Trip to Copenhagen – Part 3 : Helsingor!

After our crazy adventure in Copenhagen, Vroni, Harry and I decided to go to Helsingor and then take the ferry to Helsinborg, Sweden in order to take a bus from there to Jonkoping!

The city of Helsingor is situated on the northeast coast of the island of Zealand in eastern Denmark.  It is known internationally for its castle Kronborg,  where Shakespeare’s play Hamlet is set!

We took the train from Copenhagen to Helsingor which took about 50 minutes, and when we went outside of the trains station we could see Kronborg Castle in the distance!

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Kronborg is one of the most important Renaissance castles in Northern Europe and has been added to UNESCO’s World Heritage Sites list. Apparently it is listed as one of the must see tourist attractions of 2014!

We walked around the Castle before going inside the courtyard and then  into the castle itself which is a museum. This castle has a moat! So awesome!

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Scary underground part of the castle!

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View from one of the windows of the Castle

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There was a spot in the museum/Castle where kids could do drawings of the castle etc and even play with lego. Very cute! These kids are talented!

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More kids stuff

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bedrooms

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ballroom type room

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Mrs Medlock? Are you there? Looks just like a corridor in Misselthwaite Manor (The Secret Garden Film)

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Money well. My kind of well! : P

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Door to the castle

We spent a couple hours at the castle and gift shop before taking the ten minute ferry over to Sweden! How convenient!

We stopped for bite to eat before boarding our bus to Jonkoping and we got back home at around 2 am.

Overall it was an amazing trip! I can’t believe we did four cities in four days! I would highly recommend visiting these places if you come to Scandinavia. There is something for everyone!

Now I am on to my next adventure! Today I am heading back to Copenhagen to meet my boyfriend Shane who arrives today from Canada! We are then going to Rome and Paris for  two weeks, so stay tuned for my next posts!

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Trip to Copenhagen – Part Two…um, Copenhagen!! : P

After our adventure in Malmo, we set out for Copenhagen the next day bright and early! We caught the train across the Oresund bridge at around ten and it only took about 30 minutes to get to the central station in Copenhagen!

We booked the Saga hotel for our stay in Copenhagen and found it so easily! It was only five minutes from the station. Funny enough, the rest of our friends were staying next door to us!

We all chatted for a bit before heading out for lunch. It was another asian restaurant haha – Wagamama! So good.

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All of us!

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James and Philip!

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you know these two already…: )

It was kind of a drizzly day so Vroni, Harry and I decided to go to the aquarium! It was really neat. Vroni and I were so excited because we hadn’t been to a aquarium before.

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outside of the aquarium.

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station where you could taste different sea water. Some were really salty…

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but I did it!

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seals

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Vroni

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“Tell me have you seen, the marvellous bread fish??? Swimming in the ocean water..”

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Seahorse

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Creepy seahorse

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Clown fish!

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We found Nemo!!

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Nemo and Marlin

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Marlin and Dory

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Dory again…

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Bubbles…

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Aquarium building

After the aquarium we caught the bus back to central copenhagen and walked to Rosenborg castle and to Langelinie park.

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Rosenborg Castle

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A bit rainy…

We attempted to see the little mermaid statue but it was too far, and we we were so cold and wet! We decided to go back to the hotel and meet up with the rest of our friends. That night we went out for Sushi because our friend Rachel has a friend who works at this fancy Sushi restaurant. It was really delicious! Sorry no pics for this. : (

The next day we had breakfast and headed out to see the city! It was a beautiful day with not a drop of rain. We were really lucky! Me, Vroni and Harry decided to again separate from the rest of the gang because we wanted to see different things.

 

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Town hall

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Stock exchange

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where should we go now?

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We walked by the water and found ourselves in Ny Havn! Beautiful!

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After Ny Havn, we walked on the pier and saw a performing arts centre.

 

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We then ended up at the royal palace!

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We wanted to go to the changing of the guard at noon, so we waited around for a bit. Sat inside a neat church and had some Fika!

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Really cute cafe. Recommended by trip advisor! Can’t remember the name of it though…lol

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Church…

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Changing of the guard,

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After the changing of the guard we walked again to Langelinie park and saw the little Mermaid!

