When I was young, my aunt moved to California from Philadelphia. I didn’t really comprehend what that meant, I just knew that she wasn’t around as much and missed things that I wish I could have shared with her – birthdays, soccer games and even some holidays. As I was planning to move to Copenhagen I thought back to those times and how I would feel leaving my two nephews like she had done herself years before. Life has a way of teaching you things whether you’re paying attention for the lesson or not. Continue reading “Expat Life – Leaving Loved Ones Behind”
When Mike and I decided to accept an expat assignment in Denmark and move our lives overseas we were ready for some incredible experiences. One we did not expect but have quickly embraced is minimalism. When we moved, we were of course worried about what we were going to do with all of our stuff. We spent hours sorting and boxing things to line our basement in cardboard storage. We also did some purging with several bags of clothes and other items being donated to one of our favorite charities. After 4 months away, we returned to a basement of our leftover items and my reaction is not what I expected – I WANT IT GONE. Continue reading “How to Embrace Minimalism”
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”
Late last month I took a once in a lifetime trip with some of my favorite people; I hit Paris and Amsterdam with Mike, my sister Jillian and her boyfriend, Thane. We spent 3 scorching hot weekdays in Paris and then it was time to travel by train to Amsterdam where we ended on the highest note of the trip (pun intended). Two amazing capitals of Europe in one week! Continue reading “Amsterdam – 5 Things You Can’t Miss”
Last month the Oxford Dictionary added over 600 new words and phrases to the English dictionary. These quarterly updates never really catch my attention – the last word I remember being added was “bootylicious” in 2004. However, in this latest helping of nomenclature, Oxford threw in a Danish word that I recently added to my vocabulary in heavy rotation – Hygge (pronounced “HUE-gah”).
There was a time when I would joke that people shouldn’t celebrate Independence Day outside of the original 13 colonies. I grew up outside of Philadelphia, the birthplace of America, so July 4th always had a high degree of importance. In Copenhagen, Denmark July 4th is just “Tuesday” and as you can imagine, not observed.
It was a weird feeling to forgo the celebration of July 4th. Continue reading ““Celebrating” July 4th Abroad”
Hungary is a really cool country and there are tons of reasons to visit. The capital city of Budapest is a thriving metropolis of approximately 2 million people. Hungary itself has a population of 10 million, so 20% of Hungarians live in Budapest and it’s easy to see why.