Returning after 3.000 hits!

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 – The greenest of greens

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.

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First Snow

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):

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Aarhus – Being the Guide, Not the Tourist

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.

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Karneval in Aalborg

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!

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Copenhagen – Even More Beautiful in the Summer

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.

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Malmö – A Last Minute Trip

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”

Halfway There

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”