August 4-5, 2018
Kobenhavn, as the Danish would say, I have arrived!
While traveling, I have started measuring my enjoyment of destinations in two ways;
- “I could live here!”, this doesn’t always mean that a city is great for tourists though. For example, when I was in Zurich I was shitting my pants over how much everything costs and it isn’t necessarily a super friendly city for backpackers due to that, BUT I could definitely see myself living in that beautiful city (if I made a Swiss wage and could afford to be alive) OR
- “This is cool for a visit, but I could never live here”, these cities/countries are those that are very interesting, have great opportunities for fun tourism, and are great for a short while, but that I couldn’t really imagine living in this place for any length of time (ie: Nepal – just too different!)
Now, where does Copenhagen fall on this scale? It’s kind of both, honestly! I feel like I could easily move into a hippy communal flat in Christiania and never come out again and live an extremely happy life. BUT there are also lots of beautiful places in the city that are great for tourism and that you could spend a short while there and then be ready to move onto a new country/city/go home afterwards. Copenhagen can do both.
Views from Tarnet Tower – on a clear day you can see all the way to Sweden! I’m not sure if I saw Sweden or not because Copenhagen has tons of islands and peninsulas that make it hard to tell, but I like to think that I did see it
Vor Frue Kirke
My favourite part of Copenhagen was Freetown Christiania. Let me explain this beautiful place to you. It is communal living on old military barracks in the neighbourhood of Christianshavn in the middle of the city. Approximately 1000 people live in this “city within a city” and there are community rules that everyone in the community must agree on. This area has become a safe-haven for the outcast, the downtrodden, and the “different”. Christiania has become a large tourist attraction in Copenhagen and many residents have become entrepreneurs to build off this, there are many bars and restaurants, concert venues, art galleries, etc. for tourists and residents to enjoy. There are often free concerts performed by local talent. There is also a legalize cannabis movement in the Green Light District – marijuana is not legal in Denmark, but there seems to be an agreement between the local authorities and the people of Christiania that allows them to sell weed openly in their Green Light District as long as harder substances are against the rules in the community (which they are).
I found this place incredibly liberating and inviting. I could easily slip into this community and never leave.
The Green Light District from afar, you aren’t allowed to take photos in this area for obvious reasons
It’s hard to see in the pictures but there are beautiful little houses lining the lake in the middle of the community, all with unique artwork and architecture
The photos don’t do this place justice. There was sooo much going on and I didn’t want to miss anything. It’s amazing and you’ll just have to go see for yourself.
So that concludes my time in Copenhagen. But I can assure you, I will be back!
I’m off to London next to visit Aiden again! Can’t get rid of that woman.
XO – Kris