Things That Are Awesome, Vol. 130

The weekly roundup of internet awesomeness:

  1. Awesome celebrity imitations: Benedict Cumberbatch Does 11 Celebrity Impressions in a Minute, Nails All of Them and Wheel of Impressions with Kevin Spacey.
  2. Perfection: This Feminist Twist on “The Princess Bride” Will Give You Life.
  3. What a cool idea: A Food Art Series That Imagines How Famous Artists Would Plate a Thanksgiving Meal.
  4. Yes: This Is What Disney Princesses Would Look Like with Realistic Waistlines.
  5. File this under: convenient theories for me: 11 Reasons Why the Introvert Has the Edge.
  6. Beautiful video: Paris / New York.
  7. So fun: Kristin Chenoweth Sings Multilingual “Popular.”
  8. If you need a boost: The Kanye West Self-Confidence Generator.
  9. This is why everyone should just stick to OG’s salad and breadsticks: Carb-Induced Self-Reflection: My Life on the Olive Garden Pasta Pass.
  10. Awesome project: Chino Otsuka Inserts Her Adult Self Into Photos from Her Youth.

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Things That Are Awesome, Vol. 129

The weekly-ish roundup of internet wonderfulness:

  1. My favorite little dude is back! Marcel the Shell with Shoes on, Three.
  2. I looooove French pop music, so I can’t wait to explore more of this list: 50 French Songs You Need to Hear Before You Die.
  3. Perfect: John Oliver Should Win a Pulitzer for This All-Dog SCOTUS Reenactment.
  4. Nailed it: Jim Carrey Brilliantly Mocks Matthew McConaughey’s Lincoln Ads on SNL.
  5. I could not adore him more: Daniel Radcliffe Rapping “Alphabet Aerobics” Is Proof That Magic Does Exist.
  6. So wrong, yet so right: Watch Reading Rainbow Star LeVar Burton Read “Go the F— to Sleep.”
  7. Heh: Women Having a Terrible Time at Parties in Western Art History.
  8. Relevant: The Ultimate Guide to Pairing Wine with Halloween Candy.
  9. Best Costume Ever: Ruth Baby Ginsburg Officially Wins Halloween.
  10. “This is a very clever way to document everyone who attended the wedding. At least, the fun people”: Someone Attached a Camera to a Bottle of Whiskey at a Wedding and It Looks As Fun As It Sounds.

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Things That Are Awesome, Vol. 128

The weekly-ish roundup of internet wonderfulness:

  1. What an adorable project: Dogs of the World.
  2. Fascinating: What Your Zip Code Says About You. I plugged in zip codes from where I’ve lived in New York, Michigan, and Wisconsin, and each was pretty spot-on.
  3. Yessss: Drunk J. Crew.
  4. This feud is everything: Martha Mocks Gwyneth’s ‘Conscious Uncoupling’ with Six-Page Pie Spread.
  5. Love this: Prized Souvenirs, Found for Free.
  6. Really interesting: What Kids Around the World Eat for Breakfast. Let’s all go to Istanbul for breakfast, right?!
  7. Putting his selfies to good use: James Franco Is the Star of a New Coloring Book.
  8. These posters are beautiful: This Tourism Push Asks New Yorkers to Think Closer to Home.
  9. Such a fun idea – mothers re-creating dresses they wore as little girls for their own daughters: When We Were Young.
  10. I love how baffled they were by Tootsie Rolls: Irish People Taste American Food.

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The 20 Things I Did Wrong in My Semester Abroad

One trend I’ve noticed for the past year or two is a proliferation of articles and blog posts addressing the “fakeness” of social media. You know what I’m talking about: people putting up only the most brag-worthy Facebook statuses, Instagram photos filtered to the max so that any moment shared looks bright and shiny, and blog posts that only focus on the sunshine-and-rainbows stuff of life.

Sometimes I wonder about that too – if what I’m presenting here and on my Instagram feed is just a little bit misleading. I’m definitely guilty of filtering my photos so that they look “just right,” and when it comes to this blog, I have a hard time being too critical of any attraction or restaurant that isn’t up to par. I tend to show the best of the best, and yet I’m fully aware that of course travel has its difficulties, its moments that make me want to scream or cry or curl up in my hotel room in the fetal position and never leave again.  And so, while I would say travel and my semester abroad were way, WAY more good than bad, that does not mean there weren’t moments of frustration.

