Copin' in Copenhagen

Trip Start Jun 21, 2008
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Trip End Aug 03, 2008


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Wednesday, July 9, 2008

So the greeting here in Denmark is equally cute as the one in Finland, but different - it's "Hi hi!"  I don't know why, but it entertained me this morning.  Off to the National Museum - I must have left my iPod playing because it was dead, even though the last time I used it, it was still almost fully charged.  Noooo!!!  I like wandering around museums while listening to music, but there would be none of that today.  The National Museum wasn't terribly memorable, mostly just a collection of archaeological and historical Danish artifacts. 

Today was a lot chillier and rainier than yesterday, so I went back to the hostel to pick up a hoodie and an umbrella.  I later regretted not changing into pants, too, as it absolutely poured later on.  Off to the Thorvaldsen Museum - it houses pretty much all the significant works produced by Danish sculptor Bertel Thorvaldsen.  I wasn't overly impressed, even though his technique was great.  His works didn't seem to evoke any feelings, for the most part, and didn't radiate any passion.

Back to the Stroget for lunch - settled on a bakery, mainly because I could hide inside from the rain while I ate.  I tried their pepperoni pizza - pretty blah; I should have tried one of their sandwiches instead, or gone for another Chinese take-out box. 

Next up was the Danish Resistance Museum - I needed to take a seat and chill for awhile; my time in Copenhagen has involved a LOT of walking and I'm getting quite run-down.  My feet, knees, and back are all killing - and it's not even halfway through the trip, yet!  I'm just trying to cope!  The Danish Resistance Museum was alright, but there was a lot to take in. 

I've concluded that the weather in Denmark is bipolar - it started out cold, windy, and rainy today, but now it was very sunny and hot!  The Kastellet park was beautiful when illuminated by some glorious sunshine.  The Anglican Church was the highlight of the park for me, but most tourists come to take a photo of the statue of Hans Christian Andersen's "Little Mermaid"

Back to the hostel for a quick siesta - I felt wiped out today!  Then it was time for dinner - some more Chinese takeout.  I can't say any of it has been great, but it's cheap and vaguely resembles Asian food.  After all that MSG, I needed a coke - $3 CAD at the grocery store for a 500 ml bottle!  I sucked it down while waiting in line for tickets to the Tivoli gardens.  Picked a BAD line and waited forever, while seemingly everyone else that had arrived after me, got in before me. 

I was debating whether or not to go to Tivoli, but was glad I did - it's pretty cool, with lots of included entertainment.  Pantomime theatre, a symphony, a big band, a laser show at night - there was tons to keep me occupied.  It's a great place to walk around and have some junk food, even if you don't go on any rides. 

I hung around until 10:00 and had an hour to kill before the "Illuminations" light show, so I killed some time using the cheap internet just a few steps away, at the train station.  Still thirsty after the Chinese food, I sucked down a Tuborg beer while I surfed. 

The light show was much more enjoyable than I thought it would be - it was a great way to end the night, and my time in Copenhagen, despite getting rained on again.  Luckily, the rain subsided before the show started.   
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