Everything I thought Copenhagen to be was a myth.
The first thing I thought when the plane was landing was.. OMG WE’RE LANDING ON WATER.
You can’t see the land at all so it gives the wrong impression…
I took the 20minute train ride to the city center and strolled around. I walked into Tivoli is a beautiful garden and amusement park which is in the heart of the city. The sun was shining and I only had my Eastpack backpack so I was able to move around with ease. I took a 20minute chill out nap on the grass. Very nice indeed.
Hearing my stomach rumble I got up and ventured into the city center a bit more and passed all the shops on the promenade. Finally I found a nice bar/cafe/vintage store/barbers called Salotto 42 which served me a beautiful light lunch. The attention to detail in the presentation was second to none.
At this point I realised that I’d forgotten to book my accommodation. I quickly loaded up Airbnb and thankfully got a swift response to a 1 bedroom apartment in the area of Fredericksburg which was a 40minute walk from the city center.
The apartment was everything I wish I had in London (sad but true).
Thursday night. Meet Emil.
Emil and I connected online through a travellers forum. I posted that I’d be visiting Copenhagen and he offered to show me the underground spots. Plus we had interests in common such a Reggae Music, Festivals and Natural Living.
I didn’t know what I was getting myself into. What can I say… Emil is one of the most beautiful spirits I’ve ever met. A gorgeous blonde beast of a man with a genuine soul. I fell in love immediately.
We met up at the apartment and went to Christiana Town for a Funk Fusion concert (which was AWESOME). Now this.. I didn’t expect from Copenhagen.
Christiania Town AKA Freetown Christiania needs a post of its own. It is a self-governing town of Copenhagen and it’s a place unlike any other in the world. Its 84 acres sit on an abandoned military base, and it was founded in 1971 by squatters and artists as a “social experiment.” It’s full of vibrant scenery with a gritty edge. The town was said to be “beyond the reach of Danish law” by its founders, and has its own currency, Løn. (It’s often referred to as Freetown Christiania.) In Christiania, cannabis shops operate 24 hours a day and sell 30–40 types of strains. Pretty cool. The town is full of art galleries, restaurants, café, and historic buildings.
I did the city by bike. 50% of people in the city ride bikes over driving so the cycle culture is amazing.
Cheekily of me I followed the hop on / hop off bus around on bike so I could visit all the main sights. Then I did my own route, exploring the nooks and crannies of the city. This city is chic, vintage, organised, neat and vibrant.
Friday Night.. Meet Lotus.
We met at the Meatpacking district of Copenhagen. It is one of the hottest nightlife destinations in Copenhagen. Many warehouses have been converted into bars and clubs which on the offset looks amazing. Open warehouses with music blazing and people hanging out inside and outside. Though the music is a bit grungy for me.
Lotus has blue hair, blue eyes and is a human rights activist. She could also dance
I met Lotus outside a bar called Cafe Mandela. We wandered around the meatpacking district until she suggested to show me the gay/lesbian scene of Copenhagen.
We got to know each other on the walk there and in the first bar we went to. It was nice. She was nice. Though I didn’t realise what ‘we’ were on. Perhaps a date.. She then took me to a club called G-A-Y. I’ve been to G-A-Y in London. It’s a trashy, pop, messy gay/lesbian club. Just what I was in the mood for. Long story short we ended up at my place around 6am.
Yes.. I hooked up
Lotus kinda looked like this..
You might be wondering what happened to Saturday day time… I woke up around 6pm on Saturday hung over having slept the whole day. I was always pleased to see a message from Emil. I invited him round for dinner then we went out to the Candy Factory in North West Copenhagen (the cultural area).
The Candy Factory is situated in an old warehouse. The location itself is surrounded by amazing graffiti and art. Also.. anything goes. ie, smoking inside, graffiti walls while listening to the live music, drugs, free love etc. It was awesome, we headed back to the apartment around 4am in time for my flight back to London at 7am.
Highlights of my trip.
People: 7/10, the people are caring, tentative and beautiful in spirit and visually. Could be more vibrant..
Food: 9/10, almost everything is organic. The quality of food is high, right up my street
Price: 6/10, I am torn on price. Food is cheap, beer is cheap, club entries were free but transportation is not
Nightlife: 8/10, awesome nightlife, nearly on par with Berlin but not quite as good
Vibe: 8/10, great vibe but I was missing a bit of nonconformity
Average Overall Rating: 7.5/10
Been to Copenhagen?
