Trip to Copenhagen

Trip Start Jan 13, 2009
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Trip End Jun 24, 2009


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Monday, February 2, 2009

My first trip out of Sweden since I have been here was to Copenhagen, Denmark.  It was my friend Sonja's birthday and that is where she chose to go.  There was a group of eight of us.  We got into Copenhagen smoothly by train around 5:00pm.  Our hostel was on the outskirts of the city and we wanted to save money so we walked to try and find it.  Next time I can assure you we won't be doing that in a city none of us have been to..... We went out on Friday night to try and find the area where there were cheap pubs before we went out to the club that is the 'place to be' on Friday nights in Copenhagen, but we walked around for about two hours and never found it.  So we just took the bus straight to the club.  Denmark is quite expensive, so drinks were outrageous. For example a mixed vodka drink was around $12-15 and a beer was $8-9.  We didn't stay very long there and called it an early night. 

On Saturday we woke up and sightseed all day.  I had gotten the flu a few days before we left and it really hit me on Saturday so that was a bummer but I toughed through it.  We saw some cool stuff but a couple of the main attractions were closed for the season so that also was a bummer.  The main sight in Copenhagen is a mermaid sculpture sitting on a rock but we weren't able to find that which I think was due to a lack of trying. 

I'm going to attach a link that you can click on to see all of my pictures and the captions explain what it is.  For those of you that have facebook you have probably already seen the album.  I will mention my favorite site on here which was the changing of the guards at the royal house. This is quite the event.  All of the old gurads line up and then there is a whole band of others that come out.      Two groups that are playing instruments and then the group of actual new guards.  I'm going to attach a video also of this.  Their marching and perfection was very cool to see.  The ceremony took about ten minutes.   They do this everyday at noon.

On Saturday night we went out to another club called Rust to celebrate Sonja's birthday.  It was a very fun night.  Clubs are interesting here because they don't start to get busy until around midnight or 1:00am and they are open until 5-6am.  Sonja had a very fun birthday!
On Sunday our train didn't leave until 8:00pm so we had all day to hang out in the city.  We were all pretty tired from the weekend so we walked around a little bit but spent a lot of time in coffee shops and eating lunch.  We did see the changing of the guards on Sunday and a place (street) called Christiania.  It is one street in Copenhagen that doesn't have any laws.  People live there, pay their own taxes, and can do pretty much anything they want. 

This trip was lots of fun, but quite expensive.  The next trip I have planed is a day trip on this Saturday to Gothenburg, Sweden.  The second largest city in Sweden.

Here is the link to see my whole album of Copenhagen.  Copy and paste the url into the webpage.  If you click on the first picture it will get big and turn into a slideshow:  http://www.facebook.com/album.php?aid=2638533&l=128c1&id=13957325
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