Copenhagen, Denmark Part 1

So, I know I promised this blog post a couple of days ago, but it can be hard to sit down and find a time to write while on vacation and to make matters worse I have a cold… and I gave it to Michael. Go me! Other than being sick, we’ve been having a pretty good time here in Denmark… so good of a time, we’ve started talking about moving here… again. But that’d be far down the road if it ever happens.

We flew Icelandair for the first time and bought extra legroom since Michael is so tall. The extra leg room didn’t add too much onto the price, and it can help if the person in front decides to lean back. We lucked out in that no one sat next to us when we went from Denver to Reykjavik, so we technically had three seats all to ourselves, and yes, I did sit cross-legged on my seat. We used that extra room to full advantage. We were surprised that Icelandair didn’t automatically give us food for an international flight. So, make sure to bring your own food or be ready to buy snacks on the plane. The food on the flight was decent, but still, after paying for an international flight you expect a little something, but at least the soda was free. Then we arrived at the Reykjavik airport and had an hour and a half wait until we took off to Copenhagen, but that’s okay because there are plenty of shops and food kiosks around the airport. Make sure to have your plane ticket on you because they will scan it to make sure you are a departure and not just an arrival. They seem to want to leave the cafes for people who have to wait for flights, but they have food outside the departure gates for arrivals. (Small side note: we wish we’d been staying for a couple of days in Reykjavik, but that will have to be another journey.) The next flight was only about 3ish hours, and when we arrived in Copenhagen airport, we got a ticket for the metro to get ourselves from the airport to Kobenhavn H (the central train station). Not only was it us, but we were here with my mother and step-father because they wanted to come with us when we came to Denmark. I lived here for a year, seven years ago, and my mom was hoping to hear me speak Danish fluently, but no matter how many times I told her it’d been too long a time, she never understood me. I mean don’t get me wrong, I can muddle my way through some Danish, but it isn’t like it used to be since there’s no one in America for me to talk to, although I’ve been thinking of trying to find a Danish tutor in Colorado, assuming there is one!

After all that, we got to our VRBO, which my mother insisted we had to have. It was really nice, but if it’d been Michael and myself, we would have just done a hotel because all we need is a bed and a small fridge. For us, part of the experience is eating out at restaurants, not at home, but to each their own. Once we were settled, we went out for lunch on Nyhavn, which is a pretty little strip on a harbor in Copenhagen. If you’ve ever seen a photo from Copenhagen, then you’ve probably seen it with the colorful houses. It is so hygge! I forgot to write down the name of the restaurant we ate at, but it wasn’t the greatest so no significant loss there. It was a lovely lunch, and it was the first place I was able to try out my Danish, and I wasn’t too shabby! Unfortunately, our waiter wasn’t from Denmark, so he didn’t speak Danish, which disappointed me like no other. After lunch, we walked the cobblestone streets, and we took some lovely photos around Nyhavn because the whole area is so picture perfect! You have to love the multi-colored houses around the area.

On Saturday morning, we went to Emmerys, and I had a tiberkes, which has to be one of my favorite pastries to eat here in Denmark because I have yet to find them elsewhere. I have no idea what the filling is, but it’s a crisp pastry that’s covered in poppyseeds. Also, a quick side note, never ask for decaf in Denmark… they don’t have it… yup, you heard me right. Denmark isn’t well known for having decaf coffee. Sorry!

After that, we had to get ready for a Danish wedding! I couldn’t believe my Danish friend invited me to her wedding and there was no way I was going to miss it! It’s the only reason Michael and I came out here to Denmark in the first place, I mean we love Denmark, but we wouldn’t have taken a vacation without the invite to a wedding. Let me just tell you that Danish weddings are very different from American weddings! So, we arrived at the church, a little bit late because the entrance was difficult to locate, and then once we sat down, the bride entered, and we listened to the Danish priest, and then sang in Danish, and for the most part the ceremony was very similar to an American ceremony. But then came the reception, and that was so different. We arrived there and put our presents out on a table, found our table, and then that’s when things got interesting. We had a 4-hour dinner… wow! In America, I think we might have 30 minutes to an hour for dinner and then go straight to cake cutting and dancing, but we sat there for 4 hours! The food was delicious though! And it wasn’t just 4 hours of dinner, it was 4 hours of eating, speeches, saying skål, standing up and saying skål, watching the guests clink cutlery against the plates so that the bride and groom would have to stand on their chairs and kiss and then the guests would stomp on the floor, and the bride and groom would have to kiss under the table. Overall, those were some fun traditions. After dinner, it was already around 10 pm, so Michael and I had to leave to get back down to Copenhagen, but they hadn’t even gotten to the cake and coffee, or opening presents, or even dancing! A Danish wedding can last until 2 am! Oh my! I really wish we could have stayed at the wedding longer. It wasn’t until after the wedding that we realized we should have rented a hotel room in Lyngby… oh well.

So, that was just a couple of days! Wait until we tell you about the rest of the trip! Part 2 coming soon and there might be a Part 3 or 4 depending on how much I write!