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!”
I saw snow for the first time when I was 3 years old and living in Japan. I don’t remember anything from those days, but from the pictures that were taken and from what my mom tells me, I loved it. More than 20 years later, I saw snow falling once again, now in Denmark, and I felt like a child again. I had seen snow falling for a few minutes during these days of intense cold, but today, for the first time, it snowed enough to create a white blanket over everything. When I woke up this morning, I opened my curtains to a completely new landscape and I ran outside, full of happiness. I remembered to bring my camera along, and here’s some of what I found (to see the pictures in a larger size, just click them):
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.
Today, I’m completing 6 months here in Denmark, can you believe it? And I’m very grateful for the experience I’ve had so far. I can’t even describe the happiness I feel in being able to make my dream of traveling and seeing some of the world come true, much less measure the importance of the last few months for my life. I was able to meet extraordinary people, incredible places, be faced with new challenges and overcome them, and learn so much about the world and about myself. A few days ago, my host mom here showed me a really interesting text that is very close to what I’m feeling, so here it is:
Living away from home is not just about learning a new language. It’s not just walking through different streets or meeting different people and cultures. It’s not just the value of the money that changes. Continue reading “Halfway There”
I can hardly believe it, but today I’m completing 100 days here in Denmark. Time is flying by, the past few days went by way too fast and lots has happened. So, let’s get right to it, I’m going to try to sum up what’s been happening these past few weeks.
I think the best thing is to start off with the bad news and then finish the post on a lighter note. I’ve actually been avoiding thinking about the subject, but it’s inevitable, so here goes. Two weeks ago, on the 18th of May, one of my cousins, Aldo, passed away. Continue reading “100 Days in Denmark – A Brief Recap”
Before coming to Denmark, I was introduced to a community called CouchSurfing. The idea of it is the sharing of experiences between people from all over the world while they travel. You can, for example, stay at someone’s house, host someone at your place, meet up with someone who lives in the city that can take you sightseeing, or do this for someone where you live.
My dear friend Milenie heard about this community and decided to go to their weekly meeting, and of course, I decided to tag along. It was a really great experience, the members from CS Curitiba are really friendly, they welcomed us with open arms and I was really excited about the idea. I decided to sign up for the community and try to get in touch with the people from CS Aarhus.