Copenhagen State of Mind
Spontaneous trips are always the best. How exhilarating to randomly decide to venture off to some location with little to no planning. Just need a credit card, a carry-on and an open mind. Sounds great right? Well, not always. A word of advice from me to you; always check the weather of the place you are going to. Because you might just find yourself in the eye of a snowstorm when you get there.
The five and a half hour train ride was one of the most exhiletrating experiences. All that was seen on the way were small towns, rivers, bridges and wide-open land. As we grew closer to Denmark, the entire window next to me was filled with a light snow-covered picture. Everything was white, but it was a different kind of white. It wasn’t like looking out your living room window back in the states and seeing the ground covered in snow. This was a much more magical atmosphere that I almost could have sworn I saw reindeers frolicking in the background. The train itself even tilted as the land did, which I wasn’t used to feeling. The LIRR goes one way and stays one way. This felt like a ride and I didn’t mind how long it was at all.
If I could sum up Copenhagen in just one word it would be free. In 2013, it was titled as the happiest city in the world and one of the best places to live. There is so much to offer here between business, social events and the fact that it holds some of Europe’s oldest and most historical landmarks.
Which brings me to this. The Little Mermaid Statue. Even though it was only built in 1913, I thought it was completely fascinating that it was actually the inspiration for the Little Mermaid we know, from Disney. She sits on a rock at the Langelinie promenade, right on the water where she is observed and admired by 1 million visitors a year. Everyone wants to be a “part of her world.”
Back to the snow. Yup. snow-covered streets mixed with rain and sleet. It’s hard to see what is in front of me but I’m sacrificiing the ability to see straight, by looking up and around anyway, snow and rain badgering my eyes.
The first stop was Christiania. Excuse me, Freetown Christiania. This is where the adjective “free” came from because I wasn’t aware about the place I would be visiting. Basically, it’s an anarchist society where there are little to no rules, besides the fact that you aren’t allowed to take pictures past a certain point. It’s a very simple lifestyle here, but it works and the people there are happy. Despite the controversy that Christiania has been receiving since 1971, people from all over come to visit the little town and see what it has to offer. It has bars, secret huts and a big open area called “Nemoland” where parties and concerts are held, assuming more often in the summer when the weather is perfect for it. There are beautiful, yet bizarre looking murals all around the buildings that give it unique character. It was interesting to see, but it definitely wasn’t my spot. It was one of the weirdest atmospheres I’ve ever been in. I didn’t talk to many people here, but I did hear a lot about this one person that everyone seemed to like. I think her name was Mary Jane.
Copenhagen was also the first exposure to the Christmas season that I received. The famous Tivoli Gardens are a place of wonder and awe. It’s filled with trees, lights, shops, food trollies, carnival rides and the best part; Christmas decorations! They even had a beer garden outside that was covered with a roof, heat lamps, blankets and beer filled in Oktoberfest looking jars. It was a surreal day and I wish you could have been there. I felt so happy and free. I’ll be writing soon.