The Problem with Priorities

Understand me. I’m not like an ordinary world. I have my madness, I live in another dimension and I do not have time for things that have no soul.

Charles Bukowski

So you know how I said I’d try to post once a week? Guess what: I lied. It’s been more than a month of radio silence.

I could sit here and make excuses about traveling through Greece or pulling all-nighters for architecture or applying to over 40 architecture firms, but the truth is I don’t really care enough to do that.

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Current Design Love: LT Josai

Even though I have nothing, I’m quite happy living like this.

Sasaki Haise

In honor of Valentine’s day, here’s a post in honor of my love, who always comes before anyone else: architecture.

If you know me, you might know I have a long-standing love affair with Japan. In elementary school I had a minor obsession with Bento boxes (that continues to this day– you should have seen how excited I got about my new lunchbox). I learned Japanese in the hopes that my best friend’s family would bring me with them on a vacation to Tokyo (it didn’t pan out). Even when choosing study abroad, I was a solid 50/50 split between Japan and Denmark, so I applied to both. Obviously, I didn’t get in.

However, I still continued to be inspired by Japan, whether it be embracing a Wabi-Sabi lifestyle or their designs. The current design project I am working on is an extraordinarily small communal living space in a diverse neighborhood of Copenhagen, and I’ve found myself consistently drawn to Japanese precedents in communal housing. Here’s a bit of a case study I did for class that is helping me stay in love with architecture.

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Case containing an array of baked goods

Full Stomach & Empty Wallet: Copenhagen Edition

So long as you have food in your mouth you have solved all questions for the time being.

Franz Kafka

I’m a bit of a foodie, largely in part with the fact I’m the child of a chef who had a food blogger roommate, so I’m not one to say no to an amazing dining opportunity. There’s one caveat, though: ya girl is broke.

Copenhagen is a notoriously expensive city (it’s just as bad as London or Paris). However, I’m crazy lucky that my homestay family are just as epicurean as I am, and even more frugal than I. I have at least two meals a day taken care of from them (all three if we have leftovers) and I’m pretty sure that’s the sole reason I can still travel.

Here’s the list (in no particular order) of cheap eats I’ve found that have kept me from starving on many a day in Copenhagen when I forgot to pack my lunch. Good luck and enjoy to all you budget gourmands out there.

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Plane views

Travel Tips from The Worst Backpacker Ever*

Those who move forward with a happy spirit will find that things will always work out.

Gordon B. Hinckley

For some reason the people I meet in hostels think I’m qualified to give advice, as if I actually know what I’m doing. Apparently I know how to hack travel websites better than some people, so here are a bunch of the travel tips I’ve told literally everyone I’ve come into contact with, combined in one place.

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Photo of medieval city streets with white walls lined with flowers

And We’re Off: My 2018 Travel Bucket List

The world is big and I want to have a good look at it before it gets dark.

John Muir

For someone who spent a good portion of their weekends in Copenhagen, I made a dent in my travel bucket list. So far I have been to:

  • Århus, Denmark
  • Copenhagen, Denmark
  • Jelling, Denmark
  • Kolding, Denmark
  • Flåm, Norway
  • Bergen, Norway
  • Stockholm, Sweden
  • Turku, Finland
  • Helsinki, Finland
  • Paris, France
  • Warsaw, Poland
  • Krakow, Poland
  • Amsterdam, The Netherlands
  • London, England
  • Dublin, Ireland
  • Lyon, France
  • Chamonix, France
  • Dubrovnik, Croatia
  • Zagreb, Croatia
  • Budapest, Hungary

So not too shabby! I’m trying to keep the rest of my to-go list reasonable, seeing as how its not really feasible for me to get to Thailand, Japan, Bali, or anywhere around Australia. I’ll save those for other trips (and I promise this isn’t self-pity, I still get to go to some pretty cool places). Without further ado, here’s my travel bucket list for the next semester!

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