Last day of WoW

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.

So, yesterday was last day of WoW. It was sad. Even after just a week we all got so close and it is weird not hanging out every hour of every day. I will of course still see them but it will not be the same. We have talked about having reunions every Sunday or something.

The day started with a goodbye ceremony in the Performing Arts Center. People talked about what was amazing with WoW and we watched a movie with pictures from the week. We had a goodbye talk and we took some photos. After that me and Ryan were club buddies and went around campus talking to different clubs and signed up for a few. I signed up for Global Food Tasting, Beach Volleyball, Surfing, Engineers without Borders, Civil Engineers Association, Poly Escapes and probably some more which I don’t remember. Poly Escapes seems awesome, they have bigger trips pretty often during the quarter. I am on the waiting list to a stand up paddling tour in Yosemite Valley and I just signed up for a weekend in Ventura where we will surf and camp on the beach. I am super excited! And I really hope someone from the Yosemite trip will cancel so I might have a chance at getting that spot. Johanna and another guy from Sweden, Marcus, already signed up.

In the afternoon I went home with Johanna and we baked a Swedish mudpie for the international potluck. There were a lot of people there, maybe 40-50. All the Swedish people brought desserts, like carrot cake and chocolate balls. It was a nice evening but we left at 6pm something, it was getting cold. When I got home, super sweaty and tired after the long bikeride up the hills there were free pancakes in the courtyard. I didn’t have any, but I stood in the extremely long line with Ryan and his roommates. After that I took a quick shower and went to hang out with some people Ryan knows out in the middle of nowhere for a couple of hours. It was nice. And since it wasn’t that late when we got back we watched the latest episode of Doctor Who.

Today was a long day too. Classes started today, but not for me. I am off every Monday and Friday this quarter and I only have one class (7-10pm) on Wednesday’s. Tuesday’s and Thursday’s though are pretty full and they look exactly the same, 7:40am – 6pm. I have a big four hour hole in the middle though, which will be perfect for lunch and homework.

Anyway, I had to get up a bit early to go to an international advising appointment. I talked to Susan Tripp, the one I have been in contact with the whole summer, and I got my DS-2019 signed so I can leave the country when I will go to like the Caribbean and Mexico and Canada.

After that I went to the Rec Center (the huuuuuge gym) and got my code so I can go there. You use your code and your hand to go in. Pretty modern and cool. Then I sat at the UU Plaza for an hour, eating a small breakfast and reading for an hour before Johanna was done with spinning class. Then we went textbook shopping. I spent $260 in that store on books, notebooks, folders and a hoodie.

I didn’t have anything to do so I went with Johanna to downtown. I was looking for a pair of sandals and a backpack. I found neither but I did find three belts. The way home was horrible. The two books for Fundamentals of Transportation Engineering and World Architecture History were both very heavy so I walked the bike almost all the way back from Johanna’s where I left my things. At home me and my roommates (Rachel, Kelsey and Lauren) talked about rules we want to have, kinda made like a roommate agreement. Then I was just chilling, our door was open so some people stopped when walking by to talk for a bit. It was nice.

Now it is past midnight and I have to get up at 6am to go to class at 7:40… I am nervous but also very excited to start school again.

GoatsWe had goats outside our living room today. There are lots of animals around here, we also have deers and horses and I think cows maybe?

5th day of WoW

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.

Today was pretty chill. We met up at 10:45 am to go to an Awareness gallery about all the hard things about college (and life in general) like body image, stress, mental health, alcohol and abusiveness. It was a very well done exhibition.

We had lunch after that with Thanksgiving food. That was a bit weird, but good. I went back to my room to take a nap before going to an event where free kitchen things were handed out. My WoW group went hiking up Bishop’s instead. I got a whole bag of things I needed for the apartment, like silverware (I can now return the ones I bought), a teacup, a small pot, some plates, a bowl and some kitchen towels. There were like 7 different tables and you could just take whatever you wanted. Super awesome!

