When we got into Lyngby Station I knew right where to go - back to my university! DTU was just like I left it a year ago
. We ate lunch in the kanteen there and I had some Danish open faced sandwiches called smørrebrød. It felt really really weird to know I wasn't a student there anymore, or anywhere for that matter now that I've graduated. When I left DTU last year I had a receipt for the bookstore and hadn't had a chance to use it. It was good for five years and no one ever bought it off me, so I brought it back and bought a few things! Talk about taking advantage of store credit.
The other place I had to visit while I was in Lyngby was my old home. It was unbelievable. As I was walking up to it I got hit by a wall of emotion. Too bad no one was home - when I was there we kept the back door unlocked - but I could still see in the living room and my room. It was just the cozy way I left it after I had moved in to a total wreck a year and a half ago. I could have sat in the courtyard reminiscing forever, thinking about all the maturing I had been forced to do in this little run down shack of a house and all the life experience and memories I got out of it. Walking around the area just about got me teary-eyed.
When we got back into downtown Lyngby we wandered around the area I used to run errands, stopping in the big mall and even a grocery store. I grabbed a couple goodies to bring back home and we went back on the S-tog to Copenhagen
. After dropping our stuff off at the hotel we walked down to Nyhavn, the canal with colorful houses, and eventually over to Marmokirken, my favorite church in the city. It was closed so after walking past the royal residence at Amalienborg Slot we hopped a boat tour to see the major sights. Dad got to see how anti-climactic the Little Mermaid statue is. I recognized a lot of the scenery such as the library and stock exchange and was able to sit back and relax despite the cooler temperatures on the water. When we got off the boat we stopped in a pub to warm up and had a nice chat with the bartenders who love to practice their English and talk with foreigners. They recommended a great Danish place for dinner so we walked over and tried it. Delicious! If you are ever in Denmark you absolutely need to try their take on roasted pork. It is one of the best meals I have ever eaten. The pork is cooked with the skin and creates a crispy potato chip tasting shell with a tender inside.
That was pretty much our last full day in Denmark. Taken slowly, enjoying the scenery and reliving some of my not-so-long-ago memories. We wandered around town a little more before heading back to the hotel to relax and get some sleep. My vacation was ending...not cool.
I wrote in my travel journal that "today was a very nostalgic and thought provoking day". Being in Denmark just felt extremely normal. I'm probably going to have to live or work here again at some point in my life. This morning Dad made sure we got breakfast at the best bakery in Copenhagen, La Glace. It's on the Strøget, the main shopping street in the city. We took a stroll down it and went to my favorite dried fruit vendor. It was nice to have chilly weather for a change - in Italy it had been hot and sunny every day and Copenhagen was a brisk 60 or so degrees in the middle of the day. We stopped in Magasin du Nord which is a huge department store and got some famous Danish style licorice as well. From there we headed up to the S-tog station at Nørreport and took it up to Lyngby, my old home.