I recently checked off a new country by visiting Denmark. I didn’t have a lot of time, but I got a good feel for Copenhagen and I wouldn’t mind returning someday. I was invited to stay at Copenhagen Downtown Hostel for a few nights, and it turned out to be a great central location to base my exploration of the city.
I’ve started making it a habit to look for food tours everywhere I travel. They’re fun, and I find them to be a really interesting way to try new foods and learn about the food culture and history of the destination I’m visiting. I thought I would find tons of fish dishes listed on the itineraries of food tour companies in Copenhagen, but I quickly learned there’s a lot more to Danish cuisine than fish.
While Andy and his dad were hiking through the Cumbria lake district in England, I was exploring Paris (more on that later) with my friend Rachel, followed by a few days of solo travel in Copenhagen, Denmark. I could tell I was a little rusty at solo travel almost as soon as I landed in Copenhagen. The metro ticket machine confused me, I almost got on a train instead of the metro, I couldn’t figure out if I needed to validate my ticket, and I got lost several times trying to find my hostel because I’m not good with maps. So I gave myself permission to do almost nothing once I finally got to my room.
The waiter brought over my Pad Thai, and Andy and I dug into our meals. Neither tasted authentic or overwhelmingly delicious, but the flavors were decent enough for what we were looking for – inexpensive and short walking distance from home.
What we hadn’t bargained for was the food poisoning that hit us both a few hours later.
Morocco was supposed to be our real vacation during the winter. Sure, we spent a few months in Italy and Spain, but we were mostly working in other places. Andy and I planned a work-free, laptop-free trip to Morocco for about two and a half weeks as a chance to relax and go someplace a little more adventurous. As I talked about previously, the trip was not a success and ended it after only five days. But we did see some interesting things during our short trip to Morocco.
A few weeks before I went back to Atlanta for a week, Akila McConnell, another travel blogger, announced her new food tour company, called Atlanta Food Walks. As you probably know, I love food tours, so I was really excited for her. Even better, she was starting tours right before I arrived, and the timing worked out that I was able to try it out.
As part of our winter escape, Andy and I spent a month living in Pisa, Italy. We spent the month alternating between work and exploring Tuscany, although the balance was a bit off for several reasons. In general, basing yourself in one place for a long period of time is a great way to explore the surrounding area. Here’s what we spent for a month living in Pisa and traveling in Tuscany.
During our time in Pisa, Andy and I tried to see as much as Tuscany as we could. We worked during the week and took day trips or overnight trips on the weekends to places like Lucca, Siena, and Cortona. On one weekend, we decided to change things up by going to the seaside city of Livorno instead of another typical Tuscan village. We loved those Tuscan towns, but we thought it might be nice to do something different. We were wrong.
I’ve never been one to track down filming locations of movies or TV shows. But if it’s a gorgeous location on top of being in a movie I loved, I might be more interested. Andy and I spent a month living in and attempting to explore Tuscany, and we both really loved the movie Under the Tuscan Sun, which takes place in Cortona. With two nights between the end of our apartment rental in Pisa and our overnight ferry to Spain, we decided to check out this little village in southern Tuscany.
I’ve been freelancing now for about a year and a half. It started out slow, but last summer things started to pick up. One contract in particular started sending me more and more work, and it was work I enjoyed. But over the past few months I’ve felt like it was time for more. At the beginning of April, another blogger posted that she was hiring someone to help with some of the behind-the-scenes aspects of her blog, and I applied.