France, Spain, Portugal, France again, Italy

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I am sipping on a cup of warm tea as I stare outside at the pouring rain and the grey colors of early, danish fall. I’ve already fallen back into a new routine, which include a constantly heavy head and tired eyes. This is the main reason it has taken me so long to write this post. More than a month ago my friends and I boarded a train from Verona to Munich and from Munich to Hamburg. This trip took us about 11 hours, which is actually pretty darn quick for such a distance. It took us additionally 3,5 hours to drive home from Hamburg, so it took us a solid 14,5 hours to get home.

But I’m getting way ahead of myself. August the 1. we drove to Hamburg where we stayed the night at Juttisha’s boyfriend’s family’s house (yes). At 4am we took the metro to the main station and before we knew it we were rushing towards a full month of adventure. We were off to a tough start, though, as we found out the train we were planning to take to Paris (and then from Paris to Bordeaux) was fully booked. Looking back now I think this might’ve been foreshadowing, actually, but I’ll get back to that. Our first stop was Bordeaux, France and we did manage to arrive there an hour later than expected. We had rented flat through Airbnb, but it didn’t have Wifi even though it said so in the description, so we had to spent the next day in the train station trying to figure out where to go and where to live. This unfortunately had the consequence, that we didn’t get to go to San Sebastián and we had to spent the night sleeping in front of the station in Irún. It wasn’t actually the most unpleasant night. It was quite okay, really, because we’d brought camping gear. The day after this we arrived to Bilbao where we stayed at the Iron Hostel. This ended up being one of the best hostels we’d stayed at on the trip. Located on what felt like the top of Bilbao it was one hell of a walk to get there, but it was worth it. We had a really cosy evening playing chess, planning the trip and drinking beer. One day when we woke up, rain was pouring down from the grey sky. We decided that this would be the right time to go see Guggenheim (Recommendable!). Unfortunately, we ended up waiting in line outside 30 minutes or so, but at least the museum was wonderful!


 

I’ve just resumed my writing on this post and I’ve realized how I should have made separate posts per place we visited at the actual time, because I won’t ever be able to describe the whole trip without writing a small novel. So much wonderful happened and we experienced so much that I won’t be able to share with you. It’s too late to get all the colorful details and all the little perks into the description of the experiences. And as you probably all know these are exactly what makes a good piece of writing. In stead I thought I’d show you some pictures and write a little to each of them. Maybe then you’ll get a little peak into some of the experiences we had in each wonderful destination!

I really do hope I’ll improve my blogging soon!

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Interrail – the route

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Hello everyone!

As I briefly mentioned in my previous post I am going on interrail next month. August the 1st my two friends and I are driving to Hamburg. We’ll spend the night there before heading to Bordeaux, France, the next morning. Needless to say I am very exited to explore Europe some more! The actual point if this post is to show you our planned route and maybe explain it a bit. I’ll start by showing you the picture:

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Our main plan was to keep to the coasts as much as possible, which we have mostly done. Of course our longest journey from Hamburg to Bordeaux wasn’t by coast and in Spain we weren’t completely able to stay by the coast either. The train services in Spain took us by surprise. When you travel by the red routes, which there’s a lot of in Spain, the waits in cities we don’t actually want to see, are incredibly long. We’re talking an 11-hour train ride from Bordeaux to Irún. That seemed rather long compared to the fact that our ride from Hamburg takes about 11 hours as well. Well, the reason I tell you this, beside to warn you, are to explain why we haven’t planned anything between Lisbon and Madrid. In this area we haven’t quite been able to decide what we’ll do after that – all we know is that we’ll eventually end up in Madrid. Madrid wasn’t actually on our visit-list to start with, but if you take the trains to Madrid the routes are much faster since you’ll be traveling by mainlines instead of other lines (the red routes). Our fix is whether we want to go to Algeciras where we can take a boat to Morocco or just take the train to Madrid from Lisbon. If you look carefully at the map you can see that there’s no route covered by the interrail pas between Lisbon and Spain in the bottom – where we’ll have to go to take the ferry to Morocco. We’ll have to go all the way back halfway through Lisbon to be able to get back to Spain, which is a rather big detour. Instead we’re thinking about taking an alternate route from Villa Real De Sto. Antonio to Huelva in order to save time. Of course we can’t be sure if that’s even possible, so time will tell if we’ll get to Morocco.