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I met S and C together in a bar. Of course.. I was alone. The bar was typically beautiful, expensive, classy bar close to the Lourve. I was reading a book when their friend D approached me to compliment the title of my book. D’s partner and friends were on their way asked to join me and I obliged. I went from a solo team to a group of 4 unexpectedly. Really, I planned on finishing my book. Eventually I found out more about my new group. It turns out that they all worked together for some corporate company. The evening was approaching and I decided to make a move. We exchanged numbers, said our goodbyes. I soon got a text from S inviting me to a party in the Suburbs. I’d heard mixed things about the burbs of Paris, everything from dangerous to cute/quiant. I’d only been there once but not in daylight so I couldnt judge. I guess like everywhere, it depends which part of the burbs. I accepted the invitation. I am now going to vaguely discribe my night in points.
- Bottles of Moet
- Bottles of Ciroc
- Bottles of Grey Goose
- A fight (not me)
To enter this club you had to buy a bottle on entry. A BOTTLE! Not a glass.. I have no clue where I was. But it was the most fun I’d had in a very long time. We were all having fun together… After the fight broke out we drove (who drove!) back to my rented Parisian apartment.
— We all went for breakfast the next day. Amazing expereince..
Needless to say that before this experience I never had a mutual 3 way relationship. But it works. I think this works because I dont live in Paris. We see eachother once every few months and it works.
Gosh its beautiful here. And just what I needed after the hideous break up with my ex.
Lyon is rich in atmosphere, people and the city moves at a good pace. Not too fast, not sluggishly slow
I walked alot in Lyon, I mean ALOT. It is one of the more cleaner French cities. Calm, relaxed atmosphere with a cool sophisticated hipster vibe. I recommend visiting Parc de la Tete d’Or, Basilique Notre Dame de Fourviere, Vieux Lyon and Fourviere Hill.
Vieux Lyon was my favourite part of the visit
Vieux Lyon is the old town of Lyon. I was lucky enough to be visiting during the summer time so I lined up a perfect adventure of a hot summers day. As it is the cities oldest district you will find yourself walking through many ally ways and side roads. Sometimes there are too many little streets to walk into you’ll be spoilt for choice. While walking alone I started to make up my own stories with my surrounding as the setting. It is that enchanting.
Basilique Notre Dame de Fourviere should defiantly be on your list. I took a weird route to get there and discovered an old open theatre courtyard. I climbed to the top of the hill and simply chilled out. Ate my packed lunch then walked on to the Fourviere. Most people take a tram or the shuttle bus. Fourviere itself offers a magnificent view of Lyon. It is packed with tourists but you can find your own little spot which is what I did.
People: 6/10, the people are nice but reserved. I wasn’t interacting much though
Food: 8/10, the food in Lyon is vegan friendly. (unlike other French cities)
Price: 8/10, all good about price, i barely spent anything
Nightlife: i don’t know..
Vibe: 8/10, great vibe, chill, relaxed and clean
Average Overall Rating: 7.8/10
Everytime I go to Paris, I return with smiles, stories and secrets
Let me explain…
There is never a real reason why I frequent Paris so often. I am there every other month for at least 5 days. It seems to just work for me.
The last time I was in Paris I solo attended a Dancehall party I heard about. Yes I went to a Dancehall Club alone. The fact that nobody knows me is amazing. I CAN ACT AS I PLEASE. So I did. Vodka tonic was my drink of choice and I lost track of how many I had. The was jam packed and it started with a dance lesson on the dancefloor. That was amazing! I stood in the middle following along and when I couldnt see the instructor or forgot I freestyled. By around 12am it was party time only.
By 4am I was in the DJ booth dancing with them. Talk about groupie… I remember meeting many beautiful people including a German and a Kiwi. Nothing happened as I was so in the zone, I wasn’t concerned with connecting with people.
Until the next day…
Another memory of Paris is when I discovered the beautiful meaning of: menage a troi. Read more here
Macedonia by far is the most visually impressive and modern Balcan country in Eastern Europe. Skopje is a million times cleaner and better developed then, let say Pristina, Kosovo or Sarajevo, Bosnia
After driving in late at night from Kosovo it was a big awakening to see such a city like this. I was taken by total surprise as I was expecting Skopje to look like Prisina. It is completely different. Completely.
In Skoje, you will feel like royality. It is so prestine, grand, clean and well looked after.
And don’t forget the magnificent statues… everywhere. It crossed my mind ‘how many statues is too many’ because there are so many statues, it seems there could be more statues then people.
This is the Old Bazaar. 2min from the above pic.
You can find anything in the old bazaar. Don’t accept the first offer on the price, haggle your way down. It is really really cute. There are many places to sit and eat/drink something and the price is great. If you’re into gold, there are a large handful of jewellers. If you’re into
Here are pictures of the landscape and Canon Matka
I celebrated New Year 2015 in Prestina, Kosovo!
Driving in from Montenegro was stunning. LANDSCAPE PORN
The night Kosovo started with a strange ‘curry’. It was more of a tomato sauce and rice but it fed me up for the evening! The gathering in the main square was starting and by 11:30pm it was packed. At 12, New Years the firework display began and it nearly brought a tear to my eye. It was so basic and very amateur. There was no great backdrop to compliment the display but a grey, horrible building. But what stuck me was that the crowd were in awe. It was so meaningful for them. I was so thrilled to go into the New Year with this wholesome feeling.
