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LONDON ENGLAND

April 26, 2016

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It’s crazy to think about how long it’s taken me to sit down and write this post about a trip Isaac and I took over a month ago! But I suppose better late than never, right?

London was one of the places on our 4 city trip that I was most excited to go to. On our first day, we took the Tube (which is fascinatingly cleaner and quieter than the subway I am used to) to Westminster because Westminster Abbey was first on the to-do list. Since I didn’t do quite as much planning ahead as I had originally planned, to my surprise the first thing we saw when we emerged from underground was Big Ben! And may I just say that Big Ben is much more ornate and beautiful than pictures let on. After trying to take a picture that didn’t get one of the many many tourists also in the area caught in the background (I thought that since we were traveling in February there wouldn’t be that many tourists–I was very wrong), we headed over to the giant line at Westminster Abbey and popped open our umbrella to greet our first London rain shower. Just like Big Ben, Westminster Abbey was so much more beautiful than I had imagined, and so much bigger!

Day 2 in London was Valentine’s Day, and also the celebration of the Chinese New Year! We perused a couple of museums, explored the local festivals for the new year (and I proceeded to buy a very over-priced but totally worth it banana Nutella crepe), and headed back to our Airbnb before our very romantic dinner. Since I wasn’t really familiar with the area, I foolishly left our Valentine’s dinner reservation to a couple of nights before the actual day. However, we ended up going to a wonderful restaurant called The Delaunay at 10:00PM. Now I had no problem with a late dinner, however, being from New York we had never considered that the metro might actually close for the night. To our surprise, when we arrived at the Covent Gardens station the entryway was barred shut! Although this was a downer, there really was a bright side because we got to ride in one of those classic black London taxis and it was pretty cool.

We spent most of day 3 at the British Museum, where I proceeded to take lots of pictures of the Rosetta Stone. I also took this opportunity to break in my brand new pair of Doc Martens that I had purchased 2 days prior. I’ve had my eye on a pair of classic black Doc Martens for a while, but I figured since they are an English brand why not buy them in England?

I totally packed our last day in London full of the typical touristy things that I of course had been dying to do since day 1. We took a ride on the London Eye (the individual pods are SO much bigger than I had realized!), visited Buckingham Palace, walked over Tower Bridge, and I took a picture in a red phone booth. 🙂 My biggest surprise of that day was finding multiple giant white pelicans in the park near the palace; I was so confused yet pleasantly surprised after reading a sign that said “please don’t feed the pelicans.” I don’t know about you but I thought they were strictly a tropical bird!

The next morning we left to catch our train to Paris. I wanted to get a quick picture at Platform 9 3/4 to satisfy my inner Harry Potter obsession, but again with the tourists (silly of me to complain since I am in fact a tourist myself 🙂 )! The line for a photo at 8AM was 45 minutes long!!!! Unfortunately, we didn’t have that much time to spare, so I will one day have to return to King’s Cross to get that photo!

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CLIMB TO ARTHUR’S SEAT

March 6, 2016

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Coat: Eddie Bauer (old, similar here) | Jeans: ASOS | Sneakers: Nordstrom

On our last day in Edinburgh Isaac and I hiked to Arthur’s Seat. The forecast from the previous day had predicted clear skies and lots of sun, so I thought climbing up to such a beautiful spot would be the perfect way to end our stay in Scotland. As you can probably tell, that is definitely NOT the weather we got! Towards the beginning of our hike it was just very overcast and grey, and a little on the cold side. Fast forward 30 minutes and it began to start raining. Fast forward another 15 minutes close to the top of the hill and the rain turned to massive snowflakes! This was not normal snow. The snow flakes were so big that if felt like they were pelting us!

The pictures really don’t do justice to how difficult this “path” is to climb, especially when it’s wet and slippery. Towards the beginning things were pretty great because the start of the path we chose was paved, and then it turned to a clearly defined gravel path. But close to the top the path got very steep and slippery, and it was less of a path and more of a “find your own way” by climbing up clusters of rocks. Not surprisingly, by the time we actually reached Arthur’s Seat we were sweating from the climb and our jackets were actually soaked from the rain and snow. We probably stayed up there for 15 mins before we began to freeze and decide that we better start navigating our way back down. By the time we finished, my coat was soaked, and so was my shirt and undershirt under that! We ended up going to a cafe so I could get some tea to warm up (and steal Isaac’s sweatshirt that somehow managed to stay completely dry 🙂 ). I must say, one of my favorite things about the UK in general is that there is just an endless number of cafes that sell amazing tea and scones. Scones are officially my new favorite baked good.

