The Trip that Didn’t Go as Planned
Sometimes things don’t go the way you want them to and it’s really stressful. I just got home from two weeks in Sweden, Denmark and France and I have to say that there were a few negative instances that made me question what I thought was a solid-proof travelling plan, and made me grow as a traveller – even if it did cost me an uncomfortable amount. So instead of talking of what I wore and what I did, I want you to know what I learned.
(But of course you can always email me if you want to learn more about my trip (: )
Your health needs to come first. I forgot that my body is affected by weather and coming from hot and humid Maryland to brisk and cold Scandinavia triggered my allergies. It was stressful being sick in another country and not knowing where to go, but I waited until I couldn’t sleep or breathe to go to la Pharmecie and ask for some allergy meds. Because of this, I messed up two of my day trips to Helsingor and Egeskov Castle and missed out on them.
If you’re unsure, read and ask questions. Because I was sick, I missed my train to Odense (a city in Denmark) and had to buy new train tickets, which ended up costing me a lot of money, but it would be worth it, right? Well, I got there and went to the H.C. Andersen House and looking at my map, walked through the populated part of town, which was the western part, and it was the most boring town I’d ever been in. I could have sworn they had a more extensive H.C. Andersen museum as well as an old town, but it was not there and wasn’t coming up on my phone, so I slugged back to Copenhagen disappointed.
What disappointed me more is that when I got back, I realised I was right – there was an extensive museum and old town in the eastern part of the city. And no, it did not come up on my phone. I had to look up the address of the museum and the name of the town square – Storebrødre – for it to show up on my phone, and it looks marvelous. If only I had put more effort into researching, or had asked someone at the first museum I went to, I would’ve been able to get my visit’s worth of Odense and wouldn’t be stuck 4,000 miles away wanting to go back! (Though I’ll hopefully return to Denmark one day.)
Your bank account will be replenished but your life will not. Sometimes you have to keep telling yourself this when you spend more than you allotted yourself. My hostels didn’t charge me until I checked in so a lot of the money I thought I had for spending actually went to something I thought was already paid for. In addition to that, I missed two of my trains in France – and these were not cheap tickets. So in addition to the amount wasted on missed trains, I had to buy additional tickets which cost even more money than I’d like to think about right now. However I would not have gone on this vacation if I had nothing to come home to. I will shortly be making an income again but if I hadn’t bought the extra tickets, I wouldn’t have gotten to see Dinan or St-Malo in Brittany, which were two magnificent cities. Sometimes you just need to take a deep breath and remember that.
And of course, you are always learning about yourself abroad. I feel like my next vacations should be less structured and should include more time for leisure because it was an exhausting two weeks and the itinerary I had made for myself sometimes did not align with my mood or my health, but that’s just me. No life experience is ever not worth it.
I’m glad to be back in a Halloween-celebrating country and honestly the weather here lately has been beautiful, so I hope to take advantage of this next week as much as possible. I hope you all are having a wonderful Halloweekend I will post again shortly. Until then!
OOTDs and My New Camera
Because of a scheduling conflict, my birthday presents came early, which means my camera did too! I love my new camera! I used to have the Canon Rebel T1i and I got the most recent version – the T7i – for my birthday. I haven’t had a new camera in a while so I miss that feeling of getting something new that’s way better than what I used to have. Don’t you love that?
Anyway, here are some new OOTDs. It has been very hot, about 100 degrees Fahrenheit, and so I haven’t been as creative with my outfits since I’m just always sweating, but I have added a lot of new shorts to my wardrobe. I’ve never been a shorts person but I guess I now am!
Look at that focus! Look at that lighting! I’m so impressed with the way my camera captures life. In this outfit, I got sick of the typical black shorts so I switched some out for corduroy. I like that the fabric has texture and the colour is so deep. I tend to bring cardigans out with me since air conditioning can make a space absolutely freezing.
I’m normally not one for the ripped shorts trend but I actually really liked these shorts. Here they’re paired with a very basic tank top but they’d go well with a variety of tops – once they’re actually wearable. I paired it with one of my favourite rings; I hope to get more from the jeweller when I can.
Apologies that these outfits are a bit basic, but provided the weather gets to a livable temperature, I’ll hopefully have some great new styles soon. Until then, I’m still making $20 website layouts so if you need one, you know where to look. Until next week!
Posted on Wednesday, July 26, 2017
Post in Bloggish, Fashion, Life Updates, Outfits of the Day
$20 Websites and a Month-Long Hiatus
As promised, I finally do have some news to share with you, so I’ll go ahead and list them below:
I am now offering my web design services! This is pretty huge for me since it’s taken over a decade to grow the confidence to work for someone else, but I finally opened a commissions site and web layouts cost as little as $20 USD, since I need to gather a client base before charging more. This is incredibly cheap for a personal website so please consider me and tell your friends if they’re in need of a website layout.
I don’t normally advertise myself but I’ve been out of a job for three months and I really need the money. However, there is another bit of news I have:
I’m going on a month-long Hiatus. As you probably know, my nice camera was broken at the hands of my father so I’ve asked him to get me a new one for my birthday, which is at the very end of July. Instead of taking blurry and relatively pixellated phone pics, I’m going to wait for a nice camera to continue providing pictures for my blog. I’m sorry but I’ve been looking at my blog and Instagram and it’s not up to my standard. I’d rather put off blogging for another month if it means I can be spared pretty much ruining my image and wasting my time.
I plan on revisiting a lot of clothing and jewellery from my phone pic looks when I return, but I’d also like to expand my horizons with my self-photography. I’d like to start using a tripod, get some new angles, and hopefully my new camera will focus better than my last one did. I don’t believe in editing photographs but it would be nice to have more decent photos to put on the site. Part of the reason I started blogging was to improve my writing, style, and photography skills – so that’s what I’m going to do.
I hope you can find inspiration in yourself and I have some newfound inspiration in myself. I’ll see you in a month and hopefully then, the blog will be able to continue in a much better direction. Until August!
Posted on Sunday, July 9, 2017
Post in Bloggish, Life Updates
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