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Little mermaid! Got lot’s of shots in front of her!

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After posing with Ariel we walked to Rosenborg castle again and continued through the main shopping street on our way to Christiania!

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Stroget! Longest pedestrian shopping area in Europe!

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After doing some shopping we found our way to Christiania! Courtesy of wikipedia, Christiania  is a self-proclaimed autonomous neighbourhood of about 850 residents, covering 34 hectares (84 acres) in the borough of Christianshavn in Copenhagen . Civic authorities in Copenhagen regard Christiania as a large commune but the area has a unique status in that it is regulated by a special law, the Christiania Law of 1989 which transfers parts of the supervision of the area from the  municipality of Copenhagen  to the state. It was closed by residents in April 2011, whilst discussions continued with the Danish government as to its future, but is now open again.

Christiania has been a source of controversy since its creation in a squatted military area in 1971. Its cannabis  trade was tolerated by authorities until 2004. Since then, measures for normalising the legal status of the community have led to conflicts, police raids and negotiations which are ongoing.

Among many Christiania residents, the community is known as staden (‘the town’), short forfristaden (‘the freetown’).

You are not allowed to take pictures or videos in Christiania or yell or run (as it causes panic). So I do not have any photos of this experience. But it was definitely the most unique place I’ve ever seen. There were so many people there too! Even parents with small children!

After christiania we went back to the hotel and met up with our friends. We decided to go to a authentic Danish restaurant for supper. Vroni, Harry and I were not that hungry though because we had had a big lunch before going to Christiania. But I still ordered tomato soup which was delicious.

After supper we went back to the hotel and rested for the night. The next day we decided to take the journey to Helsingor before heading back to Jonkoping! This post will be added soon! Stay tuned. Thanks for reading!

 

 

 

Trip to Copenhagen – Part One: MALMO!

A couple weeks ago I was sitting in my room when my friend Vroni came in and said “we are having a meeting about the trip to Copenhagen, you coming?”

I was thinking “What? What trip?” I guess our group of friends had decided to go that weekend which was in two days! I am used to planning trips so far in advanced, so this seemed very rushed but so exciting!

I of course said yes and we all met up to book trains, hotels etc.

My friends Vroni and Harry had suggested stopping in Malmo before continuing to Copenhagen but the others were not interested, so we booked a day and night in Malmo!

That thursday morning we set out on the train to Malmo and we arrived in three hours. We found our hostel fine, which was very nice! We had a huge room with our own bathroom! Harry said it was the nicest hostel he’d ever been in.

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After we put our luggage away we grabbed some maps and headed out into the city!

We basically just walked around the entire city and didn’t pay for anything but food!

We walked for a few minutes before visiting an amazing library! I think it was the best design of a library I’ve ever seen.

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Being silly…

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                                    When the books are returned they are inserted into a conveyer! So cool!

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Library in multiple language!

After the library we walked through a beautiful park!

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I was a bit of a funny photographer this trip and kept asking for Vroni and Harry to give me various poses haha (as you shall see throughout this post).

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After the park, we went to Malmo castle which is right outside of the park. Malmo castle was a founded in 1434 by King Eric of Pomerania. It was demolished in the 16th century and rebuilt in the 1530s by King Christian III of Denmark.  For those who enjoy the t.v. show ‘Reign’, this castle was the prison of Queen Mary’s (Queen of Scots) third husband James Hepburn, the 4th Earl of Bothwell.

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Peakaboo!

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After the castle we walked around for a bit and got a bite to eat!

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More model poses….

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When we walked towards the water, we saw a draw bridge letting a cargo ship into the harbour! So cool!

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After the bridge we found this neat park with a view of the ‘Twisting Torso building!’

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Jumping pic with Twisting Torso in the background!

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Jumping pic!

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We found an amazing playground….we are still kids at heart : )

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After our fun at the playground we walked to the Twisting Torso building to get a closer look!

HSB Turning Torso is the tallest skyscraper in Sweden and the Nordic countries. The project was designed by Spanish architect Santiago Calatrava and opened in 2005. The tower reaches a height of 190 metres (623 feet) with 54 storeys – 147 apartments, and has a lounge, spa, gym, wine cellar followed by around-the-clock concierge service 365 days a year.