I had a little time at home after that before going to meet up with Ryan and the international students to watch a college football game. It was our Mustangs against Portland Vikings. Ryan told med during the first two quarters what was happening and why and what all the numbers meant. I actually think I have a pretty good idea how American football works now! But at half time, when the Mustangs had done 3 touchdowns including 3 field goals (21-0) we decided to leave and join up with the WoW group to eat dinner at Firestone downtown. I am so glad I tagged a long, the pulled pork sandwhich I had there was the best I’ve ever had!!

Then we went back to PCV to change into warmer clothes and then went to the Cayucos Beach where all the transfer students had a bonfire evening. I met Ryan’s best friend and he introduced me as his closest friend her in SLO. We had s’mores, talked to a few people. It was hard socializing when you couldn’t see faces. We left at like 1am and I fell asleep in the car on the way back and now I should probably go to sleep. We are meeting at 9am tomorrow, and I need to get up five hours from now.

So goodnight everyone! (or good morning Sweden)

Mustangs vs Vikings Mustangs vs Vikings

4th day of WoW

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.

I was too tired to update last night. It was another long day with lots of fun activities. So we met up at 9 am and then we were all separated so we could go to advisors meetings with our different colleges (I am in College of Engineering, but there are also College of Agriculture, Liberal Arts and all thos different majors). It was okay, but I guess I could have slept for another hour. At the end of that there was a raffle and for once I actually won. I got a bag (you want bags here, all the free bags you can get is awesome since you don’t get free bags in the stores) with stuff in it. The best thing was post-it notes, I actually needed that.

At 10:15 we met up at our SMP (Specia Meeting Place) to go do archery. I’ve never done it and was so excited to do it. It was really fun, but hard. Because of my beach volleyball skills I had an okay posture, but the results weren’t as good.

Archery ArcheryMy WoW group <3.

Back to campus after an hour or so so I could eat a quick lunch with Johanna before we went to the mandatory international student orientation. We randomly met up with like 8 other Swedish students on the way there. That meeting was kinda silly. It was nice to get a face on Susan Tripp, a woman I’ve been emailing this whole summer. Then we were divided into smaller groups and got information from an IPC. They told us things I already know, like the cultur here. It was a bit unecessary in my opinion, but I don’t think I missed anything with WoW.

Meet up at SMP again to go bouldering which is rock  climbing but without ropes so it’s not that high. It was fun, but my arms were like spaghetti afterwards. I managed to reach the top on two different V0’s which is the easiest path to climb. The higher number, the harder it is. For me a 0 was ”lagom”.

Bouldering Bouldering

Our next thing on the agenda was dinner which was just salad and meat. And let’s see…. What was after that… We do so much stuff it’s hard to remember what we did. It must have been bowling though. I bowled with four guys from the group. I am actually not good at bowling, but those guys were not good at all, so I won with big marigins. It was very fun, not winning, but playing with them :).

Flight simulatorOh yeah, we went for half an hour to the flight simulator club too. It was fun but nothing for me. Bowling

We had to hurry to our next thing which was inside the Performing Arts Center which is also on campus (oh yeah, the only bowling alley in SLO is on Cal Poly campus). It was a improv comedy thing with a group of students from school. It was called Smile and Nod. They were really good and came up with funny things right on the spot. We yelled suggestions for them to do, and they did a really good job. I laughed a lot last night as well!

And then we were supposed to play glow in the dark capture the flag with other transfer groups, but none of us didn’t really want to do it. I was up for it, even if it was like 11pm and I was exhausted. I somehow had energy. We decided to go to our last thing for the day instead, which was SLOdocu, the donut shop that is open 24/7. I can count how many donuts I’ve had on one hand, and I am impressed bu myself that I haven’t had more. They are so delicious. I had an old fashioned glazed with maple. It was the tiniest they had.

We walked back to Cal Poly and said goodbye. I wasn’t that tired and Ryan had just figured out how to watch Doctor Who from the BBC UK website so I stayed at his place for an hour to watch the next episode I hadn’t seen. There is another out, and the fifth episode of the season is aired tomorrow night. I am so glad I can watch Doctor Who this year, I was afraid that I couldn’t since it is a Brittish show. The American shows you can watch from the network’s website here in the US.