After Madrid we’ll head to Valéncia and further on to Mallorca, which I’m very much looking forward to! The rest of our route is pretty clear drawn out on the map, but when we reach Venice we’re kind of at our turning point. We decided that from there we’ll see how much time we have left and then decide how much of eastern Europe we’ll have time and money to see. Hopefully we’ll have the time to fulfil our planned route, but you never know. Anyhow I might be doing another interrailtrip, but merely in Eastern Europe later in my leap year. I find Eastern Europe incredibly fascinating.

Well, I just wanted to share the route with your guys so you’re prepared for the next couple of posts about Interrail. This lays the background for the blogposts of the next month or two. Don’t say I didn’t warn you.

Anna

 

 

It’s over

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My time in high school, that is.

The headline might strike one as melodramatic, I know, but I bet it caught your attention. Furthermore, in its own way, it’s in place to be just a bit melodramatic when writing this blog post. Why? It’s okay to be melodramatic because: 1. I Have completely neglected this blog for the fifth time this year and 2. I have graduated. There. Now I’ve also presented you with the topic of this post. Graduation.

Yesterday I read a draft I wrote about three weeks ago. It is named “10 days left” and since it is now more likely to be ten days since, it’ll probably never see the light of being published. It simply isn’t relevant anymore. Kind of like my 13 years in the school system. All stored in about 200 gb, which I deleted in under 4 hours along with the rest of the crap, that had taken up storage on my laptop. Notes, programmes, school information. Everything deleted so that, when I went home from work one of my first real vacation days, I had started from scratch. When I write, “first real vacation days” it’s because we in Denmark have this tradition called “Student’s week”.

This is the week after all Danish graduates’ last exam where you basically party the rest of the time. When all of it was over I was left with this weird sensation of nothingness. “What now?” I asked myself. I walked around with this hat that seemed to get sillier and sillier the longer I wore it. I couldn’t believe I wanted to take it off so soon. I’d been waiting for this moment in my life for maybe 5 years and all I did, all I really could do, was to clean my computer so that it was ready for the next few years. In a way it was an unavoidable redemption. I deleted the despair and the stress of the endless hours I’d spent on schoolwork and replaced it with hope for the future and storage in which I could store my creative work. Imagine this: For the first time I am free to spent the storage on my computer as I wish. In a broader perspective I am free to spend my waking hours the next year or two as I wish as well. That’s scary and it reminds me of my draft.

The draft ends with the unfinished sentence:” You know, I’ve been imagining”. I wonder what I imagined before something abruptly ended my writing. The near future, perhaps. Maybe the distant future. Or maybe I was imagining something entirely different. Whatever I wanted to write I find this to be a good metaphor of my current situation. What do I imagine happen next? What do I want to happen? It is time to start imagining what will happen next because “next” is almost here now. I start “Ten Days Left” with citing a quote from Buddy Wakefield. It says:

“The idea is to participate in your existence.”

Think about that quote for a few seconds. Grasp it; turn it over in your mind. How does one participate in one’s existence? And why do I feel like I haven’t or like I am in danger of not doing so? I find myself quite ungrateful when I might have been imagining all the years I’ve “wasted” on school. My good friend, Julie, always used to say:” Imagine all the years we’ve spent on things we actually don’t want to do”. She’d say this as soon as the gymnasium appeared from behind the trees of the park we biked through everyday. In a way she was right, but I sit here now feeling as if I could have participated more in making these years worthwhile. I could have been more eager to learn or more eager to socialize myself. I wanted to do these things, but I never did so. Maybe it was because I was lazy or because I was afraid. Whatever it was time went by and now it’s too late. Anyway. My point is that life sure is a waste of time when you tell yourself that you’re wasting it. It seems to me as if I’ve spent a little too much time waiting on the future. Imagining it and how it’ll be ten times greater than my current moment. I think I could have appreciated my last three years more. Overall, I think I should appreciate everything a little bit more. It might have been a redemption when I wiped out my laptop, but I still worry and I’m still afraid that I wont do all the things I’ve been imagining for so long. Maybe it wasn’t redemption at all. Maybe it was the end of an era that flew by too fast and left me in this “nothingness”.

