Journey with Jo

Follow me as I blog about my various journeys across the globe, making budget travel look luxurious!

Monday, January 29, 2018

Denmark is never a place I thought about visiting or had the desire to, in all honesty. However, when the travel gods start working their magic and show you all the different possibilities on how to get your butt home for the cheapest way, you take heed.

I chose to spend the last leg of my Christmas getaway (December 27-29, 2017) in Denmark, because it was right next door to Sweden, and the price was a smooth $300 to get me back to NYC before NYE.

I decided to stay in an AirBnb for my time in Copenhagen, due to hotel prices not being in my favor. I stayed with a lovely Danish man by the name of Rune. He was extremely personable, texting me a few days before my arrival to make sure I was OK and didn't have any questions/concerns.
The street on which my AirBnb was located

Awesome welcome note from Rune :)

Upon arrival, we chatted for about hour, getting to know each other and learning about our travel history. During our conversation, Rune was also gauging my interests, because a few hours later I woke up to a comprehensive list of recommendations on places to go. And the list was super detailed with what makes it a good place, complete with the link to Google Maps, so I could know how to get there.
Chopping it up with my host, with a warm cup of tea he made for me.
The tea was so good I went out the next day and bought a pound for me to take back to NYC! 
Hence, enter another shameless plug for why I love staying at AirBnb's. The type of personal interactions you get when you're in the home of a native is bar-none. (If you're ever thinking about staying in Copenhagen, check out Rune's place here.)

Perfect sized room for me

After getting myself settled in, I took a leisurely walk to the downtown area of Copenhagen. From my residence, it was about a 15-20 minute walk across a bridge to get to the other part of town. 

What I did after, was literally followed the lights I saw from buildings until I came to the area with all the shops, food and sights. Check out the quick video clip below of me walking through the streets.

After finding some grub and doing a bit more walking I decided to head back to the apartment. 


And dinner. Yum!
I had a full day ahead and wanted to maximize my time, so I thought it best to call it a night to map out how I would spend the next day...

Be on the lookout for the next post, which shares how I spent the next 24 hours!

Tuesday, January 16, 2018

When I arrived in Stockholm it was early Christmas morning. After the long flight across the Atlantic, I was bit lethargic but after getting through the airport rigamarole, the sleepiness evaded me when it hit me that I actually made it to this foreign place.
The "Arlanda Express" takes you from the airport to Stockholm in 20 minutes.
My time in Sweden was short: a mere 2 days, but it was time well spent. This was the first trip in a very long time in which I purposely didn't have an itinerary. I wanted to be a nomad and just get lost, and that is exactly what I did.

After checking into the hotel, I put my things down, and went on a hunt for something to fill my belly with. During this time, I also walked around the downtown area to see what was around.
Downtown Stockholm
Inside of Joe & the Juice
Being that it was Christmas Day, a majority of the shops were closed, but I was able to see what the general area was like. Surprisingly, there were many people out and about on the holiday. 

After doing a good bit of walking, I headed back to the hotel, took a nap and got ready to head back out for the evening. I did some searching prior to coming to Sweden and found a reggae club that apparently was the place to be, so I had to go check it out.

Google maps (which I swear by when abroad) got me there super quick via train. I made a quick pit stop at a burger stand before heading inside the club. 
Burger stand right outside the train station
Lucky that they had a veggie burger!
The vibes there were very nice. I really felt like I was at a basement in Brooklyn somewhere. The DJ was on point as he played the best reggae, soca, and afro-beat hits. Although I had a great time while there, I had a few questionable encounters with some guys. Being solo in a club (or anywhere for that matter) forces you to be on your "P's & Q's", but it really sometimes sucks not having that friend or group to retreat back to when a guy doesn't take the word no for what it truly means. And I'll leave the full explanation for another post, because this is something I've encountered on numerous trips. 

The next day I spent roaming about Stockholm. I took the train to an area called Gamla Stan, which means old town. From the moment I got there, I turned off my GPS and decided I would just get lost in the streets, and that exactly what I did. 
Gamla Stan, Stockholm

Somehow I ended up a Joe & the Juice...again!

8 hours later, I was back inside my hotel, getting ready to head to Denmark the next morning. During that time out, I ended up having some great pastries and even got to see the new Jumanji movie. Again, totally unplanned, but that's the beauty of having nothing on the agenda...things just fall into place.

Christmas decor in full effect!
The real deal hot cocoa 
Ticket for 1 to see Jumanji
My time in Stockholm was short, yes, but great nonetheless. I got to spend time with myself and do a lot of genuine exploring, which I appreciated. I felt very relaxed and eagerly anticipated the journey to the next country...

Check out the video reel below for a quick montage of my time spent!