I spent the past weekend exploring three new countries on a short solo adventure. After the fun coach trip from Cardiff to Gatwick with National Express (£16), day one saw me land in Vienna, Austria. A country in all honesty I have never really thought about visiting but it was such a cool place.

I departed from London, Gatwick with a relatively new budget airline known as LEVEL (£46). Although a delay in take off this airline did not disappoint showcasing a menu full of Austrian snacks and drinks as well as USB charging which I have never experienced on a budget short haul. I would definitely fly with this airline again!
43058604_532876857138274_8922602946064023552_n.jpgArriving in Vienna I decided to splash the cash on the CAT (City Airport Train) (€11) which gets you to the city centre in 16 minutes and the 24 Vienna Travel Ticket (€8)
which allows unlimited on the cities travel network which was definitely worth the investment.

I booked one nights stay in Hostel Ruthensteiner (£19.06) making use of a 10% off coupon on, not the most low cost for Vienna but definitely the best. I’ve never felt more welcomed at a hostel! Workers and other travellers were friendly, I wish I could have stayed longer!
43168406_250579699135746_1228430457054429184_n.jpgWhen I go away I like to do what the locals do and one of the Austrians past times is my favourite sport – Ice Hockey! So I spent my evening watching the Vienna Capitals v Moser Medical Graz 99ers. The ticket cost €18 which is a pretty standard price for European hockey. Good atmosphere, Great food and not a bad overall first game in Austria!

The next day before my coach to Country #2. I spent exploring the cities sights making use of my travel pass. Highlights were KugelMugel an Austrian Micronation that declared Independence in the late 70s and the view from the top of Vienna’s famous Ferris Wheel aka Wiener Riesenrad (€10).
43049781_466888593822306_8603502470997475328_nI also love checking out fast food in other countries especially, when the likes of Mcdonald’s has menu items you have never seen before. You just HAVE to try them! Biscoff Mcflurry, Rice crispy-esque coated chicken selects and waffle fries = 10/10. The Austrians national snacks and drinks were awesome too. I’d definitely recommend trying Almdulder and local bakeries!

Even though my time in Vienna was short, I definitely want to head back and explore more of this country.


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My Summer School Adventure

Haven’t post in ages and was waiting for my marks before posting cause I didn’t jinx myself but I smashed it, got a B and got to explore more of the world, so here goes!
39519382_209870679880465_2962072256370442240_nI spent July studying Sports Marketing and Sponsorship at Aarhus University’s summer school in Denmark. I have never studied in another country before, so I  didn’t know what to expect but this adventure involved travel and spending the best part of a month living and exploring another country, which excited me anyway.

I spent my first evening down the harbour with newly acquainted friends I met on my flight (which I spent the best part of the coming weeks with). We watched Denmark sadly lose on Penalties to Croatia in the world cup. I am not a massive football fan myself but the atmosphere was amazing and was great to see so many Danes coming together for the event.

The next day I moved into my student accommodation which was 2 bedroom flat located on the harbour by the newly built public bath and a 10 minute bike ride to the beach, which was an awesome location! I also got to do my first shop, which for those who know me was quite an exciting time as I am a big fan of a country’s traditional foods, snacks and drinks (I ATE SO MANY PASTRIES).
39748559_1024580217703024_3768119394559852544_n.jpgThen began my studying. Vass was one of the best lecturer’s I have met. He made the content so engaging and his passion for the subject was transferred to you, making you want to learn more.  I enjoyed the course so much, I really wish that is was longer!

The lecture times also gave you time to explore the city and further, which was a big yes from me! I channelled my inner dane on various occasions which included a 45km bike ride across the coast to explore more of Denmark. I also got the chance to head back to Sweden and check out Germany for the first time!
39585331_305234146917925_5586542065887477760_nThe overall experience of studying in Aarhus has filled with me a hunger to learn more about the sports business as well as the aspiration to 100% do my masters abroad.
I would recommend studying abroad at Summer School to anyone, especially Aarhus – now one of my favourite places, I hope I get to come back soon!


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