In that spirit, I present a compilation of all the ways last semester went awry, a greatest hits of my mistakes and mishaps while abroad. Here are the twenty things I got completely wrong – so hopefully you don’t make the same mistakes on your next Euro trip.

1 – I Should Have Made Amsterdam Plans Earlier:

Towards the end of my semester, I sort of got burned out on travel planning, and so when it came time to settle on a plan for Easter weekend, I put it off for as long as possible. Well, to state the obvious: it turns out Amsterdam is pretty popular on Easter weekend, and I made a BIG mistake in waiting that long. Once I decided on spending the weekend in Amsterdam, I realized things were going to be a bit tricky that late in the game: flight options were limited, hotels were pricy, and certain things that I wanted to book in advance (e.g., the Anne Frank house) were no longer available. My long weekend in Amsterdam turned out really wonderful in the end, but I could have saved myself lots of stress (and Euros) by planning earlier.

2 – I Should Have Stayed Longer in Edinburgh:

I figured Edinburgh would be a fantastic city, but I had no idea just how much I would enjoy it. While I was able to hit many of the main attractions during my too-short two days in town, I know I only scratched the surface of what Edinburgh truly has to offer (for example, I didn’t set foot in any of its fantastic museums). If I could go back in time, I’d ask for a Friday or Monday off from work and make a longer weekend of things. Still, there’s a silver lining here: now I definitely have a reason to return (and I cannot wait to explore all of Scotland, not just Edinburgh, one day).

3 – I Should Have Looked Up the Cable Car Conditions in Chamonix:

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Here’s a tip: if you’re doing an activity that can be easily derailed by inclement weather, it miiiight just be a solid idea to check the weather before going. After a mishap-filled journey to Chamonix, we made our way to the cable cars only to find that…they were closed due to the windy conditions. As that was basically the only reason I went to Chamonix in the first place, the cable car closure was a major bummer, to say the least. As it turns out, I could have easily saved myself the hassle by simply looking up the weather conditions online in advance. I totally should have known better than to make this mistake!

4 – I Should Not Have Packed So Much Winter Clothing:

The above photograph is the ONE time I actually saw snow falling in Europe (though I did see already-fallen snow in Chamonix and atop the Jungfrau). The point being, while my family and friends were getting hammered with a terrible winter back in the US, I was enjoying a crazy mild winter in Europe. Weather is fickle, obviously, so perhaps I was smart to pack all that stuff just in case – but it got really old carting around heavy winter boots, my puffy coat, thick sweaters, mittens, and scarves, all of which I wore rarely, if ever.

5 – I Should Have Done More in Geneva:

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Geneva has a reputation as being rather boring, and the truth is that the city is pretty low-key, to phrase it in a slightly kinder way. However, there are also a lot of gems to be found, and I think my preconceived notions about Geneva being too sleepy led me to miss them, as I rarely ever spent a weekend in Geneva, content instead to fly off elsewhere for adventures. While I’m not sure which trips I would have omitted in favor of more Geneva time, I am sad I didn’t make more of an effort to take advantage of the activities available in my temporary hometown, like climbing to the top of St. Pierre Cathedral or attending the auto show in March.

6 – I Should Have Gone to Drottningholm Palace Instead of Skansen:

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On my last day in Stockholm, I had two options: stay in town and visit Skansen, the historical Nordic theme park, or head out of town to Drottningholm Palace. I figured it would be easier to stay local, and so I did just that. As it turns out, while this may have been easier logistically, it turned out to be not so much fun in practice. Skansen was still on “winter” hours (it was April, but I guess that’s winter in chilly Sweden), so many of the exhibits were closed, as were most eateries. Skansen felt a bit like a ghost town, to be honest, and I spent the bulk of my visit wishing I had opted for the splendor of Drottningholm instead. Like I wrote before, I would love to revisit Stockholm – but I would make sure to go in the summertime.

