Copenhagen, Day 1

I had one night in London after my Wales tour, so I decided to stay at a hostel near Paddington Station so I could wake up early and catch the train to Heathrow.  I’m not sure how, but for the first time in my life I slept through my alarm.  All of a sudden I realized I was too well-rested, looked at my clock and found out that I had overslept by more than an hour and was potentially going to miss my flight! Our friend Ryan missed multiple flights during his time travelling, and we made fun of him relentlessly, so I couldn’t possibly also miss a flight.

I quickly changed, shoved all my stuff in my bag, ran to Paddington Station, and ended up catching the last train that would get me to the airport in time for my flight.  By the time I got to Heathrow check-in was only going to be open for 10 more minutes. I had just made it!  Of course, I had to wait another hour inside the airport before boarding, so I’m not sure why the check-in was going to close so soon, but I made it.  This was the closest I had ever come to missing a flight.

I was on my way to Copenhagen for a little adventure by myself.  Before I left for Ireland, a lot of my mom’s friends had taken trips to Denmark and told her how wonderful it was.  And since I had a week left before my mom was going to visit me, I thought I’d check it out for myself.

Turns out I really like procrastinating my trip planning, so while I had bought a guide book, I didn’t actually start reading until I was on the plane.

My first day in Copenhagen was really just me exploring.  I’d come with an actual plan for the following days, but today I just got oriented.

After lunch I decided to take a tour of Christiania, a self-proclaimed autonomous neighbourhood of about 850 residents (thank you Wikipedia). One of Copenhagen’s most distinctive and memorable experiences, this settlement is home to a diverse group of people, including craftspeople, environmentalists and hippies. Pictures aren’t allowed and the only way in is with a tour, but it was really cool to visit.

 

 

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