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Munich

Recommended days: 3 days

I think Munich is really a place dependent on weather, actually, which city in Europe isn’t dependent on weather?

But our sole purpose of visiting Munich was to go to Füssen, to visit the Neuschwastein castle, as everybody else, so good weather was absolutely essential for a stunning view!

Initially, we wanted to go on Tuesday, but the weather forecast was bad (it ended up snowing really heavily), so we postponed it to the next day, where we were super lucky because we got the sun AND snow-capped trees from the day before, so lucky us!!

I think Munich is a really picturesque city, albeit expensive. If you were to ask me to choose between Berlin and Munich, I’ll choose Berlin because it seems to be still a little rough around the edges, and has an unpolished charm to it.

Having said that, I really like Marienplatz, the main square because it’s always hustling and bustling, and all the main city attractions are centred around that area!

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Copenhagen, Exchange

Final days in Copenhagen

Copenhagen is really such a wonderful place, I am wont to leave. But at least I feel that every single day I spend here has been fulfilling and meaningful, spending it exploring this beautiful city and hanging out with friends. When you ask someone on exchange what their biggest regret is, it is probably not spending enough time in their home city, or travelling too fast, too much at a fast pace.

I have probably explored more of Copenhagen this past few days, than I have been in the past few months – and I am not proud to admit that at all. I feel like Copenhagen is a city that you can’t just be a tourist in, you have to live in it, and live through it to really feel the city.

Finally managed to try out Grød (apparently, the most popular breakfast place in Copenhagen, but I didn’t really like it because I don’t fancy oats), ate at the Saturday food market at Kødbyen, checked out the Black Diamond, visited the Botanical Gardens, climbed up the Church of our Saviour Mary, explored Jægersbrogade (a hipster neighbourhood), paid the Ny Carlsberg Glypotek a visit and had many potluck dinners. I know I’m so going to miss this place when I leave 😦 #ineverwannaleave

Thankful that Yuxian came to visit, if not I might be too lazy to even head out and explore that much of Copenhagen!

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On my Copenhagen To-Do list remains the Tivoli Gardens, the Design Museum, Rosenburg Castle, Frederiksborg Castle, modern architecture around Copenhagen, Louisiana Museum, the Royal Danish Opera House, the harbour boat as well as the Harbour baths! Omg so many things to see, and so little time! 😦

And Distortion tomorrow!! Insanely excited 😉

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Kiruna

Chasing the Aurora Borealis

After a futile attempt to catch the Northern Lights in Iceland, I decided to head over to Lapland in Sweden to get a glimpse of the auroras! And boy, was I rewarded with the prettiest of lights! I’m so glad I got lucky this time, seeing it on my 2nd and 3rd night, and hopefully on my final night today too!

On the 2nd night, it was amazing because we decided to head out to the middle of the frozen lake to stargaze with our reindeer hide. We didn’t think the auroras would appear so quickly because the forecast said that it would appear at like 10 or 11 pm. However, we actually saw the aurora form, from a mere lining of green to a sky awash with colors. We probably sat on the lake for a good two hours, just admiring and taking in the beauty of the aurora. At first we thought we were hallucinating (wanting to see it so much that maybe our eyes were playing tricks on us), but then we all started seeing the same thing at the same spot, and we knew that we struck gold and started screaming HAHA.

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The whole sky was illuminated with the lights, and stretched across the entire horizon of the sky. It was constantly moving, taking on different shapes and I simply felt so, so lucky to be able to see it, within the comfort of our campsite. There we were, just lying down on the ice, gazing up at the sky. The feeling’s indescribable.

On the 3rd night, we saw it at the Abisko National Park, where the scenery was different because we had trees as the backdrop for our pictures. Even though we had a limited time at the park, we managed to take really good pictures! When we were on the way back, the northern lights were so strong, we could literally see them dancing, alternating between green and red. It must have been like a strength of 5 or something.

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This trip has been super fulfilling for me because I finally managed to tick the northern lights off my #bucketlist! And the weather in Kiruna/Sweden has been really beautiful as well. Clear skies and sunlight, what more could I ask for.

Tonight i’m heading up to the Aurora Sky Station in Abisko so I really hope I get to see a beautiful light display! They say the third time’s the charm isn’t it 😉

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Malmö

Day Trip to Malmo

Studying in Copenhagen, taking a day trip to Malmo was just one of those things that you had to do. Why? Not that it was a particularly exciting or vibrant city, but because it’s a mere 30 minutes train ride away from Copenhagen! So early in the morning at 9am, we boarded the train from the Central Station and headed off to Malmo! All for a mere 142 kr as well! ($30 SGD)

We managed to cover nearly all of the main attractions in Malmo! Get ready for a barrage of photos!!

My tips for travelling to Malmo would be to bring a good windbreaker along, the winds were mighty strong and made walking pretty tough! And, take a bus to Turning Torso because it is pretty far out from the main city.

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St Peter’s Church

Super pretty interiors!

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Möllevångstorget

Lunch at a neighbourhood called Mollan. The most popular eating place is near the Central Station, at Lilla Torg, but students being students on a shoestring budget, we headed to the cheaper neighbourhood instead! It kind of reminded me of Norrebrø over here, with many immigrants, and having a good mix of ethnic restaurants, turkish, greek, middle eastern, chinese. We opted for a Swedish option but the food was so-so.

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Malmö Konsthall

A free museum, with a really artsy and contemporary vibe!

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Western Harbour, right beside the Turning Torso

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Stapelbäddsparken (A skateboard park right beside the Turning Torso)

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Turning Torso

This is the landmark of Malmo and what Malmo is most commonly associated with! 190 stories high, quite a sight to behold indeed.

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Lilla Torg

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Chocolate Factory

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The City Library

Ranked as one of the 1001 libraries to visit before you die, it is really a huge library, filled with Scandinavian design, very clean, white and simple.

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Malmöhus Castle

Unfortunately, by the time we reached the castle, the musesum and castle was already closed! We also didn’t have the time to check out Moderna Museet, which is a modern art museum that seemed really interesting!

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