7 – I Shouldn’t Have Underestimated How Busy London Would Be in Winter:

Ask yourself: what’s more British than tea and Harry Potter? Nothing, at least in this American traveler’s eyes, and I wanted both during my weekend in London, dammit! Alas, it was not to be. I had banked on February being a quieter time in London, but apparently I was wrong: getting reservations at most tea places and for Harry Potter Studios just a few weeks in advance was near impossible. In the end, after days of scouring the internet for cancellations, I could only score an 11am reservation with Harry and a 1:30pm tea time. As I rode the train out to Harry Potter Studios, I realized I was never going to be able to visit Harry AND make it back to London for tea; the travel time was simply too long. I decided to turn around and head back into town to make sure I got to my tea in time, meaning I missed Harry, Ron, and Hermione entirely on this trip. Total Muggle mistake.

8 – I Should Have Packed Fewer Shoes:

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If you’ve been following along with this blog for any amount of time, you have probably seen eight million pictures of the above shoes (my trusty Toms cordones). That’s pretty much because…I wore them constantly this semester. So, why did I also bring along like six other pairs of shoes with me? Who knows, but I could have spared myself the expense of shipping all them home at the end of the semester if I had just been a little bit smarter about my packing. Note to self: You will survive without ALL THE SHOES.

9 – I Should Have Visited Brussels Before Bruges:

Bruges was the fairytale city of my dreams: winding canals, cute little buildings, to-die-for cuisine, and delightful windmills. Brussels was…not so much these things. Going from quaint, small town Bruges to big city, bustling Brussels was jarring, to say the least, and for the duration of my stay, I just kept thinking how much I missed Bruges. In the end, I realized it was simply impossible not to mentally compare Belgian cities, and Brussels would always come up short there in my estimation. Had I visited the city first – entirely possible, as I changed trains there en route to Bruges – I suspect I might have appreciated Brussels more.

10 – I Should Have Brought Along My eReader:

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Of all the packing missteps I made, this might have been the most costly – I forgot to pack my Nook. During a normal law school semester, filled with casebooks and statutes to read, this would not have been a problem. This semester, however, I read for pleasure more than I have in quite a while, as all the time spent waiting in airplanes and train stations turned out to be perfect for devouring a good book. My heart was happy to be reading so much again, but my wallet? Not so much. I spent a small fortune in European bookstores, all while my Nook sat unused on my bookshelf back home.

11 – I Should Not Have Gone to Annecy on Carnival Weekend:

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I am apparently becoming a travel curmudgeon as I get older, because really crowded places stress me out and make me hate the world. As such, visiting Annecy on Carnival weekend was something of a trying experience for me. I wanted to soak up the peaceful, quaint charm of the canals; instead, I found myself pushing through mobs of people just to catch glimpses of the town’s colorful buildings and waterways. The storybook destination I was hoping for was obscured by far too many visitors, and I was a little disappointed by it.

12 – I Should Have Sent Postcards:

I have always been a faithful postcard writer, but I just could not find the time or the motivation this go round – and that bums me out. I bought postcards in Milan, Nice, and Lisbon and never mailed them (because, of course, I never wrote them). In subsequent cities, I gave up the pipe dream of sending postcards entirely and decided not to waste any more money. There’s something so cute and retro about postcard writing, and I wish I would have been a bit less lazy about the whole affair.

13 – I Should Not Have Gone to Monaco:

I did not want to go to Monaco. But, I was in Nice and Monaco was an easy trip and I felt like I should go there. I mean, it’s a whole different country – shouldn’t I make the effort to add to my country count? As it turns out, no. My heart was not in it, and I got back on the train to Nice almost as soon as I arrived in Monaco. I should have trusted my gut when it came to Monaco: sometimes you just don’t feel like doing something, and that’s okay.

14 – I Should Not Have Gone to Burgermeister:

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Burgermeister, the famed public-toilet-turned-burger-joint (yes, really), has quite a following in Berlin. Such a following that, upon arrival, I had to wait in a crazy long line simply to place my order. Once I finally made it up to the counter and ordered, I was handed a ticket with a number on it – 49. I looked at the board where order numbers came up, and it read 80. I figured my ticket must be a misprint; why would I have a number out of order in the lineup? Nope, no misprint – it turns out that the order numbers cycle back to 1 after hitting 100. So, if you’re counting, that means there were about 70 orders ahead of me in line. I waited forever for that dumb burger, and it turned out to be mediocre at best. I’m talking seriously, seriously unremarkable. Sometimes hyped foodie things are hyped for a reason – and sometimes the hype is completely undeserved. Guess which situation this was?

