Going to Copenhagen (København in Danish,) I had very big expectations. I was meeting up with two of my best friends from childhood, Carli and Paige. I was excited to finally see them again after only communicating through emails and Skype for the last three years and I was looking forward to our big three-week Eurotrip together. But, Copenhagen exceeded all of my expectations. Not only was I reunited with two incredible friends, I was also with an amazing new friend, an adorable CouchSurfing host and, to top it all off, amazing weather.
Our journey in Copenhagen had a very sleepy start. Maia and I were extremely tired from our trip to Malmö, while Carli and Paige were tired from their flights from the USA. But, we managed to muster up enough energy to get ourselves over to our CouchSurfing host’s house, and then everything fell into place. From the get go, our host, Mikkel (I still can’t properly pronounce his name,) was incredibly nice and welcoming. After dropping our bags off and talking for a bit, we went out to a grassy area near his place to sit in the sun for a bit and enjoy a cold beer and some ice cream. Since summer weather is so seldom in Denmark, you have to make the most of it, so why not the two summer favorites in one sitting? Later on, we went to one of Mikkel’s favorite restaurants and had a bit of a feast. At first, I was a little apprehensive, not knowing whether or not everyone would get along, but it was amazing how much fun we all had together. We laughed nonstop all through dinner, so we were all very sad that Mikkel had to head off to work.
After dinner, we headed back to Mikkel’s apartment (he was kind enough to leave us with a key) to change and then meet up with a Brazilian friend I had met in Aarhus, Lucas, for a few drinks. He had called me to let me know he was in Copenhagen as well and that he wanted to meet up. Since we were extremely tired and sleep deprived, we agreed to get together for a quiet evening, just a couple of drinks and a chat. Cut to a few hours later and we were downtown bar hopping until 8 a.m. Even Mikkel managed to join in on the craziness after he got off work, meeting up with us outside one of the bars around 4 a.m. Since none of us had had a goodnight’s sleep the night before, we all crashed as soon as we got back to the apartment and only woke up at 5 p.m. Basically, the quiet night plan was never followed through. To cure our collective hangover, when were all up, we walked to a nearby park, Frederiksberg Have, and spent a few relaxing hours there.
Later that night, we watched the Eurocup finals (Spain vs. Italy) and ate too much pizza. We also celebrated Canada Day (July 1st) with a cake, baked by the sweetest Canadian, Maia. The next day we walked around Copenhagen for a bit, managing to explore some of Christiania and the surrounding neighborhoods.
Copenhagen is a beautiful city. There are plenty of distinct neighborhoods to walk around in, lots of beautiful Danes to watch, colorful buildings and street art, a sea of bicycles and many parks, restaurants and bars to choose from. Seeing the city with the wonderful people in the picture above was an incredible experience. I think the grins on our faces say it all. We had a blast.