12.08.2012 - 15.08.2012
So after all the excitement of London it was onto Denmark at 430am the next morning.
It was a long awaited reunion to see my friend Kat who I met 3 years ago in the US who is half Danish, half American and the perfect Copenhagen tour guide.
Kat sweetly met me at the airport for my early morning arrival. It was so good to see her after speaking to her over the past 3 years but never being in the US at the same time of year since. Even though it was 3 years passed it felt like time had not passed at the same time.
We went back to her new apartment in Copenhagen where she has just moved with her lovely boyfriend Peter. Their apartment is really cute and in a really close but quieter part of Copenhagen. Copenhagen is a beautiful city - it is smaller than I expected and very green.
Kat had a whole itinerary planned for my arrival which was fantastic. She had all the nice places planned out for my visit. I felt so lucky to have her clearly looking forward to our time together.
I arrived on a Sunday where we spent the day seeing Kats new school, Copenhagen Business School, where she would start in the summer, we enjoyed the gardens close to her house and also went downtown to see the main part of Copenhagen before enjoying a much lusted after home cooked meal enjoying a BBQ in the garden outside their apartment.
As Peter unfortunately had to work, it was left to Kat and I to enjoy some time together and explore the city for the next couple of days. Both days we headed into the downtown area of Copenhagen.
The first day we went to Tivoli - the oldest amusement park in Europe. It has beautifully manicured gardens and old rides along with many nice restaurants. It was beautiful to walk around and a nice morning stop.
Afterwards we walked up to the famous Copenhagen harbour for lunch. The harbour was filled with people enjoying lunch and the great sunshine we had.
Here is a photo of Kat and I enjoying the harbour:
After lunch we headed over to Christiania - an independently managed community in Copenhagen. Not before stopping to see The changing of the guards at the danish palace.
Christiania is a free state, not very big, full of people buying and smoking pot and hanging out. It was an interesting place to visit but not somewhere that particularly interested me to stay in for long.
After Christiania we enjoyed a beer by the river where lots of people hang out, tan and swim when the weather is good.
We spent time in the gardens in Copenhagen when I was there, enjoying the sunshine and the relaxing atmosphere. Also spent time finding the little mermaid in the canals of Denmark! Luckily we found her...here she is:
Kat also took me to a great pizza restaurant in the meat packing district of Copenhagen which is an up and coming area of the city, with some factories still in use and others being converted into restaurants and bars.
Not only did we have a great meal we then headed into some local Danish bars near Kats house to enjoy some beers. I learnt a new typically Danish game with dice and cups which is about bluffing your opponent. We played with some locals which was very amusing.
I have to thank my lovely host Kat for such a fantastic time. After a great break in Copenhagen I am convinced to get back there when I can. Such a beautiful city.
I soon realized that no journey carries one far unless, as it extends into the world around us, it goes an equal distance into the world within. - Jillian Smith