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Afterwards we walked by the water where you could see the Oresund Bridge! There were beautiful apartments right on the water also as well as a park.

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creepy eye thing…??

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more modelling from Harry and Vroni…

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throwing a snowball…

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I literally thought there were diamonds…I’m so confused…????

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Oresund Bridge connecting Sweden to Denmark!

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Afterwards we walked for a bit before heading back to the hostel.

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Malmo Opera house!

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After a quick nap in our hostel, we went out for supper (Thai food, lol), and then had a drink at a pub.

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We got back to the hostel around 11:30 pm and went right to bed! We were tired from our busy day! Malmo was so amazing. I would highly recommend visiting there. We had a great time without spending any money! It was a great start to an amazing trip!

Stay tuned for part two: Copenhagen!

Gothenburg!

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A  few weeks ago I went to Gothenburg (Sweden’s second largest city) with my friends  Shu-Ren and Tom (Australian) and Marloes and Danielle (Netherlands)! It was an amazing city, and we saw so much!

Since Gothenburg is only two hours away by bus, we decided just to do a day trip to the city. We left at 7 am, and got there by 9! We were quite tired and hungry so we decided to get some breakfast! I had a delicious hot chocolate and sandwich.

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Afterwards we decided to walk around to find this soccer stadium that Marloes wanted to go to (her and her brothers are big fans).

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Danielle (left) and Marloes (right)

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Once we saw the stadium, we decided we would go to this large park that’s in Gothenburg which was about a thirty minute walk. It was a lovely walk though because we got to see a lot of the city. The architecture and parks are beautiful, and they have some amazing views in Gothenburg. Before we got to the park we walked up a large hill to a look off of the city. I’m not sure what the castle thing was called, but it was neat!

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Easter bunny came already!?

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From left to right – Tom, Marloes, Danielle and Shu-Ren!

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It’s all about the climb…

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Slippery!

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Jon or Jen??

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We continued on and went by an awesome church, but sadly it was closed for visitors 😦

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We finally found the park which is huge! (Sorry to not have many pictures of the park, my camera battery died 😦 )

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There was so many people there. Many had kids that they were towing around on sleds, so cute! We probably stayed at the park for two hours because there was so much to see! The park has a zoo type thing, and they have many animals; horses, seals, sheep, goats, peacocks, other types of birds, penguins, moose…Marloes in particular was very excited about the moose! She took hundreds of photos! I guess they don’t have moose in the Netherlands?

After the park we walked through the city and decided to go shopping. Shu-Ren and I found some neat Swedish stores, and I even bought a top for $10!

At around 6 we went back to the train station and had a bite to eat and relaxed until our bus at 8. I had a chicken pasta dish and it was really good!

We were so tired from our long day, but it was definitely worth it! On the way home I didn’t even sleep. Shu-Ren and I chatted up a storm!

Though our trip was fun, It was nice to return to Jonkoping and have a good nights sleep! I would definitely go back to Gothenburg if I had the chance. Apparently there is not a lot of tourist things open in the winter, so maybe I could go in the spring?

Something to consider putting on my to do list!

Moments Like This

Hello my loyal readers! Hope everyone is doing well and had a great Valentines Day!

I had a great week, but of course I missed my boyfriend Shane in particular yesterday, as it is sad to be away from someone you love. Lately, I cannot not help but think about how great it will be when I get back and what I have to look forward to. It’s a nice picture: Seeing Shane, my friends and family, graduating, getting a new apartment….sigh, it sounds wonderful.

But wait a sec…all last year when I had Shane,my friends and family, was finishing up school, and was in a new apartment, I was looking forward to going to Sweden! Seems a little odd. Why do I always think about the future instead of living in the now???

Shane has brought this up to me on multiple occasions. I always talk about what’s ahead and he focuses on what’s happening now. I guess you could say we balance each other, but sometimes I think Shane is right. What’s wrong with living in the now?

I notice that many people think about the past, and to some degree wish to go back to that certain moment, or certain age. They almost wish they could have lived it better the first time; really appreciating what was happening right then. All we have next in life is the future, but once we have it, we think about the next thing. That is something I need to get away from.

