In the Land of Hygge
IF you follow me on Instagram (or see the photos from my home site) you were/are able to see some of the photos and video’s I uploaded. But here is a little update on our trip!
Reminder, this trip was to see where Michael was born/raised and to also get a chance to meet his mother and some of family members. This was also Ethan’s (his son) first time to Denmark as well as my own. I must also tell you that we are ‘budget travelers’ (aka, I don’t have affiliates helping me and the cheapest is our first choice). lol
First mistake (using Expedia) to book our flights – although good pricing, when you do these international trips, not every leg of your flight will be linked to the next flight. We had to get our luggage and log ourselves in to our next flights/redoing the luggage and then hoping for a decent seat! This isn’t always the case, but be warned that it does happen. Note: We flew Icelandair Seattle to Reykjavik (Iceland) which was NOT a comfortable flight – it was full and got rather ‘stinky’ (no sleeping really possible) – again IF you can upgrade to a business class or better, DO IT! The funny part though was the layover in Iceland – we managed to get through customs and then transfer our luggage to the next plane, only to TRY and find the gate. When we did, we stood like cattle in a glass area waiting for a bus to take us to our planes that sit out on the tarmac. Note (we left Seattle on a warmer day, I stupidly was wearing shorts & only a blue jean jacket) – the COLD winds of Iceland hit me (woke me up) pretty quickly, but luckily it also cleared my nose from the awful smell of the plane. Luckily the second leg from Reykjavik to Copenhagen, Denmark was shorter. Tried to get in a little nap though – at this point we’d lost part of a day (ahead) and arrived late in the afternoon.
We took a cab to our airBnB which was centrally located near The Worker’s Museum and Norreport Station, walking distance to most areas. It was a two bedroom apartment (sort of) with one bathroom, but perfect for what we needed, including a small kitchenette. You can see my video of the apartment on my Instagram posts. We also knew we should NOT take a nap, so we decided to go grab what would be dinner now.
First Walk – first evening
Of what was MANY, which I LOVE because it is the best way to see things, explore, get some exercise and to enjoy our temporary home. The dark clouds loomed over us and just after we decided to sit outside in the plaza of the Worker’s Museum area, the winds picked up and literally almost picked up our table umbrella’s. The staff had to quickly close them and luckily handed up some fleece blankets. The food was good but we also learned that because we were in the central area, the costs were on the higher side. Following the ‘fun’ we walked over to one of the shopping plaza’s as some of the ‘name brand’ stores started to close for the evening.
Second Walk – next morning
On/off sleep (oh you HAVE to hear the video on my Instagram posts of our church clock) it plays every 15 minutes, with a different chime for every 15, 30 and 1 hour bells. Luckily it stops at midnight and starts up at 8:00am. It didn’t bother me, I actually enjoyed it, especially since it was better than the loud neighbors in our courtyard. LOL
So after much needed coffee and danishes, we head out for another walk. Last night we passed the Round Tower, so we decided to go back and actually head inside.
And then we walk some more
Not far from The Round Tower is the Rosenborg Castle and the Kogens Have (gardens) – luckily the sun is out but there was a cool wind.
Nyhavn (the famous colored houses waterway)
After a much longer walk (with Ethan whining the whole way) we managed to make it toward Nyhavn to also stop and have some lunch. Of course, had to take the infamous photos too.
Lunch was only okay (again – do not expect meals to be inexpensive) this was the equivalent to Cinca Terra Italy – pricey! But you have to go and definitely enjoy – unfortunately the winds picked up again on us…
On the final walk of the first day
Admittedly although Ethan whined along the way, he did get in some exercise too – of course he ate it all back. lol Another long windy walk back home, drop off the camera’s and find a less expensive place to eat!
Hope you’ve enjoyed seeing some of these photos? There WILL be more to come, but it’s taking me forever to photoshop and pick the ones to share! Oh and my quick mention of the Danish people – let’s just say when I got into the airport, all I did was giggle and thought, “OMG they all look like Michael” (lol), and I should mention – they don’t smile! And unfortunately Hygge does not mean friendly. But my own Dane takes some time to warm to people too. HEE HEE