Istanbul – What to Expect

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. Read More

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Why I Flew Home for the Super Bowl

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.

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Napoli, Italy Trip – Part 1

The Plan

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.  Read More

20 Questions About Copenhagen to Celebrate 850 Years

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. Read More

TRL Quiz – Totally Remember Lyrics?

In case you missed it, MTV announced that they will be rebooting TRL starting in October 2017. For a decade, TRL was the only show with music on MTV and magnified the careers of countless boy bands, pop princesses and Disney kids.

How much do you remember these #1 songs from Total Request Live’s countdown?

Do you Totally Remember Lyrics from TRL classics? Click below and find out.

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Click here or on the picture of Britney and Carson to take the TRL quiz.

 

A Back to School Laugh

Share with a Teacher – they need a laugh right now

It’s back to school time and this one is for all of my former colleagues and teacher friends. Have a great year!

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Traveling Alone – Why Everyone Should Try it Once

Traveling Alone

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. Read More

Cooking as an Expat – Orange Ginger Soy Salmon Over Sweet Potato Noodles with End of Summer Salad

Cooking as an Expat Orange Ginger Salmon Over Sweet Potato Noodles with End of Summer Salad Strawberries and Blue Cheese

Living in Denmark, we have taken up cooking at home more frequently. Eating out in Copenhagen has no dimmer switch – it’s either pricey Michelin rated cuisine or bland dishes that are familiar, but not quite right (and still over-priced). Nothing in between. The good thing is, Mike and I both enjoy cooking and I have plenty of time to plan a weekly menu. We are also embarking on a bout of healthy living for #FitFall and tonight we had a meal that was so good I had to share the recipes here. Read More

Top Cities to Visit in Europe

Top Cities to Visit in Europe Best European Destinations Where to go in Europe What to do in Europe

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. Read More

Must See – Adorable Danish Graffiti

Cool Danish Graffiti in Copenhagen

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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. Read More

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