A Day in Copenhagen

A Day in Copenhagen

What’s the best plan of action when you’ve got one full day in an exciting and trendy Scandinavian city on Christmas day? When I just so happened to end up in Copenhagen on Christmas, my friend and I decided to go for a casual 7-hour stroll through the city. Why see only part of the city when you can see at least 75 percent of it via your own two feet? I mean, yeah, the price you’ll pay is that you won’t be able to feel the lower half of your body for at least three to five days after. But you’re in Denmark! And it’s Christmas! So a city tour on foot is a must.

Here’s the basic agenda for the day:

Step 1 of Mission See Copenhagen is to press snooze on your alarm at least twice and eventually roll out of your cozy hostel bed around 9:30 a.m.

Step 2 after you’ve gotten ready and eaten the hostel breakfast (bread, cheese, unlimited coffee thank god), time to step out into the cold Danish air! And let me tell ya, it’s cold, y’all.

Step 3 is the most vital part of this whole mission: walk around for hours and hours. Be sure to:

a) take annoying amounts of photos

b) stop for coffee often

c) try the waffles with chocolate and sprinkles when morale is low

Step 4 is to find a lunch that costs less than dinner at a five-star restaurant in the U.S. I’m gonna go ahead and warn you not to get your hopes up on this one.

Step 5 Well, it’s around 1 p.m., so you’ve got a couple more hours of sunlight left to see more of this gorgeous Scandinavian city! Don’t miss Christiania- home of Copenhagen’s Green Light District. No photos were allowed in this seedy little spot, which is not officially a part of the EU.  Here you’ll find marijuana sold by men in black masks hidden behind camouflage huts. If that doesn’t sound sketchy enough, try going there on Christmas night when Christmas lights are substituted with fire in trash cans. Charming, right? But don’t lose hope! Just around the graffiti marked corner, you’ll find the most incredible feast.

Step 6 while you’re in Christiania, you’ve gotta join said epic and free Christmas feast brought to you by socialism and Christmas spirit. It’s basically like a family dinner for any and all community members and vagabonds who happen to be celebrating the holidays in Copenhagen. The food is good and the people jolly. Be sure not to miss this if you happen to be in Copenhagen for Christmas.

Step 7 is to SLEEP. Because you deserve it, and by this point, you don’t really have a choice because you’re most definitely deliriously tired. But hey, you have seen the most of Copenhagen that you possibly could on foot.  Give yourself a well-deserved pat on the back. You go, Glen Coco! 


Have you ever been to Copenhagen? Share your thoughts on this wonderful city by writing to me on Facebook. Until next time, fellow adventurers! 

How to Become a Viking in Scandinavia

How to Become a Viking in Scandinavia

 

So there I was sitting in a café, contemplating how I’d spend my Christmas. It was December 20th, and the feeling of Christmastime seemed to engulf this small Mediterranean island as people popped in and out of shops to collect last minute gifts. As perfect and magical as Ibiza is, I was a bit bummed that I wouldn’t be able to spend Christmas at home with my family. 
Suddenly, my phone rang. It was one of my best friends, Paolo, who happened to be in Iceland at the time. And just like that, we decided we’d spend the winter holidays in Scandinavia.

“Who in their right mind would go to Scandinavia in the middle of winter?” asked any logical human ever. Someone who is training to become a real life Viking, that’s who.

In a matter of a few days, after a three-hour flight up north, I hopped out of the plane into the cold, winter air in Copenhagen. I met up with Paolo and announced the plan: It is time to become A VIKING. I said with enough enthusiasm to wake up everyone in our wood cabin-esque hostel.

Luckily, Paolo agreed. Our time has come.

Step 1 to becoming  a Viking: refrain from describing everything as “lovely”. I failed miserably at this because look at this view (below). It’s lov…shit. See what I mean?

 Ok, from now on, when asked about the scenery, make manly grunting noises that translate to indifference. Indifference is the key, people!

 

When socialism meets Christmas spirit, there has to be at least one deliciously free Christmas feast to be found. 

 And because any good Viking should be able to successfully forage for food, that was our mission for Christmas Eve in Copenhagen.

As we walked down the lonely boulevards (because apparently people have these things called families with whom they celebrate Christmas), I was beginning to feel like I was in a depressing Green Day music video. 
That’s when we turned the corner and saw a Christmas miracle. It was the most random renovated warehouse filled with long tables, decorative lighting, live music, gigantic cut-out ornaments hanging from the ceiling, and people of all ages enjoying a Danish feast. A FEAST, I SAY. And unlike almost everything in life, the food was free.

  Step 2 of Viking Training: ☑

Next up, we made our way to Sweden via train. With the little sunlight that we had left, we noticed traces of snow on the ground on the way to Gothenburg. By the time we left for Stockholm, it was what any small-town Southerner would call an incredible winter wonderland. Or if you’re a Viking, it was “alright” because remember, indifference, people! Which leads me to my next point,

Viking Training Step 3: conquer the cold (and just about everything else). Do you think the original Vikings would’ve let a little bit of snow and soul numbingly cold winds get in the way of invading entire kingdoms? No. So that’s why I wouldn’t dare let the cold stop me from walking around mostly lost in the middle of a thriving city!

So, the moral of the story? Take it from the Vikings!

1. Be chill.

2. Always say ‘yes’ to free food

3. Push through those adversities, especially when it comes to snow/freezing rain/gail force wind.

This article is from a compilation of my Instagram photos and captions. I edited it for fluidity purposes, but yeah! For more photos and travel stuff, look me up on Insta: @thetruebravado.