I recently spent four days in Copenhagen with my final day in Malmo Sweden and I wanted to share with you guys some of the pictures. The weather was perfect minus some morning rain the second day but otherwise it was sunshine and good vibes. One of the first things I noticed about Copenhagen was how lively and fun it felt. I immediately felt a sense of happiness coming off of the metro, I can't explain it otherwise to say that I could tell the people were generally pleasant.
Copenhagen is a beautiful city full of vibrant colours and beautiful architecture. I was immediately struck with the gorgeous architecture of some of the buildings which is something I'm always so entranced by. I was also very struck with how "green energy" focused they were. It was extremely refreshing to stroll through a city that felt so clean but also so aware of the perils the planet is currently facing. Below are some of the photos I took of Copenhagen in the first two days.
BOTANICAL GARDENS & BUTTERFLY HOUSE
I made sure to visit the Botanical Gardens and Butterfly House because it's always wonderful to walk through nature and experience the greenery when constantly surrounded by buildings and the hustle of life. The Botanical Gardens house over 13, 000 species of flower, plant, rock, and more. Spread out over 10 hectares, it was easy for me to spend 2 hours strolling along the beautiful scenery admiring the wildlife peacefulness of the gardens themselves. I strongly suggest you visit if you are in Copenhagen, it was remarkably beautiful.
Take the time to visit the Butterfly House if you're visiting in the summer. It was so cool watching all varieties of butterflies fluttering around you in the beautiful glass houses set up for them. To finish, you can make your way up to the Palm House, the most notable of the glass houses where you can find a variety of tropical trees and plants. It gets warm in there so make sure to pack accordingly <3
Just a hop and a skip away from Copenhagen lies the beautiful city of Malmo in Sweden. What I was initially struck by was the attractiveness of the people first off, and secondly the buildings and how they seemed to intermix between new and interesting construction and old, historical looking buildings. It was a beautiful mix of old and new with a lively vibe much like Copenhagen. I managed to get to the Kungsparken which was just such a wonderful retreat from the city center. Full of beautiful trees, ponds, and ducks / geese, it was so relaxing and gorgeous. A wonderful way to break up the city sightseeing. Check out some of my pictures :)
It was a magical trip, one that I will never forget and I hope that some of these pictures inspire you to take the trip over yourselves. You won't regret it :)
This was probably my top trip so far thanks to my visit to Amsterdam. I started off in Eindhoven which is the fifth largest city in the Netherlands. During my stay here I enjoyed strolling through the city center and taking in some of the beautiful architecture which was enhanced by the beautiful weather I encountered the entire time. Eindhoven's city center was busy and full of amazing shopping and wonderful restaurants. What I especially loved was the market I encountered near the central station which had so many vendors selling everything from locally crafted clothing to fresh fruits and cheese. Such a charming city, see some of my pictures below!
For my last day, I met up with a friend in Amsterdam who happily took me around the city to visit some of the best parts of Amsterdam. Frankly, without her I would have been lost the entire time because for those of you who haven't been, it's kind of a maze of charming, extremely tall houses / buildings and canals. To be honest, it's a place I could gladly spend a day lost in because it was such a beautiful city but I was super glad I had my friend to show me around.
My intentions were to visit the Anne Frank house but the popular attraction was sold out for almost two months in advance. Instead, we managed to visit the Sex Museum, VondelPark, and stroll through the super touristy tulip focused markets full of tulip and flower related goodies including trinkets and touristy take home goodies.
Because the Sex Museum was pretty R rated, I won't be sharing any of them on here but I've got some beautiful Amsterdam photos below.
Have you guys been to Amsterdam or Eindhoven yourselves? What were some of your favourite things about them?
I've got the travelling bug I'll tell ya, there's just nothing like having three or four days without any obligations aside from exploring. My next trip is taking me to Eindhoven in The Netherlands and I'm super excited about this upcoming trip. Eindhoven is one of the oldest cities in the Netherlands and boasts a bustling high-tech industry and a city full of intriguing design.
