Tuesday, 2 June 2015

Copenhagen

Wow, it's been two months since I last wrote in here. How shameful :P
I just got back from a 10 day vacation in Copenhagen and Amsterdam with my boyfriend. Initially we went to Copenhagen for the Copenhagen Lindy Exchange, but decided to extend our stay and hop over to Amsterdam afterwards. All in all, we spent 5 days in each city.

The little mermaid statue by Edvard Eriksenin.


Copenhagen was a lot of fun and we managed to see and do a lot. I liked the city more for it's atmosphere and people rather than architecture. To me it looked like any other Scandinavian city. But I did like how open and happy people in general seemed. 

The lindy exchange taster lessons and evening parties were held in this atmospheric Sopaviljonen


The first 3 nights we were attending taster lessons and evening parties at the Lindy Exchange and somehow managed to see around the city as well.

My favourite sights in city were Christiania, which is an anarchist, self governed free town. It consists of former military barracks and ramparts from the 17th and 18th century, and in September 1971 inhabitants of the surrounding neighbourhood broke down the fence to take over parts of the unused area. 



The Tivoli Gardens, which is an amusements park dating all the way back to 1843, is a must see. It is the second oldest amusement park in  the world and has one of the wordls oldest surviving rides, the Rutschebanen built in 1914. Tivoli is a very pretty pretty place to visit both during the day and evening. With it's flower gardens, orientally decorated rides and colourful, old-timey candy and ice cream shops it feels like a step back in time. When the night falls, the lights come on and the Tivoli gets a whole new feeling.



We bought tickets including all the rides in the morning. Rode the rides, walked around the gardens and had lunch in the Tivoli, and came back later in the evening to enjoy the lights. We were even lucky enough to catch the water and light show that was held over one of the little ponds just before closing time.



We also visited the Rosenborg castle, which is a renaissance castle that the Danish king Christian the 4th built as one of his summer houses. It is said to be one of the best preserved castle of its time. The crown jewellery and treasury is also kept in here.



On our last day, before flying to Amsterdam, we visited the Danish national museum, which tells the history of the ancient Danish people, Vikings and also had an exhibition about ethnic treasures with everything from Eskimos to Africa to China and Japan.



The Lindy Exchange crew had also arranged for us a cruise on the canals of Copenhagen. We had two sight seeing boats full of people and a band playing in each of the boats. The cruise was a fun way too see Copenhagen from an entirely different angle, while enjoying the swinging music. Some people even started dancing on the narrow corridor of the boat.



As for food, I don't think I had a single bad meal in Copenhagen. We didn’t do any fancy of expensive restaurants, but even in cafés and pubs you could get a very tasty meal. The restaurants in Copenhagen seem very environmentally conscious and many places used locally produced and organic ingredients.
I do want to point out a few places that we went to. 



The Torvehallerne in Nørreport is a market hall consisting of two big glass buildings hosting over 60 food stands selling anything from fresh vegetables to fresh meat, bakeries, coffee shops and delicacies. We had our lunch here one day in a little shop called Le Petit. The steak sandwich was really good and it's totally OK to have a glass of wine over lunch. This is Europe ;)

One evening on our way to the dance location, we were looking for a place to eat and it started raining like mad, so we went in to this little Japanese place, which turned out to be some of the best sushi I ever had. I think the place was called Uma and it was on Nørre Farimagsgade.

On our last evening we wanted to do something a little more special so we picked a place that was recommended as one of the coolest places the locals like to go to. The place was called The Neighborhood which is an all organic pizza and cocktail bar. The atmosphere there was very cosy and rustic with cheery jabbering and vinyl tunes filling the air. The pizza isn't just any old pizza you can get, but rather a more modern interpretation. 

Some of the  idyllic old houses in Nyhavn.

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