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.
Yesterday, I received some news that really affect my plans here in Denmark. I found out that my stay here is being cut short by no less than two months.
But, let’s start from the beginning. As you all know (or at least I imagine you know,) I’m living in Denmark as an au pair. My host mom is Brazilian and my host dad is Danish. They have two beautiful kids, a 3-year-old boy and a 6-year-old girl. I met my host mom through the English school where I worked at in Curitiba. She sent an email to the school looking for someone who spoke English and would be interested in living abroad. I had never thought about being an au pair, but I ended up getting in touch with her and after two years of emails, meeting up and lots of paperwork, here I am.
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.
Over the last few months, traveling has become a big part of my life. While living here in Denmark, I’ve been lucky enough to be able to put this passion of mine into practice. One of the things that has been aiding me in this journey is CouchSurfing. I’ve used the community for meeting some of the locals here in Aarhus and for staying at people’s houses while travelling, so far I’ve surfed in six different cities a total of seven times! Now, I’m not claiming to be an expert on the whole CouchSurfing thing, but I am an enthusiast (I’ve posted about this online community before, here and here,) and I do have some experience that I think may be of help to those of you who are just starting out. So, here are some tips on how to make a CouchSurfing profile that will make people want to meet you and accept your requests for a host or for a hang out: