I love a good insta and will go to lengthy measures to achieve one. Such strategies include:
Hi stranger, can you please take a photo of me?
No sister, I need at least 40 more shots from various angles.
Oh there’s a fee to enter this building with great architecture that I need for a sweet insta? No problemo.
I live in a very uncool time and would like to blame today’s youths.
As in love with insta as I am sometimes I think “wait why isn’t my life like that?” which is so depressing. Say it with me now,comparison is the thief of joy. there is a wide gap between what we see and what is really happening when someone takes an insta. I swoon over other people’s insta lives (and their great outfits) as much as the next person, and it’s important to remember that they too probably looked like a little foolish trying to achieve a good selfie
Example A: Pulling up the jeans and hoping the people behind me would move out of the frame. didn’t happen. and yes this is the time I paid around 40 danish kroner just to go inside for this insta.
Example B: I wanted to try a Buzzfeed and friend’s suggestion at The Breakfast Club.
How in the world did that guy’s breakfast end up so pretty?!
Example C: I made my sister switch seats with me because I wanted more pink in the photo (after at least 15 pictures) but ended up going with the very first photo she took of me
In the words of Beyonce: I don’t think you’re ready for this jelly.
No lie, two streets over from our airbnb was Copenhagen’s top rated brunch place Mad & Kaffe. We called it Mad Cafe and our airbnb host thought it was hilarious. we got jokes people! but seriously, one thing i never joke about is food. check it: We went there twice and no regrets. We stayed in Kobenhavn which is the foodie hipster area and was about a 20 minute walk from the city centre, however if we dared to it was only an 8 to 10 minute bike ride. These bikes were cutesy like this one:They were clunky with impossibly high seats that in fact did not lower to wear I could sit and easily get on and off. I think it’s because everyone in Copenhagen (and possibly all of Denmark) are tall, blonde, and beautiful with great clothing. The bikes we used were called GoBikes, electric bikes with GPS, and our host gave us his account so there were free to use. Seriously he was the best, more on that later. I almost got myself and others killed because I’ve only ever ridden my bike for leisure around my neighborhood, never in a city and never on the road with tons of other bikers. Copenhagen is known for being a great bike city for a reason, it’s the fastest way!
I had heard this pastry was a must to try. I can’t remember what it’s real name is but translated it’s “director’s snail” and the best place to get one is from Lagkagehuset bakery. We walked right past one and made Natasha stop in to get one to share. because that’s what sisters are for, right? :)We went on a free walking tour and Natasha was picked to be a physical representation of one of the islands that was “small and not much to look at” baha I think everyone’s faces here accurately describes the awkwardness My peeps. We found ourselves in a bit of a pickle when it came to do our laundry and our host was out of town. We had to connect the washer to the sink for water (and various other steps) and we could-not-figure-it-out. I’ve known some places in Europe have this set up (I mean both washer and the pictured bathroom set up) in theory but I’ve never seen one in real life. I wasn’t bothered with the shower just being there next to the toilet and next to the washer, it was definitely more cozy. It took us over an hour to figure this out. Embarrassing I know. Also, one of the settings on the washer was “5 shirts”. why would anyone waste a load on 5 shirts??? Baffled.
A note on dryers. Most people in Europe don’t have them. They think we are crazy for using them because it’s a huge energy waste. I agree. Specifically for Texans where it’s hot most of the year and if you put your clothes outside in the summer they will most likely be dry in 5 minutes. and you just saved an hour’s worth of money. the weird/sad thing is this idea has never occurred to most people in the states because it’s never mentioned. ok off my soap box. or should I say detergent box?
Me: are your jeans going to bleed?
Me: Are you sure?
End result: They bled and all our whites were turned a blueish gray. AND clean! huzzah! Read about Dyrehaven in a New York times article and luckily it was just down the street from where we were staying! we tried the recommended potato open faced sandwich and the eggs benedict, so yum!Tivoli! I get why all the reviews said to visit at night now. All around are lights and light display/shows in the gardens that would have been sooo pretty once lit up! There were tons in the weeping willows that I know would have been beautiful! So take it from a nonbeliever and go at night. Natasha went on all the rides and I went around taking photos of the cool plants :)
On our last day we went on a tour to a few castles outside the city, but my favorite was the viking museum because we got to dress up :) !
Last but not least… lolz just kidding the Little Mermaid statue is rated 2nd most disappointing landmark/statue/thing to see in Copenhagen.
Copenhagen is full of beautiful people and they all speak English! They are all so nice
Our man, Frederik is bomb and the best airbnb host of my life. He got us in to Tivoli for free, packed us snacks for our day tour, and left us parfaits for our plane ride. andddd he didn’t hate us completely when he found out Natasha’s pesto from Italy had somehow leaked through into his coffee table. We love you!! *also the wifi was the best we had on the trip and we are forever grateful for that, we made great headway on Happy Endings <- so funny! we had never watched it and all three seasons are out!
It’s way easy to get around if you are a fearless individual on a too tall bike. I was game a couple of times but mostly I didn’t mind walking because I didn’t block traffic or have major anxiety.
People are so chill here. I get why Copenhagen is ranked the happiest place in the world to live.
Brene Brown is a bad ass bitch. I can say that about a PhD professor and Oprah’s new bestie right? If you haven’t heard about my girl Brene you have been living under a rock. Her TedTalk went viral, The Power of Vulnerability and it’s a life changer. Quickly after she wrote The Gifts of Imperfection and Daring Greatly and another TedTalk: Listening to Shame. She’s from Houston and is a huge deal in the yoga community (and everywhere else, hello she’s friends with Oprah!). We are always referencing her and I even used some of her insights when I taught a public speaking class. Anywhooo on to her newest book!
I went up to Austin for a signing because the Houston event was sold out. I got such a great seat! I promise all those seats were filled after. Brene is a great story teller and I left inspired! After I finished the book I felt a little bummed though. You know when all the good bits were in the trailer? That’s how I felt happened at the signing, she was too good at speaking that without her the book fell flat and I wanted to watch her TEDTalk instead. I was too bored.
The two main ideas/takeaways I got from Rising Strong are
“The irony is that we attempt to disown our difficult stories to appear more whole or more acceptable, but our wholeness- even our wholeheartedness- actually depends on the integration of all of our experiences, including the fall”. You can see why Oprah loves this girl.
“I assumed that people weren’t doing their best so I judged them and constantly fought being disappointed, which was easier than setting boundaries.” AHA moment! The whole idea that people are actually doing the best they can. That changes everything doesn’t it?
I looked up some of the reviews on GoodReads and some people mentioned they liked her other books more than Rising Strong and how this one felt more self help. I haven’t read her other books so I can’t say personally but I want to agree.
Official rating: 3/5
Looking for more book recs? I just discovered this great blog and am in love!
There is so much I could say about Poland but I think I’ll stick to the golden rule:
In lieu, here are some pics!
Our airbnb was bomb! Hostels were dirt cheap but for $35/night you could get an entire apartment!
A Polish love story. and a fierce bag.
We went to Auschwitz and I took loads of photos but feel weirdly uncomfortable sharing them. Maybe because you can’t really capture the feeling of the place on an iphone? It was the strangest day, we had been having the coldest, windiest, rainiest weather during our time in Poland and then out of no where a perfect day. And by some weird twist of fate we visited on 9/11.
to end things on a better note, on our last night in poland we found the best restaurant near us and had plum crumble for dessert!
Summary: skip Warsaw if you can and spend two days in Krakow. I think the weather had a large part to why I didn’t have a great time but honestly if I had been traveling by myself at that point in my journey I would have gone somewhere else.
Guys it’s been for-ev-er and I am back from holiday. Blogging was kinda impossible with all the sketch wifi but now i’m back in the land of the free wifi and the blog is back in business! Here is the lowdown!
Camden Market has the best offerings foodwise. Get your grub on and try everything! I would be happy if mac and cheese were what the U.S. were actually known for as opposed to our actual reputation.
I didn’t end up eating anything in Camden (I know, cray) but I did head over to Neal’s Yard to try out a Buzzfeed suggestion. Intersting fact: a Monty Python filmaker lived here! Maybe explains the color scheme?
Kew Gardens is amazing. Using the actual definition of the word. I spent many hours there and there was no way of me seeing everything in one day, and I even used the little railroad cart that took you around. Scientists and other workers in Kew do research for medicine and even create face and body products sold in the UK. I had bought one the day before so it was pretty cool being there! I think Kew Gardens is also a big art in Elizabeth Gilbert’s book “The Signature of All Things”- on my to read list!
Bricklane is known for its street art and the best place for curry. you can barter with the people trying to get you to eat at their restaurants over the price. If you take an art tour, it’s going to be in this neighborhood. People like to say Camden is the hipster part but I think it’s because they haven’t been to Bricklane. See for yourself!
And thus ends part II. London you will always have my heart!