After Copenhagen, we hopped on a super short (1 hr 15 min or so) flight over to Stockholm, the capital of Sweden, another country and city known for being almost scarily pleasant, and already living in the Bernie-esq superworld we wish we had. On the plane, I actually found an article in Wired about a guy from ABBA in the process of turning Sweden into a cashless society. As someone who hates an ATM fee or credit card charge, I’m onboard. When I find out Stockholm has a population of 900k and the entire country 10million, it makes a little more sense how they have it so good, but I’m still jealous and insanely curious.
Where we stayed: This was my first experience staying at an AirBnB shared apartment, and I’d definitely do it again. Typically I rent the entire apartment, but this cute spacious bedroom within an apartment on the island of Sodermalm (Stockholm is made up of a bunch of little islands that are both neighborhoods with subneighborhoods within them) worked out great for us, and was a prety good deal.
A month or so ago I finally went on a trip I bought (semi drunk?) at 2 am. It’s very like me to buy a flight 9 months in advance and sort of sit on it. In my mind it somehow feels free this way? (It definitely isn’t and wasn’t but I can dream.) Anyways, Drew and I hopped on an 11 hour insanely reasonably priced Norwegian Airlines flight from LAX to Copenhagen for the first time. The crisp early Spring weather paired with the incredibly liberal sensibility definitely made me a fan of the capital of Denmark. I also loved that being (as what I think is fair to call) a less traveled European city, I felt less pressured to go to a million sites and had actually less recommendations coming my way, which prompted me to do a little bit more research and explore on my own.
Where we stayed:
Another Air BnB success story, we stayed in this cute studio apartment in the neighborhood of Vesterbro, which I totally recommend. Super walkable area filled with boutiques, coffee shops, restaurants, wine bars, and more.
Where we ATE!! (YASS! Copenhagen is a food capital!):
*DISCLAIMER* The infamous NOMA was closed. I knew this about 6 months before we arrived, and basically got over it immediately until as soon as I was in Copenhagen people were suggesting that I go, as if you could just pop in…..
One note about my eating experience in Copenhagen. Copenhagen is expensive. I’d say 35% give or take more than equivalent places in LA/SF/NY. That being said, tipping, especially 20% is not customary, so it sort of evens out or is 15-20% more. Because of this, fine dining was a LOT less expensive than I expected. This may also be some sort of competition with NOMA which is world famous, or because NOMA is closed, I’m not sure. But if you consider a kabob and a soda is USD $15 or a coffee, juice, and pastry is $20, why wouldn’t you have a three course meal for $50 when you have a chance.
As many of you know, I accomplished one of my top travel dreams last November when I went to Havana. Before I go into the details of every plantain I ate, I wanted to break down a few of the things I see in nearly every Cuba travel post, many of which I believed, and what I came to learn during my time there.
I know I’ve said this before, my Paris and Tokyo have always been my dream cities to travel to. I honestly don’t even remember where the fascination began, before age 5 definitely, and it’s stuck. I had a trip in the works senior year of highschool to Japan, but things fell through and since then, I’ve been dying to go.
After visiting Hong Kong, Drew and I hopped on a flight to Tokyo for five days of eating, shopping, and exploring (read: getting lost and not that mad about it.) I think I can safely say Tokyo is my favorite place I’ve ever traveled to, and I cannot wait to go back.
Below are some tips and tricks I picked up if you’re planning to go, or just like planning fake vacations in your imagination like I do.