Friday Favorites: Copenhagen edition
Friday Favorites: my favorite parts about Copenhagen ❤️
I normally post links and stories that I really enjoy on Fridays but today I’m posting my favorite things about Copenhagen.
People: This was the second Nordic country I’ve ever visited (Iceland being the first) and I do think that Iceland is a bit different than continental Europe. Don’t get me wrong, I love both, so much. In fact, I teared up a little bit when my passport was stamped in Keflavik on the way home and that meant I had to leave (I know, something is weird and not quite right about that).
I have experienced nothing but friendliness from Nordic culture and people. It is not like American friendliness where it is quite outgoing and sometimes over the top - which I am not belittling! But, the Danes are a bit reserved at first and then they open up when they’re comfortable. Then they’re very friendly, generous, and warm people. I think I can relate to this because I can be a bit shy at first and then I really open up.
Everyone I met was generous, helpful, intelligent, and thoughtful. I had a lot of fun and interesting conversations with locals in Copenhagen. I did blend in - almost a bit too much because being alone and being a fair-haired, fair-skinned, female dressed in a lot of black made me look just like a local woman.
The family I stayed with was wonderful and I had so much fun eating breakfast with them each morning and watching the local morning news show, chatting about our evenings and plans for the day, and about life in general as it related to current events. I would stay with them again and I they wrote me a private message in Airbnb saying to come back and stay again. <3 I honestly can’t say enough nice things about the family and everyone I encountered in Copenhagen. <3
The city: Copenhagen is a fairly small city, flat, on a part of Denmark that is an island (a big one) and very close to Sweden. The sea and a river were both very important to its development and economy. It really doesn’t take much for me to be charmed by the appearance and architecture of a city but I loved the city. I like Danish design anyway, it is simple, clean, and classic. The archictecture of the city reflects this. It isn’t grand and ornate like Vienna or Paris, but it has its own charms and beauty in that it isn’t trying to be fancy.
I asked the bartender who was working at Ruby Cocktail Chronicles what his favorite part of his city was and he answered that “you can bike across the city in about 15 minutes” and that made him happy. I can completely understand that, it is the little things that make you happy. Copenhagen is a city with many people but it is compact and easy to navigate. They have an extremely enviable bicycle/car/pedestrian traffic flow, in my humble opinion. I was inspired to ride my bike more back in Chicago and in general, wherever I end up. Has this happened yet? No, but I need to get my bike tuned-up. Next week, my friends.
The food and drink scene: Copenhagen, knows what is up when it comes to food. It is the home of Noma, (best restaurant in the world title, several times) which will reopen in December 2017. Denmark is where Mikkeller beer got started and they’ve got more projects than just beer. There are several restaurants in Copenhagen that are part of the Mikkeller family that focus on pairing food with beer. I didn’t have enough time to go to them but I definitely ATE ALL THE THINGS in Copenhagen. And drank them. I am so happy that a lot of bars there serve 20 cl size beers or I would not have been able to taste as many as I did. I loved all of the fish and seafood I ate, the beers I drank, the delicious and inventive salads I ate when I realized I needed vegetables. The availability of ethnic food in Copenhagen is fantastic as well. There was something for everyone and for every budget.
NEXT WEEK: The Faroe Islands. I’m exciting about sharing the magical destination.