Copenhagen: Part 2

This is Part 2 of my time in Copenhagen, Denmark. To read Part 1, click here.

Luckily, I survived the jet lag from Day 1 in Copenhagen. I spent the next two days doing these super cool things:

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Day 2: The Church Tower & Christiana

I started off day 2 with coffee from Baresso, which is the local version of Starbucks. They are everywhere in Copenhagen, so I had to try it! I got an Americano. They gave me a huge one, which worked out well for what was to come. Maybe they knew what kind of day I was getting in to.

I took my coffee to go and headed toward the Church of Our Savior, which is an amazing church. The architecture is incredible. There is a tower that goes super high up and you can get a great view of the city from there. Side note: you are climbing extremely narrow and steep staircases to get up there. No one gave me this warning, but luckily I’m one tough girl.

It was worth climbing all those stairs once I reached the top.

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That’s what I’m talking about.

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It was freezing up there! I thought my hat was actually going to blow off of my head. Thankfully I had my massive cuppa coffee to keep me warm.

I decided to head over to Rosenburg Garden & Castle next, but I was starting to get hit hard again by jet lag. I walked through the gardens, but didn’t have the energy to walk through the castle. I decided to stop by the grocery store and head home for the afternoon/night. I ate bread and hummus for dinner before dying of exhaustion. I ended up sleeping 17 hours that night. Amanda=1, Jet lag=0.

Day 3: All the Cool Things 

After seeing all of the touristy destinations, I wasn’t sure where to go next. Luckily, Jeppe had time to spend with me on Saturday! As a local, he knows of all the cool places that most tourists don’t know to visit. First, we went to a park called Superkilen – it has a really cool concept behind it. It was designed by a famous Danish architect who goes by his initials, BIG. He took pieces from around the world and put them all together in this huge, functional park.

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It is separated into sections – black, green, and red.

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It is really fun to see and play around on. It might be a little more fun in the summer, when it is dry and warm, but I would definitely recommend checking this out. My pictures do NOT do it justice.

Next, we went by a Christmas market and a huge graveyard. I didn’t get very many good pictures of this, but the graveyard was really gorgeous, and the market was so fun. I’m not usually a seeker of graveyards, but this one was superbly done, and had a few famous philosophers buried in it.

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Post-graveyard, we needed a little pick me up, so we headed to the “food hall” as Jeppe calls it. It reminded me of the Oxbow Market in Napa; it is a huge building with a lot of little markets inside. We scurried around and tried samples from all of the vendors before settling down at a cafe table with warm drinks. I tried my first glogg, which is a Danish holiday drink made of mulled red wine with almonds, raisins and warming spices. It was very good, I would definitely recommend trying it out!

After the glogg, we needed some real food, so we headed to Riz Razz Steaks and Veggies, which has a vegetarian/vegan buffet. I was so happy to get my fill of fresh vegetables and pita bread with hummus.  I have a serious obsession with hummus.

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On the way there, we walked over a canal as the sun was setting. It was amazing.

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Next we headed to a jazz bar, where I had my first Danish Christmas beer. Yum! Coupled with a live band and a warm venue, it was the perfect ending to the night.

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Copenhagen: Part 1

I landed in Copenhagen, Denmark at 3 PM on Wednesday. I was so excited to explore this city, as I’ve been freakishly obsessed with Nyhaven (the gorgeous canal pictured above) for quite a while. Here was what I did in the first day in Copenhagen:

Day 1 : All My Dreams Come True / A Very Intense Day 

I started off Thursday morning by walking toward downtown to explore.

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I stopped at THE CUTEST coffee (“kaffe” in Danish) place on the way there.

How adorable is this?!

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I loved their cozy atmosphere, and the guy behind the counter was an older guy wearing an American Eagle t-shirt. I felt right at home! I found the local paper to read about the shitstorm on Facebook. What a catastrophe!

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After my super black (but rather bright tasting) coffee, I was off to find my dream place, Nyhaven. I had to stop at a few places first though. Just before crossing the bridge, I came across a little feeding pond with SWANS. I just about died, as I’ve never seen swans in their natural habitat. So I took about three thousand pictures.

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Post-photoshoot, I was back on my way downtown – or to the “city center,” as the locals call it. It wasn’t long before I came across another canal with swans and had to take three thousand more pictures. I was slowly getting closer – this was Christiana canal.

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The swans are just breath taking. The canal is pretty cute too.

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But I needed to soldier on!

FINALLY, I came across Nyhaven. I was secretly jumping with joy inside, but I contained myself enough to attract only minimal attention.

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After that bout of excitement, I wasn’t sure what could rival the beautiful and epic Nyhaven. I had read about Kastellet, the oldest operating military base in Denmark. It is shaped like a star, which is what really got me. So off I went in search of Kastellet. I came across a few statues like the one below; these are scattered all over the city.

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Eventually, I came across Kastellet. When you walk inside, there are a few buildings that you can actually go in to. Score! I found this church and headed in.

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It was adorable! I love the circle lights.

Next, I found a cannon. I have never seen one of these in real life before. It was a little eerie but very interesting.

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I walked along the perimeter of the star and found something extra Danish: an adorable windmill. Just precious.

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This super sweet church was also chillin on the perimeter. It was very photogenic.

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I knew that since I was at Kastellet, I had to go by the Little Mermaid. It is super close, basically on the grounds of Kastellet. It’s usually super packed with tourists, but since I’m really smart and decided to go in the off-season, I got a pic all by myselfie.

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Crushed that.

After so many selfies, I had worked up an appetite. I found a sandwich place that had a few vegan options on the menu. This was very exciting to me.

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I got a falafel sandwich with hummus and veggies. It was as good as it looks. Definitely hit the spot. After my sandwich, I headed home to take a chill pill and slowly die from jet lag.

Did I survive? You will have to wait for the epic Part 2 to find out!

 

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