Charismatic Copenhagen

Trip Start May 22, 2012
Trip End Aug 02, 2012

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Saturday, July 28, 2012

The second last leg of our trip. Happy in some ways, sad in others. Now that the resumes have been trickling out we occasionally get flashes of reality... Jobs (hopefully!), early nights, short weekends, sigh. But then we also get flashes of income, family, friends and routine. See the dilemma? I am also not a fan of uncertainly... Which doesn't help the situation. Anyway, this last bit of the itinerary is a wee ripper so helps take my mind off the tricky bits of whats to come.

So copenhagen was only a very brief stop, less than 24 hours in fact, but as many places, i wish it was more. My nanas nana (? Must confirm this) on my dads side was Danish and apparently our family is buried in the graveyard in Copenhagen... sadly we didn't make it there this trip. Again, pop it on the list for next time.

We flew our second last flight with Easyjet, 1hr and 20 minutes from Paris. And yes i am counting down until i can stop flying with this budget friendly but cattle class aviation institution. The wait for the bags at the other side was longer than the flight. Us and about twenty others were waiting and waiting at the carousel, then no bags and then our flight disappeared off the baggage carousel list. The strange thing about this airport was the amount of baggage in big piles around the carousels, which made us wonder if something was wrong with this place! After lining up at the baggage handlers desk (with 40 others) and waiting for another 30 minute some lovely French people told us our baggage was put on a diffrent carousel. We followed them to this carousel at which point Frenchy launched onto his bag the carousel itself, there must have been something rather important in that bag!

We managed to get tickets for the journey into the central station but went sure whether they were for the metro or the train. Train it was. Then train was delayed but nearly an hour. But 3 stops later we made it to Danhotel! Yay! dan pointed out on the last day this meant 'Danish' hotel... Which was disappointing, as i was hoping it was just an awesome coincidence. anyway, it was a monolith of a place, apparently the largest hostel in Euope and it felt like it. charged for linen, charged for baggage storage, had to buy a HI membership to stay there one night, bit of a rip of but despite all that still cheaper than other budget hotels in the city.

We had a lovely wander along the water and visited an ingenious kayak bar/cafe with pontoons with beach sand and bean bags and shared a pint in the sun. A few of those would go down a treat on the south perth foreshore... I may just write to my MP! Next stop was the touristic but still lovely Nyhaven, (i think that was what it was called...), a section of harbor lined with pretty coloured houses and seafood restaurants. We ate at a restaurant and had a lovely but expensive drink each, and an OK meal. The locals on the other had sat on the edge of the harbour and drank their beer/wine/misc. in a brown paper bag and ate their picnic/hotdogs/pizza/crepes and looked pretty happy with themselves this Friday afternoon in the sun. Top shop Copenhagen! What an awesome vibe.

That night back at the ranch we manage to catch a bit of the Olympics Opening ceremony in the bar, whilst frantically researching the norway cruise day trip options before getting on the ship (as internet on board is 50 euro an hour!). Suffice to say we got the gist of the opening ceremony however with no sound it was a bit tricky. Looked pretty good though... Will have to revisit on You Tube.

The next day was spent in Strogėt (again i think that is what it is called, going by memory), apparently the longest shopping street in Europe. Unconfirmed... Nonetheless we have a lovely wander and a rather nice coffee and danish! Yes, a Danish is Denmark! Thoroughly enjoyable. We also sampled the local hotdog. Twice. It was a messy mixture of sausage wrapped in crispy bacon, topped with dried onion, real onions, three sauces and pickles. Yum.

After lunch we headed back to base then treated ourselves to a taxi to the port (and thank god we did... The walk would have been huge otherwise!). Goodbye Copenhagen, a fab 24 hours and worthy of much much more. I will spread the word to all my friends!

Next and final leg... Norway!
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