I got home around 1:30am and fell asleep instantly. Today there are a lot of things on the agenda as well, but I don’t have time to mention any of it now, I need to eat breakfast, get dressed and go to SMP to start up the day. It’s great that we are gonna meet up at 10:45 today instead of 8:15.

3rd day of WoW

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Halfway through WoW now. Like all the other days it was full of activities, and I took a break for like 7 hours and still did a ton of stuff. The day started with a small hike up on the mountain behind PCV. Up there they have something called the Architecture Graveyard where architects at Cal Poly put their senior projects many many years ago. It was cool and not too bad of a morning hike. I was extremely tired though after just 5 hours of sleep so it was a bit rough. It also rained a little during the hike, that was nice.

Architecture Graveyard Architecture Graveyard Architecture Graveyard Architecture GraveyardThis is why California is called the Golden State. Not because of the God Rush back in the days and not because of the constant sun, but because everything dies and it gets golden. Architecture GraveyardI heard someone say that the graveyard was about 40-50 years old. Poly Canyon Village, PCVThis is my village where I live. I am in the grey building farthest to the right in this picture. A LOT of students live here, and there are so many other student housing on campus. 19 000 students go to Cal Poly.

After that I was planning on going to the beach with Ryan (a guy from my WoW group), one of my roomies, a German girl named Carolin (who I met at the hostel this weekend and then have been seeing a few times after that at the school) and Johanna. The weather was really bad though, okay, not really bad, I am still in California. But it wasn’t beach weather, so we decided to go to Target and do some shopping instead. I bought a lot of things to the apartment for all of us but also stuff for me, like detergent and a laundry bag. Then we did some grocery shopping so now I finally have some food on my shelves. Feels good!

When I got home at like 1pm I called Hertz about the extra charge they took for a car upgrade which I wasn’t aware of. Apparently it was an upgrade but no one told me that, nothing at all. Just giving me my reciept without telling me what it was about and just let me sign without knowing. I should have read it through or something, but he shouldn’t have taken advantage of me as a foreigner after I just got off a real long flight from half across the world. Not okay!! So I won’t get those $40 back, but the lady on the phone heard how upset I was so she is gonna give $20 back. It’s better than nothing, but I should have had it all back… Stupid Hertz!

My next thing I really needed to do was learn how to transfer money from my Swedish account to my American one. It is easier said than done. I called the bank to ask for the SWIFT number, but I also needed a ”bankkontorskod” which I didn’t know about because it said either a BIC/SWIFT number OR a bank office code. I am guessing that that code is the same as Wire Routing Number, but I am not sure. So I made a test transfer of $2 and the fees for that will probably be $20. But I would rather lose about $20 instead of $5000. If this works then that would be great, I will transfer some of the money I have and pay all the rents for the fall quarter at one time so I don’t have to worry about nothaving enough money. I also don’t know how long it takes for money to transfer from Sweden to USA. I hope it is not too long. The 1st of October is getting closer.

That banking business took a lot of time so I only had time for a shower before I needed to leave. First I stopped by Ryan’s (who’s just five doors down the corridor) and had a cup of tea and then we headed to dinner on campus.

When we were done eating and everyone was there we took the bus to downtown. I learned from one of the leaders how to use the SLO transit app and the only thing I need to do now is learn which routes goes to where and then I am good to go. So, every Thursday there is a Farmer’s Market downtown. The whole main street is shut off and stalls cover the whole street. A lot of foods and other things, especially fruits and vegetables. I didn’t buy anything, we only had an hour there. Then we walked back to campus where we sat for a while before heading to the Rec Center where we were gonna watch a hypnotist show. That was so hilarious. He took up a bunch of people from the crowd on the podium, probably like 30. And then he had complete control over them for the next more than an hour probably. He made them smell imaginary farts, made them sing and perform Britney Spears and Lady Gaga songs and other fun things. I laughed so hard my tummy hurt! I had a hard time hearing what he said though so I missed most of the things, so I should probably try and see another one again sometime.

Hypnotist showThese guys were dancing ballet. So pretty and magical!

