And so it begins, the first stop on the European excursion is Denmark! One red-eye flight later and arrived the next afternoon in Copenhagen only to be greeted by a thick haze.
In the midst of not knowing what time, day, or where I was, I collected my belongings and headed off the plane. The airport was dead silent, it almost seemed like the place was about to close! But it was a perfect setting for a quick nap before my friends plane landed.
An hour and a half later I awoke and decided my first cup of Danish coffee is in order. It was some darn good coffee too. Sitting in the airport cafe, two danish girls who worked at the store across the way were chatting. I listened to their conversation as they talk about how one needed to move because of housing issues. I started laughing to myself. God, we all fight the same issues don’t we.
Before I knew it, my friend and travel companion was standing next to me as we took the metro towards Copenhagen! Is this really happening? I had to keep telling myself, I am in freaking Denmark!
That evening, we walked up the street and found a cozy place to have dinner in the neighborhood of Brygge Island. A huge order of steak and potatoes hit my plate, exactly what I needed before falling into a deep slumber. Tomorrow is our first and only full day in Denmark, and we are going to make the most of it.
Waking up at 4:30 am is all part of traveling, right? Slowly getting ready, we headed out for what Copenhagen had to offer. Of course as two coffee lovers, we only got a few steps before stepping into 7-11 for a freshly brewed cup of coffee. Yes, that is correct. Denmark’s 7-11 are far more superior than our US ones. Each cup of coffee is freshly brewed per person and tasted amazing. I also picked up my first Danish pastry! It was the counter guy’s favorite, and it didn’t disappoint. If this is super tasty, I can only imagine what the infamous Danish bakeries will be like. My Gosh.
Walking through the neighborhoods of Frederiksberg (the soho of Copenhagen), Nyhavn, and Christianshavn, the first thing I notice about Denmark is how absolutely gorgeous each person is. Like truly straight out of a magazine gorgeous. I also felt incredibly safe the whole way through, which is a massive plus for a female traveler.
After admiring the beautiful canals of Nyhavn, and the historic district of Christianshavn, it was time for my second Danish which came from Andersen Bakery right next door to Tivoli. It also came with unlimited coffee refills, so that was dangerous. I don’t know how they made the layers of the pastry so light, airy and flaky, but it was incredibly. You can actually see the seeds of the raspberries in the home-made jam. Everything was fresh, something we don’t see often in America.
More walking and metro hopping around the city, I started to make notes on the settle nuances in the Danish culture. And it blew my mind. Here is what I noticed:
- Outdoor cafes offer blankets, but instead of draping them around their shoulders, the Danish wrap them around their waists to stay warm.
- You can drink openly in public. Cafes sell takeaway beers for only $5. Legit.
- Seltzer water is offered in stores more frequently than flat water.
- Though flying into Denmark was rather affordable, the city itself is expensive.
- They love hot dogs, and the way they serve them is genius. The bun goes all the way around and ketchup that doesn’t get everywhere.
- No one has their phones out on the table during meal time. I LOVED THIS!
- There are plenty of playgrounds for kids everywhere you turn! We happen to even find trampolines built into the sidewalks outside of Nvyahn.
- Though their bakeries are amazing, actual meals were hard to find (unless you want to pay a fortune).
- The corner stores sell candies that taste like eucalyptus trees, and you have to use plastic gloves instead of tongs to grab the candies you want.
Have you ever been to Denmark? What was your favorite part of your trip? Let me know if the comments below, and don’t forget to subscribe to find out where I am heading next!