Category: Copenhagen

The Royal Cafe, Copenhagen

This place was recommended by a fellow exchange student who said they made ‘Smushi’s’ which is basically the Danish interpretation of sushi. Of course, since I haven’t had sushi at all over here, I had to try it. The interior of the cafe is amazing. A really clever concept, executed with a particular charm that reminded me of the Serendipity restaurant in New York. As i was by myself, I sat on the big table which is essentially a large dinner table that seats 8. The menu was placed inside the cover of a children’s picture book which was a nice touch. For 3 smushi’s it’s about AUD$25 which is expensive but definitely worth it! I ordered the chicken and asparagus, salmon and quail egg smushi’s and of course had a side drink of Darjeeling tea.

Copenhagen – Last Night

I started my last day in Copenhagen with some brunch at the Royal Cafe for some smushi’s. I then went to the big department store of the city ‘Illum’ which stocked the usual brands but importantly had Filippa K and Acne. The cool thing about the menswear level was they had foosball tables to play with! As we have foosball table’s in our dorms I’m pretty obsessed with playing (though i’m still not very good)

I spent most of the morning shopping, though was really discouraged by the prices. I could see how the Euro is really helpful because in Denmark their currency is Kroners and the exchange rate is even higher than the Euro, so most of the clothes I’d pick up would be cheaper if i bought them back in a country which sold items in Euro so I didn’t really buy much clothing wise though picked up some great design homeware objects.

I then made my way from the city centre to the much hyped Christiania which is a station away from the centre. The train took a while because there was some delay but I thought it was interesting that all the stations on the line were modeled exactly the same – though it’s because it was the airport line so they had to make all the stations modern.

I finally got into Christianshavn where I could immediately feel a shift in atmosphere. Whilst the city centre was a combination between sleek and the young,hipster crowd..Christianshavn immediately confronted you with a group of homeless men drinking alcohol at the top of the station stairs. I was confused as i thought Christianshavn was actually Christiania but then realised Christiania was it’s own little town (if you could even call it that) and made my way there.

Along a very long wall of posters plastered on a brick wall, I got to Christiania with no expectations at all. As i entered the town, i thought it was refreshing to enter a park and thought my little stroll would be pleasant… nothing could prepare me for anything more different. I’m writing this with a little more knowledge of the town, but I had initially entered with the knowledge that it was essentially like a hippy commune as weed was legalised in the area (though once again, later informed this is actually untrue as there is a big drama between Christiania and Denmark). I had my camera in hand, ready to document the town before being bombarded with ‘No Photos’ signs graffitied all over the commune so couldn’t take many photos to show you.

If you could imagine a park but then took away all the grass so all that left was dirt, add in some tents around the place and that sums up the foundations of the commune. Now place large bins with fires inside them, with 4 or 5 guys huddled around the bin with completely shaven heads and army jackets. Now add a couple of people walking around looking completely off their nut and that was my Christiania experience. I don’t think i’ve ever in my life been so excited and scared for my life at the same time! As a positive, it was definitely nothing like anywhere I had ever been before and so definitely made the entire Copenhagen trip (as expensive as it was) worthwhile! It was so fresh, something which idealistically had so much potential, but in reality failed.

I was told later on that in summer it is a lot more friendlier, with a lot more students roaming the area and I’m assuming a lot more grass (no pun intended) but after talking with the couchsurfers later in the night, agreed it was not a very friendly place during the colder months at least.

Still rattled by what I had just seen, I tried to make my way further north to see the Opera house but as it was fairly deserted decided to turn around and go back into the city centre where I just wandered around aimlessly some more. I was really bummed to find the Tivoli gardens were closed for the season as from what I had heard it was a really magical place.

I then returned to my hotel room for a little break before meeting up at Caroline’s apartment for some coffee and dinner with the other guys. We went to a quaint cafe called Din-Nye-Ven who’s wireless internet we were stealing during our stay!  I really enjoyed one of the artworks on the wall which was very Romance-Was-Born.

