Weekend Trip: Isle of Skye

Hi again!

I just got back from an absolutely amazing trip to the Isle of Skye this weekend! I could not find the words to describe just how stunning this trip, so I made a little video to document my weekend!

 

Stay tuned for my next blog post!

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Weekend Trip: Amsterdam

This weekend concluded 3 straight weekends of traveling! With midterms coming up soon, I think my brain and my bank account need to take a little break. Anyways, I had a fabulous time in Amsterdam this weekend, here are a few of the highlights from my trip!

Vondelpark

 

We woke up at the crack of dawn on Saturday morning to start our day! After a 15 minute tram ride we ended up in Vondelpark. We had a great time walking around the park and could not have asked for better weather!

Waffle eating

 

After working up an appetite walking around the park, I stopped at a little street vendor to get Amsterdam’s world famous Sugar Waffle. This was quite possibly the most amazing waffle I have ever had and I ate it in a record breaking 2 minutes ūüôā

Amsterdam Sign

If you didn’t take a cute pic at the Amsterdam sign, did you even go to Amsterdam?? Well I am never one to turn down a photo shoot so I loved this and lucky for me there was a T to sit on! Some people where really brave and climbed the letters to sit on top of them, but knowing my lack of¬†coordination, I settled for a pic on the ground.

Heineken experience 

The Heineken experience was definitely an experience! We first walked through the interactive museum about the history of the beer and then went on a little ride as if we where brewing beer. And most importantly we got to sit on the Heineken thrown (pictured above) which I guess makes us “Heine-Queens”

Dam Square

Then we walked around Dam Square in the city center. This was super cool because the architecture was amazing! Some of the buildings almost seemed like the where slanting toward the street and they looked so old, they might have been!

Canal Boat Tour

The number one thing you absolutely need to do if you visit Amsterdam is go on a canal tour! We took a pizza dinner tour at night and it was my favorite part of the weekend! The canal is the best was to see the city and at night it was stunning!

Well that is it for now! Stay tuned for a Edinburgh post soon about all the fun things I have been up to here this semester so far!

Day Trip 2: Malmo, Sweden

Surprise a double blog post!

Like I said in my previous post, the weekend did not end in Denmark. After less than a 20 minute train ride I arrived in Malmo, Sweden for a fun filled day before my departure back to Scotland!

Malmo was full of amazing places, here are just the few things I managed to see in my day trip:

Kungsparken

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Although only a 20 minute train ride away, this Swedish garden could not have been more different from the Danish garden I saw the day before. The plants were not in straight rows as they were in Denmark, rather they were almost growing wild which added to the feeling of natural beauty. The crooked picket fences created a cozy atmosphere that was welcoming and homey.

Slottsmöllan

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I know what you are thinking, no I did not hope countries to the Netherlands! This Swedish windmill was just so beautiful I HAD  to take a picture with it!

Malmo Castle

I clearly picked a great day to visit Malmo, because entrance to the Castle was free! I spent hours exploring the different exhibits from the aquarium to the repurposed fashion design section to the modern art exhibit.

Lilla Torg

I had lunch at a little cafe in Lilla Torg, a cute pedestrian shopping street in the city. I loved walking around and looking at all the old-school ¬†architecture, but couldn’t help but wonder when the Scandinavian Ikea style I had come to expect in Sweden would appear.

Turning Torso

This neo-futurist building was exactly the dose of IKEA style I needed! This residential tower reaches a height of 623 ft with 54 storeys and 147 apartments. Although only residents have access to the building, looking at this architectural masterpiece from a far was just as amazing.

Scaniaparken

We ended the day at Scaniaparken, a park right on the edge of the water. We sat down on the doc for some time and just took in the view of the ocean. The Baltic Sea was breathtaking and I could not have been more at ease in that moment. After a quick train back to the airport, I set off back to Edinburgh.

As I was flying back to Edinburgh I had some time to reflect on my adventures so far. It is crazy for me to think back to that day in August when I left my home in Massachusetts. In a little over a month I have traveled to 6 countries and numerous places within Scotland. I feel more self-reliant, more confident and much more at home than I ever expected to feel in such a short period of time.

I am excited for my upcoming adventures and will be sure to fill you in on all the good stuff as usual!

A Weekend in Copenhagen

This weekend I traveled to Copenhagen, Denmark!  It was a great weekend trip and I could not have asked for better weather!

The weekend began on a dark Friday morning at 5:00 A.M. in Edinburgh as my friend and I traveled to the airport for our 7:00 A.M. flight to Denmark. After a 1 hour plane-ride nap, we arrived in Copenhagen.

Here are some highlights from my trip:

Friday

Rosenborg Castle

This stunning Castle was super close to our hostel in a beautiful park area. The mote around the castle had a bunch of extremely friendly swans and ducks swimming around the water. Being the budget conscious travelers that we were, we didn’t pay to see inside the Castle, but walking around the outside was just as stunning.

Botanic Gardens

The Botanic Gardens were one of my favorite places in all of Copenhagen! There are multiple greenhouses filled with tropical plants and a spiral staircase you can take to walk around the top level of the garden. Word to the wise, tropical plants require tropical weather, so make sure to take your jacket off before entering the greenhouse!

King’s Garden

The gardens surrounding Rosenborg Castle and the Botanic Gardens were an idillic oasis from the bustling city center. We followed the meandering path through the gardens and across a quaint little bridge over a stream.

National Gallery of Denmark

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This museum was incredible! Although I didn’t buy a ticket to see all the exhibits, I did see the free exhibit focused on the refugee crisis around the world. I loved the exhibit because there were so many different things to read, listen, and watch.

GoBoating on the Canal

It is my firm opinion that the BEST way to truly see Copenhagen is by boat. Goboat is this amazing company that lets you rent boats on an hourly basis and drive them around the many canals of Copenhagen. This beatiful boat ride was the highlight of my weekend!

Saturday

Paper Island

I got lunch at Paper Island and I am still dreaming about that food. Hundreds of tiny food stands line the walls of this giant building and the possibilities are endless!

Nyhavn

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When you think of Copenhagen you imagine vibrant houses along a rippling canal, right? Well, Nyhavn is exactly that! I had a great time walking around and taking in my surroundings. I couldn’t help but think back to the similarly color townhouses of Georgetown and the fall foliage of D.C.

But the fun didn’t stop there! Check out my next blog post for a surprise day trip to Sweden!