We got dismissed at 00:30 and now, an hour later, it is definitely time to go to bed. On tomorrow’s schedule is archery, bouldering, glow in the dark capture the flag, donuts and I think they said bowling as well. I am also going to a mandatory international student orientation for an hour during the day. I don’t know what I’m gonna miss, I know it is not archery which I am so glad for. I’ve always wanted to try archery.

Now after a few days with the people in the group it feels much better, we are getting to know eachother and are having such a fun time. At least I am :).

2nd day of WoW

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.

Another fun and very eventful day is over. I am more tired than ever and will make this quick. The day started with a information meeting with the College of Engineering and then the Civil Engineer department. It wasn’t that interesting, they went through all the CE clubs and we were introduced to all the faculty members.

Lunch with the department after that and I and Johanna talked to the professor we are gonna have in our first course on Tuesday morning, Fundamentals of Transportation Engineering. He seemed cool.

Back home to leave the bike and then to the meeting point for our WoW group. Next on the agenda was kayaking. That was my first time and I went with a guy in my group named Charlie who is from Columbus, Ohio (where I have relatives). We didn’t fall in which was good because the blue sky was gone out over Morro Bay. It was very very dizzy and actually a bit cold. It was fun kayaking though and we saw a lot of sea lions (of course) but also a lot of sea otters. I’ve never seen otters in the wildlife, so it was so cool to see them now. There were a group of like 10 of them lying on their backs grooming and rolling around in the water. So amazing to see! They were big though, probably a meter in length.

Our next thing was a barbecue for all the transfer students. We got hamburger. Back home to change clothes for the next activity WoW-A-Rama. I walked with a guy named Ryan and we talked a lot about everything. We decided that we wanted to ditch WoW tomorrow during the day and hang out at the beach instead. I think I need to take a while off and just relax.

The WoW-A-Rama was fun! 5000 Wowies on the football field (or whatever type of field it was) and we had a leader on a podium telling us to do weird stuff. It was three hours of doing stupid things. We were close to people we have never met before but it was fine because everyone did it. First of all we had to be in straight lines and we had to remember exactly where because after doing a couple of games we were gonna form that exact line again. It was chaos when everyone were trying to find their spot after being away from it for a while. We got paired up with tons of different people, one time on of us was a Mustang and the other person should go on that first person’s back and shoot with the hands up in the air. My Mustang was called Alex as well. He was cute, but he had a girlfriend since he danced when the leader asked if we did (he also asked a lot of other questions). If you agreed you should dance, so you would get to know the people around you. The last thing we did was to find everyone on the field who were born in the same month as you. So we all ran around with fingers in the air representing the number of our month. When everyone was gathered we were divided into two circles, one inside the other. We were facing eachother and walking in different directions. WHen the music stopped we were gonna take stupid selfies of ourselves with that person. I left my phone in the car so I couldn’t take any selfies, but I was on several of them. This was all just to get to know faces and have something to talk about later. So much fun!

I left after that to bond with my roomies, which I really did. Well, how much you can bond with someone in the middle of the night for a couple of hours. We talked a lot and it was nice but I got really tired and we didn’t say goodnight until 1am. And I have to get up at 7am tomorrow to do a hike right behind our house called the Architecture Graveyard. That will be fun. And then I will sleep on the beach for a while. I so look forward to that!Morro Rock That big rock is called the Morro Rock and the three towers in the right of the picture are the towers of a power plant in Morro Bay. I didn’t take my phone with me in the kayak so there are no pictures of the sea otters. But I promise, I did really see them and I was as close as 2m away from them.Golden StateOkay, so this is Highway 1 and on one side there is the typical Californian nature, the golden hills. On the other side there was a lot of green. So weird how one road can divide the landscape like this. It was completely different on the both sides. PCV, Poly Canyon VIllageThis is a parking lot close to campus and in the background, the grey buildings is Poly Canyon Village, also called PCV. I will take a better picture at the cute little village hopefully soon.

Hike, WoW, roommates

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 from Avila Ridge TrailPismo Beach seen from the Avila Ridge Trail Avila Beach from Avila Ridge TrailAvila Beach seen from Avila Ridge Trail. Avila Ridge Trail 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.

WoW groupsSo 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.

Big Fall Welcome

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)).