Summer 16′ (part 1): Oh Glorious Denmark!

As some of you may already know, I recently took a trip to Europe, with Denmark being the first stop 🙂 . I had never been to Denmark,  I was pretty excited to go!! The people of Copenhagen were some of the nicest and most accomidating people I have ever come across! I can definitely understand why Copenhagen has been named one of the happiest cities in the world 🙂  If you’re looking for a relaxing weekend of walking and sightseeing, this is the perfect place!

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Our flight from to Dubai from JKIA was at 10:30pm, so we got to the airport about 3 hours prior and went through the usual security and check-in procedure. Since I am not a fan of airplane food , THANK GOD for the Java at the airport so we , (me in particular) could eat something before we left!

Our flight route:

NBO (Nairobi) – DXB (Dubai)= 5 hours

DXB (Dubai) – CPH (Copenhagen) = 6 hours 55 min

We got to Copenhagen in the afternoon of the following day 🙂 The first thing we did was buy train tickets from Kastrup (the airport) into the city centre. Instead of staying in a hotel (as we normally would) , we decided to switch it up a little bit! We found this pretty cool funky hostel called “Urban House” and we LOVED it! We had such a good  time, met some really cool people, saved money – and it’s location perfect as it was right in the middle of the city!

As some of you may already know, I recently took a trip to Europe, with Denmark being the first stop 🙂 . I had never been to Denmark,  I was pretty excited to go!! The people of Copenhagen were some of the nicest and most accomidating people I have ever come across and the pastries were out of this world.  I can definitely understand why Copenhagen has been named one of the happiest cities in the world 🙂

If you’re looking for a relaxing weekend of walking and sightseeing, this is the perfect place!

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Our flight from to Dubai from JKIA was at 10:30pm, so we got to the airport about 3 hours prior and went through the usual security and check-in procedure. Since I am not a fan of airplane food , THANK GOD for the Java at the airport so we , (me in particular) could eat something before we left!

Our flight route:

NBO (Nairobi) – DXB (Dubai)= 5 hours

DXB (Dubai) – CPH (Copenhagen) = 6 hours 55 min

We got to Copenhagen in the afternoon of the following day 🙂 Instead of staying in a hotel (as we normally would) , we decided to switch it up a little bit! We found this pretty cool funky hostel called “Urban House” and we LOVED it! We had such a good  time, met some really cool people, saved money – and it’s location perfect as it was right in the middle of the city!

The staff were super nice aswell and they made our stay even more comfortable.

What I loved most was the way you could interact with people 🙂 There was a relaxation area with a pool table, books, games, TV etc where teenagers (mostly) would go hang out. Then, there was a main kitchen and dining area where you could cook & eat! It allowed us to run into some really cool people, who we would have probably never met if we stayed up in our rooms 🙂

If anyone is going to copenhagen I would definitely reccomend staying there , their website is : www.urbanhouse.me  – you should check it out! When we went it was fully booked, so if you’re planning to go make sure you book well in advance, since its a really popular spot 🙂

It’s also worth buying a Copenhagen Card. It’s pretty useful as it gives you free entry to some tourist attractions, and it saves you money on public transport (busses, metro & canal boats)     🙂

Here are some of the things we managed to do while we were in Copenhagen 🙂

1.Copenhagen zoo!

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By the time we actually settled down it was about 4 pm, and we needed something to do! So, since the zoo was a short walk from where we were staying, the group of us decided to go! Now, I am not the biggest fan of zoo’s. The whole idea of  confining an animal to a artificial environment, in a different climate,  away from its home, for humans to gape at doesn’t sit well with me. However, if it wasnt for zoo’s, there are some animals I would probably never get to see… so I’m 50/50 about zoos.

We did have a good time though! We stayed there for a couple hours and then slowly walked back to Urban House.

 

2.  Copenhagen Street Food!

When travelling its always easy to settle for the usual McDonalds/KFC/ Burger King, but there was absolutely no way we were going to leave Copenhagen without trying some good Danish food! So, we went to this popular food market called Papirøen – which means “Paper Island” with some family friends 🙂

When we got there it was PACKED! It was literally like everyone in the city was out that day. Maybe it was because it was such a  beautiul day and everybody came out to make the best of it… Or, maybe it was because we were in town so everyone wanted to see us! (I’m only joking HAHA) . Whatever the reason, Papirøen was full !! Since the lines to get food were so long, half of us went in to get food & drinks , while the rest of us stayed outside looking for a place to sit, (while enjoying the scenery ofcourse). Luckily for us, we found some really nice people who helped us save a space big enough for all of us to sit:)

Papirøen is basically this huge warehouse like building filled with food trucks, stalls and mini bars! To top it off, it’s located on the side of a Canal – so the scenery is stunning! (especially at sunset). The atmosphere there was so great, there was live music and was having a good time! We were having so much fun that we sat there for hours without even realising it! Time does fly when youre having fun 🙂 We may have also eaten a bit too much as well, however, we walked it off afterwards so its allowed!

