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    • Day 52

      Exploring Copenhagen

      October 20, 2019 in Denmark ⋅ ⛅ 13 °C

      Today is Sunday. Much quieter than Saturday, though when we went out for coffee this morning there was quite a lot of evidence of post Saturday night debris. This was in contrast to Norway (but we didn’t inspect on Sunday morning is Oslo) but there was litter, broken glass and vomit...not the perfect behaviour of such people so conscious of planet, sustainability and happiness!!

      We have had a good day, and quite busy. First we walked along the water to the Opera House. A huge and very fine building right on the water. Quite a long walk, obviously you can drive there as there was parking, and I think you can get a ferry. Then Amr navigated us to the Danish Design Museum which was a highlight for him. It was fun, and we saw many chairs by famous designers - Hans Wegner and Arne Jacobsen to name 2 I remember and liked. Besides chairs there was a lot of Bauhaus stuff (which we had seen a lot of in Germany). Anyway, we enjoyed that and then we went to see some nearby churches - a Russian orthodox with very Russian domes (and where I had to put my scarf over my head), and the Marble Church, very important looking and rather beautiful which we found is Church of Denmark - the national religion, evangelical Lutheran.

      Stopped for a shared sandwich and coffee then walked to the little mermaid just because it is a thing to see here. Many people taking photos etc, and busloads of Asians, but it was a very nice walk through parks. We have sorted out the royal residence situation! Found another Slot - the Amelienborg (I think that’s right) which is an octagonal ring of palaces where all the royals live in various buildings. We even happened to be there when they were changing the guard, all marching round in busbies (?sp) like at Buckingham Palace. The one yesterday - Christiansborg -I think is used as the parliament (that’s what the informative man at the Amelienborg said) and there is yet another castle - the Rosenborg which has Crown Jewels, thrones etc) and we going to look at those 2 tomorrow. We found this on our way to have a walk in the botanical gardens which was beautiful with autumn colours.

      On our way back, we stopped for a drink outside by a heater, watching the passing parade, then Amr dragged me into another department store but this one was really fun. It was purely a Danish design store - and we had such fun in the 2 floors of furniture- these beautiful chairs that we had seen in the museum we could now sit on and try - they were so comfortable and attractive (mostly) and it was actually more fun than the museum. They shut at 6 so we went back to the hotel (which has these style of chairs in the foyer) before setting out again for dinner. Found a perfect place where I had soup and mussels, and Amr had salad and herring. All happy.
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    • Day 53

      Last day in Copenhagen, and in Europe

      October 21, 2019 in Denmark ⋅ ☁️ 11 °C

      Today was good, but not quite as we had planned. First we went for breakfast at a Hartley recommended place - called Sonny, like our Sonny! - and it was very good. Excellent coffee, fresh seedy bread, tasty cheese, soft boiled egg! And a great juice - green colour with apple, ginger, tumeric and something whose name I didn’t know ...anyway, it was tangy and delicious. So that was a good start, and then we set off to go to the National Museum with the Viking exhibition. We had seen it was open every day, but hadn’t read the next line which said from October to May open Tuesday to again we missed the Vikings!! But we had heard quite a lot in Norway, so we cut our losses and headed for the royal palaces.

      First to the Rosenborg palace, which houses the thrones, crown jewels, and exhibits the rooms of the palace as lived in by Christian IV (I think, there are many Christians and Frederiks)...and that was excellent. Spent quite a while there, and then moved on to the Marienborg which is where the residence of the current royals is, but there are several palaces round in an octagon, and one is on show. Also excellent, furniture as lived in by Christian IX who was the “father-in-law of Europe” as most of his children married royalty - one being Alexandra who married Edward VII of Great Britain.

      So that took us through to about 3 o’clock when we had a coffee break, and I have a slight complaint. We cannot find what we call Danish pastries. It is like looking for what we call Sicilian olives in Sicily. They don’t exist. I just love the pastries with vanilla cream inside, with fruit, almond croissants, pain au raisins etc, and thought this would be the home of them, and the very best. We find them in France, Italy, Spain, Sydney...but here every bakery just has croissants, and nice bread, and cake things rather like muffins, and cinnamon rolls. Anyway, our hunt was fruitless. We did finally see some more like what we were looking for when later we came to the markets where there was a French chain - Brioche d’Orée - but in France we would never go there as there are so many better ones.

      As usual we took umbrellas as it threatened to rain, but never actually did! It does rain at night, as it was wet each morning. Anyway again lucky as it is miserable to walk squelching along and getting dripping, and we did a fair bit of walking. These palaces, and the museum are quite a ways apart.

