There were many things I could have named this post… For example, “From Kuala Lumpur to København” or “From the land of laksa to the land of laks,” but I decided on this one because the temperature difference was seriously the biggest change on this leg of our trip. Although we were only in Malaysia for 2.5 weeks, I managed to acclimate to the warm weather and good food (oh my, the food). The single downside to going there was that the winter would have felt much colder back in Europe than if we were eased in gradually, and it was. Copenhagen was cold, but that only slightly hampered our adventuring. As TA was out during the daytime occupied by maths, Piglet and I wandered the rainy town ourselves. We stayed half the time in an Airbnb rental and half the time in a hostel, which both had their pros and cons, but overall a cozy, clean stay.
The city is compact, accessible as many Danish folks speak English. And open fires galore! I think I’d adopted the concept of hygge as a lifestyle before I even knew what it called, so I was very happy to see it all around in thoughtful designs of basically every space. Roughly translated, you could say that hygge is a comfy-coziness, at-home warmth, or according to our tour guide “when life is giving you a hug.” The last one is my personal favorite definition. Unfortunately for Copenhagen because of this love of the open flame, most of the city’s buildings were destroyed in the 18th century, which were then made of wood, and eventually rebuilt with stone. Therefore, I’ve been told you don’t see very old buildings at all throughout the city.
Things not pictured but were certainly experienced are: sojourning through thrift stores and other shops, bicycles, hostel, magpies, the accidental strangers from whom both TA and I are each separated by one degree.
Sunrise in Copenhagen. Thanks, jet lag!
Piglet is enjoying Denmark.
Dinner of spinach pasta, lamb chops, and elderflower drink
Flottenheimer cafe, very hyggelig!
Ramen: order from a machine and it spits out a ticket for you to pay with at the counter, organized by type and by level of spiciness
Rainy day ramen
Solidarity House, a meeting house for local orgs, library/cafe/bookshop
Playground made of wood, very little steel/rubber/plastic
Assistens Kirkegård, the cemetery where the Hans Christian Andersen and Søren Kirkegaard are buried
H.C. Andersen’s grave
Leaves on the ground
At Assistens with Copenhagen bench
These little guys will grow up to be full hedges surrounding this plot
Art installation at Assistens
My dude Kirkegaard
Cute little sheep showing us the way to our hostel building
Hay and bedding on sale at the mini mart for bunnies and other little animals!
Advert for upcoming show starring Lise Baastrup from Hjørdis and Rita!
Outside Assistens Kirkegård
On the streets of Copenhagen
A lake where the birds like to play
I assume that despite the quaintness of the cobblestoned streets, these are laid for accessibility for those traveling with wheelchairs, baby strollers, etc.
The old town hall
Classy quick lunch from 7-Eleven
Copenhagen Court House
Nytorv, public square in front of the court house, where back in the day folks would be publicly executed on that platform
A very hyggelig street
Nyhavn at dusk
Caught the tail end of the changing of the guard at Amalienborg Palace
Amalienborg Palace courtyard, home of the Danish royal family, a very open and inviting one!
Nyhavn lit up
Dusky and colorful
Christiania art gallery
The rules of Christiania
Freetown Christiania, former military barracks turned hippie commune
A metro ticket for everyone
Tiny pyramids all around the city modeled after the Louvre