Sunday in Copenhagen: Boat trips, window shopping & rhubarb mojitos.

Let’s travel back about four months in time to that weekend my mum and I spent in the Danish capital:

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We started our Sunday with brunch at Paludan Bog & Café (Fiolstræde 10). Let's just say that if I were a student in CPH, this would be my hangout! Who does not want to drink their coffee amongst loads and loads of old books and retro posters? I also finally found soy milk - and a giant hummus sandwich. 10/10!!!!

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After the refill of our food and caffeine depots we wandered about aimlessly. Copenhagen just so happens to be a very good city for such aimless wander, as one wants to stop at about every cobblestone to eternalise it.

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When Marmorkirkken appeared amongst the rooftops we decided to pay it a visit.  Well, I say pay but it is actually commission free. The inspiration for this building is said to be the St Peter’s Basilica in Rome! #funfactoftheday

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In hopes of cooling down from the 30-or-so-degrees-celsius we decided to be extra touristy and take a guided boat tour. Above you can see the thinnest house in all of Denmark + a sample of how the Christiania harbour looked like. (I <3's it!)

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For dinner and rhubarb mojitos we went to La Babette (Bredgade 78) - the restaurant of a hotel which we had passed on our first evening in town and mum really wanted to visit. Said and done! They had a beautifully decorated backyard with colourful lights and greenery. Mmmm.

As we crossed Kafferiet (which is such a FABULOUS word!!!) I snapped about a brazillion* photos - the evening light was just divine. PLUS that sign "Eat here! One billion flies can't be wrong....." is just hilarious!

* brazillion = noun I have made up symbolising a large number; equivalent to the population of Brazil.

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As the sun fell over Marmorkirken we went back to our hotel; eating chocolates and entertaining ourselves with the voice distorter on snapchat. It was great to spend some quality time with my mamma <3!!!

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The following day I crossed over to my side of the North Sea again. Hovering just over Aberdeen were these delightfully blue (more commonly known as rain)clouds. Farewell summer heat, it was fun while it lasted :'(

Saturday in Copenhagen: Christiania & Step-counter records.

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Let's pick up where I left things about two months ago, the weekend spend in the Danish capital with my mum! After our morning steam bath at the Botanical Gardens, we continued to wander around Copenhagen.

In fact, this day mum’s step counter announced a number over 32k when we finally returned to the hotel in the evening  — and thus we had broken the family record from a 2008 trip to Rome (!!!)

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One thing I really enjoy about travelling to new countries, even if it is pne so near of your own, is discovering the local supermarkets. Just at 7-eleven they had so much to look at, and I mean, who wants a plain old bottle of water when you can get one with mint & lime for instance?? Sweden/Scotland, watch and learn!

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Time for the mornings second caffeine stop; in the prettiest darn backyard found by the entrance of Kunstforeningen GL Strand. 

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Then we reached hippie mekka Christiania. Walking through the infamous Green Light District was such a strange experience (particularly to have with your mom, let's be real!) - there were stalls like any other market, but most vendors would be masked up like if they were just off to rob a bank. The three rules of the GLD are

1. no photos,
2.
no running
and finally
3. have fun.

I’m particularly fond of the message hovering one of the exits – “you are now entering the EU”.

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I asked HappyCow where to go for dinner and we ended up having burgers at a hostel close of the central station. By no means a sensation for the taste buds, but with a very meager veggie-scene I was happy to finally find something to still my hunger.

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We ended the evening in Nyhavn but seeing as it was a beautiful Saturday night of July, it was way too crowded for our more countryside-like manners, so we wandered back to the hotel.

Have to sneak in a photo of this guy here - such bravura of innovation! He had composed a drum set out of kitchen utensils and to be honest he was darn hilarious for a busker. He goes under the name Big Viktor were you to encounter him whilst in CPH.


Copenhagen: Botanical Gardens.

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In all honesty I'm pretty terrible when it comes to "researching" prior to a trip. Most of the time things never seem to work out according to plan anyway. I suppose that is sort of the beauty of travelling. Expecting the unexpected.

With that said, one of the few stops I DID plan on making whilst in Copenhagen was to the  city's Botanical Gardens. More specifically the massive greenhouse in the midst of it. So on Saturday morning, after a quick stop for the morning injection of caffeine, I dragged mum along with me to the Botanisk Have. I wanted to get there early as to avoid any crowds... Although, I guess most people with their sanity in check would not enter a greenhouse on a 25°c morning.

In terms of my sanity... Well, I climbed all the way to the top of the greenhouse. It was beautiful. And very, VERY, sauna-like.