You might have noticed that I chose to climb a muddy mountain in stark white sneakers. No, this was not the plan. I was originally planning to pack my Nike running shoes for this exact purpose, but the struggle of packing a suitcase for 3 weeks in the winter (hello bulky sweaters) meant that it was my sneakers or my pretty white shoes. You can see where my priorities lie. 🙂 I did get a couple of comments from other hikers about my footwear choice (all with smiles), but I think I did a pretty good job of keeping them clean, and I managed not to fall even once (though I did come VERY close several times, quite scary)!

Visiting Arthur’s Seat was really the perfect way to end this portion of our trip. The views are indescribable. I felt like I was on top of the world. Edinburgh is such a beautiful city (Isaac’s favorite of all we visited!), and seeing the city from this view was totally breathtaking.

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SCOTTISH ROYALTY

February 11, 2016

                 Turns out I’m not cut out for cannon duty 🙂                         Coat: Eddie Bauer (similar here) | Dress: ASOS | Sneakers: ADIDAS | Backpack: Nordstrom

Today Isaac and I explored the royal side of Edinburgh. We started at Holyrood Palace and made our way along the Royal Mile to Edinburgh Castle. Visiting the palace was especially fun for me because I’m a huge fan of the tv show Reign (it’s about Mary Queen of Scott’s story). We got to see Queen Mary’s original chambers from the 16th century, lots of old artwork and tapestries, and the beautiful ruins of the abbey.

Along the Royal Mile to the castle, I caved and splurged on a tartan cashmere scarf (made in Scotland, of course) because who doesn’t love super soft scarves with a meaning behind them? One thing that’s kind of confusing to me is the difference between the castle and the palace. The castle, which is literally on a cliff, seems like the type of place I imagined kings and queens living in. But it’s actually the palace at the foot of the hill where the royalty live.  The castle was pretty awesome, but the views alone were worth the visit. You can see everything, and it’s absolutely breathtaking. We really lucked out because this morning there was not a single cloud in the sky and nothing obscured our view. I had to break out my hand warmers today though because it got super windy up there, and winter wind plus poor circulation = frozen hands. 🙁 

Isaac’s brother actually recently visited Edinburgh, so we took his advice and went to The Witchery for dinner. The food was pretty delicious, but it was one of those fancy restaurants that’s almost too fancy because you feel bad if you don’t cut your food just so or if you accidentally use the wrong fork, haha. What’s pretty awesome about this city though is that after only 2 days we were able to walk all the way back to our Airbnb in the dark without a map of directions. There are so many landmarks here that finding your way is pretty simple (though I’m not sure Isaac agrees 🙂 ). 

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 COPENHAGEN

February 7, 2016

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Coat:  H&M | Scarf: Forever 21 (old) | Sweater: Banana Republic | Sneakers: Nordstrom | Sunglasses: Karen Walker

Hello from Copenhagen!! Isaac and I are taking a trip across Europe to celebrate our graduation and Denmark is our first stop. Seeing as I have blonde hair, everyone here seems to assume that I know Danish, which is a little embrassing, but it’s amazing how pretty much all Danes speak English flawlessly! Seeing as part of my family is from Denmark this was a really special place for me to visit, and although we got pretty lost at first, by day two we were navigating the streets of Copenhagen sans map! The weather here is a bit cold, but nothing a upstate New Yorker can’t handle. 🙂 Tomorrow we take off to explore a new city, and I’ll be sure to keep sharing pictures of our adventure! Thanks for stopping by! 🙂

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WINTER HAS ARRIVED

January 7, 2016
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Coat: H&M | Dress: ASOS | Tights: Ann Taylor Loft (similar here) | Boots: Toga Pulla | Earmuffs: Etsy

Happy 2016 everybody!! 🙂 I am very happy to report that along with the new year, winter has finally arrived here on the East Coast and I am LOVING it! Bring on the layers, hats, tights, coats, scarves, wool socks… I love it all. But in all seriousness my skin is definitely not loving the weather change. My skin can be very sensitive and I think the sudden change in temperatures and the low humidity is causing my skin to be both dry and itchy, which is a bummer. 🙁

Today my sister and I took a walk around the reservoir in Central Park to get out of the apartment and squeeze in a little exercise. Speaking of exercise, I didn’t really have any New Year’s resolutions this year, but I had a really great fitness routine going while I was in school and I’d like to keep up with it. Over the past 2 weeks that was obviously a challenge seeing as one of my favorite Christmas gifts is Gertrude Hawk’s chocolate (milk chocolate chewy coconut is the best thing ever). However, as of tomorrow morning I will have made it to the gym 3 times this week, so I count that as a win:)