Falling in Love with Barcelona

Barcelona reminds me of summer. Everyone I met was so warm and friendly and there is an undertone of excitement in the air. I loved just wandering the streets with my friend/ amazing tour guide Theresa, and taking in the incredible smells, colors and people. I stayed at the Garden Factory Hostel, which was located in the center of the city and was walking distance to nearly everything.

Check out some of my must see spots:

  • One of my favorite places was St. Joseph’s Market. It’s a very popular market, and was filled with the hustle and bustle of morning shoppers. They had an incredible array of food and a very impressive treats section.


  • I took a beautiful walk down Ramblas De Canaletes. Here we ran into many human statues- a skill which I find extremely impressive.



  • Parc Guell was incredible. We simply walked around and admired the view, gardens, and buildings in the area.


  • Anella Olimpica is located on the hill of Montjuic and was the main sporting area for the Olympic games in 1992. We went on a weekday when there wasn’t a soul in sight, and we were just in time for the sunset. To put it simply- it was breath taking.


  • Barcelona definitely puts New York City’s “The City that Never Sleeps” saying to shame. Dinner starts at 9pm and the partying…well it never stops.


My stay in Barcelona ended all too quickly. I fell in love with the city and the people. My biggest regret in life to date…not taking Spanish in high school.


How Do I Stay Fit in Denmark?

Easy! I walk everywhere and climb every tall building in sight! Copenhagen is a beautiful maze of delicious bakeries, cute boutiques and stunning history. Every corner you turn you’ll make an amazing new discovery. Here are some of the highlights of my trip so far:

  • Walking along the water is by far my favorite thing to do. It reminds me of home and I never get tired of its serene beauty.


  • Climb Christiansborg Palace Tower and get a stunning view of Copenhagen.


  • Catch the marching band going from the streets of Copenhagen to Amalienborg for the changing of the guard at noon!


  • Stop by Chistiania to see the funkier artistic side of Copenhagen.


  • Visit Chrisitiansborg Palace Chapel where Prince Christian and Princess Isabella were baptized. And don’t forget to look up!


  • Check out the Carlsberg museum, try some beer and take a look at their incredible collection of over 22,000 bottles.


  • Study the queens tapestries at Christiansborg Palace and interpret the intricate danish history that is woven into each piece. Did you know that it took 10 years to complete all of them!


These are just a few of my favorite places so far. There is so much to see here; I’m just scratching the surface! Have you ever been to Denmark? Comment below with suggestions and your favorite places.


Have You Heard? I’m in Copenhagen!

I’m studying abroad in Copenhagen, Denmark! My plan is to bike, eat, and travel my way through the semester. I can’t wait to share my journey!


A Lovely Street Near Rosenborg Castle Gardens

From its colorful buildings to fashionable inhabitants it is definitely an underrated gem. One of the only things I knew about the country when coming here is that the Acapella World Championships were hosted here in Pitch Perfect 2. I know, I know… the Danes must be awesome right?!

Well here are some things I have learned about Danish culture so far:

  • Like most European countries men and women dress very fashionably, but boy do the Danes love their black, white, and grey color palette!
  • Danes are not very chatty. They will not strike up a conversation on the train with a stranger, and they value their space. Danes have even gone so far as to create their own system of movements and grunts to inform others of their presence or their intention to move. But don’t be fooled by their cold exterior, they are all quite lovely and helpful.
  • They leave their babies outside. Yes, even in the snow. Have you ever heard of the woman who left her baby outside of a store in New York and got arrested…she was a Dane.
  • Everyone bikes! This is one of my favorite parts about Denmark. It is super safe because there are clear bike lanes and drivers are very aware of bikers. I bike and take the train to school every morning, and I don’t think I have ever enjoyed a commute more!

Christiansborg Palace Marble Bridge

Overall, Denmark is treating me very well and i have gotten into a daily routine that makes me feel at home. I can’t wait to share more of my adventures and photos!

Fitbit Surge

Recently I received the Fitbit Surge for my birthday! I was very excited that it looked like a watch and could serve so many purposes. I wasn’t sure how I would feel about something so bulky because I don’t usually wear a watch. I have now been using the Fitbit for a month and have absolutely fallen in love!

