God aften. That means “Good Evening” in Danish. I can barely pick out a few german words here and there, but Klaus finds a stark similarity between the two languages. We just add the word “smørre” as a prefix to everything and things all of a sudden sound more Danish. It’s easy – smørresleep, smørremetro, smørrechair. With all kidding aside, I felt completely at ease in this charming city and everything seemed to amuse me. The people were dashing to say the very least. Klaus and I couldn’t stop starring at the pretty girls riding their colourful bikes coming our way and even the young boys were so put together that we both mutually agreed this was a darn good looking city.
We stayed in a “Cute Bohemian Room” compliments to our Airbnb search and were very central to all the action. Perhaps a little too central because the partygoers went at it non-stop until 7am and the thin windows that separated us didn’t seem to provide much of a sound barrier. During the day we walked all around Copenhagen by foot and visited a few of the popular sites such as the Little Mermaid and Christian’s Haven. The Little Mermaid was for me quite disappointing because I didn’t seem to understand the significance of this statue, but nonetheless it was checked off our to-do list. After that I tried to convince Klaus to burn 700€ eating at Noma’s – formerly number 1 in the world of cuisine – but Klaus was the better person and knocked a bit of sense into me and we instead travelled to a great little local restaurant called Aamann’s for our first delectable smørrebrod experience. Later for dinner we went to a wonderful French restaurant secretly tucked in the side streets suggested by our host for a few drinks and a light meal. We ended the evening doing a bit of window shopping gawking at the lovely Scandinavian designer furniture and going to the Christmas Market to have a sip of mulled wine. It was an absolute smørreful day.
Apart from the beautiful people, simple dining, creative architecture, and awesome furniture, there were little things about Copenhagen that impressed us. There were garbage cans conveniently placed for residents/tourists to keep the city clean. Places were easy to find and the public transit was über convenient and organized. Bike lanes were wide and separated from the main roads to protect cyclists and the people were genuinely pleasant. It reminded me a little of Canada actually, but I don’t mean the bike lanes part. We had a great time in Copenhagen and with our saved Noma cash, we can definitely afford to come again!
Next stop, Prague with the “Just Us” crew…