Copenhagen: The Capital of the Happiest Country on Earth

I’ll have to admit, this trip started out with a big loss. It was originally planned with the same crew as the Malaga weekend, but due to Emily having an ear infection, the risk of flying was too great. Just like that our terrific trio was turned into a dynamic duo. Although this was a sad turn of events, the rest of the weekend was filled with fun surprises and spontaneous adventures, and her ear is back ready for her next adventure!

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Obligatory picture of Nyhavn (New Harbour)

The first thing that Mary and I realized is that certain things in this city are extremely expensive. The first indicator of this was the first ATM that we tried taking money out of. The smallest amount you can take out was 1500 Danish Kroner. After a quick google search we realized that this is about $300. The smallest default amount of cash you can take out is $300. I’m used to $20 at home, usually 20 EUR in most European countries, so this was a huge eye-opener! Once we got settled in at our hostel, we decided to go see the city for the rest of the night. The first thing that we saw was one of my favourite parts of the city. The Copenhagen lakes are integrated right around the centre of the city! These are a series of 5 lakes in series that leave the city looking gorgeous and natural. You can always find joggers on the trails beside the lakes, coffee shops overlooking the shimmering water, and swans enjoying peace in an otherwise hectic city.

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Low quality picture of our first view of the lakes!

After passing between two of the lakes, we came upon a square that opened up in front of Copenhagen City Hall. This is usually a pretty normal thing to see in any European city, but this square drew us in because of the loud EDM music being blasted from a tent on one section of the square. What the hell? Upon closer inspection it turns out that there were people dancing and drinking in front of the mysterious tent. Apparently street raves are a thing here? I think I’m going to like this city! Later that night we found out how expensive everything was, ordering the cheapest thing at the cheapest restaurant that still worked out to about $25. We resigned to eating from street vendors and convenience stores for the rest of the trip.

The next morning we decided to commute the way that true Copenhageners do: on bike. The city has more bikes than residents, and bike lanes are customary on almost all streets in the city. One of the reasons that bikes are so popular is because of how flat the city is! We biked all day and didn’t get tired or out of breath at all! Mary only fell once.

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Our bikes on the Circle Bridge, looking at The Black Diamond

I will have to admit, we stumbled across our first stop completely by accident. And saying “by accident” is a nice way to say that we screwed up. We meant to go to the National Museum of Denmark, and only after we got inside the museum did we realize that this was definitely the wrong place. After standing by the door and reading some google reviews of the museum we thought “what the heck!” and paid our dues at the front desk. Turns out that this museum was for the Danish Sculptor Thorvalden, and displayed a ridiculous amount of his sculptures. I know it sounds a little boring, but it is crazy how much sculpting a man can do in one life! Halls were lined with his sculptures of roman mythology, prominent figures, and animals. There was a hall with Jesus and all 12 of his apostles, all sculpted to be about 10 feet tall. If I’m completely honest one of the creepiest things in that museum was a bracelet braided out of his hair (he died in 1884).

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Massive Sculpture of… (I have no idea who this is)

This city is super cool. We came across so many random things on our biking adventures! There were trampolines built into the street, single and double swings, and a food market built right alongside the canal! This food market called Copenhagen Street Food was packed with locals looking for great food paired with a social place to hang out. Definitely worth checking out and the food was delicious (albeit expensive)!

 

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View from Copenhagen Street Food

Right beside this is Yoko Ono’s Wish Garden. There were about 20 trees covered in paper tags containing visitors wishes. I thought that this was a nice gesture for people to take a second out of their day to think about what really matters in life.

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My wish at Yoko Ono’s Wish Garden — In hindsight I’ve realized that I’ve made a spelling error… I will never be able to unsee this 

 

 

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The next day we checked out Copenhagen’s botanical gardens (mostly because they were free). No ragrets though! The tropical trees that filled the main atrium smelled as if we had teleported to the Amazon Rainforest. The warmth and the vibrant colours inside were absolutely gorgeous.

 

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First team picture from Copenhagen, in the Botanical Gardens

I remember this city as one of the only places that my dad has visited without my mom. Every time the topic is brought up he talks about the time that he drove the fastest lap at the go kart track. So naturally I had to follow in my dad’s footsteps and go to this track! The karts that we drove were all electric, but they could really go! I guess that’s why they call them “go” karts… Ha.ha. Our first 10 minutes on the track were for us to get our bearings and learn what those babies could do. We warmed up the tires and tried to take the corners as fast as we could without losing traction. After that, we got some coaching by one of the employees there, and took the track once again. My time improved by half a second, and Mary’s improved by 5! This was the last thing we did on our quick weekend getaway, but was definitely the highlight of the trip for me.

 

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My sweet ride

If anyone is looking for tips from this blog, you should go to Copenhagen in April or later. We missed out on one of their main attractions, Tivoli Gardens. This is a theme park bustling with energy, but sadly we missed it as we came too early in the season. Even after this setback, we had more than enough to do and places to see! Amazing city, and it never hurts to be filled with the happiest people on earth!

 

P.S. I have to be completely honest, I googled it and in 2017 Denmark dropped to the 2nd happiest country on earth. I think you get the point though.

2 Replies to “Copenhagen: The Capital of the Happiest Country on Earth”

  1. Your Dad never lets me forget that he has been somewhere in the world that I haven’t ;). Scandinavia is definitely on my bucket list and your blog has now given me even more incentive to get there. I guess that I had better start saving now!

  2. Thanks so much for posting this Nicholas. Such a awesome city and you described it well from what I can remember. Bike tour is certainly the way to go and you have such great pictures to show that.

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