Stockholm Photo Ops

We have been running at full tilt since the beginning of our Scandinavian adventure, so upon our arrival in Stockholm, we spent a casual afternoon and evening without an agenda. After two buses and one train, Marina and I visited the ABBA museum. The museum is interactive these “Dancing Queens” sang their way from “Fernando”…

Vasa Museet: War and Peace

When we tour historic sites, it is easy to get lost in the excitement of the drama and forget the real lives within these stories. Museums preserve and honor history; respect is bestowed to lives lost. Museums allow for research to educate the public. The Vasa Museet created the perfect balance by showcasing the wonder…

Den Norske Opera & Ballett

While in Oslo, Norway, our next door neighbor was the Den Norske Opera & Ballett. They welcomed us for a tour today and I was so impressed. Most obvious, is the architecture; the design has a sloping roof that is the “keystone signature” of the opera house. Inside, the walls are a wave of variegated…

Afloat in a Boat: Cruise from Copenhagen to Oslo

On board the sea vessel, Crown Seaways, we were carried from Copenhagen to the land of the midnight sun, Norway (just a regular sun for us, though). I knew this cruise was scheduled when I signed up months ago, but it wasn’t until I saw the ship looming ahead of me that the realization of…

A New Perspective

As an American, I’m not arrogant, greedy, or violent. I’m Native American, but I don’t live on a reservation. Being from Wisconsin, I’m not a dairy farmer. The harmful stereotypes we place on others is damaging for our global community by generalizing a negative trait and applying it to an entire people. Traveling graciously brings…

It’s What’s on the Inside That Counts…NOT

Standing outside Kronborg Castle this afternoon, the brutal wind howled through my ears. As the cold sea air forcing me down into my knitted scarf, I realized when I focused on the photos I was taking, the icy wind seemed less fierce. We recently learned photographic techniques and we were anxious to apply them to…

My Trip in Ruins

The history of Christiansborg Palace begins with a castle and includes devastating destruction by sieges and fires, but early construction on the palace grounds is the very beginning of Copenhagen’s rise. In 1157, when the city was in its earliest stages of development, Copenhagen and its surroundings were gifted to Bishop Absalon, the founder of…

A Palace by Any Other Name

My research on Christiansborg Palace included a confusing maze of names. As the palace serves many purposes, it can be difficult to describe the building and grounds. The palace houses Denmark’s three branches of government and contains rooms, historically and currently, used by the Danish Monarchy. Whatever you call it: castle, palace, slot, or slottholmen,…

It’s All in the Details

Do you ever walk or drive past areas near your home so many times you never really notice things until someone else does? Walking through Copenhagen today, I wondered about the citizens and how they must be as oblivious as we are when it comes to their home city. As I considered this thought, I became…

Embracing the Hygge

There’s a word in Danish, hygge. Pronounced “hooga”, it means cozy. More than the typical coziness, hygge is openly used to mean an inviting environment and the feeling you get when you are enjoying good times with good people. Hygge is remembering to keep things simple, slowing down, and enjoying life. What a great concept….

Sheila’s Welcome Post

Never in my wildest dreams did I imagine being on the cusp of such an incredible journey. Attending Mount Mary University has given me so many opportunities to try new things, but I never thought a study abroad trip was in my future. Now, it’s less than one week until departure. Normally, I’m the planner….