The night quickly turned into memorable fun. I danced in the busy square in the circle with the people while the musicians played their traditional Balcan music on the stage! Ha ha!
The party stopped at 10am the next day.
The day time scenery is beautiful in the country side of Kosovo. The mountains are absolutely breath taking..
Though the excitement soon died…
Warning: Listen to Uncle Google. Do not try and take the short road into Serbia. It is not a border. You will drive for 4 hours only to be turned away and told to drive through Macedonia to get to Serbia. I SPEAK FROM EXPERIENCE!
Is the ‘nightmare’ overnight train from Belgrade to Budapest really dangerous?
Many people have terrifying experiences about the overnight train from Belgrade, Serbia to Budapest, Hungary. I am here to tell you about my own experience riding this train alone, as a solo female black (mentioned for novelty purposes) traveller.
There are 3 affordable ways to get from Belgrade to Budapest. Bus (6h), train (7h) or car share (4h).
According to the reviews online this is a dangerous journey. Many travellers state that they have been robbed, ticket scammed, frightened etc etc and warn that you should *beware of the overnight train*. As a young female traveller Id rather stay out of dangerous situations but this didn’t seem like one of them, so I proceeded.
Plain and simple: The feared overnight train from Belgrade to Budapest isn’t as scary as people think. Infact, it was almost the same as a cross country train ride in England, minus the passport control.
Here’s a quick breakdown of my trip
I was glad to find that tickets from Belgrade to Budapest are €15 in 2016. What a bargain!
4 Jan 2016
I bought an overnight train ticket at the ticket office with no problems whatsoever. The lady at the counter spoke English gave me two options: Bunk (€22) or seat (€15) and i chose the seat.The process was swift and easy, ticket and receipt were in my hand.
The last dinner with friends I met in Serbia. Serbians are amazing, great fun and always up for a good time!
The train departs on time, it is semi full.
5 Jan 2016
Alot of people get off the train and its just me and a Chinese female backpacker in the carriage.
Train stops (somewhere) and police get on and ask for passports.
Train stops for a longgg time. I must say I started to get anxious because it is snowing badly so perhaps there was an accident. During this wait (40mins) another set of police get on and ask for passports.
We arrive in the first Hungarian station and again police get on and check passports
In Budapest, -9 freezing cold with snow. Beautiful winter.
I had no issues with my ticket from the multiple inspectors and wasn’t charged extra.
The multiple police checked my passport in front of me and there were no issues. My passport was not taken off the train.
Off Key Notes: The passport control guards did a serious double take at me when they came onto the train. I must have been the first black female traveller they’d seen before on that train.. or ever!
The so called nightmare overnight train between Belgrade and Budapest is safe, cheap, convenient and semi comfortable.
For €15 its a great option! Plug in your headphones, read a book or sleep and you’ll be at your destination in no time.
Enjoy Belgrade or Budapest, please comment if you have questions or another experience
I think that Milan is an overrated city to travel to.
I am in Milan. The only thing that interests me is the prospect of meeting somebody interesting.. Also its so modelly that sometimes I even feel like I could be scouted as a supermodel (haha wishful thinking) Otherwise.. Its just this big shopping city.
For breakfast/lunch I went with some guys I met to a pizza place called Spontini. I do not recommend this place for the healthy stomach! It is greasy with thick bread, and drenched in cheese. It made my stomach growl. Still, very busy full of locals and tourists. 6euros for the amount of pizza in the picture
As you walk closer to the Duomo the more model-y and fashion-y it gets. Yesterday I did alot of city walking and nothing really impressed me. But still somehow.. its better then Venice.
Besides, today is rainy and grey. Yesterday’s weather was nice. I put my heel into the bulls balls and spun around 3 times for luck. There was a bit of confusion if I should use my right leg of left.. as Italians dont speak much English they seem to think that the louder they talk the more I understand.. It got a bit much. Then people started clapping when I was done.. A bit strange, but nothing harmful! Do that if your in Milan.
I walked into the Duomo and it was interesting. Very magnificent but the projectors and upscale speakers kind of kill the vibe. But I never realised how much the smell of a church is so tantalising!
After all the walking, enroute back to the apartment I am staying in, a quick coffee break was needed in a place called Pave. It was perfect! A perfect way to end the day. I ordered a sparkling water with bread and homemade jam. I am a bread-o-holic so its a big deal. The bread was perfect. It was brown, with the perfect chew. They were explaining to me something about the yeast.. Kinda tuned out. But still.. the jam was nice and the setting was “shabby chic” whatever that means but it was fresh and cosy.