Delicacies, Excursions, Uncategorized

Marrakech // Souks, mint tea, and night skies

November 13, 2015

Dear WordPress,

I have officially set foot onto my fourth continent, Africa.

Right at the left corner of Africa sits Morocco, a beautiful country affluent with character. My convincing friends influenced me into buying this cheap round trip Ryanair ticket to Marrakech (15 euros each way).  After several weekends of globetrotting Europe, Morocco was indeed one valuable weekend experience.

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Copenhagen, Delicacies, Excursions

Copenhagen // Best Brunch, Rosenborg Castle, the Little Mermaid

November 10, 2015

Hello WordPress,

Amanda and Stef left to make it back in time for their Monday class. Rebecca, Tim, and I enjoyed the sunshine Copenhagen spared us for our last day.

The wind blew the clouds away (along with us).

Brunch @ Paludan Bogcafe

Our intent on ‘splurging’ for one meal didn’t happen.The supposed splurge budget we saved for brunch ended up being under 100 DKK (All our meals were under 100 DKK, impressive yah? Fully enjoyed + budgeted trip)


  
The egg, bacon, muesli, pancake, fruits, toast, smoked salmon, melon with prosciutto, blueberry smoothie, and cheese was screaming quality at us. This plate let us enjoy every breakfast dish we were craving back in Milan.

The freshness of each ingredient had Tim, Rebecca, and I raving. The ambience of antique books and cushioned seats perfected the moment.

My mood was boosted by 1000% after being able to talk to Taiga on facebook call for about five minutes (what am I being turned into, a needy girlfriend? lol).

Airbnb

My first airbnb! After Christina’s mishap in Milan (macbook air stolen), I felt cautious and a bit skeptical about it all.

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Copenhagen, Excursions

Copenhagen // Amanda’s friend, boat ride, Nyhavn

November 9, 2015

Hej wordpress,

Rebecca pronounces “hej” with the ‘j” sound instead of just saying “hi” ahahaha.

We bundled up and left our first airbnb to meet Amanda’s high school friend! She went to the same international high school in Shenzhen (China) with Amanda!

Anna (Danish) and Særún (Icelandic) hung out with us for the whole day! She walked us around her favorite local eats + tourist attractions and I felt like we had a slight taste of the student life in Copenhagen.

DID YOU KNOW: Copenhagen is more culturally diverse/liberal compared to other cities in Denmark? They have that “Green Lights District” where Marijuana is freely sold (no photos inside the area though).

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Copenhagen, Excursions, The Feels

Copenhagen // Rainy, Dark, and nice people.

November 8, 2015

Dear WordPress,

Everybody, it’s November. What, when, how did this happen?

November is full of excitement:
1. TAIGA (Florence, Venice round two, Paris, Zedd concert)
2. Copenhagen
3. Morocco

Can’t wait / don’t want this to end.

This month is the “sprint” to the end (quoted by Rebecca).

Must. cherish. every. single. moment…!

One of the events on my “excitement” list passed last weekend (already).

Copenhagen (Denmark) , known as the happiest + extremely expensive country, gets all benefits!
Free healthcare, education, happiness…(lol)

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Bocconi Life, Italy, Milano

Milan // my favorite pizza place, rant

November 2, 2015

Dear WordPress,

UGH Trenitalia, you are horrible once again. From delays to stolen money to weird policies to everything in between, you are just an endless struggle for us foreigners.

On the day of our day trip to Bologna, my friend attempted to buy tickets only to be charged and not receive any shape or form of our tickets. On the day of, we ended up buying them at the machine since we didn’t have time.

She called Trenitalia, went to the Milano Centrale booth TWICE, called her credit card company, and now filed a complaint online.

I’ve heard of / experienced so many more Trenitalia mishaps. sigh.

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Excursions, Italy

Lake Como // Serene, Swans, Scenic

  
October 31, 2015

Dear WordPress,

Being the naive Seira I usually am, I’ve never went out of my way and prioritized a trip to Lake Como. It’s a lake, it’s pretty, but what more is there?

There is so much more.

Lake Como is a peaceful area reserved for the rich (only because the rich can afford such land), where many wealthy families buy/build their villas. It seemed like a retirement spot to me. George Clooney even owns an estate there!

Filippo and I were originally planning to take a trip down to the Expo for its final day, but after hearing the 10 hour queue to get inside the Japan Pavilion, he decided that Lake Como / Parma / some other location would be better. Okay, I suppose.

I was a bit bummed that the Expo had to be so crowded and shouldn’t have procrastinated my trip there, but Lake Como was pretty cool too. The nice weather pumped me up for the spontaneous day trip (I would recommend only going there when the weather is nice).

It reminded me of Sausalito (excuse my repetitive comparison to the Bay Area), but the real highlight of the day were the SWANS!

   
    
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Excursions, Italy

Bologna // the land of the Bolognese Tagliatelle

October 30, 2015

Buongiorno WordPress,

Back on day trips within Italy ❤ With all the chaos during Christina’s stay and endless and restless testing, it was about time I had a relaxing day trip.

Rebecca, Rayting, and I took the 9:20am (later than all the other trips) to Bologna! The three hour train ride felt longer than usual so I enjoyed reading Flowers for Algernon (Christina finished this book in 2 days while I’m taking forever lol)

Bologna is known for its Bolognese sauce + its FOOOD. That’s exactly what we gorged on. FOOOOOOOOOOOOD ❤


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