When we eventually did leave, it was 9pm 🙂 We said bye to everyone an headed to the Inderhavnsbroen (Inner- Harbour Bridge) – which would eventually lead us to Nyhavn (the street with the colourful buildings)! 

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Below are some pictures of our walk from Papirøen (Copenhagen Street Food) , across the Inner-Harbor bridge and into Nyhavn.

3.Nyhavn!

Nyhavn is argaubly the most picturesque place in Copenhagen! I’ts extraordinaly beautiful, vibrant, colourful and tons of fun! We got there at around 10 pm after eating our hearts out at the Copenhagen Food Market.

We got there at around 10pm, but even then, it was still bright out 🙂 So we stayed there until it got dark- which was around 11/12pm.

In the 1600’s Nyhavn was  a busy commercial port where ships from all over the world would dock. The area was packed with sailors, brothels and pubs. Today, the beautiful old houses have been renovated and classy restaurants and shops dominate the old port.

On one side of the bank, there are shops, bars, dining areas, musicians, people sitting down, talking and enjoying the free live music. And on the other side of the bank, you can be an observer, witnessing the action but not being part of it.

I honestly fell in love with the colourful houses along the canal, I think the burst of colour really adds to the already great atmosphere, bringing it even more life! Since it was a weekend night, the streets were also filled with fun, laughter and great music. And thanks to Pokemon Go, Nyhavn was even more busy becuase people were out looking for Pokemons to catch. We had such a lovely time though!

Nyhavn was definitely the perfect way to end the day 🙂

 

 

 4. The Little Mermaid!

On the third day, after  relaxing morning, we headed to the Langelinie Promenade to see the most photographed sculpture in Denmark – the “Little Mermaid”.

The 1.25 meter bronze statue was made by Danish sculptor Edvard Erikson as a tribute to Anderson’s fairytale – The little Mermaid.

It was quite full when we got there, however we managed to get some good pictures and enjoy the scenery! There were some rocks below the iconic statue where people could go and take pictures- however- being the clumsy person that I am, I wasn’t about to put myself in a situation with high chances of me falling into the sea!

Infact, there were these dogs that decided that they were going to walk on the rocks on the very edge of the sea.  Guess what happened to them… yes they fell into the sea (HAHA). Thank God they didn’t drown though.

All in all, it was a good morning , with great weather and lots of laughs 🙂

5. Strøget!

Stroget! The oldest and longest pedestrian street in the world!! After a relaxed morning and a visit to the “Little Mermaid”, it was time for us to check it out & do some retail therapy 🙂

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This street lierally had everything! On one end there were the high end shops like Gucci, Louis Vitton, Prada, Mulberry etc. Then, on the other end of the street, there were more budget friendly shops.

We tried not to shop too much too much at Stroget, mainly because we wanted to save most of the shopping for Amsterdam. However, with summer sales everywhere, there was too much temptation.

There were some really nice souvenir shops as well, so we got most of our postcards and souvenirs from there 🙂

We saw a couple street performers along the pedestrian street aswell- I found the ones above the most memorable.

Left: Bare in mind that these performers were not moving (exept for the occasional smiles they gave to onlookers). We literally stood there staring at these performers for almost 20 minutes trying to figure out how on earth the guy ontop managed to remain in that position for hours. We knew there was some sort of illusion/trick, however, figuring out their precise tactic was beyond us. After a minutes of staring in awe, we gave up and classified it as juju.

Right: guy on the right was literally spinning in that gigantic hula hoop! I was very impresThe crowd around him was huge as well!

 

 6. Amalienborg!

On our last day, we went to Amalienborg – the residency of the Danish royal family .

It is made up of four palaces:

1. Christian VII’s Palace (also known as Moltke’s Palace. It is used as guest residence.

2.Christian VIII’s Palace (also known as Levetzau’ Palace). It is used as guest palace for Prince Joachim and Princess Benedikte.

3.Frederik VIII’s Palace (also known as Brockdorff’s Palace). It is the home of the Crown Prince family.

4.Christian IX’s Palace (also known as Schack’s Palace). It is the home of the Queen and Prince Consort.

It was a shame that the royal family wasn’t there at the time of our visit. I know the chances of us seeing them wouldn’t have been that high, however, it would have been nice to visit the palace knowing that the royal family was actually there 🙂

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There were guards partolling the palace as well, but you were not allowed to take pictures with them. They were really strict about that, infact we witnessed a woman approaching a guard to take a selfie, and he yelled “no photos!” at her.

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7. Tivoli Gardens

Tivoli Gardens is the second-oldest operating amusement park in the world!

From Copenhagen central, you could literlaly hear the people on the rides screaming. We made it a point to go, however, in the end we never got round to it.

I regret it now, but next time , Tivoli Gardens is the first place we will visit!

We did walk past it though, so at least we got some nice pictures of it.

When we weren’t sight seeing, we were exploring the streets of Copenhagen. We found so many nice resturants and so many cute little shops 🙂 There was also a graffitti festival starting, so we went to check that out too!


 

Copenhagen, you were lovely 🙂

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