I’m left with the sense that it is now time for me to really participate in my existence. Now as in right now and not in three weeks when I’m going on interrail or in a half year where I’ll be going somewhere else or in two years where I might continue my education. Might. I live in the hope that I can make my existence, with a bit of positivity, exactly what I want it to be in the right now and not in the distant or near future. As I wrote earlier this month:

 

“ Time is such an unfathomable force of nature. At moments it’s stressing and troublesome, but at other moments it’s soothing and reassuring. I don’t know if it’s good or bad that I’m ready to take off my hat. The future is in front of me. My future. The most important choices, the choices that shape the rest of my adult life, are slowly crawling up from the suppressing wonder of my unbothered, free childhood (…) It’s liberating and it’s scary. It’s the moment I’ve waited for my whole life and the agonizing fear of the time passing and me wasting this moment is breathing down my neck.”

 

I am right and I, we all, should make sure that our existence adds up with the time spent. Because time passes so quickly and before you know it, you’ll be 80. Melodramatically said, the future lies by this year group’s feet and I hope we all get to do what we want and what we’ve been imagining without wasting the now.

 

That’s my new melodramatic philosophy.

 

 

 

 

BERLIN 12/04/17

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Hey guys

Time to write about Berlin, which I do think I promised to. Well, I’m not going to write so much, actually, since I’ve written about Berlin before, so I’d rather just share some pictures with you. Nonetheless, I will share some basic information.

I went with three of my best friends, Ida, Juttisha and Julie, from April 12th to april 16th. We stayed at a Hostel named Alcatraz in Prenzlauer berg (East Berlin, which is my favourite part of Berlin hah). It was a very good Hostel for the price, but not as great as we thought it would be from the videos we saw.

We spent our first day shopping, our second day, friday, visiting the DDR (I do think it’s called GDR in english) museum and sightseeing in the lovely weather, while we went for dinner in an indian restaurant in the evening. We spent a lot of hours there, just drinking happy-hour cocktails (SO MUCH CHEAPER THAN DENMARK) and at one point the waiters invited us to a club. To make a long story short we returned later in the evening, stayed there until 2 am and then just drove around because the clubs they were supposed to take us to were unavailable because of different reasons. So I didn’t actually dance which made me quite sad. The next day we went to the Museum of Modern art, I felt terrible, and then we just walked around while we saw different parts of Berlin.

This was a really quick review of our trip, which was absolutely amazing, but maybe not that blog-worthy. In stead I’ll post a haul on here later of the things I bought! Until then

Have a nice week, day, month, year

 

Anna

My top 10 travel songs

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Hey everyone 

As you guys know, one of my absolute favourite things to do in this world is to travel and since I’m soon embarking upon a new period of my life, which hopefully will include a lot more travelling, I wanted to share with you my 10 favourite songs for it. These songs are chosen from a playlist of 106 songs which all mean something special to me (To be fair, I waited most of my life for leap-year and the possibility to be free to travel, so these are all the songs I’ve saved up and lived through until then ahah) so it’s only a couple of my favourite travel songs. You can see the rest of them on my spotify, of course :)) Anyway here you go! 


Scare away the dark, Passenger 

Vienna, Billy Joel 

Run for those hills, Babe, Tom Rosenthal 

Counting stars, One Republic  

In a perfect world, The Sam Chase

Carry on wayward son, Kansas 

Tiger Striped Sky, Roo Panes

Sleep on the floor, The Lumineers 

Far behind, Eddie Vedder

Map of the world, City And Colour

GRWM : Love-themed party

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Hello you guys

This post is going to be me trying to do something new. Instead of making grwm-videos, I’ll try to write them this time, since I do not feel like I have the time nor desire to edit a video right now. (Honestly I feel so stressed out, so parties seem like a great idea atm).

So, I guess I’ll start up with the make-up since it’s of the essence. Naturally, I didn’t get any nice pictures of it, because I am a sucker at selfies, but if you’re able to see it on the picture of me and Juttisha, I chose to go with a rosy look a-la romance and a light-brown, nude lip with pink undertones. For the skin I went for a bronzy look, which I always do for parties because i’m so naturally pale, and the highlighter was, of course, also in a rosy colour.
The top I was wearing is from Asos’ own brand, whilst the necklace is from H&M, the jeans from a danish brand called Vero Moda and the boots from Vagabond. I’ll post proper pictures down below. 


