Copenhagen (pronouced CO-PIN-HOWN) went by in a blur. From boat tour to Green Light District, happiest people in the world to the most trusting public transportation system [read: Sam and I took advantage of our kroner-less status a few times on these bus rides], Sam and I had a surprisingly smooth time navigating all of Copenhagwn that we wanted to see while we were there.
Copenhagen, home to thinkers like Kierkegaard and writer H. C. Andersen has a shocking number of beautiful public spaces where even the cemetery is a public hangout spot for walks, picnics, and barbecues. We spent our first day walking around our own area, Norrebro, the most diverse area apparently. It was really lovely and we stayed at an Airbnb with two other Italian boys staying in CPH for two years to study for their masters in economics and finance. The graffiti in the area was progressive and lively enough to underscore the liberal nature of our surroundings.
We went from Round Tower with a relatively low view of the city
We visited the botanicanl and made contemporaries of their statues
And somehow we were lucky enogh to catch the Architecture Center for free from 5 to 9 pm. A lot of what we saw in the museum resonated with concerns about what it means to build real human relationships today in our world of convenience and structure.
As one of the designers said in an interview: “what is most alluring about cities is that you can be surprised at every step. That is why New York is so exciting. When things become “smart” we systematically expect things to be the same, routine, unsurprising.” I couldn’t agree more.
Then we made our way to the famous Tivoli Garden, the amusement park open till midnight. We bought admission tickets with unlimited rides and then Sam proceeded to drag me through calculated rides to get our money back.
After our jam packed day, we took yesterday a little easier. I went on an early morning run in Assistens Cemetery and found both Kierkegaard and Andersen sitting quietly in the back with their graves, and when we got ready we headed over to Christiania, the free town in Copenhagen.
Christiania really was something else. With no cars, no photos, only horses and bikes and free people we spent our afternoon with a brownie, shwarma sandwich, beer, and orange juice. Nemoland, they called the food area, and we sat there feeling the ground us rock back and forth till we could stand again.
I even cooked last night and we ate an entire box of pasta together even after sharing a cheesecake with Michael earlier!