Beautiful Copenhagen

Trip Start Oct 22, 2005
Trip End Ongoing

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Monday, February 6, 2006

Copenhagen is a beautiful city. We booked into the Danhostel group's ritzy backpacker place on Hans Christian Anderson Boulevard. In desperate need of clean clothes we headed to an area of town much like St Kilda in Melbourne to the Laundromat Café. With free WiFi and laundry facilities we had some food and searched for jobs in London while our washing........well washed. Rick managed to apply for 6 positions so hopefully he will have an interview next week.

The highlights of Copenhagen were:

ˇ The royal Amalienborg Palace. The Danish Royal Life Guard changing of the guards was very interesting for us Aussies who have never seen anything like it. A band and replacement guards marched halfway across the city and performed a long winded ritual of swapping places (we did recommend it to a British girl in our dorm but obviously it's nothing new for her and she thought we were a bit weird to be so excited about it). We also checked out some rooms of the royal palace at the Amalienbirg Museum to see the Danish Gluckborg royalty's private quarters. We saw the royal christening gown on display after being used only last week by baby Christian.

ˇ Churchill Park which housed the Citadel and among other bronze statues, Hans Christian Anderson's Little Mermaid.

ˇ The Museum Erotica. No guys we don't have some obsession it just looked "interesting". It was actually quite informative learning about all kinds of things including the sex lives of famous people (Meg was the only girl inside with about 20 dirty old men wandering around, in and out of the bathroom......ewww)

ˇ The World Seen From the Heavens exhibition. This was a free display of photos taken by the famous French photographer Yann Arthus-Bertrand. He takes all the photos from the air. Amazing shots of just about every country in the world. He uses the shots to highlight causes such as famine, global warming, pollution, deforestation, urban planning and thousands of other worthy causes.

ˇ The National Museum showing the history of Denmark. Like any museum it was interesting but a little bit to big so we saw about half of it and went on our merry little way. You can only look at so much history before you get a bit bored.

The lowlights of Copenhagen:

ˇ Our initial room mate at the hostel was a very strange but friendly Danish girl who was looking for a job. She had been in the city for already a week and was having difficulty finding anyone to take her on, so when she heard we were from Australia she started quizzing us about getting work there. She was nice enough but whenever Rick talked to her she never gave him eye contact, instead staring at Meg. We told her to definitely go to Sydney because she wouldn't like Melbourne. Her well used coffee cup was also a bit off putting. You might wonder how you could possibly be put off by a coffee cup but this girl drank about two cups of coffee an hour but never once washed her cup. She just tipped the dregs down the sink and refilled the cup. The shared sink was disgustingly coffee stained as well. The girl's mother was also staying in the room, possibly for a bit of moral support. Rick was very surprised to witness her tucking her grown daughter into bed that night before retiring herself and proceeding to snore like a grizzly bear for hours continuously. The following morning after very little sleep we requested (read begged) to change rooms. Luckily they put us in another room with two Portuguese girls who were lovely and one, only slightly cranky, lady who spoke to us but was really rude to the other girls for some reason.

ˇ We had planned to go ice skating but unfortunately on our last day it snowed really heavily and we had to give it a miss. Hard to skate when there is a blizzard blowing snow into your eyes. Hopefully we can try it in London.
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