When I studied abroad, one of my college roommates, Kate, was also studying abroad. She was in Copenhagen. So, of course, I went to go visit her.
Kate picked me up at the airport when I arrived after a lot of miscommunication on where to meet and neither of us had data to use. We got onto the metro together to go into the city and at the first stop, she hopped off to scan her metro card (if you don’t scan the card when you get on and off the metro, you can get a severe fine), because she had forgotten to in her hurry to find me. The metro doors closed before she could hop back on and I continued on the metro, alone. Luckily, we were both smart enough and I got off at the next stop, she hopped on the next metro, and I got on her metro when it stopped at my stop. So, that was the start of the weekend! Fortunately, we didn’t lose each other for the rest of my time there.
The was the weekend of Kate’s 21st birthday, so we obviously had to celebrate! We met up with some of her friends who were are super nice, went out to the bars, and didn’t get back until 3:30 a.m. It’s common for people to stay out until 5 am at the bars/clubs in Europe, whereas everything pretty much closes at 2 a.m. in the states.
The next day, we headed to the Carlsberg Brewery. Kate’s friend, who was leaving for the weekend, lent me her bike, so Kate and I biked EVERYWHERE. Everybody in Copenhagen bikes, because it’s better for the environment and it’s just easier to get around that way. The brewery was AWESOME!! It was a self-guided tour, so we just walked around the building, learned about the history of beer (fun fact: the cavemen even made beer), learned about the history of the brewery, went to see the horses, and at the end you can go to one of the bars and you get 2 free beers (well, not technically free considering I had to pay for the tour).
We biked all around the city and saw all of the tourist attractions- The Little Mermaid, Nyhavn, the royal palace, etc. We also went to Paper Island, which is an area with old paper mills that are now closed. One of the buildings has been turned into a Public Market with a bunch of food stands that sell food from all around the world. We got Chinese food, because I hadn’t had any since I left the states, and we also got duck fat fries, a recommendation from one of Kate’s friends that were sooo good!
We also checked out Christiana, which is a large commune that really isn’t a part if Copenhagen itself. There, it is legal to buy, sell and use marijuana. According to Wikipedia, about 1,000 people live there. This “ freetown” has its own laws, its own community and just lives in a different manner than the rest of the world. It was really interesting to see the different type of people who were there-businessmen, college students, people’s parents, etc. You aren’t allowed to take pictures inside, so I only got this one that I took while on the outside.
If you make it to Copenhagen, you HAVE to get a Danish hot dog. It will change your life. Seriously.