Pittsburgh, wonder woman and the Y.

Here a some pictures from this past week:
I went to Pittsburgh with my roommate Anna on Monday. We went shopping, ate at a meatball place and went up the Duqesne Incline (not sure how to pronounce that but it was a cable car thing that went up a hill). Pittsburgh is a cool city with a crazy amount of bridges (it's supposedly called the City of bridges) and the main part of the city feels/looks pretty small. The really cool part is that the rest of the city is surrounded by a ton of trees and greenery so it almost looks like it's this big city in a forrest. I'll definitely be back often!
Anna and I went to see Wonder Woman last night, I really enjoyed it! The best super hero movie I've seen in a while. Also just yay for a super hero movie with a woman as the main character!!
Selfie from the backdoor steps. Wearing make up and my hair down is not a look I rock on a daily bases due to heat (hair up at all times) and mostly hanging with children so this must be from Sunday when I had the day off and spent most of my time indoors enjoying not being sweaty. 
This is "the diamond". The center of Ligonier which is somewhat shaped like a diamond and kind of works as a round about. It has this old town feeling to it but is very well kept and clean. It's a small cute town where not a lot of things seem to happen. Though I did hear a rumour that every Sunday evening there's a small orchestra that plays in the towns gasebo. All that kind of makes it feel a bit as one would imagine Stars Hollow in Gilmore Girls but obviously not as cool. I live about a five/ten minute walk to the town center and we walk past here almost everyday as I and the children go to the park or the library. 
So Ligonier is a really small town but it has a few different places one should visit/see when here. Last week I went to "Ligonier Fort" with the kids, I didn't really have the opportunity/time to read the different signs or the brochures but we saw and played in some old timber houses that were reconstructions from a war. Which war or what it was about I know not, I'll have to go back by myself. Yesterday we went to "Ligonier beach" and had a great time. And with beach they mean a pool (as in singular) with cold fresh water in it and a seperate sand box beside it. But hey, it's a five minute drive so it's great!

I also signed myself up at the YMCA (the Y) here, they have a nice gym, fitness classes and a swimming pool so I feel like I'm getting pretty settled in. Next on my list is "The Creamery" which is in the middle of town (by the diamond) and everyone recommends their ice cream. I was planning on going tonight but it's been pouring on and off all day (and when it pours here it ABSOLUTELY POURS) with thunder and a rough wind so I'll most likely be staying in this evening. But let the record state that it is also slightly less warm outside and I am wearing long legged trousers and yes it feels amazing. 
Woahm this got longer than expected but hey. Here it is.
LOVE peeps.
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Heat, ants and trampolines

Just a small update from my past week in Ligonier:
1. Running here is just as painful as in Europe. And I dislike it just as much. Well, I love the getting out part, hate the burning in my chest and lungs part. I went running twice this week, both in the evening when it had cooled down a bit (from 29° to 27°). Both times were pretty enjoyable, most likely because I walked the more part of it. But still. 
2. We had an ant invasion in our kitchen after a thunderstorm the other night. I took care of it. I've never killed so many ants in my life and I kind of feel like I crossed a line I can never return from.
3. I have every Sunday off (so church tomorrow, yay!) but I other than that I am mostly with the kids all days. I've come to realise the greatness of picnics. Picnics on the trampoline, picnics under the trampoline, picnics on the living room floor, picnics on the living room floor in the fort we made. Next up is probably just having a normal picnic in a park somewhere, we'll see, I mean it's gone 6 days with the children so I'm bound to run out of fun ideas pretty soon.
4. Other than that things are pretty good. I play with the kids during the day, work out, read or watch Parks and Recreations (yay for US Netflix!) in the evening and then sleep for about nine hours per night. Yes, you heard me. Mixing heat, children and jet lag has been rough yet lovely. Oh and my roomates are nice and they don't seem to dislike me so I'd say it's a success all in all. Life is good and exciting! 
From underneath the trampoline the other day while pretending there was a storm raging outside and the only thing keeping us safe was the trampoline and four umbrellas. We stayed under there for almost three hours. It was pretty great.
Living room fort with enough room for them to wrestle in, important. – Me always running behind – Us just hanging out at the park with umbrellas. The umbrellas go everywhere we go for some weird reason. 
Blowing bubbles at least once a day is a must. When it is pooring down outside the porch works just fine. Oh, and porches in general are just loveable and cosy and I think I'm going to need one in the near future.
I haven't found any good tracks to run in the woods (läs elljusspår) (also not sure I'd dare as the only things I've heard about are black bears and rattle snakes) but so far there's a nice calm road that is surrounded by this. It's very green here in general and there a few mountains and just a ton of trees. It's gorgeous.
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Day two update

You know it's warm when you step out of the shower and you don't get cold.
You know it's warm when you keep the windows closed to avoid letting the heat in.
You also know it's warm when it's 24 degrees at ten o'clock at night. 
And you know you're a scandinavian girl when you're this fascinated/paralyzed by heat.
That's all folks.
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