This Easter, Mike and I decided to spend the holiday visiting Istanbul, Turkey. We didn’t know precisely what to expect in Istanbul, and the adventure was one of the most memorable trips we’ve ever had together. Istanbul packs a lot, which is makes sense because it is the economic, cultural and historical center of Turkey and connects Europe to Asia. From dazzling sights to delicious tastes and a stunningly unique culture – we went through it all! Visiting Istanbul is tremendous, and here are some ideas of what to expect, surprises we encountered along the way and a breakdown of our must-see attractions and how to do them right. Continue reading “Istanbul – What to Expect”
For simplicity – when I use the word “football” below I am referring to American football. If I use the word “soccer” I am referring to European football. I realize this is incredibly American-centric, but I’m American this is written in my voice.
Yes, I really did spend 10 hours flying 4800 miles (7725 kilometers) to watch a football game in my home town.
I’ll be writing about the trip that we’re taking this week in stages and I’ll start by describing the itinerary we have lined up for a fun-filled, sun-filled mini-vacation to The Amalfi coast of Italy. Continue reading “Napoli, Italy Trip – Part 1”
Golden Days Festival
This weekend marks the 850th birthday of Copenhagen – my new home. I haven’t been here for almost all of its history, but that won’t stop me from enjoying the Golden Days Festival – activities, and free programs around the city to mark its celebration. Most of the event info that I received was in Danish, which prompted the history nerd in me to read up on the background of Copenhagen and trace its founding back 850 years. Continue reading “20 Questions About Copenhagen to Celebrate 850 Years”
Friends of ours are planning a visit in September. The original idea was to bookend their trip with time in Copenhagen and hit Oktoberfest for the weekend. A little into the planning process, we realized that an Oktoberfest trip takes considerable more preparation and we looked for other options. We settled on Stockholm out of interest and economy – $88 roundtrip tickets are pretty persuasive.
This is not my first time to Stockholm, I was there just a month ago, but this trip should be pretty different because I won’t be alone. Yes, I traveled alone for the first time when I went to Stockholm in July. Mike was away on business and I found a flight even cheaper than the previously mentioned one so I booked it. Continue reading “Traveling Alone – Why Everyone Should Try it Once”
One of the best parts of expatriating is the simple fact of living abroad and getting to travel in a new region. Living in Copenhagen, I can get on a plane and be in Southern Spain in the same time I could travel from Philadelphia to South Florida. Unlike traveling around the United States, however, Europe’s unique regions are incredibly diverse in cultural influence, spoken language and centuries of history that make even a short car ride seem like you’ve been transported to a new world. Continue reading “Top Cities to Visit in Europe”
Like most large cities around the world, Copenhagen is full of graffiti. Over the years, graffiti is something I have gotten used to as an urban dweller. My hometown of Philadelphia tries to combat graffiti with a city-wide mural arts program and it’s been quite successful. Berlin is another city full of graffiti that has made it part of its charm – graffiti is a thread in the municipal fabric of the city. In Copenhagen, I walk past a piece of graffiti almost every day that is nothing short of adorable and I had to share it. Continue reading “Must See – Adorable Danish Graffiti”
Preparing to travel can be exhausting. There’s a long list of things to plan from lodging to transportation and of course what to do when you get there. While tour groups can alleviate some of this burden, many people still prefer to take the ball themselves and travel like a local. Whatever your destination, getting to experience life as the natives do can bring your travel to the next level. Here are some tips on how to travel more authentically with examples from my adoptive home and popular European vacation destination, Copenhagen, Denmark. Continue reading “How to Travel Like a Local – Hidden Copenhagen”
Earlier this month I set off on a trip unlike my other travels these summers and I experienced Norway by embarking on the Sogneford in a Nutshell tour. Because of her Norwegian heritage, my friend Ashley wanted to include this excursion to Norway when she visited me in Copenhagen along with our friend Marilyn. Over four days we experienced the breathtaking Scandinavian landscape from Bergen to Oslo through the fjords and mountain trains with stops in Flåm and Myrdal. Norway was never high on my travel bucket list, but on this trip I was pleasantly surprised and the getaway made me reconsider my travel priorities going forward! Continue reading “Norway in a Nutshell – In a Nutshell”