I don't know if Copenhagen is actually know as the Windy City but it should be because there is really a lot of wind here. The temperatures while I was in Copenhagen were not actually that cold but the wind made it feel very cold. I arrived into the Copenhagen airport around 7:00 and Anne met me at the train station. I hadn't seen Anne in about five years, since she was in Canada at my high school so it was a long overdue reunion. We easily found our way to our hostel which was located right on the harbour which was perfect. Fun fact: the reason all the buildings along the harbour are all painted different colours is so the drunk sailors could find there way back to the boats after a night out on the town. After settling in we decided to find some place to eat. As it turns at Copenhagen and especially the area we are in is very expensive, as in 6 or 7 Canadian dollars for a small black coffee, we found a relatively cheap Chinese food place and decided we would cook our other meals, luckily our hostel had a kitchen. Anne and I were both pretty tired from our day of travelling so we had a fairly quiet night playing cards and jenga in the hostel. A couple of guys staying at our hostel had caught a bunch of crayfish in the harbour and cooked them from live in the kitchen which was cool but weird to watch. The next morning we got up and tried to find our way to the city hall for a free walking tour of the city. However we had a little trouble finding our way there so we missed the first tour and ended up doing some exploring on our own for a bit first, we went up "the tower" from one of the palaces in the city and were able to get a fantastic view of the city, you could even see all the way to Sweden. We also saw the Jewish museum, the pedestrian street and the royal library. Fun fact #2: 99% of the Danish Jews actually survived the holocaust because the government protected them and also because many were able to seek refuge in Sweden. After some exploring on our own we did a fantastic walking tour of the city and learned lots about the city, Danish people, Danish culture and Danish history. Fun fact #3: the city of Copenhagen has had a lot of really bad fires where parts of the city have burned down including one that lasted for three days. After the walking tour we went and had some waffles and guilwine, which is like a hot spiced red wine and is apparently a classic Scandinavian thing. Anne tells me it translates to glowing wine but I'm pretty sure it's the same is mauled wine, anyways it was delicious. After relaxing and having dinner Anne and I decided to find ourselves a nice pub to go to. A women I had met on the metro when I first arrived had told me about her friend who played live music on Monday and Tuesday nights at a bar on the walking street so we were determined to find somewhere with live music even though it was a Tuesday and winter so not exactly their tourist season. Just as we were about to give up we found the place and I'm so happy we did. We settled in with a couple pints of carlsberg and enjoyed the entertainment which was fantastic. Found out this pub has live music every night so we ended up going every night we were there for the rest of the stay. The next morning we went out to explore Christiania which is like a free commune that has sort of separated itself from Copenhagen. We did some wandering around there and even saw the Christiania green light district (think weed). Later in the afternoon we took the train out to hamlets castle. Or at least the castle that was the inspiration for the castle of Elsinore . It was actually called Kronborg castle. The castle was really nice and then we had a nice walk along the seaside and some exploring in the city of Helsingor.
We finished off our stay with a breakfast out, a visit to the little mermaid statue and a trip to the national museum.
Fun fact #3: the Danish have thing word hygge, which actually doesn't translate very well but it basically translates into coziness but also refers to a state of well being where you feel totally comfortable and happy. Maybe this is the reason the Danish people are one of the happiest in the world. Anyways, as cheesy as it is, my stay in Copenhagen was definitely hygge