Visiting Mel in Copenhagen

Trip Start Apr 03, 2008
Trip End Apr 06, 2008

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Tuesday, April 8, 2008

I left the Theresianum at 8am on Thursday morning to catch my plane to Denmark which was departing at 11:05am from the Vienna International airport. I just barely missed the S-bahn train that was headed to the airport at 8:22 so I had to wait for half an hour to catch the next train to the airport. Once I got there it was really smooth sailing. Since I was only bringing a carry-on with me I got to do self- check-in which was incredibly simple. Then I went through security where there was hardly any line. Then once I was done that I had about an hour to kill so I went to a cafe and got a melange and muffin. I flew skyeurope which is a cheap airline. We had to be shuttled out to our plane in a shuttle bus, which was certainly a new experience for me. The plane and crew were very nice. The flight was supposed to arrive in Copenhagen at 12:50 but it actually got there at around 12:30. I actually had to wait a couple of minutes for Melissa to meet me at the airport because apparently there was some train delays. Anyway when she got there we were both really excited to see each other even though she had just visited me in Vienna less than a week before.
(now a whole bunch of drama occurred in Copenhagen the day before i was going there which made my time there interesting to say the least. The nity-gritty of it is that Melissa got kicked out of her host-families house because her boyfriend did something stupid and she had to find a new place to live and once that was finally settled she found out that her boyfriend was going to have to go back to America because of what he did)
   So when I got there needless to say, Melissa really needed a friend, so I guess it was good timing on my part. She still wanted to show me a good time though. I had to get some Danish money before i left the airport. I got 300 kroner which i guess is the equivalent of $60. I had to buy a metro ticket which cost the equivalent of $8. It was like a fourty minute commute back to her place. So she had just moved in to her new place the day before but it was really nice. It was her own room with a bathroom and she had a communal kitchen. It wasn't quite a host-family house which i was actually really looking forward to but oh well. 
    We didn't do a lot on the first day because she was pretty bummed out about the situation so we pretty much just chilled. We went to a bar in the city and got a drink. We went window shopping a little bit and i got some post cards and a shot glass for souvenirs. I was very amazed by how many bikes there were in this city. I swear there were many many more bikes than cars. They were all old shitty bikes too.
    We went back to her place that night and watched a movie, which is something that is kind of a tradition for us. Then we shared her little twin size bed. We've shared a bed many times so it wasn't a big deal.
    The next day I went to classes with her. It was actually pretty interesting. The first class was a 20th century history class and the professor was teaching about world war ii that day. I found it facinating. Then she had a large break between classes so we got some lunch and she showed me around the main part of copenhagen. She showed me a Lutheran church which was pretty nice. And we also went to an old observation tower that didn't have stairs to go up it, instead it was a ramp, apparently so horses could be brought up it. It was pretty cool to see. I really like being able to go up high above a city and see it from above. There was a church attached to the tower so we checked that out too. It was really nice.
    Then we went to her Danish class. This was also very interesting for me because I didn't know a word of Danish. It's such a bizarre language. It has similarities to German but it's also very scandinavian.
   After her class we went and got a real danish. It was phenomenal, as it should be since I'm assuming this is where they originate from. Then we just kind of started walking in the general direction of where the little mermaid statue was. We went through this really nice park next to an old palace that is now a military base. Then we went by the famous canal which was beautiful with all of the big ships docked there. We then went to the palaces where the current monarchs still live. The guards there were awesome. They had the tall furry black hats and the guns and they walked back and forth. They were also very intimidating. We kept going and came upon another very nice park and there was a beautiful stone anglican church there that was called St. Albans church. (this is cool because the closest city to my home is called St. Albans.)
    Now we were finally up against the sea and the little mermaid statue was in view. There were all kinds of people already there waiting to take pictures with her. I didn't feel like waiting in line to take a picture with her not to mention there was a big tour bus that just pulled up so there were a ton more people that were going to want to take pictures with her. I was perfectly content with just haveing a picture of her. She was very nice. It started to rain right after we saw her. Luckily we both had umbrellas so it wasn't so bad. We caught a train back to her place. On our walk back from the station to her flat she got a phone call from her boyfriend. He had just found out that he could stay in Denmark because the charges were dropped. So Melissa was ecstatic of course. We were going to go out and celebrate but it was going to cost me too much money to go back into the city. Like $16. So we just stayed in for the night and hung out which was nice.
    The next day we hung out with her boyfriend Nate. We went to a national museum which was quite fun. We also went to this place called Christiania. It's basically a place where people used to go so they didn't have to pay taxes. Now it's basically a hippies paradise. There were signs that said you couldn't take pictures. There were people smoking pot out in the open there. It was actually quite sketchy. We then just kind of walked around and saw things as they came up. Nate left to go back to his place and get changed because we planned on going out that evening. Mel and I found another nice park and walked around it. we saw a beautiful sunset. Our friend Kirt called us too which was pretty nice.
    We then met up with Nate again and went out to a Scottish pub which was awesome. There was a guy playing guitar there and playing scottish songs which I love. Then we went to a viking bar and I got a really amazing shot called a brain hemorage. It was very tasty. We didn't drink hardly at all, it was far too expensive and I had to get up to catch a plane in the morning. So that was our last evening.
    I had a lot of fun in Denmark. It was a pretty nice place. It's certainly not one of my favorite places but it was worth seeing.
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