After my time in London came to an end, the next destination on my itinerary was the city of chic cafes, copper spirals, buildings that bring to mind impressionistic paintings done in pastel watercolors, and enough harbor views to satisfy even the most discriminating of tastes: Copenhagen, Denmark. The 1,000-year old city still maintains much of its historic feel, though sizable chunks of the city have been rebuilt with modern architecture after repeated fires over the last few centuries have destroyed much of what once stood.
Another interesting point of note is that Copenhagen marks my departure from English-speaking countries and into the world of language barriers — Danish is the primary language here. Though this does create a few amusing situations, for the most part a simple smile and a few gestures can help the communcation process immensely. In point of fact, I’ve actually had very little issue finding folks who speak English, as it is becoming a semi-global language.
Here are few of the sites to see:
I didn’t include too many city or street pictures of Copenhagen, as unfortunately, the entire city seems to be under construction at the moment (shots of historic landmarks clad in scaffolding and tarps probably aren’t the most interesting things to look at). However, another great way to see the city is to take a boat tour along the various canals and harbors. Take a look:
If you’re planning on visiting Copenhagen, another area to check out for nothing other than the experience of stepping into an alternate time and place is what is known as Christiania — otherwise dubbed “Freetown.” This is basically a walled-in, pedestrian-only neighborhood that serves as a fully-functioning hippy commune. To get a mental image of the place, image if the 60′s free-love movement that took place in the US not only still existed, but was thriving with great intensity in one small and ultra-concentrated location (that luckily allows visitors such as myself). They prohibit any pictures from being taken inside — as much of what takes place there is less-than-legal — but take my word for it: it was still a pretty far-out place like no other that I’ve seen.
I’m running a bit of a back-log on posts at the moment (for example, I’m writing this post about Copenhagen while I’m sitting in a coffee shop in Berlin), but I promise I’ve got another good food and drink post coming soon, as Copenhagen was one of a handful of beer-destinations that I had chosen while planning for this whole trip. Hopefully I’ll be able to snag another free wi-fi hotspot later today, but until then, Skal!