      We had planned to go to a restaurant for dinner that we had seen. Amr had spied the bouillabaisse and it looked good...but when wandering later, after drifting into yet more furniture stores and sitting on their chairs and sofas, we found the market. Lovely market, you can buy things to take home and cook, and you can eat and drink at some stalls, and we found a tapas bar which just beckoned us. So we ate there instead. It had all our favourite food, and it all felt right, and it was so good just to order what you wanted as you ate it...I think we have had so many meals that it makes you lose your appetite. Anyway, this was just lovely, and we got back quite early and have packed up as much as possible and will set off tomorrow morning. First the flight to London, then connecting to the air New Zealand flight to Los Angeles. This is the thing - will we and the bags make the connection successfully as they are non related tickets! Hopefully all will work out. We stay and draw breath at LAX hotel for 2 nights before taking the flight to Sydney.
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    • Day 4

      CPH Foodie Day

      November 24, 2019 in Denmark ⋅ ☁️ 7 °C

      After an impromptu Thanksgiving Dinner and drinks (hehe) last night with my Canadian friend, Harriet, and others, we were rather low on energy today.

      So of course we used our precious daylight hours for a Copenhagen foodie bike tour. Beginning with a smørrebrød brunch (see pic) at Hallernes Smørrebrød, we then biked the hip streets of Nørrebro, where Santa and his helpers gave us free cinammon grød (Danish porridge)! 🎅

      Finally we visited Superkilen Park and Nørrebro library for a taste of Copenhagen's famous coffee scene.

      Now feeling MUCH BETTAH!
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    • Day 20


      January 9, 2020 in Denmark ⋅ 🌧 4 °C

      We had pretty crappy rainy weather in Copenhagen but I like this city. It’s our first city (not including the Swiss Alps) off the tourist path after the peak(ish) season had finished, so it was relatively chill, and the Danes are pretty relaxed, friendly...and generally quite good looking. I felt bad finding myself having a cheeky glance at a few of the Scandinavian babes, but then I caught Lauren doing the same with the blokes, so then I didn’t feel so bad...Read more

    • Day 39


      May 14, 2022 in Denmark ⋅ ⛅ 14 °C

      Die beiden Wochenendtage verbringe ich in København und übernachte dabei zum ersten Mal mitten in der Stadt, auf einem trotzdem ruhigen Parkplatz am Straßenrand nahe der Oper. Ich bin froh, dass ich mir etwas mehr Zeit für die Stadt nehme, denn sie hat sehr viele verschiedene Facetten zu bieten.
      Direkt zu Beginn erkunde ich eine wirkliche Einzigartigkeit, die autonome Freistadt Christiania. Sie knüpft thematisch an die alternativen Wohnformen, wie ich sie beispielsweise in Århus gesehen habe, an und gilt vermutlich als Vorbild für ähnliche Projekte im ganzen Land.
      Im touristischen Zentrum der Stadt begegne ich einer harmonischen Mischung aus hübschen repräsentativen Gebäuden und Parkanlagen, charmanten historischen Häfen und dezenter moderner Architektur.
      In der mir aus der Ferne schon lange bekannten Parkanlage Superkilen im hippen Trendviertel Nørrebro kann ich nicht nur spannende Landschaftsarchitektur sondern zufällig auch ein 48 Stunden Festival mitten in der Stadt erleben.
      Aus dem Trubel der Stadt fahre ich schließlich ganz in den Norden der Insel und finde einen tollen Stellplatz im Wald und nur wenige Meter vom Strand entfernt.
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    • Day 259

      Mein Heimweg mit Umwegen

      May 8, 2022 in Denmark ⋅ 🌙 17 °C

      Um die 1700 km von Uppsala nach Hause nicht komplett in einem Stück fahren zu müssen, machte ich auf dem Heimweg noch verschiedene Stopps.
      Den ersten Halt machte ich nochmals in Göteborg. Auf der sechsstündigen Autofahrt von Uppsala nach Göteborg wurde ich von Apo, einem griechischen Kumpel, den ich im letzten Herbst in Göteborg kennengelernt hatte, begleitet. Wir hatten uns eine ganze Weile nicht mehr gesehen, sodass die Fahrt mit ausgiebigen Gesprächen schnell vorbei ging!

