In 2016 in August I took the plane together with my cousin to Copenhagen, Denmark. Not knowing it would be a huge chaos!
To begin with, I was in charge of getting us a sleeping place. Mission failed. We both wanted to couch surf, so I got with my profile online and searched for hosts. The day before we left I called my cousin to say that I didn’t find anyone that would host us. He was angry and I didn’t blame him for that, it was my fault. I said to him that we just take the plane and when we arrive we would ask people to give us shelter. Once we arrived in Copenhagen we started asking people. But no one had place for us. At that moment we both realized: ‘We’re screwed.’ So we realized that we couldn’t find a sleeping place just by asking so we decided to go to hostels. Unfortunately, they were all fully booked. The other option was to go to hotels and ask for discount. So once we arrived at a hotel we acted like we were a couple and that we only needed one bed. Mission accomplished! But it was so expensive! Sadly the rooms were absolutely disgusting. There were like hairs in the bed, no fresh sheets. The floor was all dirty and the bathroom was underwater. But we had a place to stay and that was the most important thing.
First day to explore this city. The first thing on our list was to visit ‘the Little Mermaid’. And yes, very little it is. It’s displayed on a rock by the waterside. There were so many tourists there it was incredible, I lost my cousin for like five times! And honestly it was a little disappointing, we could have used the time to get there for something else to explore because I didn’t find it that interesting. Next on our list was ‘the Round Tower’. It’s a tower build in 17th century used as observatory.
“To get there you need to walk up the spiral walk, which is 268,5 meters long at the outer wall and only 85,5 meters long close to the core of the building. This means that you walk around 209 meters to get to top even though the tower is only 36 meters tall.”
The view at the top is stunning! Halfway the spiral walk there is a library hall. Here once housed the entire book collection of the university. Now it’s used for exhibitions of art, culture, history and science. There is also a floating glass floor. It’s in the middle of the tower as you can see in the picture below. If you stand on the glass you’ll be hovering 25 metres above the ground.
Till now there wasn’t much shame, right? Well, here it comes. We decided that evening to go out and have dinner in Nyhavn. So we settled us at the water side. Like in the pictures! The food was great and it wasn’t that expensive actually. So I wanted to pay with my credit card and then I heard the noise that no one wants to hear. My heart stopped. We were both in panic. The waitress tried a smaller amount to pay, but still I heard the noise. We had not enough money. Everyone was staring at us. The boss came over and asked what was going on.. So embarrassing. The coins that we had in our pockets weren’t enough. My cousin tried to pay with his card, but for some kind of reason the machine declined his cart. He left and searched for a bank, and I sat there alone by myself. Believe me it was horrible. I felt so ashamed. I had an empty battery so I couldn’t reach him. After 2 hours of people who were staring at me he came back. Sadly enough he had no money with him. We took all our coins and gave it to them. We offered to do a transfer but they weren’t interested. (I think they just wanted us to leave.) So after hours of stress, angry faces and no money, we left. All our money was gone. We got back to our hotel and I texted my dad to put more money on my bank account, hoping that I could receive it the next day.
Christiansborg Palace was the next stop. We got a look inside and wow, just wow. Incredible! The palace is so big and colorful! There are also ruins underneath the palace. We decided to give it a look. The history behind these ruins is amazing. You should definitely check this out! The ruins were remainings of the wall from Bishop Absalon’s Castle from the 11th century. The wall protected the Castle from pirates. It was several times chipped off and rebuilt again.
Freetown Christiania my favorite place!
“Freetown Christiania is a green and car-free neighbourhood in Copenhagen, best known for its autonomous inhabitants’ different way of life. It was established in 1971 by a group of hippies who occupied some abandoned military barracks on the site and developed their own set of society rules, completely independent of the Danish government.”
This place is so colorful and made me instant happy. It’s a mix of homemade houses, workshops, music venues, cheap and organic eateries, art galleries and beautiful nature. It is still a society within a society, for an example you cannot buy a house in Christiania. You have to apply for it, and if you have success it is given to you. Everyone can just walk in into this magical place. But beware: You should not take photographs or film. There is one street, Pusher street, you must be extra careful here! Many Christianites deal hash in this street. (Which is still illegal in Denmark.) There faces are covered with bivouacs. My stupid stupid cousin held is phone up and… a dozen of these creepy people came towards us. My god I was scared. They started yelling and they wanted to take is phone and punch him right in the face. I pulled him away and we walked away as fast as we could. Beside all of that, you should definitely check this place out! (There’s a nice little tea shop and a market!)
It’s 7 p.m and we wanted to eat something. (I had received the money btw.) But old story all over, not enough! But I will spare that story for this time. After that we wanted to check the gardens of Frederiksborg Castle. On our way to it my cousin wanted to have a cigarette so he asked a lady nearby. Long story short, we talked with this lady who was actually an ex junkie for 2 hours long! We learned a lot about her life and life in general. Don’t do drugs guys! It was already dark and we decide to still go to the castle. We saw an old Chinese man. He didn’t work there but he wanted to give us a quick tour. So we led up our cell phone flashlight. We saw incredible things! (Yes, in the dark.) In these gardens you find different remake buildings with their own story. We even saw elephants..
You can say that this trip was pretty crazy. And I’m sure that I can speak in my cousin’s name also that we’ve learned a lot on this trip, saw incredible things, were scared sometimes, but most of all: We enjoyed it!
Behind the Wave