I love this Neighbourhood

Actually, I'm gonna talk about how much I love pizza. From Neighbourhood.

First I'll say that I haven't been out for pizza the whole time I've lived in Copenhagen.. WHAT. It's not actually that surprising because at home my family just has pizza nights and we make our own pizza. We're a picky pizza family and we make it just the way we like it. We also like to shamelessly pile raw garlic on top and throw every piece in the oven a second time so the crust gets extra crispy and we burn the roofs of our mouths. Anyway.

I went out for pizza at Neighbourhood in the Meat Packing district here in Copenhagen. It was seriously delicious. Neighbourhood serves killer pizza combinations on ultra thin and airy crust. I went with my mom last week and we tried the potato brie with olive and rosemary and the garlic shrimp. You can check out the full menu here.

They also had some very tasty nonalcoholic drinks. Many quality restaurants in Copenhagen can be quite cramped, but Neighbourhood had a lot of seating and a relaxed atmosphere. Overall it's a fun dinner experience for friends or family. Maybe not a first date though because it gets a little messy. 

Beats, Beets, and Boating

Sad to say I don't have many weekends left in Copenhagen, but this one started out great! After working alone at school for a few hours in the morning, I was like, 'it's 70 and sunny outside and that's more important because I'm in Copenhagen and that's a MIRACLE.' 

My neighborhood has a long park in the middle which I haven't taken much advantage of until this Friday. I grabbed my iPod full of new songs and went to lay in the sun. It felt a tiny bit awkward being the only one laying in a bathing suit, but honestly I don't think the Danes give any second thought to an attempt to soak up the sun.

Afterwards I biked to town. I was really hot at that point and craving something sweet so I went to Joe and the Juice to get something healthy. I had a 'sweet beet' which was beet, fennel, and apple juice, so yummy! The real reason I went to town was that KEA (my school) set up a free canal tour for students. There were 115 spots but only about 30 people showed up, and coincidentally almost all my friends/housemates were there which was so much fun :) 

Gone to Greece

Up until this year I hadn't traveled many places at all. It has been a blessing to see different cities across Europe, especially Copenhagen, which holds a special place in my heart now. The sad part about traveling to places so far from home is that when you leave, you're not sure if you'll ever be back for one reason or another. However, I've never been so sure that I'll return somewhere than I am about Santorini. 

National Gardens, Athens

My mom and I planned a trip for Mother's Day, which included a few days in Copenhagen, touring Athens, and taking a cruise to see Mykonos and Santorini. The night before our cruise was supposed to depart, we got an urgent call that the trip was cancelled because Greek boats were going on strike. Well. Mom had done a lot of research for the trip and we refused to cut our time short, so we had one stressful day of last minute hotel and flight booking and had to narrow the trip to one island, but Santorini was beyond worth it. 

Day 1-3, Copenhagen: I was so happy to be a tour guide for Copenhagen because I haven't had anyone visit me during my stay. Mom and I saw the Little Mermaid statue, a fountain that was home to a happy duck couple, some of the old architecture, and ate at some of my favorite cafés.

Day 4, Athens: We checked into the Electra Palace hotel in Athens which had a beautiful view of the Acropolis. We took a walking tour of the ruins that was very interesting. Before the tour, we ate authentic greek yoghurt and Mom tried greek coffee (essentially 3 inches of coffee tar with brown liquid on top, in other words, too strong for me). Other highlights of the day were walking through the National Gardens, visiting the Central Market (lots of produce, meat, dried fruit and nuts), and going to the Fish Spa!  - Full Album HERE

Day 5, Kamari, Santorini: Our first day on the Island we stayed at a family owned hotel in a colorful tourist town with a balcony that overlooked the black sand beach. After a stressful night of planning, we read and tanned on the balcony and ate our first real greek dinner at the hotel, which included greek salad and stuffed eggplant. - Full Album HERE

Day 6, Megalochori, Santorini: The next day we ventured to the other side of the island and checked into the Caldera Dolphin hotel with balcony views of the Caldera (volcano). We spontaneously rented ATVs and explored the other southern beaches. On the ride we saw donkeys and acres upon acres of farmland (ALL tomatoes and grapes). I took a dip in the Aegean Sea right next to the old ketchup factory. That night we ate overlooking the harbor at sunset.              - Full Album HERE

Day 7, Imerovigli, Santorini: Before checking into the most luxurious hotel of all on the northern side of the island, Mom and I rode the ATVs to the Monastery at the highest point in Santorini with panoramic views of the island. Something special about Santorini is that it's actually hard to ever lose sight of the water. Our next hotel had an infinity pool, a private jacuzzi on a balcony overlooking stunning cliffside views, and room service that brought gourmet breakfast AND dessert.. but for dinner we hiked 3 miles on the cliffside to a northern town called IA. We snacked on kalamata olives and tried traditional tomato fritters and fava bean hummus.  - Full Album HERE

Day 8, Fira and Farewell: Before catching our flight back to Athens, we hiked a little ways in the other direction to Santorini's capital of Fira, which is famous for the blue-topped churches and cliff sides covered in white buildings. Santorini is very small but has so many unique features. Truly an incredible place.  - Full Album HERE

Humble Abode

You know when you have a new friendship or relationship and for some reason you form a vague mental image about what the other person's residence looks like, but you really have no idea? I remember it being a much bigger deal in middle school or high school, but seeing someone's room was like adding a piece to the puzzle that makes them who they are. I really didn't have a choice of rooms in Copenhagen, but for this semester I am quite content with my little yellow box that I have all to myself (unlike the dorms at FIT, where I share a bathroom). Enough said. 

A little home aesthetic..



Something About Sunday

A lot of my days turn out to be all or nothing. Either I wake up and start being productive or I make excuses all day. We're starting a new project at school this week, so I wanted to get another full day of me-time in before my focus turns elsewhere. One of my biggest projects lately is marketing myself, and I've started with my website. 

When I really want to focus, I usually need a change of scenery. I spent some time yesterday finding a great café with cute work space and a menu with skyr and granola because it's my fave. On my bike ride here to Parterre, I stopped all through the city to take pictures for my Paint the Town project. It's another cloudy but beautiful day in Copenhagen, and a perfect Sunday for getting some work done with a cappuccino. If my motivation prevails, i'll be grocery shopping and hitting the gym later for a leg workout. Wish me luck.