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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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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How to Survive a Christmas Abroad

Sorry I’ve fallen off the face of the Earth! I’ve been too busy living it up to update this (though one of my New Years Resolutions is to do better, we’ll see how that goes). I was originally going to post this forever ago (as in before I surprised my mother by suddenly appearing at home for Christmas) but there’s no point in keeping up that charade that I’m spending all of the Holidays abroad.

I did get a bit of travel in before I came back to Chicago, with some quick visits to Amsterdam to see the cousins, London to see Queen in concert and Dublin to see Guinness before I came back. In just a few days I’m off again to snowboard in France and explore Croatia before the new semester starts!

However, I know these tips are still applicable for people out at Christmas. While some people may not be able to fly home, others may not feel welcome at home, or not have a place to call home at all. To any and everyone wondering WTF their plan is for the holidays, hopefully these tips can help:

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