Friday, July 13, 2012


In preparation for my time in Denmark, I wanted to enjoy the planning portion before I actually got there. I read an article a while ago that suggested that we're happier in the long run if we plan a trip in advance instead always jetting off at the drop of a hat. While there's something to be said for spontaneity, having time to look forward to this coming semester has made me all the more ready to go.

I suspect that this theory is why Pinterest is so addicting. I created a board to start stockpiling ideas and images of things I wanted to see and places I wanted to go.

(productive procrastination, right?)

For me, creating this visual collage of what I want to do while abroad has genuinely helped me get excited. As much as I'm looking forward to calling Denmark my home, I've been having some serious bouts of FOMO and general nervousness. Of my close group of friends, half of us are going abroad. I like the fall semester at Georgetown more than the spring: the energy of everyone coming back in August, Halloweekend (which is a huge deal in DC), the holiday season leading up to's hard not to think about what I'll be missing when I haven't gotten a taste of what's to come.

Scrolling through my extensive visualization of all the cool things I will get to experience has also helped me focus on what I want do most while in Denmark. Art museums and architectural hot spots on high on my list along with exploring outdoorsy attractions and lesser known countries (mainly the Balkan peninsula). Once I'm settled in across the pond I'm sure there will be plenty of chances for spontaneous Euro-tripping but until then, I'll settle for carefully curating a visual bucket list.


  1. Welcome to Denmark :) I moved here around 6 months ago now! Tomorrow I get to go to Kronborg for the first time too!
    One tip: If you go to Ribe try and do the nightwatchman's tour (it's free) - I like it as it is quite atmospheric and you get to hear some good stories. And of course...come and visit Sonderborg ;)

    1. Thanks for the suggestions! I can't wait to get there (I arrive on August 19th) and to start exploring! Kronborg is definitely on my list of things to do and the I'll look in to the nightwatchman's tour as well, it sounds awesome.