hej, copenhagen.

The second destination on my quick Eurotrip was to Copenhagen, Denmark. I’d never been to Scandinavia before and wasn’t really sure what to expect when I walked off the plane. Although I knew where Denmark was on a map, I didn’t realize how much farther north it is than Toronto. Unlike Canada, Scandinavia doesn’t get the frigid winters and dumps of snow, but they lose daylight much earlier than we do. While I was there, the sun was setting around 4:30 p.m. – something we don’t see here until the beginning of December!

Copenhagen was like no city I had ever seen before. Everyone looked oddly the same – same style of clothes and manner of presenting themselves with little to no class distinction. I learned while I was there, that Denmark practices egalitarianism – which Dictionary.com describes as “belief in the equality of all people, especially in political, social, or economic life”. The country believes strongly in work-life balance, provides free education and health care for its citizens.

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Copenhagen’s City Hall

Unlike London, Copenhagen doesn’t have as many tourist attractions. Of course there is the mermaid statue (which is much smaller than you think in real life, and Tivoli Gardens (which was crawling with little kids because it was Halloween while I was there), but the city itself is amazing to just explore. I really enjoyed just walking around the streets and stopping into shops and cafes that caught my eye. The city has a three main shopping streets that are pedestrian only – it was wonderful to be able to wonder the streets and not worry about cars zooming by.

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Nyhavn Canal

The most breathtaking part of the city was Nyhavn – this is probably the most iconic picture when you think of Denmark. All these buildings were actually restaurants that lined the canal.  The food here was amazing, and even though it was late October, everyone sits outside to enjoy all the sunlight they can.

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Finally, my favourite part of the Denmark was their interior design. Everywhere you turned, there were amazing light fixtures (like the one above), simplistic furniture, and candles. The Danish really love their candles. I came back with a new appreciation for Scandinavian design and have been trying to apply some of those elements to new things I buy for my condo.

xx,

jamie.

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friday favourites.

I have two exciting (or at least I think they are exciting!) posts coming up about my trip to London and Copenhagen. This week was spent catching up on work. I love vacations – who doesn’t – but I always gets anxious before I leave and as soon as I get back. Did I remember to hand off everything? Will I be coming back to 300 emails? Do I check my email while I’m on vacation to stay on top of the work load? I am guilty of checking my work email while I’m away, but am trying to be better about unplugging while on vacation. How do you unplug when you’re away from work?

Below are a few of my favourites from the past two weeks.

Favourite street art:

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I came across this street art in London at the entrance to an alleyway. Not only do I love Chanel and perfume, but this was the alleyway that was used as the filming location for Knockturn Alley in a few of the Harry Potter films. I am a huge Harry Potter fan and was really excited to see this filming locations.

Favourite meal:

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While I was in Europe, this was one of my favourite meals – if you can call it that! It was really dessert, but I ate it for dinner – I walked a LOT while I was there so I figured I could cheat a little and eat dessert for dinner. Crepes, ice cream, berries and wine, doesn’t really get better than that! This meal was at Cafe Norden in Copenhagen. The building was absolutely beautiful, the food was amazing and the decor was really modern and pretty.

Favourite view:

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The worst part of a vacation for me is always the flight home. The flight from Copenhagen to Toronto was about nine hours. I read a book, and watched a hilarious movie, but the best part of the flight was this view. I took this picture as we flew over Labrador. It might be naive of me, but I had no idea that Labrador looked like that! It was breathtaking.

xx,
jamie.

friday favourites.

In a mere eight hours, I’ll be on a flight to London, England! Over the next 10 days, I’ll be travelling to both London and Copenhagen, which will be a wonderful break from work. I haven’t’ been to Europe since 2008 – my more recent trips have all been down south – so I am really looking forward to doing some sightseeing and checking out both cities. The days are going to be jam-packed and I’d have to say the thing I’m most excited to go see is the Harry Potter Studio Tour. In both cities, I plan to do a Sandemann’s walking tour which I have been told are one of the best ways to get the lay of the land. I’m going to do a few blog posts when I get back about the two cities I visited.

Some of my favourites from the week are below!

Favourite video:

The new music video for Drake’s song Hotline Bling took North America by storm this week. The video was released during the middle of the federal election and the Blue Jay’s third game of the playoffs. Social media platforms were exploding with all things Canada. The video has prompted hundreds of memes and parody videos – many of which are absolutely hysterical. Everyone I have talked to absolutely loves the original video which is hosted on Apple Music (or else I would have embedded it in this post – I couldn’t seem to find an embed code on Apple Music).

Favourite travel photo:

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I took this photo when I was last in Europe on a high school graduation trip. I then went on to study Classical Studies as my minor in university because I fell so in love with the history of Italy and Greece. Rome was by far my favourite part of that trip – there were so many amazing architectural and historical sites to see and the culture was like nothing I had ever experienced before. I definitely want to go back there one day.

Favourite Halloween costume:

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I will be missing out on Halloween this year – I’ve come to learn that Halloween is much more of a North American event than a European one. I usually love dressing up for costume parties, which seem far and few between now that I’m getting older. Above is one of my favourite Halloween costumes – a Jack in the Box! I saw the idea on Pinterest one year, and figured it was a cute costume that wasn’t too labour intensive and was fairly cheap to make. I used a printer paper box, some construction paper, a head band and made the hat out of bristol board. The only negative to this costume was that it would get crushed by people in a crowded bar or party.

Have a fantastic weekend!

xx jamie.