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


Last trip of the year


It was late October and I was skyping with my parents. I told them how I was gonna go to New York City to see all of my best friends this coming summer for a week or so, but as we later on in the Skype session started talking about New Year’s Eve it hit me; Why not go for New Years??? I was far from excited about the potential plans I had in Copenhagen and at the same time I was missing my American girls too much. 

Less than an hour after the thought had occurred in my mind I had cleared it with the girls, gotten it approved from my manager and booked the flight. The most impulsive travel decision I’ve ever made, and to be honest I’ve regretted it quite a few times since. Within the last two months I’ve been to Texas, Prague, Amsterdam and Sweden. I’ve also kept up with my full time job, found out that I’m moving in one month (which means planning and packing) and tried to study for an exam that just so happens to be the day after I get back from this trip. 

I’ve overplanned my calendar and am starting to wear myself out a bit. This year I have taken every opportunity to travel, causing me to not have spent a single day of vacation at home in my apartment. As much as I love travelling, I also need days home on my couch to take everything I’ve experienced in, and I’ve neglected that part of myself a bit this year. I need hours to write down tales about my travels and dwell on the special moments I’ve had, which is exactly why I have this blog. I’ve been on nine trips this year, and I’ve only blogged about two and a half (a half because I never finished my writings about Sri Lanka), which means that I have the longest list of stories to write and 15+ drafts that mainly consist of posts that are halfway done. 

However, I wouldn’t have given up a single one of those trips, and now that I am heading for the airport I feel endlessly excited to be back home in the states and see my best friends. 

For the first time in a year I don’t have any plane tickets waiting for me on my fridge (really they’re usually just in my inbox, but fridge sounds better), so I’m planning on enjoying this trip to the fullest. The auditor busy season is coming up, but I’m hoping to spend the little free time that I do get on writing down all of my memories from the trips of 2016. And of course, recharge for my next trip that’s hopefully gonna be in April. I can’t stay away from the airport for too long. 

For now I have four days to spend with amazing people and a city that never sleeps and I cannot wait. 

// Annika