Here is what I like:

  1. The screen is larger than the other versions and very easy to read.
  2. It keeps track of your sleep cycle, which has served as a reminder to get good consistent sleep.
  3. It connects to my phone and buzzes whenever someone texts me. This feature is very handy when working out because it allows me check the message and determine if it can wait until after my workout.
  4. And the best part is that it tracks your runs. It tells me the speed and time, which has been very helpful for my summer soccer training.

Now of course with any product there are some cons:

  1. A green light flashes to keep track of your heart rate. I usually sleep with my hands near my head and I had to get use to changing my position because the light would flash in my eyes.
  2. With a larger screen comes a larger device, so it is kind of chunky and takes some getting used to.
  3. And finally it’s on the pricy side: $250

Also a quick tip! After a workout it can get pretty gross. I was worried about washing it because it’s sweat proof, but not necessarily submersion proof. So far the best thing I found to clean it has been Premoistened Lens Wipes. These are the perfect size, soft on the watch’s screen and doesn’t allow too much moisture to get into the grooves of the watch. I’d love to hear about your Fitbit experience or if you use any other activity trackers you like better!

Showing Up For First Period

This term I have a first period class every single day of the week that starts at 8am! As a college student this is extremely daunting. There are two challenges that I face and must figure out ways to conquer.

1) Showing up to class prepared and on time.

2) Being attentive and not falling asleep in class.

Here are some ideas I’ve come up with to help me do just that:

  • Don’t go to bed past 12. It is very hard to get back on track once you’ve messed up your sleeping cycle.
  • Lay out your clothes the night before.
  • Have your backpack or purse ready to go.
  • Place your alarm clock out of reach. Although painful, this decreases the chances of an addiction to the snooze button.
  • Have breakfast to go. I usually have juice and a granola bar or banana.
  • Forget makeup, people will be too tired and blurry eyed to notice.
  • Figure out a quick hairdo that requires little to no maintenance. Ex: ponytail or messy bun.
  • Splash your face and neck with cold water. This will help wake you up.
  • Listen to music on the walk to class.
  • Sit in the front of the room so you aren’t tempted to nod off.
  • Challenge yourself to ask or answer one question per class. This will help you stay alert and shows the professor you’re there to learn.

I hope these tips help, and if you have any other suggestions I’d love to hear them. Just comment below!

How to Wake Up for the Gym if You Aren’t a Morning Person

This is basically the struggle of my life. I love getting my workout over with, so I don’t have to think about it for the rest of the day. It’s also a great way to start the day off in a good mood, however, try convincing yourself of that in the wee hours of the morning when you are snuggling in a warm cocoon of happiness.

Here are some suggestions for getting your morning workout program started.

1) Figure out your schedule. Make it reasonable and then don’t let yourself sway from it.

2) Give yourself 30 minutes. If you’re running at 6:30am wake up at 6am. This gives you extra time to ease out of bed.

3) Have your workout clothes laid out the night before. The last thing you want to do in the morning is searching for that missing sports bra or matching shirt.


4) Have your iPod ready so you can stretch and wake up to music.

5) If possible run around your neighborhood, or workout near by. The more convenient the workout the fewer excuses you have to tell yourself not to get out of bed when the alarm goes off at 6am.

Remember it’s all about what works for you, and what makes you happy!

When do you like to workout? Are there any early morning tricks that I missed? Share below!

Defense Against Dehydration

Recently the weather in Illinois has been very hot and humid. I have been working out a lot for preseason, and have to be careful about staying hydrated.

Photo Credit: Wikipedia

Photo Credit: Wikipedia

Here are some tips and tricks that I found helpful:

1) Always carry a water bottle and sip on it throughout the day. If you are ever thirsty it means you have not been drinking enough.

2) When exercising mix water and Gatorade (or a similar sports drink) to get the added electrolytes.

3) Try to avoid alcohol and coffee.

4) Eat lots of fruit yum!

Photo Credit: Geishaboy500

Photo Credit: Geishaboy500

5) After workouts drink chocolate milk (Yes, it’s actually recommended to help refuel muscles!)

6) Make sure to get enough potassium (dried fruit, nuts, orange juice).

7) You can also weigh yourself before and after a workout. For every pound lost drink 3 cups of fluid.

I hope you found these tips helpful, and remember natural flavorings are a good option if you ever get bored with plain old water and want to switch things up.

Photo Credit: Ryan Hyde

Photo Credit: Ryan Hyde

Have you ever had problems staying hydrated? What do you do to hydrate before or after a workout? How do you stay refreshed during hot summer days? Share you comments below!