Home to Norway
Time flies so fast now a days that I didn't even realise that it's been over a month since I last updated this blog. Here's a little update on what I've been up to lately: After the weekend in Istanbul I flew home to Norway during reading week to spend time with my family, which was much needed. Despite living closer to home now I feel more homesick than ever. I love living in Copenhagen, I enjoy being a "jetsetter" - but at the end of the day, there is no place like home with my family and my dog.
settling in Copenhagen
Just to give a quick glimpse of my life in Copenhagen so far: It's much more quiet compared to when I used to live in Edinburgh for sure. In Edinburgh everything was walking distance, I had people around me 24/7 and campus was just a five minutes walk away. Unlike Copenhagen where it takes a bit more effort to get around and to meet up with friends who live on the other side of the city. Basically, Copenhagen feels like Norway in a nutshell sometimes; the weather, the food prices, the people and culture. In general, Scandinavians are just much more reserved than British people, which I'm starting to get used to again. Having grown up in Norway there hasn't been much of a culture shock.
Otherwise I'm just living the normal student life. I don't talk about it a lot because it's not that interesting to know, but I do spend the rest of my time off-travelling studying towards a master's degree after all.
spontaneous trip to London
Anyway, it so happened one evening a couple of weeks ago that I received an e-mail where I had won tickets to see Sam Smith the following day at Tate Modern in London. Being the biggest fan that I am I impulsively booked a 9PM flight to London the same night (for £40 with Norwegian Airlines) and ended up spending a long weekend there; catching up with my girlfriends from uni, eat amazing food, celebrate Guy Fawkes Night for the first time and of course, see my favourite artist. And as someone who's in a long distance relationship, it was an extra bonus to get to see my boyfriend in London again.
long weekend in Brussels & Antwerp + London
Last Friday I flew to Belgium, which I'd been looking forward to a lot. The flight ticket was only 110 DKK (approx. £10) with Ryanair when I booked it last month so I thought why not - just breathing in Copenhagen would be more expensive. We (Rickie, his family and I) spent two days in Brussels and one day exploring Antwerp, before taking the EuroStar train back to London for his graduation ceremony on Monday (I booked my tickets quite late so I paid almost €60). I flew back to Copenhagen the next day, and again, my flight ticket was only £10 with Ryanair. And that, my friends, is what I call budget traveling.
It was an overall wonderful trip with good family quality time, amazing food and exploring new places together. More about my Belgium trip in the next post.