After reading through the blogs of past student bloggers a lot (maybe too much) in preparation of arriving in Denmark, I knew there was one place I needed to go: Aarhus! It’s the second-largest city in Denmark and the largest in western Denmark, called Jutland. Many of the core courses go there for their Core Course Week, but since my class went to Hamburg instead, I hadn’t made it out there yet. I heard even more about the city from many of my apartment-mates when they returned from their Core Course Week travels there, so when planning this trip for my mom and I, I decided this would be a perfect place to start!
After a trip to Salzburg, I can confidently say that this little city is easily on my top ten (if not my top five) favorite cities, ever. I absolutely fell in love with it and would love to go back one day in a heartbeat! We spent a weekend there which was just about perfect–enough time to see all the main sites and explore the city, but just long enough to not get bored! I always say that I’d rather go somewhere again because I didn’t see everything than feel like I’ve exhausted the city and its sights.
During the course of my dad’s visit to Vienna last summer, we decided to spend an afternoon taking the boat down the Danube to Bratislava, the capital of Slovakia. So that’s the story of how I visited 3 countries in 20 hours. #europe.
As part of our class, we spent four days in Budapest studying gentrification and the built environment to provide a contrast to our main research sites in Vienna. We were also given ample time for sightseeing!
Special thanks to my dad for coming along on this weekend adventure and for being a great recommender of museums, his colleague for providing some incredibly helpful tips on what to see and where to stay, and my group for giving this post some first-hand knowledge of the nightlife scene!
I originally put together this guide together for the girl who would be living with my host family after me–she arrived the day before I left, so I made this guide for her to show her all my favorite cafés, stores, etc. Here is that same guide! I hope it helps. As always, remember that I’m a teenage girl who visited Segovia on a school trip with other teenage girls, and that can’t help but bias my opinion!