We just got back from our time in Copenhagen and I am so jet lagged. This is probably the worst I've had it, but I'm forcing myself to stay up and write this so that I can get somewhat back on time before I have to go back to work.
To sum things up, I love Copenhagen and would love to live there...at least during the summer months. Before we headed to Copenhagen though, we stopped in Stockholm for a night.
Now on to Copenhagen. Getting to and from the airport was super easy and in no time, we were walking down this street.
Located in the Nørrebro neighborhood, Jægersborggade is probably the coolest street in Copenhagen...maybe in the world. It is full of great restaurantes, a fine bakery, a perfect coffee shop and populated with the cool, stylish young Danes.
Across the street is a big cemetery where Hans Christian Andersen is buried. The layout is so unique, with many small areas separated by hedges and filled with trees and bushes. Everything is very spread out with lots of space. For this reason, the locals use it as a park and layout in the sun next to the graves. We spend part of our first day doing just that and enjoying the unexpectedly amazing weather.
Half of our time in Copenhagen was spent with Casey's extended family that live in Denmark. The relation travels up to her great grandfather and it was so nice to meet them. There were all so friendly and generous of their time and it was a real treat to have them show us around.
We did a bit of exploring on our own too. Here are just a few photos of some of the interesting things we saw.
This is a massive piece done by the artist Shepard Fairey. I have mixed feelings about him since he has become extremely famous as a street artist and is definitely making a lot of money off of it, which is the complete opposite of what his artwork is about. Let's just call him a sellout and leave it at that. But this huge piece was pretty impressive, so I'll give him that.
This is a typical sight in Copenhagen. There are many massive brick apartment buildings with many units in them and small little balconies sticking out. I took it more for the patterns, but I think the uniformity of the apartments says something to the socialist economy of Denmark.
We spent our last day with Casey's family in Roskilde, an ancient town about half an hours drive from Copenhagen. The main attraction was the cathedral.
Also at the harbor are Viking ships. There is a Viking museum where they have an outdoor area that shows ships being built. They use traditional techniques to build the ships, so everything is hand cut, carved and shaped. Pretty impressive.
One thing we were looking forward to on this trip was seeing a band we all really like in Malmö, Sweden. It just across the bay from Copenhagen and only took about 30 minutes on train. Unfortunately, I didn't get any good pictures of the show, but we had a blast and it was so fun seeing a band in another country. It was also really cool to hop over to anther country for the evening.
And finally, here is Casey and Ryan dancing on the platform after the show.
It was an amazing trip and it felt so much longer than just 10 days. Every aspect of this trip was so much fun and it was nice to travel again, even though I could have easily spent another a week there. Now its time to pass out!