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.

The sun, we discovered quickly when Sam asked me at 4 am if I was going on a run, sets at around 10 in the evening and comes back up at around 4 am.

All that daylight gave us permission to do absolutely. Everything. The next day.

We went from Round Tower with a relatively low view of the city

To a 90 minute walking tour of the city with a man as animated as one from the Wiggles combined with the stature of the man from Courage the Cowardly Dog

We ended up at Torv Hallum (spelling?) which was a converted food stall market now:

We visited the botanicanl and made contemporaries of their statues

Walked all the way to the Little Mermaid, so named because it was so little we could barely see it after exploring the star shaped Kastellet island it is next to

We shamelessly posed as her

So many times even the other Asian tourists thought we were crazy [sitting on surfaces without first cleaning it with Tempo?!]

Then we rushed towards the harbour, and passed the Design Museum, where we got free entrance for being under 26 and being students:

We took a 40 kroner tour of Nyhavn, the new harbour, where we saw familiar sites like the mermaid, and new ones like architecture innovations such as the Black Diamond:

We ate our priciest meal along the water which was super worth it with yummy veggies and a lot of fish (plus a little wine for me!)

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.

We watched the sunset upside down on the ride Vertigo

Then had cheese and wine to pass some time (and for some free wifi)

We watched the night light show on the water with lights, fire, and lasers

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!