Getting high in Copenhagen.

Trip Start May 25, 2012
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Trip End Jun 06, 2012


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We checked out of the Hotel Bethel

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Sunday, May 27, 2012


We spent the day wandering around Copenhagen. We had a pretty good idea where we were going this time, unlike the day before. It helps to have a good map and a guy at the hotel who speaks perfect English. He showed us how to easily get to some of the key sights we wanted to check off the list.
 
The first was the Mermaid. The front desk guy said you definitely need to see it, but to be prepared because it'll be disappointing. "It's small, and it's stupid," he said. I guess he's right. People flock to the thing but why I don't know. It's in an out of the way spot and the view behind it's not that great.  Max pointed at a nearby garbage can and said if we glued it to a rock that's partly submerged in the harbor and told people it's famous and on the list of "must-see" things in Copenhagen, people would be stupid enough to come out to ooh and aah over it. But yes, we went, and yes, we took the obligatory picture. Or rather a Japanese woman took our picture and we took hers. And then she probably took 10,000 other pictures of the mermaid from 10,000 different angles.
 
From there we took a water taxi across the harbor to get "high" at the Church of our Savior. Unlike most church towers that have the steps on the inside, this one has the steps on the outside that reach all the way to the top. I thought there was no way I'm climbing that high up that thing. Max gave me a hard time about it so I sucked it up and started climbing. I figured I could quit at the bottom area before the stairs started twisting their way upward. It turns out Max was the freaked out one, not me. We went all the way to the top. Amazing view and experience. I'll admit it's a little hair-raising when you're going up the outside lane, clinging to the railing and someone comes down and you have to smush past each other. 
 
The church is right next to the neighborhood of Christiania, or "Free" Christiania because you can feel free to smoke as much pot there as you want even though it's illegal. It's a funky enclave of arsty, very relaxed people somehow make a living doing who knows what. I read in some reviews how people who went through there were scared, or intimidated by the people there, or felt like it was a dangerous place. Not sure where those people went because the place is anything but. Max and I grabbed some drinks and a chessboard, sat on a picnic table under an awning and played chess for a couple hours. People all around us had big piles of weed and they were rolling their own. Classic. 
 
For much of the rest of the day we just hung out at Nyhavn. Our hotel was there - two doors down from where Hans Christian Anderson lived at one time. There are cafes that line one side of the harbor and they're all packed. People hang out on the wall above the harbor across the sidewalk from the cafes. They bring their own food and beer and picnic. A group of guys who clearly had been there for a while were hollering down at every pretty girl in the canal tour boats that passed by. It was pretty funny.
 
We'd had enough of Copenhagen by then and decided to catch an early train to Ystad, Sweden, which is where our ferry to Poland sailed. Unfortunately the train was so early we wound up hanging out in an empty ferry terminal for a couple hours, playing chess or sleeping. I was apparently doing both at the same time because Max kept crushing me.  
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