EIndhoven is full of museums that are sure to occupy some of my time but the architecture is where I'm sure I will find myself taking most of my photos. I'm such a sucker for a building that looks like it has an extensive story and what I've read about Eindhoven is that the architecture and design of some of the buildings is amazing. I'm really looking forward to strolling through the city center and getting some amazing pictures but also looking forward to some good eats as well. I did a little research and there's a few veggie restaurants I definitely want to try and enjoy.
All of this sounds great but I'll also have the pleasure of busing over to Amsterdam and meeting up with a friend I met here in Dublin. Amsterdam is probably one of the most charming cities with its many canals and super tall, narrow buildings. I can see myself getting lost in the charm of the city and likely taking hundreds of photos. Whilst in Amsterdam, I'll be checking out a few things,
I've got three full days to get in as much of the Netherlands as I possibly can and I intend to make the best of my time there. I can't wait and you can expect I'll be regularly posting on social media with updates, photos, and stories during my trip!
Have you been to Eindhoven or Amsterdam and have a suggestion for me? Feel free to comment or send me a message, tweet, or insta message!
Honestly, Glasgow has been my best trip so far. The city was so friendly and full of life, I loved it. The first thing I noticed when I got dropped off down in the city center was how alive and busy the city was. Thousands of people everywhere, big architecturally stunning buildings, bustling traffic, it was truly remarkable. I loved the vibe of Glasgow and the way it felt so inviting to me. My only regret was that I was unable to spend more time there because I didn't get to explore as much as I'd of hoped. Here's some of my city pictures I managed to get.
As I'm sure you'll notice from some of the pictures, the architecture is quite stunning. The buildings all looked like they had been there for hundreds of years and there's something so historically charming about it. Another thing these pictures might demonstrate is that Glasgow is pretty beige in appearance. There was a consistent brown theme within the city that was hard to ignore.
There was some great eats while I was there as well. Soul Food restaurant which was a vegan eatery, was located directly next door to my hotel which was kind of perfect. I enjoyed a delicious beet root burger, rosemary sea salt wedges, salad, and sticky peanut cauliflower wings that were to die for. Netx up, I went to Avo Avo which was this fun place that's menu was centered around the avocado. Every dish was avo focused there celebrating the creamy fruit. I enjoyed a wonderful mac and cheese along with some crispy avo fries that were superb.
THE SCOTTISH HIGHLANDS
My final day in Glasgow was spent taking an all day tour through the Scottish Highlands. Guys, if you visit Scotland without visiting the Highlands, you are doing yourself a seriously disservice. The scenery was absolutely breathtaking with rolling snow capped hills, shades of greens and browns, mountains, and lochs around every corner. This was by far the most beautiful and awe inspiring trip I've taken to date. Living in Dublin, I' constantly surrounded by buildings and traffic etc. so it's nice to get out and see what mother nature provides us. I can't get over how beautiful it was. Below, you'll see some of the pics of my trip including Urquhart Castle, the Ruthven Barracks, and The Three Sisters.
Our first stop was Loch Lomond which was just astoundingly beautiful. The fresh water loch sparkled under the sun and really put you at ease. After that, our next Loch was one that is recognized all across the world, Loch Ness. I hoped and prayed for a Nessie sighting y'all but I had no such luck. What I did see though was stunning beauty, beautiful water, and breathtaking views.
I'm almost ready to head out on my next trip to Glasgow and I couldn't be more excited. Travelling is definitely something I haven't taken for granted especially considering how difficult it has been to stay afloat here in Dublin while trying to achieve all of these trips. I have to admit, it's been quite a challenge to maintain rent, pay bills, eat, and travel, all while attempting not to abuse my credit card (which has been wholly unsuccessful).
With that being said, let's take a look at a few things I'm expecting to see when I head out to Scotland this weekend!
THE SCOTTISH HIGHLANDS
Nothing but mountains, hills, and miles of greenery and nature in every direction, the Scottish Highlands is my top must visit when I head to Scotland. I haven't been able to do as much travelling in Ireland as I'd like to date so I'm desperately looking forward to some nature and green space. The Highlands are astronomically beautiful and are relatively untouched leaving the natural beauty available to be admired. I plan to take a guided tour from Glasgow which I believe will take me through the Highlands giving me the opportunity to enjoy the views, stop and take photographs, and hopefully visit Loch Lamond and see a castle or two perched upon a hill.
