I'm having a hard time keeping up with the blog when I have a million other things to do, but seeing as how I'm leaving for Krakow at midnight I started to stress about how I haven't written a blog post about my Copenhagen trip. My Copenhagen trip was AMAZING. I wanted to put all the pictures onto this blog post, but had to refrain (Facebook got the full wrath of my camera frenzy). My trip started off with me taking public transportation to get to the plane, checking in, and finding my gate. The fact that I made it without any hiccups and completely by myself still shocks me now. I felt very adult and responsible. I ended up finding another CIEE student on the flight so we boarded together. The plane was the smallest plane I have ever flown on, and we were both a little shocked when we pulled up next to it.
We finally stopped by a famous bakery to grab some pastries (there were no Danishes--ends up they aren't actually from Denmark), and then to the student center to grab coffees. I had a Cappuccino which was delicious and pretty, and then immediately attacked the pastries. The middle one below was by far my favorite pastry. It tasted like a doughy roll with cinnamon inside, but the icing on the right "Snail" pastry was unbelievable. Seriously like heaven. After caffeine and sugar, Scott and I were ready to begin our city tour out in the cold.
Our first real stop, not counting Scott pointing out all the buildings along the way, was at Rosenborg Castle. It was the summer castle of a Danish king, and apparently when he got too drunk in the city he would hide his keys to the castle in the Lion's mouth. We bought some tickets to visit the museum and it was such a good buy--there were so many cool exhibits and rooms, not to mention the floor filled with all the crown jewels. Technically we were supposed to pay to take picture, but we were very sly and got some good ones.
|These army figures definitely reminded me of Johnny and James. There wasn't a plaque or description, but I assumed they were used for planning battles.|
|The very modest and humble throne room.|
|Again all the cross bows and rifles reminded me of Johnny and James. I feel like they would have enjoyed this part of the exhibit.|
|Boat figure reminded me of Dad. This room was very nostalgic apparently.|
|Favorite part of the museum.|
Our walk along the river ended up going a little longer than we expected because we kept expecting their to be a bridge to the other side. Once we got our map out, we realized that there was no way across. After staring at how close we were and how small the river was, we finally decided to cross the ice (and take some photos of us doing it).
|One of my favorite pictures from the trip. The colors and sailboats look very Danish.|
|Sequin Art in Copenhagen|
For lunch we had decided to go to the Glass Market and get some authentic Danish food. The glass market is like a big farmer's market, but is indoors in a glass structure so it's warm. Apparently, elaborate, open faced sandwiches orare really popular. We each got one and split them. They were actually pretty good, but I still like my hamburgers better:). Our 5 hour walk around the city finally ended by crossing the now open bridge.
Part of my Christmas present included 2 locks, so once we were at the top of the bridge, I broke out one of them and locked it to the wire. Scott and I took turns throwing each key into the water. One bridge down and one to go!
We ended up the rest of the day, spending more time in the shopping district and a tourist shop where I got my obligatory postcard. I tried on a few outfits and dragged Scott to a few stores for Sensation outfits, but didn't end up getting anything. We grabbed some Chinese take out and headed back to the dorm to start to get ready to pack.
Things I noticed about Copenhagen: it's so expensive compared to Prague; their are bikes everywhere; much more diverse (surprisingly) with an Arabic community; the people are SO much friendlier than at Prague. It was really exciting to go on my first European trip outside of Prague, and it was one of my favorite weekends ever.