Product list:

Moisturiser: Dermologica clear start mat moisturizer // this is real good if you’re prone to oily skin, like me. 
Primer: NYX HD primer base
Foundation: Too faced, born this way in light nude // oil-free and long-lasting, one of the best foundations I know.
Concealers: MAC cosmetics select cover-up and Urban Decay Naked concealer.

Loose powder: Nilens jord priming and finish powder 
Bronzer: Too faced, chocolate bronzer
Highlighter: MAC Cosmetics mineralize skinfinish in soft and gentle
Brows: NYX micro brow-pencil in ash-brown and Benefit cosmetics’ Gimme brow
Eyes: Morphe mat palette 350M and Urban Decay Naked 3 // I highly recommend the Morphe palette, but I actually find that Naked 3 disappoint each time I use it, since there’s barely any pigmentation in the shadows. 
Mascara: Benefit Cosmetics They’re Real! mascara
Lips: NYX lingerie in the colour Ruffle Trim. 


We, Julie and I, decided to buy sushi for dinner this time. I wanted something small, so I just ordered 3 rolls of host maki (Avocado, mango and one with salmon) – and of course shrimp chips and chilimayo. When we got home from school that day we suddenly realised that we only had 1,5 hours before we had to be at my friend Olivia’s apartment, so everything went a bit hasty. Anyhow, I’ll post some pictures from the evening just to set the vibe. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

G A L L A // P R O M

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Hey everyone!

New month, new blog. It seems that’s about how often I write in here. Loads has been happening this last half a year – year. I had a boyfriend, then I didn’t, I got my drivers license, I got a new job, I wrote a big ass assignment and did pretty well. Now everything is going a bit slower and I feel like I just wanted to take the time to share this important experience with you guys – my galla. Well, a galla is, as you can probably tell from the headline, basically a danish version of a prom. This galla has been the main event of my three years in high-school and this day was what we waited for since 1g (first grade). Then it arrived and then it was over and now I’m just left astonished of how quickly time passes.

I mean, I’m finished soon! No more school. I’m free!

I thought I wanted to share some pictures with you guys and just tell you a bit about the day. You see, my day started at 08:30am. I was hosting brunch for 4 of my closest friends. I made non-healthy pancakes (I’m back in fitness, so who cares) and then we had some syrup, coconut sugar, fruits, berries, tea, juice and eggs and bacon. It was very nice seeing the other girls because I don’t see them as often as I would like to. Luckily, we’re going to Berlin together next month. I’ll probably update you on that later. After brunch, when it was about 12pm, Julie and I drove over to one of our friends, Kamma. She’d put up these two big mirrors on her diningtable so we we’re able to put on our makeup at the same time. It was pretty clever, really. When we reached 4pm the last of us was slipping on dresses and putting on falsies, realising that we actually was in a bit of a hurry, since dinner with the rest of the class was at half past. We rushed to the car, one of my falsies fell off, I had to change shoes because I couldn’t drive in heels and then we had to shift seats because my mum was driving us to the restaurant. It was a pretty hectic experience, actually.

We had chicken-burger and french fries for dinner with a red wine. Real fancy. When we arrived at school we had to dance the “Lanciers”, but after that we were free to do what we wanted. A band called “Uptown funk” played all kinds of funky tunes, so naturally I was to be found on the dance floor all night, if not in the bar buying another wine. Jesus, did I buy a lot of wine. At the end of the evening I lost my purse, due to the wine, so I didn’t go into town with the rest, but it was fine. I was absolutely destroyed the day after and I only got home at 1am.

That is summed up my evening. It was really lovely and I am grateful for the wonderful people I surround myself with. They made the evening so much better.

See you later

Anna

 

 

 

Norway & Austria

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Hola everyone

I’ve been on two lovely trips lately and I thought I’d like to tell you about them even though it’s been long since I wrote the last time. I’m sorry of course, I am everytime, but I don’t want to make any empty promises anymore. I will TRY to write more in here. Anyhow, as you probably guessed by the headline I went to first Norway and then Austria for skiing. Unfortunately we were quite unlucky with the weather on both trips. It was heavy snowing and very gusty in Norway whilst it was really warm in Austria. Though the hotter weather is strongly to prefer I just thought I had to share this with you guys since it’s about the only bad things I have to say about the trips.

