This post used to contain pictures, but due to new storage limitations from WordPress, I had to fix the problem and decided to create a new blog that works as an archive for all the posts from my two years in California. This full post can be found here.
What a day! So much has happened since I got up this morning it feels like several days crammed into one.
My day started with a hike, my first since the 12 mile (20km) in the dormant volcano Haleakala on Maui in January.I haven’t been working out at all this summer and doing this hike in the heat was hard, like real hard! The hike was called Avila Ridge and it was what it sounds like, a hike along a ridge near Avila Beach. It was a ”lagom” hike, but the way there was much harder than the way back. I survived though and that’s what’s matter. It took about 1,5h to walk about 2 miles.
Pismo Beach seen from the Avila Ridge Trail Avila Beach seen from Avila Ridge Trail.
Me and Johanna got dropped off at campus where we had another free lunch and then we went home to take a shower. The hike was just all sand so everything was dirty. I had time for fourty minutes of reading/resting before I had to go back to campus to start with the WoW thing.
This morning, right before I left for the hike I ran into one of my roommates, Lauren. She is the one I will share a bathroom with. She seems very nice too. The third girl I ran into quickly right before I headed to WoW (which by the way stands for Week of Welcome, not World of Warcraft – I am not getting myself involved with a third MMORPG). The third girl is Kelsey, from Iowa. We all talked for a while now when I got home from WoW, and they all seem nice. I look forward to getting to know them.
So many many people at the I-field when finding their group. In total I think there are about 400 groups with around 10-15 people in each.
Anyway, Wow. That is a big deal here. We have activities from 8am to midnight every day, weekends 9am to 2am. Long days ahead. Today all of us left at 10pm so we could either go to bed or unpack which most of the people in the group hadn’t done yet since they moved in today.
It was a nice first day of WoW. We did some weird name games, the human knot, we had pizza and then went to the Big Fall Welcome thing at the stadium. That was such an American thing. The huge band was playing, there were cheerleaders and the President of the school held a speech and then there was a guy giving another speech about motivation. It was mostly directed to the freshmen, but it was still a very good speech and I will try and remember what he said.
After that we walked up to my building, Gypsum in PCV, because apparently they did the grouping so that all of us in #325 live in that building. A great way to get to know the people in the house, at least some of them. We listened to the guy taking care of the house and the CA (Community Advisors, who are students who live in the building and takes care of us and helps us whenever we need help, it’s great!).
After that I went up, talked to my roommates and felt a little bad for not contributing to the kitchen things. I will try to make it up to them by buying other things, like cleaning supplies, silverware and such things. We will have to talk about all this eventually. Like have a meeting where we set rules and such too.
I am going to bed now, I’m seeing double and I have another long day ahead of me with kayaking, a BBQ and something called WOW-A-RAMA which is a surprise for us WoWies (that is a word people in cars scream at us while they are driving my, it is like they think we are cute for being WoWies (Nollan at Chalmers University)).