So I moved to London!?

Personal, Travels

Why yes. Just like that. Time has flown once again, and it’s been six months since I’ve published my words here. In the grand scheme of things six months is nothing, but this time around six months in my life has been enough to turn absolutely everything upside down. In the last six months I’ve finished the first year of school, quit my job, sublet my apartment, gotten an internship, lost a friend, become closer with others, gained a boyfriend and oh yes, moved to London. I’ve even managed to live in the same country as my parents for a few weeks. Something we haven’t done in years. So yes. Life has been crazy to say the least.

My London move isn’t permanent, since it’s due to a six months internship. I’m working with marketing for VisitDenmark – the national danish tourism board / advertising agency. Basically my job is to get the brits to travel to Denmark. It’s the perfect fit for me.

Moving here was quite an impulsive decision. I hadn’t considered doing my internship abroad, but all of a sudden it was the only option. I was between New York, Bangladesh and London, but here I am, in London. Trying something new.

I spent the first week being incredibly overwhelmed. I’ve learned that Copenhagen is just a pocket sized city, so living in an actual city has been quite a change. I quickly learned that the tube made my life miserable, so living in a place where it wouldn’t be a part of a daily routine was an absolute must. I ended up in a room in an apartment with six roommates that costs me more than double of my entire apartment in Copenhagen, but I only have a 15 minute walk to work which is BEYOND AMAZING for London. My landlord is shit, most things in the apartment aren’t working and I’m sharing a bathroom with four guys, but the room works perfectly fine for the short period that it is.

I came to London with the ambition to see all of UK during my six months over here, but gaining a boyfriend and thus a long distance relationship that “takes away” every other weekend has made me adjust my ambitions a little. However, I still want to see a lot. I’ve been here for more than two months now and have spend most of my time exploring London. I’ve also already been back to Denmark twice and have visited both Berlin and Paris. BUT. Starting tomorrow it’s time to explore the UK. I’ve acquired a train ticket for Cambridge and will journey on a day trip tomorrow. I’m excited.

I’ll be back. With pictures. And words. The usual. I also had planned that I’d be catching up on the many travels I haven’t written about in here during my time in London, but we’ll see if that actually happens.

// Annika

And so another year has come to an end

Personal, Travels

2017 felt like a year of few travels, but after going over the trips I went on I have to admit that that is complete nonsense. I guess I feel that way because 2016 was so insanely filled with travels that any year following that had a whole lot to live up to. 

January 1st I woke up with some of my best friends in New York City in a beautiful apartment on the 44th floor after ringing in the New Year in a warehouse in Brooklyn. 

In April I journeyed to China with an amazing coworker/friend of mine, a trip that turned out to be one of the best I’ve been on. I don’t think I’ve ever experienced as much in 10 days as I did on that trip. 

In May I travelled to London to visit family. I had only visited London when I was a little kid, so this trip felt like my first London experience and I fell in love with the city. It has so much more charm than I had expected. 

I moved in to a new apartment in one of my favorite areas in Copenhagen in the beginning of the year, why I decided to stay home for the summer and relax completely and just take in what Denmark had to offer. Despite the fact that it was a historical bad summer weather wise I had an absolutely amazing summer filled with best friends and festivals. In August I left the country shortly for a Swedish festival where I got to see a bit of Gothenburg and a few of my favorite artist. 

In September I was back in London on a trip with my favorite coworkers to try the Gin Experience at the Portobello Road Ginstitute. Once again London had me. 

In September I also went on an incredible weekend trip to Iceland. A country I hadn’t visited before (other than countless layovers at the airport). It blew me away and I’ve decided to return on a two-week trip sometimes soon. 

In November I travelled to New York to visit a bunch of my high school friends. I had an amazing week in the city that never sleeps. I stayed with my friends in their apartment, so for a week I got the true New Yorker feeling and actually ended up feeling like I had moved in. It was perfect. 

In November I also went on the infamous “Oslo båden;” a ferry that sails from Copenhagen to Oslo over the weekend, leaving you with seven hours to explore Oslo. A full weekend in Oslo would’ve been perfect, but despite the short amount of time I got to see quite a lot of the city. The main attraction for me was seeing the beautiful opera house. 

In December I went on a short weekend trip to Malmø in Sweden. Malmø is the third largest city in Sweden and is just a short 40 minute train ride from Copenhagen, making it a perfect trip if you don’t have too much time on your hand but still want to leave the country. The city is very cute and cozy and I’m in love with the area out by the Turning Torso building where you have a view over Copenhagen and the Øresund Bridge. 

All in all it’s been an incredible year of travels. Traveling and experiencing other countries is still without a doubt my biggest interest and I feel incredibly blessed that I am able to travel as much as I have been. 

For 2018 I definitely want to go on at least one trip by myself, something I didn’t do in 2017. 

I’ve started dreaming about my trips of 2018 and am currently thinking the following:

– A trip to Turkey in the spring. I want to spend a few days in Istanbul and then go to Cappadocia to hike and fly in a hot air balloon. 

– A trip to Nicaragua in the summer where I want to work at a surf and yoga hostel so I can get back to surfing on the daily. Potentially this trip could be mixed with a stopover in Costa Rica 

– A weekend trip to Budapest have been on my list for way too long, so I’m thinking 2018 is also the year where I get to experience the city

– A trip or two to the United States. My best American friend is throwing a wedding so ideally I’ll be visiting for both the wedding and the bachelorette party 

In 2016 I made a deal with myself that I have to go on at least three weekend trips, which also makes room for two other European cities on that list. Maybe Edinburg and Vienna? Who knows. 

Knowing myself I know very well that what’s on the drawing board today probably won’t be in a few months, but for now those are the trips I’m dreaming about. 

Also my life is going to change radically in 2018 as I’ll return to school and thus put life with a steady income behind me, so to make all of these trips happen I’ll have to get real creative.

I can’t wait to see what places 2018 takes me to. 
// Annika