I want to start by telling you guys about Norway. We went there January the 5th – January 8th. The area in which we were staying was named Vrådal and was about 3 hours drive from Kristiansand where we arrived by ferry. We lived in a really nice, spacious apartment, but the rest of the building was empty since we stayed there totally out of season. I have to admit; the place was a little creepy at times.

Unfortunately, as I mentioned before, the weather was warm. Only one slope was open, so the skiing got a bit monotonous. Luckily there was a little cafe in the bottom of the valley where we spent alot of time instead – me with my feet close to the fireplace since they were freezing terribly in spite of it not being very cold.

When we arrived in Austria it was a bit different. Here it wasn’t just warm. It was crazy warm. Like warmer than I’ve ever tried before. Global warming is real, friends. By the end of the week we were skiing without jackets and without ski-underwear. We were also skiing on really heavy snow, which made the thighs burn. It was nice nonetheless. I actually prefer, when the slopes are still skiable, the warm weather, but that’s because I tend to freeze very easily. When it’s warm like this trip I was able to sit at one of the mountain-restaurants with a coke and no jacket just feeling the sun in my face. It’s the best feeling.

Anyway; just a quick sum-up for you guys. See you later

 

Anna

One year anniversary

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Hello everybody. 

I have once again returned to my beloved blog after what feels like a longer time than usual. I don’t know why I’ve stopped writing and this development concerns me because writing honestly is the best thing I know and the thing I’m best at. It’s a way to get my thoughts out and a way to air my opinions and my form of art. Why I am abandoning this I don’t know, but I will once again try. Here I am. Writing just a few weeks after my one-year anniversary on this blog, and it saddens me that half of this one year hasn’t been active in the way a blog should be. I guess I took a break from it, though. This last half year has been, well, filled with experiences, feelings, change and in some way growth, actually. For the first time in my life I kind of feel like I’m going somewhere (only personally, like financially, educationally ect I’m not moving an inch), and even admitting to this make me a little fearful, because so much can change still. I don’t want to dive deep into this right now – I feel like it’s a whole different post I’ll write once I create a overview of it myself – but I guess I just wanted to tell you guys that I’m back and I’ll try to write some more again. Mostly for myself, but also for anyone, if there is any out there, who actually concerns about my blog in some way or another. Youtubevideo-wise I don’t know where I’m going. I don’t want to make any promises, but I don’t want do mark it as a ended chapter either. The desire nor the inspiration just hasn’t been there and why do it then? If not the belief in it is present it hardly seems worth it. But as I said, it might reoccur; just like the writing did.

So. Here’s to another year filled with new feelings, visions, dreams, realisations and growth. Here’s to another year where I, hopefully, will waste more time and energy on the things that I actually care about and much less on things that, in the long run, doesn’t matter. A year that surely will consist of countless posts that’ll paint a beautiful, telling picture of the year that is yet to go by. Here’s to a much better second year.

Love Anna 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Corfu

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Hey guys.

How’s your lives? Mine has, unfortunately, gone back to reality. In every meaning of the word – reality has hit me like the stone-cold, hard rock it is. My last year in school has officially started and I’ve not even been here in a week and I’m tired. Luckily, I got to spent a week in Greece on the island Corfu before going home for the weekdays and thank god for that! I had an amazing time and a memorable one as well, since this might have been the last vacation I got to go on with my family for a long time. It’s weird how a period of my life is slowly coming to an end. Soon I’ll be an adult and it scares me so much. Anyhow, unfortunately I actually didn’t take many pictures on this vacation, but I’m slowly starting on the video, so you’ll get some pictures there as well. I won’t make this post long. Basically, Corfu was a nice place. Very reliant on tourism which basically means that every town is overgrown with tourist shops, cocktailbars and restaurants. Living there isn’t very expensive and some of the towns seemed very fun, especially if you are young, so I would like returning once with my friends to hang at the beach and party-harty.

Anyway, I’m sorry the post is so short, I’ll add some more info when the video posts.

Love, Anna