15 – I Should Have Given Myself a Travel Breather:

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My travel schedule this semester was ambitious, to say the least, but what made it craziest was that I actually ramped up the intensity as the semester progressed. In January and February, I stayed closer to “home” in Geneva, visiting many destinations within Switzerland (like Zurich, Lucerne, Montreux, and Gruyeres) and many outside destinations that were easy train rides (like Milan and Lyon). In March and April, I found myself flying internationally every single weekend, making consecutive stops in Budapest, Edinburgh, Stockholm, Berlin, and Amsterdam. YES, YES, I know – what a great problem to have. But I was tired by the time I left Switzerland, and I wished I had built in one “off,” low-key weekend at the end of the semester.

16 – I Should Have Left My DSLR at Home Entirely…or Brought a Smaller Version:

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Here’s the great thing about EasyJet: if you plan in advance, you can score some insanely cheap flights around Europe. Here’s the not-so-great thing about EasyJet: their carry-on allowances are stingy. You can only take one bag, total (there’s no bag AND purse nonsense allowed here), meaning that packing space was quite limited on every trip I took. Because of this – and, because, to be honest, carrying a big camera while sightseeing is kind of a pain – I left my DSLR behind in Geneva almost every single weekend. In fact, while I busted out the big guy in Interlaken, I can’t recall using it at any other point this semester; for me, it was iPhone all the way. If I could do it over again, I wouldn’t have hauled my camera across the Atlantic in the first place – or, I would have purchased a smaller “real” camera before making the trip. Plus, when you can take shots like the one above with your iPhone, do you really need anything else?

17 – I Should Not Have Eaten at the Olympic Museum:

Here’s a restaurant rule of thumb: when your waiter asks if you want to eat from the well-stocked, extravagant-looking buffet, don’t cheerfully blurt out “sure!” before checking the price. All I really needed was a light lunch, but somehow I found myself dropping something like 45 bucks (way, way over my typical budget per meal) for brunch food that looked a hell of a lot better than it tasted. While Lausanne was a lovely city, this was almost enough to make me lose the Olympic spirit.

18 – I Should Not Have Connected Through JFK:

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I don’t want to sound like a whiner, so I’m not going to detail the myriad ways I felt personally victimized by John F. Kennedy Airport flying both to and from Europe. But, suffice it to say: I never want to connect through there (or fly out of there period) ever again. It’s not me, JFK. It’s you. And also partially Air France (they lose my bags every time!)

19 – I Should Not Have Wasted So Much Money on Diet Coke:

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Hello, my name is Laura and I am a Diet Coke addict. While I’ve made an effort in recent months to stop drinking the stuff, I was not quite so successful while in Europe. In fact, though it might sound silly, when there are moments of stress or homesickness while traveling, I often order a Diet Coke because it sort of reminds me of home (#merica). Comfort drinking aside, Diet Coke is a bad choice in Europe: it’s always so expensive, often moreso than wine. And, really, should you ever be drinking a chemical-laden beverage when wine is cheaper? Probably not.

20 – I Should Not Have Gone on a Harbor Boat Ride on a Chilly, Rainy Day:

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You know what’s not fun? Being on a boat tour of Copenhagen’s otherwise lovely harbor, but not being able to see much of it because your views are obscured by your hair whipping around violently in the wind. Also uncool? Dreading taking photographs because that would mean briefly exposing the bare skin of your hands to the air and it’s just too damn cold for that. I was freezing during the entire boat ride, and it made what would have otherwise been a worthwhile experience a nightmare. Note to self: Maybe don’t got out on the open water in only a light jacket when it’s freezing out.


And there you have it: my worst hits. What blunders have you made while traveling?

Copenhagen: Low-Key but Lovely

Copenhagen, to me, is not the flashiest of destinations. It’s been on my list of places to visit for quite a long while, yet if pressed to say why exactly, I think I might have drawn a blank. Before this trip, I’m not sure I even knew what to expect in the city. I was vaguely aware that the Little Mermaid statue was a thing, and I think I had seen Tivoli Gardens on an old episode of The Amazing Race. And the city itself did indeed turn out to be pretty low-key: it doesn’t have the swoon-worthy charm of Paris, or the permeating feeling of “I’m literally walking atop history” of Rome, or the hustle and bustle of London. It’s simply not an ostentatious, attention-grabbing sort of place.

