My Scandinavian journey – final city is Copenhagen, Denmark!

Jenny here!

I arrived in Copenhagen by yet another overnight train journey. Upon exiting the central train station, I had a 20 minute walk to my hostel, and arrived around 7am. My hostel check-in time was 2pm, but they let me get showered up and take a quick nap on a couch in the lounge before heading out on the free city walking tour at 10am. The walking tour guide met us at the hostel and led us to the courthouse where the tour actually starts. While waiting on the tour to start, I saw countless brides in wedding dresses exiting every few minutes, and learned that on every Saturday there is a wedding about every 5 minutes in the courthouse!

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Denton, Texas… A visit back home

After leaving Tokyo I opted to make a trip back to Texas to catch up with friends and family. My visit to Australia to see family helped me get my head straight on what I wanted to do as far as my travels were concerned, but I was still homesick and wanting to see a lot of people. Since my next stop after Tokyo was Europe, I decided it was a good opportunity to detour back to DFW.

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My Scandinavian journey – up first – Oslo, Norway 

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I left Paris on a flight bound for Oslo, Norway in the early evening, and knew it would be a long night and late check-in to my hostel there. What I didn’t know is how terrible I would start to feel mid-journey…something was hitting me in a bad way…as my whole body started to ache and I felt very lethargic starting that afternoon. Once I got off the plane, I knew it was some sort of 24 hours virus…or food poisoning. I will not go into details because I’m not trying to scare away readers of this blog, but I’ll just say, it wasn’t pretty, and my first entire day in Oslo was spent holed up in my dorm room either in a fetal position on my bed or in the bathroom. How could I make it through nearly 4 months in Southeast Asia eating every local food under the sun, not get sick until I eat a kabob in Paris?! Riddle me that!

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A long weekend in the City of Lights 

Jenny here!

After around 20 hours of plane travel, I made it to CDG airport just outside of Paris. I had selected Paris to be my first city in Europe for a couple of reasons. First being that it was the cheapest place to fly into from Tokyo, and secondly because I’ve been twice before and done every touristy thing possible, so I knew I wouldn’t be pressured to immediately get out and sightsee. I knew I’d have some massive jetlag to get over first! After taking a train into the city and catching another subway line, I arrived in what would be my new neighborhood for the next 3 nights. I checked into my hostel which was located on the canal and decided since it was 8pm, and I slept zero hours on my flights, it was time for bed. Unfortunately, my new dormmates didn’t agree. I got very little sleep that night, partially due to people talking, partially due to my body thinking I should be awake since it was daytime in Asia, and partially due to it staying light until 11pm…all these combined made for a groggy Jenny the next morning.

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Tokyo, Japan + what we ate! 

We arrived at Narita airport exhausted from lack of sleep in our dorm the night before, but quickly caught a second wind and got super excited for our four nights in Tokyo! We caught the train into the city and exited at Shibuya Station. Shibuya was a highly recommended part of the city to stay in and it also is one of the largest metro stations we’ve ever seen. Shibuya is also home to Shibuya Crossing, which is said to be the busiest intersection in the world! It was so crazy to see everyone walking in every single direction when the traffic lights ALL went red, and the walking lights lit up!

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