter takes over, it's time for a well deserved Spring break! In my case, I and Markus will fly down to Fort Lauderdale in Florida, rent a car, and go for a five day road trip in southern Florida! Our route will probably cover cities such as Miami, Tampa, Orlando, Daytona Beach and Cape Canaveral. We haven't booked any kind of accomodation, so we hope that it'll be fairly easy to find motels along the way. All in all, I hope the trip will be fun, and fill my mind with something which has nothing to do with school whatsoever!

Actually the trip is not only a celebration of that I've put one more quarter behind me, but can also be seen as a birthday present to myself. It so happens that I turn 24 during the first day of the trip (i.e. tomorrow, Monday). So, happy birthday to myself in advance. 🙂

After the [bad experiences](North Shore) on Hawaii, I've decided to bring as little of value as possible, especially leaving the computer behind. While it is possible that we'll find an Internet cafe somewhere, I don't know for sure if or when. So therefore, this blog will most likely be silent for about a week now. Have fun! I surely will! 😀

Show this on a map.

Add comment March 19th, 2006

Adventures in Tacoma

This Sunday afternoon, I thought that the rest of the evening would just be a normal, slightly boring evening. Perhaps I would watch a movie, but not more exciting than that. Well, I was wrong…

Continue Reading Add comment March 6th, 2006

Cape Disappointment

Cape Disappointment wasn’t a disappointment after all. It is a nice state park which includes a lighthouse with the same name, and some beautiful coast line.

A small bay.Trail.

The only possibly disappointing part about it is that I still don’t know why it is named Cape Disappointment. However, a map I found inside the visitors center gave me a clue…

Continue Reading 2 comments February 26th, 2006

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