The prettiest town of all, Copenhagen

Trip Start Nov 30, 2012
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Trip End Jan 30, 2013


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Saturday, December 22, 2012

Copenhagen

Expensive yes, and cold but is worth it for the prettiest city you might find in Europe =). Well, in my opinion anyways, anything that has colour is an instant win for me and after industrial Berlin, Copenhagen was a refreshing change.  I think it had escaped most of WWII relatively unharmed so the old town was wonderfully preserved, the make it better they have entire neighbourhoods entirely pedestrianized.  It's amazing how nice a street can feel without cars!  So…come enjoy the sights of Nyhavn, the canals and the amazing cultural life in Copenhagen, just be prepared to bleed cash =P.

Day 1

So our overnight train experience this time was much better with just the 4 of us in the cabin!  Yay!  Slept like a log after the epic days that were Berlin.  Arrived at the hostel but was still feeling tired so we decided to spend a good part of the afternoon just chilling in our rooms which were so nice with nice mattresses and blankets though the pillow was a bit formless haha (The Generator Hostel).  Didn’t head out till around 3, just in time to catch the sunset =P, serious it gets dark here early up north!  Walked over to Nyhavn and checked out the very cool harbour (one of the many times) and the Christmas markets (of course) and the many awesome pedestrian streets.  There were lots of people about which surprised me but I guess it was Christmas and they did have a lot of shops there, didn’t really buy much that day but I really enjoyed listening to all the cool buskers scattered along the route.  An accordion duo, an awesome jazz improvising keyboardist and even a 3 piece jazz band! 

Then, since we had run of things to do that night we decided to watch The Hobbit!  Haha we had given up on our dream of watching it on Christmas day after finding out that all the cinemas were closed in the UK =(.  So there we go, time for the Hobbit damn it!  Was a good film and really impressed with the 48 frames and 3D and what not (no headaches here) but I do wish that it wasn’t so obvious that the film is going to have a sequel.  Over a marathon it might be quite epic but it’s so painful having all this build up to so many things and then end with an awkward epic pose indicating that yep this is the end of the first part.  Ah wells, we had watched the Hobbit‼ =D

Day 2

Since we had decided to cut out Amsterdam we gained an extra day in Copenhagen so we weren’t really at all fussed about trying to see everything at once which was a nice change.  Even though I may be somewhat responsible for all that rushing about =P.  Since we were really running low on money, we decided to have an Aldi breakfast…mmmm.  Was going to have coffee until we found out that a regular cappuccino cost 5 euros! =(  Even went on quite an epic (though ultimately futile) quest to find cheaper coffee.  Walked around a park to see the royal castle…though we kinda failed at since we didn’t want to pay so much for the entrance to see the crown jewels XD.  We were very much in the saving mood since we were running out of crowns and money hadn’t yet transferred…in fact, we ended stuffing up our budget so badly that we had to rely on Brian’s credit card to pull us through in buying tickets for the rest of our journey =(.  Let that be a lesson to us all…if we say that we will load up more money on the card before we leave, MAKE SURE WE DO! 

Anyways, onwards!  Took a canal tour which was amazing =).  Very highly recommended, especially on a good day.  The guide was cool, the sights are nice and it was good way to just find out about the city in general.  Went past some navy frigates, various sailing boats (which they had surprisingly a lot of), old ship yards, their awesome opera house and libraries, peeked inside a house boat (was amazingly modern), and figured out the riddle of the tall sailboats in the bridged canals (when tide is low the ships can sail under!).  So despite the price…meh I’d go on it, oh and make sure to wave to the locals =P.

And that was it really, Sin Ki and Brian went off to check out the Guinness book of Records while Chun Kiu and I decided to check out some camera stores…well, I decided to check out some camera stores and Chun Kiu decided to tag along.  The second hand scene in Copenhagen was really cool, I only found 2 stores but in both they had a huge (comparatively) collection of old second hand film cameras and lenses.  Even found some Pentax ones though as old and out-dated as lenses are…there was no way we had the budget for them XD.  Met up and decided to spend our remaining money on a hot dinner and pray our money would transfer through the next day (as my brother said, "Trust").  I died with my Thai green curry, who thought it is MORE chilli than the red!?  Spent the rest of the night at the hostel bumming around and watching mythbusters and the magic of duct tape!  It really is amazing haha, check out the episodes!

Day 3

Wow, almost done!  This is a refreshing change from the thesis that was Berlin haha.  Checked out and just went for a wander along the suggested trail on the Copenhagen tourist office map (and it was free!).  Saw the Royals palace where we even managed to catch the changing of the guards!  More churches and the fort of Copenhagen. Didn’t get to see the little mermaid though =P…we were close but it was cold and we had seen it from the canal tours and to be honest from the pictures it did seem a bit underwhelming.  Do it if you must but you have been warned!

Did a loop back only to realise we had walked through the rest of the tour earlier on…so what to do!?  The Lego shop of course‼  Haha, I shouldn’t have mentioned that we can make our own lego people but I did and we spent the next 2 hours…maybe I exaggerate but we did spend A LONG time in there haha…looking for our own Lego people.  It didn’t help that the longer we looked the more cool things came up.  Chun Kiu was the expert, first a sword, then a tommy gun!, magic wands, knives haha he kept finding more stuff!  And with each new accessory we would think of someone different to make =P.  Ah wells, it was good to kill time with and by the end I think we were all quite satisfied with our awesome Lego figurines, all original from Denmark of course!

Went after that to grab some dinner, we decided to splurge using Brian’s card (we couldn’t bare living in poverty anymore…some more than others…=P) and had a very Scandinavian meal.  Ah Copenhagen reminded me so much of Stockholm it bought back some nice memories.  I know the Swedes aren’t Danish haha but it’s so close!  I could even catch phrases from people talking in the streets, not as up and down as the Swedes but damn close.  Also lots of blond hair and blue eyes!  Such blue eyes =P.  Anyways, back to the meal, a meal of open sandwiches, herring, onion and dill!  SEE!  Ah Sweden.  I mean…Denmark =P.   Even got a nice glass of glřgg, and was so good…tasted just like glög =P.  The Germans may have gluhwein but it’s not the same!  Anyways I had a really enjoyable time reminiscing about Stockholm in a city that wasn’t Stockholm =D.

Legged it back to our hostel finally and bid farewell this very pretty and fun city.  It may not have the big sights as some others but it is such a nice place.  Heaps of bars and pubs that people hung out in, live music everywhere, even the buskers are super talented.  I dunno, the town’s just nice!  The buildings are colourful and charming, amazingly preserved (can even see wooden framed ones every now and then) and the streets have retained their cool winding character and of course there’re these wonderful channels running through the city.  It was also surprisingly grand for what I had imagined, true there’s nothing monumental and famous like the Colosseum or Eiffel Tower but it can damn impress you that’s for sure.  Anyways, it’s a great city to see and just walk around in as long as you’re prepared for the prices.  Last words…I think I’ve found the prettiest city on my trip ;)
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