And yet, as I scrolled through my camera roll, it occurred to me just how much I truly loved the city, how fully I savored my days there. I did so many wonderful things in Copenhagen, and the city did charm me, albeit in a reserved, Scandinavian sort of way. In my book, it’s an underrated European gem, filled with beautiful places to see and interesting things to do. I’ve already written about several of them (Nyhavn Harbor, Tivoli Gardens, my Danish food tour, and the city’s three palaces), but here’s the rest of what I did in Copenhagen.

The heart of Copenhagen is the Strøget, a pedestrian walkway that connects the Nyhavn Harbor area with the Tivoli Gardens area. I walked up and down this street countless times (okay, probably more like ten times) during my stay, and there was always something to see, whether it was poking my head into a cathedral, veering down a colorful side street, or popping into a shop to browse.

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Equally famous in Copenhagen – though perhaps less deservedly so – is the Little Mermaid statue. Hans Christian Andersen lived in Copenhagen from age 14, calling Nyhavn Harbor home and giving rise to the need for a statue to commemorate one of his most celebrated tales. As for the statue itself, I’ll be lazy and borrow the analogy I used to describe Brussels’s Manneken Pis – it’s a full-on Mona Lisa, meaning it’s tiny, mildly disappointing, and absolutely mobbed by tourists. The only difference is that, in the case of the Little Mermaid, said tourists have to climb over a fairly precarious set of rocks if they want a picture next to the statue, giving rise to some humorous-to-watch stumbling around. Not that I am the sort of person who would chuckle at seeing tourists clinging to slippery rocks for dear life while forcing a smile for the camera. I mean, obviously.

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More exciting than the statue itself is the walk to the statue from Amalienborg Palace. Lovely gardens, statues, a church, and a waterfall dot the pathway, and I enjoyed seeing them even more than good old Ariel.

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The Little Mermaid statue is also visible, albeit from afar, via the boat cruises that depart from Nyhavn Harbor. I jumped on one such cruise, which offered a picturesque circuit through Copenhagen’s harbor and major canals. The only problem? I went on a cold, windy morning – and the boat ride was basically pure misery. I was freezing (seriously, seriously freezing – this cannot be overstated), so my recommendation would be to ONLY go on a bright sunshine-y day, when I’m certain it would be a perfectly lovely experience. If it’s cold or rainy or windy, I would give the cruise a hard pass.

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After my shiver-inducing boat tour, I needed a spot to warm up, and luckily, Copenhagen has plenty of good places to do just that. The first of these was Conditori La Glace, a cake and coffee shop located just off Strøget. When I arrived, there was a line out the door – a perfectly normal occurrence, as the spot is quite popular and, as I soon learned, with good reason. However, I didn’t need to worry about waiting too long; the staff at La Glace knows what they are doing, and the line moves quickly.

Once inside, I sat down at my table and perused the extensive and overwhelming menu. I selected the Stjernekræs cake (made with hazelnut, almond praline, and apricot) and a cappuccino, stepping up to the bar to place my order as is the procedure here. The cake was fabulously decadent and the cappuccino did just the trick on a cold day, even though I was a bit incredulous at being bundled up in my thickest scarf and wrapping my hands around a hot coffee cup for warmth in freaking May.

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Another lovely place I sought refuge from Copenhagen’s chilly, rainy weather was Perch’s Thehandel. While Perch’s offers a full-on, fancy afternoon tea (and lord knows I love a good afternoon tea), I opted for just a pot of tea and a few scones rather than all that food, this time around. The scones here were excellent and I thoroughly enjoyed cozying up in Perch’s tea room with a good book for a few hours.

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When it came to actual meals, I opted to do things on the cheaper side in Copenhagen, cobbling together my own cheese, bread, and fruit picnics or buying a hot dog from one of the many carts around the city. Yet one restaurant that I did hit and that is worth mentioning is Riz Raz, a vegetarian buffet. What I liked about Riz Raz was that it didn’t leave me with the gross, overstuffed feeling that many buffets do – the food was on the lighter side, and everything felt quite fresh and relatively healthy.

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Another cheap-ish option for food was the cafeteria at Magasin du Nord department store. Here, I scored an inexpensive (by Copenhagen standards) but gigantic sandwich.

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Adjacent to the food vendors at Magasin du Nord, I found an extensive chocolate section, and it was super fun to just browse the selection. Isn’t this packaging clever?