I’m in an amazing place, with great people and so many memories to make! I know when I go home, I’ll miss it. So I should love each of those moments, and take in everything around me. 

I’ve know the future will always be there, and sometimes I do have to think about what’s ahead. But moments like this are rare, and I think I’d rather enjoy them than let them pass by. Sounds simple, but sometimes that can happen.

I think it’s good for everyone to think about. Take everything in, no regrets, take nothing for granted and really appreciate moments in life. 

With that, I am happy to have this moment! Sharing my experience with everyone, writing my thoughts and adventures with all my family, friends and fellow bloggers. I will never take this experience for granted. I know I will look back on this time away, not feeling sad, but feeling happy I had this amazing adventure and moments like this. 

Stockholm And The Last Couple Days of Norrkoping!

I know I’ve been a little slow with finishing updates about my Stockholm and Norrkoping trip, so thank you for being patient!

After the ABBA museum, Milan, Malin and I took the ferry over to the “old” part of Sweden, and walked through the streets and looked at some of the shops. It was very typical Europe esk!

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Tivoli Gardens Amusement Park!

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Ferry ride!

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Fun knick knack store! Milan insisted I wear this and let him take a picture, lol!

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We walked for a few hours and they showed me the palace where the king lives, all the best shopping streets, and we even met some of Milan’s friends for fika! (for those who don’t know, Fika is a swedish term meaning “to drink coffee/tea/squash,” and is usually accompanied by something sweet).

After saying goodbye to Milan’s friends, we went out for lunch at Jensen Bofhus, which is a popular chain in Sweden (basically a steakhouse). I had the lunch steak and it was so good! It’s a 7 ounce steak served with potatoes and a sauce. Yummy!

When we finished our late lunch we walked 20 minutes back to the car and drove back to Norrkoping to make it back in time for supper (lol)! It was about a two hour drive back but we made it in time for Kicky’s delicious supper. She made a chicken and rice dish, and it was so tender it literally melted in my mouth. They certainly fed me well that weekend!

That evening we all relaxed and watched America’s funniest home videos (Ally – it was the one when the little girl with the water wings has the really long trip into the pool! haha)

I went to bed at around 10 pm, since I was so tired from our fun busy day!

The next day breakfast was served at around 9 and it was again meat, cheese, eggs, and tomato etc, and it was so good. I think I need to purchase some of those things for breakfast at res!

Kicky offered to take me on a walk around Norrkoping before having lunch with her sister’s family and mother, and it was very nice. She took me on a different route than Milan, and explained how the school system works and showed where Kajsa goes to school.

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I really like the town of Norrkoping. It’s very beautiful with all it’s trails and architecture. I hope to maybe go back with my family when they visit!

When Kicky and I returned from our walk, we got ready for everyone to come over. Kicky made a salmon dish with potatoes and salad, and we had amazing ice cream for dessert. Kicky’s family is so nice! Her sister sat next to me and we chatted the whole time. Alice and Alegott were there as well sitting next to their mom and being adorable. Kicky’s mom was very sweet as well and asked me lots of questions!

I couldn’t have met a better family! The Swedes are very hospitable!

When I was saying goodbye to go to the bus with Milan, Kicky told me to come back soon whenever I could! So I might have to take them up on their offer very soon!

Milan was very nice and waited until the bus pulled away before he left! Very sweet. I thanked him so much for the lovely weekend and he said “No problem Maggie Maggie!”

It was really nice to have a change of scenery and get to experience family life again and particularly Swedish family life! I learned a lot about their culture and how things are done in terms of education and family gatherings, and I was really thankful to have met them.

I was happy though when the bus pulled into Jonkoping because it felt familiar and almost like home! That moment made me realize how much I love it here in Sweden and in Jonkoping. Everything has been great so far, with minor “Pothier” inconveniences (Lol, Dad…you get me) but I can’t complain too much. How can I complain when everyone is so nice!

I hope you have enjoyed my experiences so far, I am really glad to share my adventure with everyone! Lot’s more fun to come!! Stay tuned.