With a six-week long university break stretching out before me and indecisive friends "umm-ing" and "aah-ing" over holiday plans, I decided to travel alone. My solo adventures in Copenhagen, Budapest and Vienna really emboldened me. Corny as it is to say, my solo traveling experience has literally opened up a world of possibilities.
These traditional Danish bars will have you bypassing the toaster and aiming right for your mouth.
What to do when you want to avoid bunk beds but still save money and meet like-minded travelers? We scoped out eight hostels around the world that offer low rates, stylish design, cool locations, private rooms, and the occasional shared (but clean, we promise) bathroom. No flip-flops or ear plugs required!
On this day in 1843, Kierkegaard published his first book, the voluminous double volume "Either/Or." It was an epic argument for something beyond the law of identity.
I call upon all defenders of freedom to join the ideological battle; now is the time to set pluralism against dogma; drawings, books and peaceful protests against guns; secularism against religious dominance.
A cartoon in response to the murders at the Charlie Hebdo newspaper depicts a masked gunman standing over a dead cartoonist. "He drew first," the gunman says.
In the Danish capitol, parents regularly leave their children in strollers on the sidewalk and go inside to shop. Thousands of bicycles sit out on the street at night with nothing more than a wheel lock. It's not that there's nothing to fear. The Danes simply refuse to be afraid.
We have to ask ourselves what it means that Jews worldwide have become targets in this way. We also have to ask ourselves what we are going to do about it as a society. As for me, I'm furious. I'm also scared for myself and my family. Lest we forget, the goal of terrorists is to strike terror in its target audience.
Saturday's smaller replay in Copenhagen of Paris' Charlie Hebdo massacre that left three dead (including the suspected shooter) and several injured begs the question: are cartoons art and entertainment or lethal weapons?
Even so, I desperately want to believe that Europe, with all its dazzling achievements since the end of World War II, can still strengthen its resolve, stiffen its spine, and fully understand the stakes involved, however late in the day it is. Here is what I wish would happen now.
It all started a few months ago with Noma. Noma restaurant has been on my bucket list for the past 8 years. But for a variety of reasons, including its lack of proximity to San Francisco, I had yet to cross it off my list.
Copenhagen wasn't even on our top 10-bucket list of places to visit, but our oversight quickly became apparent within a short time of touch down in traveler-friendly Kastrup Airport right outside the city.
Does Northern Europe exist in snow? The travel industry says no. Ski areas aside, most tours and cruises adventure to Scandinavia, Germany and the Netherlands in June and July, when the days are stretched out and soft, like fondue that's been melted in a pot.
We all marvel at the creativity of children because they are full of energy, uninhibited and inquisitive. When they draw, the worlds they invent ma...
"Nothing in nature is straight. So that's how I design. There's no rhyme or reason. I'm planting for aesthetics. I want to be assaulted by smell, by beauty, by taste."
I did the usual summer tour--London, Paris, Amsterdam, and then I ended up in Denmark.