Copenhagen has always been somewhere I’ve wanted to go, and I’m not sure why as it wasn’t somewhere I knew much about. I can only blame my obsession with the Hans Christian Andersen film when I was younger… Anyway, James and I were looking for somewhere for a long weekend break and realised that we both had friends living in Copenhagen so it was the perfect time to go.
When you arrange to go to Copenhagen for a weekend of sightseeing and catching up with friends, the last thing you expect to find yourself doing is heading to a farm to watch cows jump. However, we had been reliably informed by our friend that the Sunday of our stay was the day that the cows across the country were released from their barns for the summer. They get so excited that they leap about and generally have a great time, whilst Danish families in the area watch and enjoy free dairy produce from the farm. So after a day of seeing the sights in central Copenhagen, we headed out into the countryside to watch cows the following day.
You might remember a little while ago I blogged about the Cologne Christmas markets which I visited back in December. The markets were fantastic and if you are considering visiting Cologne, I would recommend going when they are on. However, there is still plenty more to do in the city. Believe it or not Chloe and I didn’t spend all day eating food at the markets…
I first came across the #take12trips challenge a couple of years ago and thought it sounded like a great concept. Taking 12 trips in 12 months? Yes please! If you love travelling it’s great, but as a student my immediate concern was funding it. It’s all well and good when you are earning a lot, or if someone is paying you to take those trips, but otherwise it just isn’t possible. Or so I thought…
If you follow my blog, you’ll already know about my love for Christmas markets. This time last week I was in my element as I was visiting the Cologne Christmas markets which were every bit as magical as I had hoped. It was busy, in fact it was incredibly busy, but for very good reason. The markets were stunning, particularly at night, and it was a great experience to be able to absorb the sights, sounds and smells of Christmas. With a week to go until Christmas, I couldn’t be more in the mood.
I love Christmas markets. The food, the decorations, the gifts on offer… the whole atmosphere is wonderful. There is nothing quite like being wrapped up against the cold weather, enjoying mulled wine under a giant Christmas tree. Christmas markets in the UK have taken off in a big way, and it seems like almost every town has a fair or market in the lead up to Christmas, but they quite often promise more than they deliver. If you want a proper Christmas market, something that you will cherish the memory of for longer than the drive back home, I would urge you to go abroad.
It’s been a few weeks since I returned home from Heidelberg, and only now am I finding the time to finish off my Germany related blog posts. This isn’t for lack of wanting to (believe me, I want to tell everyone I meet to visit Heidelberg), but real life just sometimes gets in the way. But now I have the time, hopefully you’ll enjoy my latest post on the delights that a weekend in Heidelberg can bring!
When I was in Germany last weekend, the friend I was visiting was trying her very best to ensure that I got the full German experience. This largely seemed to involve eating as much traditional German food as possible, which is why one evening we found ourselves making spätzle. Spätzle are a soft egg noodle which work as an accompaniment to other dishes. Here’s a quick step-by-step guide to making your own (works best if you have a spätzle press!).
There’s definitely something to be said for just sitting in a park and soaking up the sun. Often when I travel somewhere I’m too eager to fit in as much as possible, to see as many places as I possibly can whilst I’m there, in case I never return and have the same opportunity again. I feel like this is sometimes a good way to travel, but sometimes it’s best to take things at a slower pace.