After five months since my last post, here I am once again attempting to finish updating and documenting all the amazing experiences I had while living in Denmark and embracing the traveling spirit. From the end of last year (when I last got a chance to post something) until now, things have been wonderfully busy. Between Christmas and New Year’s celebrations, being blessed with the opportunity of visiting four more beautiful countries, celebrating my 25th birthday, calling the USA my home for two months, then finally making it back to the homeland and returning to school, I have had little time to update my blog. To be honest, I was actually a little unsure as to whether or not I should even continue updating it altogether, seeing as my big year of adventures is sadly over. Continue reading “Returning after 3.000 hits!”
Ireland is a place with incredible landscapes. During my 2012 Eurotrip, I had the opportunity of traveling in this awesome country during two very busy days. Although it was very short and rushed, I loved the trip.
Carli, Alexia, Paige and I arrived in Dublin around 9:30 a.m., exhausted from our London trip and anxious to lie down and sleep for a bit. We caught a bus in front of the Airport and went straight to our hostel. We stayed at the Four Courts Hostel, a huge, well located hostel, with 24-hour reception, some funky decor, super comfortable beds and breakfast (although it left much to be desired) was included. For “just” 15 euros, we stayed in a room with 10 beds. But, believe it or not, I slept like a baby both nights. We were really lucky to share the room with very laid-back and, let’s say, non-snoring people.
London is an incredible city. It’s constantly full of life, movement and noise. Coming to Europe and not experiencing it would be tragic, to say the least. When I was planning my 2012 Eurotrip , Carli told me that she also wanted to go there, especially on July 7th, for World Pride. I was more than excited to experience this famous metropolis with its many wonders and intensely diverse people. But, my visit to London was actually marked by a very peculiar incident, which occurred the second day we were in the city.
First, let me backtrack a bit.
Coming to Aarhus after the Copenhagen and Malmö trip was not at all like I had planned. The only chance I had to be a guide during the July 2012 Europtrip, I led everyone in the wrong direction. Well, the direction was right, the distance was just a tad off. Anyway, being a guide, instead of the tourist, was an interesting experience. But, next time I’ll make sure to do a little more research beforehand.
This post is long overdue, but it somehow got lost in the shuffle of things. But, better late than never, right?
So, on the last Saturday of May, my dear friends Juan, Kimberly, Lucas, Sabrina and I rented a car and drove a couple of hours north of Aarhus to the city of Aalborg.
We had heard about Karneval, a week long festival, with parades, music and fun. In fact, the parade on Saturday is supposed to be the biggest parade in Northern Europe. And believe me, it is amazing!
Going to Copenhagen (København in Danish,) I had very big expectations. I was meeting up with two of my best friends from childhood, Carli and Paige. I was excited to finally see them again after only communicating through emails and Skype for the last three years and I was looking forward to our big three-week Eurotrip together. But, Copenhagen exceeded all of my expectations. Not only was I reunited with two incredible friends, I was also with an amazing new friend, an adorable CouchSurfing host and, to top it all off, amazing weather.
Before I started my July Eurotrip, I had everything planned over a month before I was supposed to head out. Malmö was a different story.
I only decided to go to Malmö about a week before the trip was supposed to start. My host family was going away during the last week in June on a camping trip, which meant I had five extra days to spend as I wished, and my wish was to get a head start on my big trip. Since I was going to Copenhagen to meet up with some friends in a few days, I looked into cities near Copenhagen that would be interesting to travel to, and I stumbled upon the great city of Malmö. Malmö is the third largest city in Sweden and it’s conveniently located just 30 km east of Copenhagen, which means a 35 minute train ride to get from one city to another. Perfect for a last-minute addition to my itinerary. Continue reading “Malmö – A Last Minute Trip”
As I had mentioned in an earlier post, I had been thinking of trying to use CouchSurfing on this trip to Barcelona instead of staying at a hostel or hotel, and that’s just what we did! My friend Kimberly and I requested lots of different couches using the website and we were finally able to find someone to host us. They say that Barcelona, despite being a city where CouchSurfing is very active, is really tough to find a couch, since it’s such a popular tourist spot and everyone wants to visit this amazing city. Well, we found a place to stay the first two nights of the trip (Tuesday and Wednesday) and for the third (Thursday) we kept trying to find an emergency couch (there is a group on CouchSurfing specifically for this.) So, we started our trip not having found a place to stay the third night. Continue reading “First time CouchSurfing!”