Copenhagen wasn’t in my plans either. It was supposed to be a layover on the way to Spain to meet Henrik, but he had to delay his travel plans for a few weeks. At the same time, I got an email from someone in Morocco looking for a yoga teacher for a few weeks. It was cheaper, and easier to skip the last leg of my flight, stay in Copenhagen for a few days and fly to Morocco from there.
Copenhagen is one of the most expensive cities in Europe, yet has some of the happiest people in the world. I learned that students are actually paid to go to college, rather than having to pay for it. There are also a lot of positive social services for citizens. I found the locals to be very direct, however. Not rude, just a little on the cold side. I ran into this several times.
The food is awesome. No wonder the people from this part of the world are so tall and healthy. A large variety of healthy options with fish, protein, salads, fruits and vegetables. It’s a bicycle culture here too, so you see people riding to and from work on their bicycles in suits. They even do this in the rain and the winter. I found many of the locals to have a very healthy glow about them and to be very beautiful.
Copenhagen started as a Viking fishing village in the 10th century.
I walked around a lot, as well as did a tour.
Nyhaven Harbor, which was built in the 1600’s…
A boat ride on the canals. Not as beautiful as Amsterdam, but very nice.
Cristianhavn, which used to be a military quarters, but was taken over by squatters during a housing shortage in the 1970’s. This area has a strong hippy vibe and also has “Green Light District”, where they sell marijuana. I learned that they don’t like you to take photos there….guess I should have figured that. 😛 it’s not legal, just tolerated.
The Design Museum, to see famous Danish Design history…
The Palace….Where the Queen and her Prince descend from original royalty here, but are not officially in power as the country is a democracy. It rained the day I went, so am using this photo from the canal instead.
and the King’s Gardens….
My costs here averaged $136/day, which included my flight and stays in a 4-6 bed hostel.