My roommate Ruby has family in Copenhagen and they were away for the weekend and invited us to stay in their apartment. We had originally planned on spending the weekend in Austria but we hadn’t yet booked transportation or accommodations so we somewhat spontaneously decided to go to Copenhagen. A few days later, we booked our flights. This was the first time I had flown since we arrived here, every one of our weekend trips before this were within Italy and we took the train. When we took the train, we could bring a carry on suitcase with us because there was no fee for baggage, but for the flight, I decided to only take my backpack as my personal item that goes under the seat in front of me. It was hard to pack several days worth of clothes in one backpack but I managed to do it! By the time I get back to the United States I will be a packing expert. Shortly before I came to Italy, I started using packing cubes to help pack a lot into a small space and just better organize everything and they have been fantastic. I used 2 small packing cubes for all of my clothes and they slid nicely into my backpack. And if security needs to go through your stuff at all, it is a lot easier to remove everything and put it back if all of your stuff is in packing cubes rather than sitting loosely in your bag.
We took a boat tour of Copenhagen, it was cold and the water was high but it was really fun! We were supposed to go down a smaller canal at one point on the tour but the water levels were too high and had to turn around. We saw the Little Mermaid statue, one of the things Copenhagen is most known for. We only saw it from behind because we were in the water but we went back to it later in the weekend and took a picture of the front.
Italy doesn’t normal start their holiday season until around December 8th because that is the day of the Immaculate Conception. The rest of Europe on the other hand, starts around mid-November. There were several Christmas markets in Copenhagen that we stopped at. It was just like Christmas Village in Philly which is modeled after a German Christmas market. They had food, drinks, hats and gloves, Christmas decorations, and other things. Anyone who knows me knows that I absolutely love Christmas so I really enjoyed getting to go to some Christmas markets while I’m here and get in the holiday spirit.
We rented bikes for the second day we were there and we rode around everywhere. Ruby had been to Copenhagen several times before with her family so she knew her way around and showed as a bunch. Copenhagen has really well-established bike lanes so we were able to get around easily by biking on the bike lanes, many of which were completely away from the road and went through a park.
To finish up the day, we went to Tivoli, which is an amusement park in Copenhagen. It was all decorated for Christmas and was so pretty. We went on a bunch of rides and stopped and got some Christmas souvenirs. When all of the rides closed, they did a fountain show with lasers to the nutcracker music.
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