Copenhagen in late March
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My friend Rob and I decided on Copenhagen as a weekend break destination largely because it was one of the few places neither of us had been... we even managed to get a fabulous deal on some great Business Class tickets out there, so the trip started with a massage in the Molton Brown spa at Heathrow. Always a good score!
We subsequently arrived in Copenhagen refreshed (and a little drunk). Luckily, navigating to the centre of town from the airport was unbelievably easy on the train and we were soon checked into our hotel, which was unfortunately undergoing some major renovation works (as we would find out at 9am the following morning). It was nice and central though.
We decided to hit the town right away and followed the crowds to one of the bars in the central area. The smoking was pretty hardcore everywhere, but we soon met a couple of guys who drank and danced the night away with us till we crawled home at 5am. This is where the early morning hotel renovations were a bit of a bugger, but at least it got us up for breakfast and out into the beautiful sunshine to explore the city for the day.
Although Copenhagen's general vibe and architecture was not as iconic or necessarily beautiful as other European cities, it definitely had a friendly feeling and it was delightful to clock all the blonde locals. Rob and I decided to head to the free community of Christiania first of all. This is a social experiment from the 60s where a bunch of Danish citizens took over former army territory and turned it into a commune for hippies and free spirited non conformists.
After the free community, we wandered the city a little longer, checking out the Black Diamond building before hooking up with Victor, one of the locals we had met the night before. What a treat to be shown around by someone who knew where to go. He took us out to see the Little Mermaid (larger than I had expected she would be), the Royal Palace, some delightful coffee shops and a trip up a tower to clock some spectacular views of the city.
After bidding farewell to Victor we headed out for dinner and drinks with another couple of random Danes we had met. Great company, but I thought the food and booze was vastly overpriced for what it was. We didn't stay out quite as late this second night so we could get up early on our last day to venture a little further afield in exploring the city.
Pausing for a while to sit on one of the benches in the town hall square for a bit after that, Rob and I reflected on what we had thought of Copenhagen in general. We came to the conclusion that it was the experiences we had had there that made the trip so successful, rather than the city itself, which was stumbling-around-drunk-in-the-streets rowdy at night, not particularly clean, a little bland architecturally, smokey, and expensive.