Third semester at uni has just begun, and it’s all very exciting, but I’m already feeling the need for travel. As much as I love archaeology, I simply don’t function without travel. So whenever I have the chance, I grab it – and I’m off to somewhere new or somewhere old and treasured.
I’ve done it my two previous semesters. During the first semester, I went to Faroe Islands, Iceland and Germany, as well as new places in Denmark. In between the first and second semester I spent 18 days in Iran. During the second semester, I travelled to Sweden twice, Romania, Albania, Norway, Faroe Islands. And this summer, I went to Bornholm, Holland, Luxembourg, Canada and the USA. I simply don’t stop, I can’t stop.
And this semester will be no different.
I already have amazing things planned for the next couple of months. In a few weeks, I’ll be off to Belarus, my 60th country! I’ve always been curious about Belarus, as it’s one of those places you never hear of anyone going to – but why? Well, a good guess is because of the visa situation. Usually it’s quite hard to get into Belarus, but recently they’ve changed their visa policy and are now letting people from 80 countries (including all EU countries) travel there visa-free for 5 days, including the day of flight into Minsk National Airport and the flight out. So basically, you get three full days in the country for free. I have a couple of days at work during the week-long autumn break, so five days was perfect for me.
I’m leaving on October 17th and will be back in Denmark again on October 21st. During my 4-night stay, I’ll be based in Minsk, but plan on taking some trips out to UNESCO sights and beautiful nature spots around the country! I love exploring the unknown, and Belarus is just that. I have no idea what to expect, but I know that it will be beautiful once I discover it.
November. Another month, another country. This time it’s not a new one though, in fact it’s a very well known one for me – and for you, if you’ve been following this blog for long enough. The country that I’m talking about is the Faroe Islands, the home of my heart, my favourite place on Planet Earth.
My friend Solveig is staying with one of my Faroese families for an entire month, and do I really need any other excuse to visit my favourite country? I think not! I made it work with uni, so I’m able to go “home” for two weeks! It’ll be my 7th visit to this geological wonder of the North Atlantic Ocean, and I can’t wait to discover more hidden secrets at the edge of the world with Solveig!
My family has this tradition where we go to Germany every year during Christmas time to see one of their beautiful Christmas markets. We go somewhere new every year, and this year the time has come for Kiel. I’m looking forward to spending quality time with my family that I see much too rarely.
On December 18th-20th, there’s a conference on archaeological theory in Cardiff, the capital of Wales. My friend Amanda and I saw this as a golden opportunity to learn something new, mingle with other archaeologists and of course to explore the country of Wales, my 61st country!
We’ll arrive on December 15th, explore the country for a few days before the conference (please, December be kind, so we can go hiking!), and then we’re off to England to visit my family in Thetford, who I haven’t seen in over two years! I can’t wait to see them all again and for them to meet Amanda. It will also be fun to show her around the place that half of me comes from!
So with three big trips and the Christmas trip to Germany coming up during this semester, I don’t think I’ll have time to do many other smaller trips, but I know myself well enough for that to not be true. I would love to explore Sweden and Norway some more (I never get tired of those two gems of countries), and I also want to explore more of Zealand while I’m living here in Copenhagen.
In January, I have at least a week off after my exams and before the fourth semester starts, so I’ll without a doubt be jetting off again then. The question is to where? All suggestions are very welcome!
Are you going somewhere exciting in the next couple of months?