Faraway Files #6


Happy Thursday! In Denmark – they call it lille Fredag or little Friday. I’m ready for the weekend this week. It has been an interesting one being an American living abroad. And while the outcome of the U.S. election was not what I had hoped for, I am trying to remain positive and spread love. We are all part of #TeamHuman. And the world is watching. BIG TIME.

As a travel and culture writer, one of the things I have loved most about starting this blog is being exposed, enlightened and educated about how beautifully diverse yet similar we all are, the world over. What makes us different should not divide us. Sometimes what we don’t know or understand makes this difficult. But I am not going to spread fear. I believe in love. I’m trying hard. I will continue to try and build bridges. Between my world community. With my American community back in the States. I have lived and loved in red states AND blue states. And while I feel much pride about the results from my Oregon, I believe there is much work to be done. In many places. But that it can be done. It must be done. Let us build bridges. Together.

It may seem simple to think that a travel blog community could help. But stay with me here – I believe it can. Show us your corners. Your faraway places. Educate and inspire. Please continue to share and connect and illuminate. Bring us together, however far apart.

I loved the posts shared last week – these are my favorites. Didn’t get a chance to check them all out? No worries! You can find them all here.


Speaking of bridges – Tanja from Red Phone Box Travels shared her favorites from all over Europe last week. I picked her pic of London’s Westminster Bridge as a nod to all those at World Travel Market 2016 this week! Cheers from Copenhagen all you travelers there.

Favorite Bridges of Europe | Red Phone Box Travel Blog
Favorite Bridges of Europe | Red Phone Box Travels Blog

And because I needed a little soothing, these lavender fields from France took my fancy something fierce. Ride along with Vaucluse Dreamer in this beautiful bicycle tour through the Luberon.

Lavender Fields in France: a bike ride through Luberon region | Vaucluse Dreamer Travel Blog
Lavender Fields in France – a bike ride through Luberon | Vaucluse Dreamer Blog

I can almost smell the French flowers! Although, it is definitely NOT summer (or fall really anymore) here in Denmark. Tuesday night marked our first snowfall and I’m ready. But with nary a mountain to be found in these parts, Europe Diaries fulfilled my mountainlust with this post on where locals like to ski in Switzerland.

Swiss locals tell you where they ski | Europe Diaries Travel Blog
Swiss locals tell you where they ski | Europe Diaries Blog

Want to go to points even further north? Like northern lights NORTH? I wanna visit Swedish Lapland and a cozy – YES! COZY! – stay at the Icehotel from Cultural Wednesday blog.

Warm and Cold : Stay at the Icehotel in Swedish Lapland | Cultural Wednesday Travel Blog
Warm and Cold : Stay at the Icehotel in Swedish Lapland | Cultural Wednesday Blog

So where to this week? Take me away. Seriously. Please. Take me somewhere. Let’s share our corners. Far flung and near. This is Faraway Files. Linkup is open and right here on Oregon Girl Around the World today.

I’m taking you back to Madrid and showing how to make this Metroplis manageable. How to make Madrid yours.


Faraway Files is a weekly travel link up hosted by Katy from Untold Morsels, Erin from Oregon Girl around the World and Clare from Suitcases and Sandcastles.

Faraway Files is a weekly file of the best travel ideas on the web. We want to dream of faraway places, make new travel plans and share our travel secrets. Inspire us to travel to new places or revisit a place we thought we knew. We know that you can feel faraway even when you’re close to home so share your experiences of travels near and far wherever you are in the world.

We’d love you to join us in building a supportive community who will inspire and share each other’s posts. All three hosts will try to read and comment on every post and we’ll share them on social media too. Each week we’ll choose our favourites and highlight them on our blogs and social media channels using #FarawayFiles.

How it works:

  • Link up one travel-related post and add the Faraway Files badge onto the post or your blog (code below) or link back to the hosts.
  • The link up will go live every Thursday at 8am, UK time (9am, CET) until midnight on Friday. It will alternate between Untold Morsels, Suitcases and Sandcastles and Oregon Girl around the World.
  • Link ups work best if everyone shares so please comment on all three of the hosts’ posts and at least one other.
  • Share your #swoonworthy images on Instagram. Tag @FarawayFiles and #FarawayFiles – we’ll repost our favorites.
  • We are posting each week’s links on our Faraway Files Pinterest page as well – come join us over there as well!

We can’t wait to see how far you’ll take us today. Cheers from Copenhagen! Erin

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22 thoughts on “Faraway Files #6

    1. oregongirlaroundtheworld

      I told you I was a bridge fan! You hit my soft spot! Cheers and thanks for being an engaging member of #FarawayFiles community!

  1. Diane

    Just returning from Italy to the US on Tuesday and the election the same day I was shocked and devastated by the election results for President and spent the whole day yesterday in a funk. I know very few, if any admitted Trump supporters. But was encouraged by the many interactions I had yesterday with those we have surrounded ourselves with in Overland Park that we now call our family. Although they were initially devastated also, they have resolved to continue their lives and work for continued equality and to take care of the poor, the immigrants, the LGBT community, etc thru private donations of dollars and time that may or may not be eliminated from the governments budget. We will do the same and ultimately we know that God is in charge,not Trump, and God will see us through whatever we encounter the next 4 years. Good Time to be living abroad!!!
    Love you,
    Aunt Diane and Uncle Edward

    1. oregongirlaroundtheworld

      Thanks for reaching out Diane! Your Italy trip looked amazing – can’t wait to get the inside scoop! Cheers, Erin

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  3. I like your sentiments and positivity Erin. Sharing our travel experiences is really important to help global dialogue and keep learning about all the wonderful places and people across the world.

  4. Clare Thomson

    Absolutely, Erin. Let’s spread love, positivity and inclusiveness – and what better way than sharing the joys and cultural exchanges experienced when we travel. Cx

    1. oregongirlaroundtheworld

      Is it? I’m picturing lush and verdant rolling hills with mist sweeping in off the moors – no? Copenhagen isn’t wearing her full on winter dark and dim yet – I’ll get back to you in January! Cheers and some sun peeks soon there – or you get to have a getaway!

  5. I was also shocked and devastated about the election results. I was not a Hillary supporter, either, but I am just so sad about how divided our country is and worried that it will get worse in the next four years. What I love about travel blogging is associating and forming relationships with people all over the world. It really does give you an appreciation for all people, despite any differences that there may be. This is a feeling that sadly, I don’t feel here in the States right now and I am determined to change that, even if it is just in my circle of influence.

    1. oregongirlaroundtheworld

      Exactly! I love the connections! If I can share just a bit of that – then maybe seeing somewhere else, someone else different won’t be quite as scary. Thanks for your thoughts – cheers from Copenhagen. They wanted Bernie.

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    1. oregongirlaroundtheworld

      Yay! Welcome Courtney – happy to have you here – can’t wait to see your take on Dubrovnik. Thanks for joining FarawayFiles community – cheers from Copenhagen, Erin

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