Arriving in Copenhagen!

Copenhagen Travel Blog

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Rosenborg Castle
I just have to say this first: The guy at customs let me into Denmark based on the fact that I proved to him that I still had long hair like I do in my passport picture. Awesome.

Getting a chance to go to Copenhagen was incredible, but was kind of random for me. I don’t know anything about Denmark outside of Hamlet and I don’t speak a word of Danish. I probably would never have gone there if it hadn’t been for Jonathan and Edda, who are old friends on my parents. They picked me up from the airport, and we went to the grocery store. A simple activity, yes, but this provided me with plenty of confusion. First of all, this was the first time I’d been in a car since September.
Kjarten, Laurence, Edda, and Jonathan in front of the castle
Also, it was the first time I’d been in a vehicle that drove on the right side of the road since September. I didn’t realize how used to that I’d gotten, and was getting really freaked out in the car. Then when we got to the store, everything was SO expensive! I was so confused! The prices for everything was in the hundreds! Well, I’m dumb, and I thought they used euros in Denmark. They, in fact, do not. They have kroner instead, and the conversion turned out to be about $20 for every 100 kroner. So weird!!!

Anyway, they live a little ways outside the city, so we drove through the middle of Copenhagen on the way back and they pointed things out to me. There is some really unique, beautiful architecture in this city. I saw a building that I unfortunately never found again that has a golden spiral staircase on the outside of the very top of the structure.
One of the city squares
Scary! We stopped by Rosenborg Castle as well, where I got a chance to get out of the car for an extended period of time and realize how cold is was outside. Copenhagen is quite a bit north of London (same latitude as Edinburgh, I think), and I was having a pretty difficult time walking around in those winds. It hurts your face it’s so cold. Ugh. The castle was really neat, though: beautiful colored marble tables, Dutch tiles, elephant amror?,  the craziest and the most colorful crown jewels I’ve ever seen, and guys with huge scary guns. The castle was built by and lived in by King Christian IV. Afterwards we had really awesome Greek food in the city. I don’t know what the place was called, but if you go to this city, you should really find it. We drove by the exit to Elsinore on the way home and I got excited.
Busy shopping street, on the way to Greek food
Jonathan really likes the new Nelly Furtado cd.

That night, Jonathan and Edda had a cinematography guild party to go to, or something, and so I was left at home with their 15 and 12 year old boys. This was pretty funny. They speak English pretty well, but it was obviously not their first language. They made me tacos, thinking it would remind me of home (it did). It was all kind of awkward, but we were able to talk about cultural differences and America’s influence on the European media. I think I will always be surprised about how excited the rest of  the world is about American music, especially the countries that don’t speak English. We talked about soccer, the White Stripes, and the Simpsons for a while. Kjarten and I watched The Polar Express and then I went to bed. 

Being here was very surreal. I've never been in a country where I didn't speak a word of the language. "Tak" means "thank you." That's my favorite one so far.
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Rosenborg Castle
Rosenborg Castle
Kjarten, Laurence, Edda, and Jonat…
Kjarten, Laurence, Edda, and Jona…
One of the city squares
One of the city squares
Busy shopping street, on the way t…
Busy shopping street, on the way …
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