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While I didn’t do much shopping at Magasin du Nord, I did do a bit of browsing at other shops around the city. I love the Scandinavian design aesthetic, and I found many shops boasting housewares that I was absolutely dying to purchase but regrettably could not (damn you, grad student budget). Still, even looking was fun.

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Also fun was the carnival-like atmosphere permeating Copenhagen during my stay there. I hadn’t realized it until I arrived, but the city was hosting the Eurovision song competition during my five days there. While I was initially wary that this would mean unbearable crowds, this didn’t turn out to be the case at all. There were impromptu parades (complete with confetti throwing) and live music all over the city, but it never felt disorderly or overwhelming – it was just carefully controlled Danish merriment, and I was happy to be part of it.

My semester abroad ended in Copenhagen, and now that I think about it, this turned out to be the perfect place. The city was quiet enough that, after four months of traveling, I didn’t feel exhausted by the pace of the city. Yet it was also wonderful enough that I left Europe on a true high note, happy to have had five days of Danish delights in lovely Copenhagen.

Copenhagen: Castles Galore

As I did my sightseeing in Copenhagen, it occurred to me that the city had a surplus of castles. There are, it seems, palaces sprinkled everywhere around town, and that’s not even counting the castles you can easily access on a short day trip from Copenhagen. I visited three castles while in city, and what I noticed was that regardless of their origins, today, each had a distinctly different function and feel: at Christiansborg, I experienced the splendor of the Royal Reception Rooms; at Rosenborg, I toured the historical exhibits and ogled the Crown Jewels; at Amalienborg, I caught a glimpse of the royal home today. Because each is different, I found it well worth stopping by all three, as I never felt like I was repeating myself.

Christiansborg was the first castle I visited. Upon arrival, the museum staff ask you to don super stylish, bright blue slipcovers atop your shoes (gotta protect those fancy royal carpets). Once your feet are looking spiffy, you are free to explore Christiansborg’s Royal Reception Rooms. Filled with plush carpets and opulent chandeliers, these rooms are used for official functions and state dinners today.

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Rosenborg was fascinating to me for one major reason: it feels the most historical of the bunch. At Rosenborg, I toured the royal apartments of Christian IV (who built the castle as his summer house in 1606), saw the royal throne, and visited the Crown Jewels. Staff members were stationed throughout the castle, and I was impressed by how enthusiastic and friendly they were: they kept pointing out little details I would have missed on my own.

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Amalienborg was the only castle I didn’t go inside, and for good reason: it’s the current residence of the royal family. It was also the least ostentatious of the three castles I visited, which I would guess might reflect the low-key nature of the Danish royal family today. Even without going inside, it was fun to poke around and watch the royal guard change. Plus, the palace is located along the path from Nyhavn Harbor to the Little Mermaid statue, so it was a convenient stop, even if it wasn’t quite as exciting as the other two castles.

When I think of European royalty, the image that mostly comes to mind is the British and French monarchies: Henry VIII, Marie Antoinette, the current British royal family, and the like. It’s easy to forget that many other countries around Europe have rich royal histories, too. I can honestly say I knew absolutely nothing about Danish royalty before my visit to Denmark, but luckily the three palaces of Copenhagen provided an interesting introduction.

Things That Are Awesome, Vol. 127

The weekly roundup of interwebs wonderfulness:

  1. I know she’s polarizing, but I personally cannot wait to read Lena Dunham’s new book. In anticipation of that, here’s a good read: Lena Dunham Is Not Done Confessing.
  2. I think about this topic literally every single time I return home from a trip, so needless to say this post resonated with me: Life in a Tiny Apartment.
  3. Meryl is perfection, as per usual: 22 Celebrities Riding the Subway Like Normals.
  4. Casting Vince Vaughn and Colin Farrell in True Detective’s second season sounds amazing, in my book. But wouldn’t this also be perfect? Tiny Detective.
  5. You’ve probably seen this, but if not: Emma Watson Gives Powerful UN Speech About Gender Equality.
  6. Hah: Don’t Leave Your Love Note in This English Class.
  7. Beautiful: The Time Sliced Project.
  8. Never heard of her before this clip, but now I think she’s awesome: Standing Ovation for Katie Nolan’s Stance on the Ray Rice Situation.
  9. Oh for cute: Pug Goes Bananas in a Ball Pit!
  10. You know I love a good mashup: Golden Is the New Black.

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