Reflecting Back

It is strange to think that just over a month ago, I boarded my first flight, and embarked on my first journey to leave the country, inexperienced, yet unbelievably excited. Although a month has passed, it truly does not feel that long. I myself am still soaking in and reflecting daily on my entire abroad…

Homeward Bound

As my alarm rang this morning, it finally hit me that my time abroad had come to an end. The weather this morning was fantastic: the warm sun beat down onto my skin and for the first time in a long time, I was able to walk outside with my jacket unzipped. Taking one final…

The Beauty of Scandinavia

The best moments in life happen discretely and spontaneously: and best of all, cost nothing. For me, some of the best moments in my life happen through my surrounding environment. There is nothing I enjoy more than being surrounded by raw and unique beauty: vibrant sunsets, ocean waters, city skylines, dense forests, and high-vantage point…

The Gift of a Lifetime: Turning 20 in Stockholm

Yesterday, March 11th, I turned 20 years old. Kissing my teenage years goodbye, my day started out with a barrage of birthday wishes from my friends and family. My roommate, Carly, made sure to wake up out of her sleep at 6 AM while my alarm was ringing to wish me a groggy happy birthday…

Fleeting Glimpses of Norway

At around 6 AM today, my group and I checked out of our hotel in Norway. Feeling the exhaustion associated with packed days, homework, and constant traveling, it was easy to see the tired expressions plastered on each of our faces. Groggy, we shuffled through the train station, making our way to the train that…

Priceless Memories in Oslo 

Although my time in Oslo has been short, packed within it I have experienced some of my favorite moments from my entire study abroad trip: my two wonderful days in Oslo truly went by too fast. Sailing on my first cruise ship, I tried crayfish for the first time and ate some of the freshest seafood…

Art: A Language Understood by all Nations

Art is an unspoken language. It has the ability to convey emotion and meaning that is understood and interpreted by all human beings, each in their own unique way. Art is an outlet for the soul, an escape from the mundane, and is one of the foundations to nurture the human connection. My two days…

Wake Up Early: It’s Worth It

Your alarm begins to jingle at 5 AM. The up-beat melody is offensive for having woken you up from comfortable slumber. You reluctantly turn over and shut it off, questioning if it was entirely necessary to set it that early (to be honest, you were probably just a bit too excited). You peer out the…

“Could You Bring Me Back a T-Shirt?”

“Hello, do you speak English?” That’s how the conversation started when I walked into a small motorcycle shop in Copenhagen named “Motorious.” There is a backstory as to how I ended up there, so here goes: I grew up in the motocross culture. My father raced, restored, and sold dirtbikes to fellow riders all over…

A Symbol of Power: Kronborg 

Residing in Denmarks’s coastal town of Helsingør is a castle that has remained in-tact for over 400 years: Kronborg. Overlooking the stretch of water between Denmark and Sweden, the Øresund, Kronborg was once a strategically important site and symbolized Denmark’s Power. From the 16th to 18th centuries, over 1.8 million ships sailed through the Øresund,…

It’s Real: You’re Here

Climbing over 150 feet into the air, when I reached the viewing platform of the Danish Parliment’s tower, thats when it finally hit me: I truly was living, breathing, and walking through another city and another culture, over 4,000 miles away from home. (Top: view from Danish Parliment tower. Bottom: Danish Parliment building.) Touring sites…

Watch Your Elk-ohol

As my group and I stood outside Rudentaarn, a historical astronomical observatory located in central Copenhagen, our tour guide, shared with us a interesting tale: “at a party of his once, his pet elk got drunk, fell down the stairs, and died.” (Rudentaarn observatory tower) “He” referring to Danish Nobleman and Astronomer, Tycho Brahe, who…