Copenhagen was definitely the place to be in fall. Walking along the bridge and looking at the reflection of the beautiful Danish architecture in the water, I felt at peace. The moment was perfect and even though it was cold there was no other place I would have rather been.
At the beggining of my trip my friend asked me to keep a running list of my favorite cities especially in regards to design. I have been making the list in the back of my mind and as far as Scandinavian countries is concerned (I have been to Finland, Norway, Sweden, Denmark, and Iceland - if that is considered a Scandinavian country), Copenhagen is the best city! Because so much of the design found in the US is inspired from original Danish designs I wanted to visit the orgin for the design and see how the enviornment and culture influences the natural and minimalist aesthetic.
And no surprise here, but the Danish men and women and very stylish and beautiful! I was really enjoying people watching and even stood on the bridge for 10 minutes photographing two friends talking - that is until one friend spotted me and gave me a dirty look.
Ok... now after a great day in the city, let's talk about my evening last night. I was running super late for my flight to Berlin. Luckily, my flight was delayed and everything worked out. But... I didn't have a place to stay in Berlin and it was too late to reserve something through Airbnb. Was super stressed as I am boarding the plane at 10PM flying to Berlin with no place to stay in the city. When I got off the plane I sat down at a cafe in the airport, connected to the internet, and just put my emotions aside and focused in on finding a place ASAP since now it was already 11:30PM. I found one hotel in a decent area (but far from the city center) in Berlin. It was within my budget, but the rooms were not at all glam and there was also a big note saying that the room I am booking does not have a bathroom. Well... it is only 3 days and it will just be an adventure. How bad can it be and I will be spending most of my time out in Berlin anyways.
I am crazy... I walked into the hotel. Ok, the lobby isn't bad and the staff is very nice. They didn't even ask to hold my credit card for a deposit - not bad. I went up the elevator to my 7th floor room. I walked down the hall to my room at now 1AM. The already dim lights were flickering and of course my hall was a bit deserted - not the main hallway. I wasn't scared, in a weird way I was excited. I opened the door to my room - no bathroom, two twin beds, a small TV from the 80s, blue carpeting, and an ash tray. Reminded me of a hotel room from one of those horror movies. Maybe it wasn't that bad, but still...
I know it is soo hard to believe, that sometimes I don't mind or am even inspired by these type of situations. I love the fact that I can put on a pair of expensive heels and spent a lot of money on dinner, but I am also just as comfortable throwing on jeans and a t-shirt and heading down to Tijuana or staying in a hotel room like this. It really challenges yourself and in life you have to know how to be comfortable in both situations.
Well... now I am in Berlin and feeling very inspired! I am photographing a loft in the forest in Berlin tomorrow morning. This trip is incredibly challenging and requires so much focus and overcoming all your insecurites, but it is also the most rewarding experience and makes me very strong and resilient.