Image taken from depictedspark.wordpress.com
HOP ON HOP OFF
These hop on hop off bus tours are great for seeing the entire city without having to navigate it yourself. They stop at all of the important landmarks of the city while explaining in great detail the history and importance of each spot the bus stops at. Granted the weather is kind to me, I'll take a seat up top on the open portion of the bus and take as many pictures as possible as the bus winds me through Glasgow's streets.
Photo taken from rent-a-guide.com
SPICIEST ICE CREAM
Ok guys, this one might seem odd but I'm always up for a challenge especially if it involves spicing things up. The Aldwych Cafe in Glasgow released a limited addition Devils Breath Ice Cream that requires you to be over 18 years of age and sign a disclaimer before trying. Sounds legit yah? It's deceptively gorgeous and full of Carolina Reaper peppers which are basically the hottest thing you can put in your mouth so why wouldn't I give it a try? As a hot sauce junkie, I suspect I'll probably burst in to flames but it's all in good fun :)
Photo taken from https://awol.junkee.com/aldwych-cafe-spiciest-ice-cream/58061
Although I'm sure my days will also be filled with random photographs and random finds, these three things are on my list of must-do's. Have you been to Glasgow and want to suggest something for me to do? Let me know!
My trip to Hamburg Germany was absolutely fabulous guys! Aside from the first day I was there, the weather was sunny and perfect for snapping photos and strolling around. Hamburg is an absolutely beautiful city full of stunning architecture, beautiful canals, and gritty, raw beauty. Let me show you some of my pictures and tell you a little about what I saw and what you can expect! :)
Reeperbahn / Red Light District
Without realizing it, I booked my hostel smack dab in the center of the red light district located in the Reeperbahn area of Hamburg. When I first arrived and took a look around, I was initially quite shocked at how forward the advertisements were for sex and sex related items. Quite literally, I was surrounded by sex clubs, cosplay and novelty shops, and neon lights. At first, I was quite intimidated but there was absolutely nothing to worry about. It was such a lively and fun area and so unique because back in Canada, I most definitely never saw anything like this before. Taking a stroll through the district at night, you can feel the liveliness of the area and the energy it exudes. I suggest taking the opportunity to check out the area especially if you're from a place that isn't familiar with this sort of lifestyle. It's a unique experience to say the least!
This was definitely on my list of must do's and I'm so glad that I went and got to experience it. The Chocoversum offers tours in both English and German but be forewarned, the English tours sell quite quickly so be prepared to book in advance. On the tour, you are taken through the process of creating chocolate from sourcing the beans to packaging and everything in between. It's such a cool experience that allows you the opportunity to create and package your own chocolate bar to take home with you. Bring some water with you because there are several tastings and all that chocolate is wonderful but leaves your mouth a touch dry ;) Lastly, make sure to visit the gift shop at the beginning / end of your tour, it's a chocolate paradise full of all sorts of goodies that I'm sure you'll want to grab something from!
One of the things I love about Europe is that some of the buildings here are so old and so charming, so unlike my city in Ontario where everything has a newer feel to it. The architecture is so amazing, ornate mouldings, juliette balconies, graffiti that gives these buildings a raw and gritty effect etc. just such a beautiful city to walk around and take pictures. Not to mention, there's plenty of canals to stroll along and enjoy the scenery.
As I said, Hamburg is an absolutely beautiful city full of a little something for everyone. There were so many shops, restaurants, and museums around that there was no shortage of things to do. Have you guys been to Hamburg? If so, what did your itinerary look like? I'd love to see your pictures or get your feedback <3
I'm headed to Hamburg Germany next week and I've got a few things on my list that I must see before my trip is over!
This one is at the top of my list. Quite literally, a museum of chocolate where you're taken on a magical tour that takes you through the process of creating the perfect chocolate. There's snacking along the way of course and everything finishes with the opportunity to create your own unique chocolate bar :) I don't eat chocolate often but I'm going to get a good sugar rush during this experience and who knows, maybe I'll find the golden ticket! :p
PHOTO FROM HAMBURG TRAVEL
REEPERBAHN RED LIGHT DISTRICT
Now don't get things confused, I'm not going to be looking for naughty fun in any of the establishments now lol Hamburg has one of the largest red light districts in all of Europe so I can't wait to take a stroll down the colourful streets at night and take in all of the craziness around me. I'm a fan of the nightlife and I just know it will be an experience traversing these streets!
