All posts filed under: Denmark, Slovenia, Spain

An archive of travel stories and photos from my time studying abroad at Southern Denmark Universtiy, University of Ljubljana, and University of Girona.

In Transit: Greenland – Belgium – Spain

I said a heartfelt goodbye to Greenland at the end of August (which is already several weeks ago). The handful of roads in Ilulissat was becoming very familiar, the sounds of howling dogs, the silence in the early morning, the smell of fish (everywhere)… I felt acquainted to the place. And with those feelings of familiarity came diverging yearnings to remain in comfort and readiness to dive into change, yet again (two roads diverged and I took the one less travelled by, and that made all the difference). Only in looking back, I am able to fully comprehend the uniqueness of my opportunity to live in Greenland. Going to Ilulissat was perceived by my friends and family as travelling to another ‘world’, and in a way it was. For me, it was natural landscapes uncomparable to any other I’ve seen before. When people ask me about my experience I share the less talked about realities of Arctic living like challenges in terms of costs and remoteness. It would be concealing the truth if I didn’t …

sLOVEnia: a new city, a new home

A new year, a new city, and a new home! If you’re thinking “I can’t keep up, you’re always moving…” I know, I feel the same way – my life is characterized by the lack of permanence to a place – but I cannot think of a better life for myself (at this point of my life). When I first arrived in Ljubljana, at the beginning of February, I was still recovering from my injury so I didn’t get a chance to explore the city. The only place I visited in the first 1.5 weeks were the 3 hospitals. When I was trying to get to somewhere new in the city, I would actually orient myself with the locations of the hospitals, “oh your home is down the street from where I get my rabies vaccination!” I have to be honest, that when I first arrived I was quite sad. Both physically and mentally, I felt drained and I didn’t feel like I had the capacity to fully process my new environment. The temperature change was also …

Denmark, a reflection

[disclaimer: looooong post – but it’s a good one filled with pictures and thoughts, yay! I’m also happy because I’m done my first semester of my master’s!] Almost 5 months ago, I arrived at Copenhagen airport, sleepy-eyed and jet-lagged from a long flight from Vancouver. I didn’t know a lot about my classmates at that point, but our brief exchanges on Facebook showed me that they’re keen travelers, curious about cultures, and open-minded. I have to admit being nervous and a little bit intimidated because my classmates had backgrounds that made my experiences pale in comparison. They had seen so many parts of the world that I have only dreamed about.  It was the first time I was surrounded by people who have traveled as much and more than I have. It was the first time that saying I speak three languages was normal. They spoke 2, 3, 4, 5, 6 languages. Leading up to my flight I distinctly remember the anxious feeling filling head/heart that made me wonder ‘do I belong here?’ But it’s crazy …

Christmas Season in Copenhagen

Our trip in/around Copenhagen continues! This is my fourth time in Copenhagen and with each visit, my fondness of the city grows. The Danish town I’m living in, Kolding, is about 2.5/3 hours west of Copenhagen, on a different island (Jutland). Copenhagen for a capital is quite small, but when I first arrived I felt a bit disoriented. But with a growing appreciation for the Danes way of life coupled with a deeper understanding of their culture, and an increased familiarization of the cobblestone roads and charming architecture of the city, I felt myself liking the place more and more. Nyhavn Of course, what’s a trip to Copenhagen without seeing the brightly painted buildings along the canal of Nyhavn. It was forecasted to rain for the whole duration of our trip. We were slightly disappointed when we realized this, but being from Vancouver you also learn to take the weather report with a grain (or handful) of salt. If trust issues were to be bred from somewhere, it’s definitely the weather person who is to blame. The …