      In Göteborg blieb ich dann 4 Tage, auch weil meine Schwester Alina mich noch besuchen wollte. Wir wohnten dann zusammen bei meinem französischen Kumpel Cyprien und meinen spanischen Kumpel Joan, die am Rande der Stadt in einer 4er-WG wohnten. Von dort aus machten Alina und ich jeden Tag Ausflüge und verbrachten einen Tag mit Inselhopping an der Küste sowie einen Tag mit Stadterkundung. Abends kochten wir dann immer mit meinen Freunden. Es war total schön, nochmal ein paar Tage das Leben in Göteborg wieder aufleben zu lassen und zudem eine tolle Möglichkeit, mal wieder viel Zeit mit meiner Schwester zu verbringen!
      Nachdem Alina abgereist war, fuhr ich mit Cyprien nach Kopenhagen, um dort die Stadt noch ein bisschen zu erkunden. Glücklicherweise hatte Cyprien eine Cousine in Kopenhagen, die uns ein Zimmer organisierte, sodass wir die hohen Hostelpreise nicht bezahlen mussten! Zusammen mit Cypriens anderer Cousine, die auch noch zu Besuch kam, erkundeten wir ein Wochenende lang vor allem mit den Fahrrädern die Stadt, wodurch wir sehr viel gesehen haben! Mir hat Kopenhagen (bis auf die wirklich extrem hohen Preise) sogar so gut gefallen, dass ich mir direkt überlegt habe, dort mein nächstes Auslandssemester beziehungsweise meinen Master zu machen!
      Abschließend bin ich dann durch Dänemark bis nach Eckernförde in der Nähe von Kiel gefahren und habe dort meine Freundin Inken besucht. Zusammen mit ihren Freunden verbrachten wir einen sonnigen Nachmittag an einem wunderschönen Ostseestrand.
      Am darauffolgenden Tag fuhr ich dann die restliche Strecke bis nach Hause, was sich irgendwie etwas unwirklich anfühlte. In den letzten acht Monaten habe ich so viel erlebt, sowohl positive als auch negative Erfahrungen gemacht, sehr viele neue Leute kennengelernt, wobei manche Freundschaften hoffentlich auch noch länger bestehen werden und sehr viele neue Orte gesehen, was sich dadurch nach einer viel länger Zeit angefühlt hat. Auch wenn ich eher über die Restplatzauswahl nach Schweden gekommen bin, bin ich nun absoluter Fan von diesem Land, der entspannten Mentalität und der tollen Landschaft! Im Winter dort zu sein, war für mich eine Herausforderung, weil es doch deutlich kälter und dunkler als in Deutschland ist, dafür habe ich auch echt tolle Dinge erlebt, wie beispielsweise Polarlichter zu sehen und über komplett gefrorene Seen zu laufen. Wenn ich nochmal die Entscheidung treffen müsste, würde ich definitiv wieder dorthin gehen!
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    • Day 5

      Kopenhagen Cityttrip 🧜‍♀️

      June 2, 2022 in Denmark ⋅ ⛅ 15 °C

      Heute ging es weiter nach Kopenhagen. Haben einen Stellplatz am Jachthafen gefunden und sind in 15 min mit der Metro in die City gefahren. Haben einen Kleinigkeit 🐟 🐚 gegessen und sind durch die Stadt geschlendert. Auch die Meerjungfrau 🧜‍♀️ haben wir gesehen 😉Read more

    • Day 2

      Der 2. Tag beginnt früh

      June 19, 2022 in Denmark ⋅ 🌧 11 °C

      Heute haben wir viel vor, deshalb sind wir früh auf den Beinen. Leider regnet es heute. Nach der herzlichen Verabschiedung können wir starten. Nach dem erfolgreichen Anschieben des Team 1 Autos geht es dann los Richtung Schweden.Read more

    • Day 10

      Copenhagen & Cruising

      June 22, 2022 in Denmark ⋅ ⛅ 63 °F

      We spent the morning visiting a few new sights in Copenhagen. After a delicious breakfast we set off to find the Little Mermaid. Along the way we stopped at our favorite Danish bakery, Lagkagehuset, for a kanelsnegle (cinnamon roll.) We continued down the Stroget, past Nyhavn, and through the Kastellet, a star-shaped military fortress. Along the way we passed Vore Faldne (Our Fallen) a memorial to Danish soldiers who lost their lives in WWII. We also passed St. Alban's Anglican Church. After visiting the Little Mermaid we made it to Amalienborg just in time to see the changing of the Queen's Guard at noon. We boarded our cruise ship, the Nieuw Statendam, in the early afternoon and got settled in. After a delicious dinner we enjoyed a very interesting presentation on the history of Holland America Line, and some music and dancing in one of the ship's lounges.Read more

    • Day 73

      Kronborg - Sword Fighting, Dungeons

      July 7, 2022 in Denmark ⋅ ☁️ 63 °F

      The girls got to do a little sword fighting. In the dungeons, Holger the Dane awaits to be reawakened if Denmark needs him. Once again, Willow's creativity came out in the darkness.

      The Danes would tax any ships that came through the Sound, which was one of the main purposes of the castle - this is the main entry in from the Atlantic. It also played a small role in the Cuban Missile Crisis when the castle reported to the US that Russia had sent ships through.Read more

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