Everything I thought Copenhagen to be was a myth.
The first thing I thought when the plane was landing was.. OMG WE’RE LANDING ON WATER.
You can’t see the land at all so it gives the wrong impression…
I took the 20minute train ride to the city center and strolled around. I walked into Tivoli is a beautiful garden and amusement park which is in the heart of the city. The sun was shining and I only had my Eastpack backpack so I was able to move around with ease. I took a 20minute chill out nap on the grass. Very nice indeed.
Hearing my stomach rumble I got up and ventured into the city center a bit more and passed all the shops on the promenade. Finally I found a nice bar/cafe/vintage store/barbers called Salotto 42 which served me a beautiful light lunch. The attention to detail in the presentation was second to none.
At this point I realised that I’d forgotten to book my accommodation. I quickly loaded up Airbnb and thankfully got a swift response to a 1 bedroom apartment in the area of Fredericksburg which was a 40minute walk from the city center.
The apartment was everything I wish I had in London (sad but true).
Thursday night. Meet Emil.
Emil and I connected online through a travellers forum. I posted that I’d be visiting Copenhagen and he offered to show me the underground spots. Plus we had interests in common such a Reggae Music, Festivals and Natural Living.
I didn’t know what I was getting myself into. What can I say… Emil is one of the most beautiful spirits I’ve ever met. A gorgeous blonde beast of a man with a genuine soul. I fell in love immediately.
We met up at the apartment and went to Christiana Town for a Funk Fusion concert (which was AWESOME). Now this.. I didn’t expect from Copenhagen.
Christiania Town AKA Freetown Christiania needs a post of its own. It is a self-governing town of Copenhagen and it’s a place unlike any other in the world. Its 84 acres sit on an abandoned military base, and it was founded in 1971 by squatters and artists as a “social experiment.” It’s full of vibrant scenery with a gritty edge. The town was said to be “beyond the reach of Danish law” by its founders, and has its own currency, Løn. (It’s often referred to as Freetown Christiania.) In Christiania, cannabis shops operate 24 hours a day and sell 30–40 types of strains. Pretty cool. The town is full of art galleries, restaurants, café, and historic buildings.
I did the city by bike. 50% of people in the city ride bikes over driving so the cycle culture is amazing.
Cheekily of me I followed the hop on / hop off bus around on bike so I could visit all the main sights. Then I did my own route, exploring the nooks and crannies of the city. This city is chic, vintage, organised, neat and vibrant.
Friday Night.. Meet Lotus.
We met at the Meatpacking district of Copenhagen. It is one of the hottest nightlife destinations in Copenhagen. Many warehouses have been converted into bars and clubs which on the offset looks amazing. Open warehouses with music blazing and people hanging out inside and outside. Though the music is a bit grungy for me.
Lotus has blue hair, blue eyes and is a human rights activist. She could also dance
I met Lotus outside a bar called Cafe Mandela. We wandered around the meatpacking district until she suggested to show me the gay/lesbian scene of Copenhagen.
We got to know each other on the walk there and in the first bar we went to. It was nice. She was nice. Though I didn’t realise what ‘we’ were on. Perhaps a date.. She then took me to a club called G-A-Y. I’ve been to G-A-Y in London. It’s a trashy, pop, messy gay/lesbian club. Just what I was in the mood for. Long story short we ended up at my place around 6am.
Yes.. I hooked up
Lotus kinda looked like this..
You might be wondering what happened to Saturday day time… I woke up around 6pm on Saturday hung over having slept the whole day. I was always pleased to see a message from Emil. I invited him round for dinner then we went out to the Candy Factory in North West Copenhagen (the cultural area).
The Candy Factory is situated in an old warehouse. The location itself is surrounded by amazing graffiti and art. Also.. anything goes. ie, smoking inside, graffiti walls while listening to the live music, drugs, free love etc. It was awesome, we headed back to the apartment around 4am in time for my flight back to London at 7am.
Highlights of my trip.
People: 7/10, the people are caring, tentative and beautiful in spirit and visually. Could be more vibrant..
Food: 9/10, almost everything is organic. The quality of food is high, right up my street
Price: 6/10, I am torn on price. Food is cheap, beer is cheap, club entries were free but transportation is not
Nightlife: 8/10, awesome nightlife, nearly on par with Berlin but not quite as good
Vibe: 8/10, great vibe but I was missing a bit of nonconformity
Average Overall Rating: 7.5/10
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