PHOTO FROM HAMBURG TRAVEL
THE WAREHOUSE DISTRICT - SPEICHERSTADT
A World Heritage site, this collection of buildings is the largest warehouse in the world that stands on oak pillars. Not only is the architecture superb, there's plenty of things to do here including the Miniature Wunderland, restaurants, Hamburg Dungeon, and boat tours through the canal.
PHOTO TAKEN FROM TRAVEL MAGMA
When considering a trip to Dublin, one might assume that the only attractions out here are the ones that are going to break the bank, but this couldn’t be further from the truth. Dublin boasts some amazing attractions that don’t cost a dime and really let you experience the culture and beauty in all its glory. Let’s take a look at some of the amazing things you can do in Dublin without spending a single euro!
Dublin boasts some seriously amazing museums, all of which are completely free of charge and open year-round. Take a trip back in time and experience Dublin’s rich culture and heritage by visiting one of the museums located throughout Dublin including the Museum of Archaeology, Museum of Natural History, or the Museum of Decorative Arts and History. You’ll discover a world of ancient relics or beautiful artwork and find yourself engulfed in thousands of years of history, all completely free of charge.
Take a stroll down the cobblestone streets of the Temple Bar area where crowds gather every night to enjoy good craic. There are photo opportunities everywhere with some notable Irish pubs lining its streets including the Temple Bar pub, one of the most recognized pubs in all of Ireland. There’s no cost to wandering the streets and listening to music as it pours out of the pubs but be warned, you might just find yourself tempted to stop in for a pint!
Looking to discover why they call Ireland the Emerald Isle? Well then you should definitely make time to take a leisurely stroll through Phoenix Park. Being one of the largest recreational spaces in all of Europe, there’s plenty of natural beauty to take in. Whether you’re visiting in spring or summer and get to see lush greenery or visiting in the fall and get to see autumns beauty in full effect, make time to visit and you might even get to see some of Dublin’s local deer pay you a visit!
Photo taken from Wikipedia
Dublin has so much to offer anyone who is travelling on a dime and these are just some of the wonderful things you can do without spending a euro. Plan ahead and you can see them all and more 😊
After an unfortunate turn of events, I had to cancel my trip to Valencia. I couldn't be any more bummed out but I have to stay positive otherwise it'll hit me hard. My next trip will be to Hamburg Germany and I couldn't be more excited. I'm looking forward to being able to use some of that German I've been learning for the past year or so! <3
Of all the things I was looking forward to coming to Ireland, it was the greenery and Irish charm. When you think of Ireland, you think of rolling hills with every shade of green imaginable and small, quaint pubs with live Irish music, singing, and locals coming together in a celebration of culture and community. Although I have been to a few pubs since arriving, I've honestly found Dublin to be very similar to where I was living back home. I mean it's obviously different from Windsor but I have met more people here that are from other countries than actual Irish people.
All of the natural beauty is outside of Dublin and I think that's something I'll have to really take into consideration when the weather starts to cooperate more. I'm thinking I'll take advantage of some of the tours we offer through my work in the summer and head out to see the Cliffs of Moher, the Giants Causeway, and other naturally beautiful places outside of Dublin. Like I said, Dublin is fine but it's left me feeling much like I did back in Windsor. There is something missing for me here in that I expected more from Dublin. You know, I appreciate some of the things about Dublin like the nightlife and architecture of some of the buildings within the city but at the end of the day, it's just another city with lots of concrete and minimal greenery.
The few Irish people I have spoken to are super confused as to why I would have come here as opposed to staying in Canada. It's interesting to me because I think we all get tired of our lives in the places we live and never really stop to consider that people all over the world are probably feeling the exact same way. We all crave new experiences, new places, and new surroundings, and sometimes we arrive somewhere new expecting miraculous things but come to the realization that things are exactly the same but somewhere else.
I am determined to see what I dreamed Ireland to be.
The adventures of a LGBT , Vegetarian, Canadian Expat in Ireland.
I'll be sharing everything I encounter and all the fun and exciting things that happen to me in this beautiful country!