Afterwards we returned back to Caroline’s apartment where Axel offered to cook us dinner. It was a delicious vegetarian dinner which I re-cooked back in Austria with a lot of success. It was absolutely delicious and involved eggplant, tomato’s beans and rice. After dinner we went out for one last drink before I headed back to my hotel room and stayed up all night in order to catch my flight at 6am the next morning.

Copenhagen Day 2

I woke up at about 10am the next morning to find Caroline already awake! She had come in at about 6 and had 4 hours sleep and woke up and looked so refreshed! The room was even nicer by day, as it had the whole wood+white walls interior.

We had a quick breakfast before I checked my luggage into the Fox Hotel as my room wasn’t ready. Then we made our way as a group to the Experimentarium which was a couple of stations away from the city centre.

We exited Hellerup station and as there was no signage,  exited to find .. suburbia. It didn’t look too promising but then discovered it was on the other exit and after seeing the sign were relieved we were on the right track.

The Experimentarium was similar to the Powerhouse Museum back in Sydney, but actually a lot closer to Questacon in Canberra – a fun/interactive science  museum. My battery died during the visit so I didn’t grab that many photos though my favourite game was this board which tested your memory. It was similar to go-go-stop where you had to memorise the path except there were 2 evil monster you couldn’t land on or you lost. I finished the 3 levels but Clemence couldn’t get past Easy

After a while Axel and I had finished seeing everything but Clemence and Kacper had only just finished the first level, so I decided to go to my hotel room and check in to see which room I got! I got back to the hotel to find I got my 2nd preference, Room 214 – The Fertility Room!

It was interesting when you exit the elevator and go past each room, on the door there is a little teaser for the theme of that room and beside it, a caption explaining the concept behind the room and who designed it.

After a bit of a misunderstanding in the afternoon meeting up with Axel and Caroline (it sucks not to have credit on my sim!) I ended up exploring the city by myself. Since, it was a Sunday and it is Europe nothing was open so I thought it was a good chance for me to really take in a little bit of Copenhagen and also do a lot of window shopping!

I then retreated back to my hotel room come night time, where I rested for a little bit before heading out for dinner. I was so excited to go to the sushi restaurant in the hotel but by 9PM it was already closed! I headed out into the city with no real direction of where I wanted to eat .. and if you know me, this is definitely not a healthy thing to do. I ended up spending about an hour walking around the city, changing my mind everytime I would almost commit to opening that restaurant door. I guess it was good because in a weird way, I ended up walking around the city and seeing Copenhagen by night.

The annoying part about all of this is I ended up at a cafe which was literally a block away from my hotel. So i ended up going on this huge aimless loop around this city only to return 1 minute away from my hotel! I ordered a chicken curry with rice and a mixed berry smoothie. I then realised, everytime I hit a bigger city I always somehow order Asian food! It’s probably because i’m so deprived of it back in Austria that I think I have to make use of my opportunities.

Copenhagen – Night 1

I got into Copenhagen at 10:15pm and exited the station. I was pretty hungry and since I was back in the big city couldn’t resist McDonalds as they had a special which was a box of 20 McNuggets mmmmm although I’m pretty disappointed in myself for breaking my 4 month streak.

I was couchsurfing the first night in Copenhagen and was pretty anxious as to how it would go down! The girl hosting me, Caroline wasn’t going to be in her apartment as she was working.. instead 2 other couchsurfers would be there to let me in. I had read online that Copenhagen was hell for your luggage because the street’s are still cobble stone (thank god i didn’t bring my clogs!) This definitely reigned true as I now feel the wheels in my suitcase are pretty damaged!

I finally got to the apartment which was situated in an amazing location, the equivalent on Crown St in the city? I was let in and met two couchsurfers who were also on their Erasmus exchange in Norway – Clemence from France and Kacper from Poland.  It was comforting as they were my age so we hit it off pretty well! Saying how amazing the apartment was (and my god it was amazing) and having some red wine and ice cream whilst the Sound of Music was playing on vinyl!

After a couple of hours talking, the other couchsurfer from Sweden –Axel returned from his party and then Caroline came home at about 3. She asked us if we wanted to go out..I was pretty tired so i declined as did the others so she went out and had a drink with her friends while we all went to bed.