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A New York Christmas

It has always always ALWAYS been a dream of mine to see the Christmas tree at Rockefeller Center, and it just so happened that Nicolas and I were spending a night in New York City on our way to Pennsylvania for the holidays. Despite our jet lag and the below-freezing temps, Nicolas was determined to make sure that I saw the tree. We woke up early in the morning and had an amazing breakfast at the Tick Tock Diner (highly recommend). We bundled up and took in all the beautiful sights there are to see in New York during the holiday season. When we finally reached Rockefeller Center, I nearly cried! The tree was so beautiful – just like the movies (i.e. ELF ๐Ÿ™‚ ). We passed the Empire State Building on our way to Penn Station. My fingers were literally frozen, so I kept the photo-taking to a minimum. ๐Ÿ™‚

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A Present Wrapping Party

YAY my first Christmas post!!! Although I’ve been in the Christmas spirit since the first of November, I think it is finally socially acceptable to upload a holiday themed post now. Last night, Nicolas and I had a “Present Wrapping Party”. My mom always made wrapping Christmas presents together so fun and cozy, so I wanted to carry on the tradition. I lit lots of candles, put on some Christmas music, and made hot chocolate with lots of whipped cream. ๐Ÿ™‚

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A Danish Thanksgiving

Happy Thanksgiving, everyone! This past Sunday, I hosted my first ever Thanksgiving dinner with the help (ok, he did more than help) of Nicolas for his wonderful family. Just because I am overseas does not mean that I will ever skip out on one of my favorite days of the year, not to mention the leftover turkey sandwiches! The evening was nice and cozy, and I was so happy to share some of my favorite American traditions with them.

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Halloween at Tivoli

I absolutely love Halloween. I am pretty sure it stems from my mom’s obsession with this holiday. She always goes all out with decorating the house, burning Yankee spiced pumpkin candles, and making sure we always watch an absurd amount of Halloween movies. So when Nicolas proposed we go to Tivoli’s Halloween celebration, it was an obvious YES.

Tivoli, the world’s second oldest amusement park, is one of my absolute favorite places in Copenhagen. (Yes, Copenhagen is also home to the world’s oldest amusement park, too, if you remember one of my previous posts.) Tivoli’s atmosphere reminds me a little of Disney World’s but on a much cozier, intimate level. It is magical and charming, and unlike most theme parks, it appeals to those of all ages. The amusements take up only a small portion of the park. There are flower gardens, a theater, band stands, and countless cafes and restaurants, but I will revisit all that in another post. ๐Ÿ™‚

I knew based on my past visit to Tivoli last summer that the Halloween festivities here would be nothing short of wonderful. I was right. Upon entering the park, I literally felt like I was in Halloweentown (only the best Disney Channel original movie ever). There was thousands of festive lights and jack-o-lanterns along with spooky music and treats everywhere you looked!

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Brunch and Stuff

Hey, all! Life has been so crazy, hence the reason why it has been a little over a week since I last uploaded. I have been very busy studying at a makeup and hair artist academy here in Copenhagen. I LOVE IT!!! I am so happy to go to school and play with makeup all day. It is a dream come true! Anyways, on with todays post.

The three things that make me the happiest are food, pajamas, and lazy days. And Nicolas happens to know that. So on a beautiful Saturday morning he surprised me by bringing me brunch in bed. Obviously I got out of bed to grab my camera and take some photos (because it was too pretty not to photograph), but it was nothing short of delicious. He even made me coffee in my favorite Audrey mug. ๐Ÿ™‚

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A Cozy Ocean View

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Hello, all! I have just returned from a visit to the states to see my wonderful family. Every year in the fall we travel to Ocean City, Maryland – a place that is so close to my heart. I have been visiting this particular beach since I was little. It is so special to me. Ocean City is such a popular tourist location during the summer months, but I think it is even more charming in the fall. The water is still warm, the air has a slight chill, and the beaches are much more quiet. I was thrilled to be able to spend time with my family, relax, and eat a lot of good food. ๐Ÿ™‚

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4 Amazing Sights I Saw in Spain

Hi, everyone! In today’s post I am going to share 4 incredible sights I saw while in Spain. So many of the experiences I had left me in awe. I read about history and culture in textbooks all throughout my schooling, but I never thought I would actually be seeing these things in person someday! Life is truly crazy. Anyways, on with the post.

 

1. A White City

Spain is scattered with pueblos blancos (translated to “white villages”). They are gorgeous, tiny cities where everything from homes to markets to churches is entirely white. It is actually quite fascinating to see! The specific meaning behind the completely white theme is unknown, but it has been speculated that it was either a mandate by a 20th-century dictator or simply just a chemical reaction of the limestone that was used. Mijas, the particular town I visited, was charming and very tourist-friendly.

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3 Things I Loved While Visiting Spain

My recent trip to the south of Spain was absolutely wonderful. I had the opportunity to truly experience the Spanish culture and see things I never dreamed of seeing. I decided to wrap it up with a list of my top three favorites (in no particular order). ๐Ÿ™‚

1. The Food

I ate SO MUCH good food while in Spain. Everything was fresh, flavorful, and delicious. Something new that I tried wasย tapas. Tapas are basically teeny, tiny portions of savory foods that are served as a snack with drinks or shared among friends as a meal. I love this idea because I am so indecisive when it comes to ordering at restaurants. While eating tapas, you don’t have to choose! Nicolas and I ordered pasta bolognese, Spanish meatballs, and ribs with roasted veggies. Paired with some fresh bread and a piรฑa colada, this was one of my favorite meals by far.

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The World’s Oldest Amusement Park

Earlier this week, Nicolas and I visited Bakken – The world’s oldest amusement park! It is crazy for me to think that this whimsical place opened its doors hundreds of years ago in 1583 and is still loved and visited by so many to this day.

Entering Bakken is essentially like entering a fairytale. The park is hidden in the center of one of Denmark’s beautiful forests. Horse-drawn carriages circle the area transporting visitors. You are immediately greeted with the sounds of children enjoying the rides and the aroma of some of Denmark’s most traditional food.

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My personal favorite food (and one of the main reasons we visited Bakken this day) is the beef sandwich. I know it sounds pretty average, but believe me, it is NOT!

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