Sunday, December 04, 2011

Land Trip - Europe (Day 56: Copenhagen, Denmark)

25 Sept 2011 (Day 56)
My LAND Trip officially ends here.......No, don't get me wrong. My trip wasn't over yet. I was still traveling. But the "LAND" part of my LAND Trip was over. The reason? I need to travel via Ferry from Germany to Denmark. Yes, I had to travel "over water" for this leg of the journey.

This was the first time that I had to take a ferry from one destination to another. But this wasn't a normal passenger ferry, this was a TRAIN Ferry! Yes! The whole train went on board the ferry! I've seen Ferries that carry cars on board but the whole train??? This was a first.

In fact, I didn't book the ferry ticket. I just booked the train ticket from Berlin to Copenhagen and that was it. I didn't even know that the Ferry was part of the train ride!

When the train went on board the Ferry, my eyes were wide open. I couldn't even blink. I was impressed. At the same time, I realised that I had been traveling on land for the past 55 days and was impressed with myself too. haha... (Why can't I?)

We were not allowed to stay in the train when we were on board the ferry. So I explored the whole ship. Then I went to the upper deck to take in some fresh air and let the wind blow my long and silky hair. Wrong, it should read: "let the wind blow my short and spikey hair."
(On the Ferry. With Germany behind me.)
Arrived in Copenhagen in the late afternoon after the World Cycling Championship has ended in the city. Well, I didn't know that there was the World Cycling Championship in Copenhagen until someone on Facebook asked me if I saw it there.

It was getting late. The time was around 5pm and I knew that I have less than 24 hours in Copenhagen. So I quickly explored the Land of the Vikings.

Went to the King's Garden which surrounds Rosenborg Palace.
(King's Garden)
(Rosenborg Palace)
One of the symbols of Copenhagen is The Little Mermaid. And now my mission was to locate it.
Copenhagen is one of the most expensive cities in the world. That meant that I didn't take the public transport. The price of taking the bus is really high. So I walked.

After a long walk from the King's Garden, I finally found The Little Mermaid!
Hans Christian Anderson wrote "The Little Mermaid" fairy tale in 1837, and in 1909 the son of the founder of Carlsberg (yes, the beer!), who was fascinated by the story, had the statue built.

Saw the Royal Danish Guards and I just had to take a picture. I looked at him and said "Hey, what's your name?" and he ignored me.
(Trying to act cool!)

Then I walked along the longest pedestrian shopping street in Europe - Stroget. It was supposed to be a great deal huh? The thing is, it wasn't. Why? Because it was a Sunday!!! And on Sundays, the shops don't open at all! And that is according to their law. Their law actually limits the shops operating hours and days! So by law, shops can't be opened on Sundays!

So I walked along the longest pedestrian shopping street in Europe without shopping. How sad. I know.

Hey, but at least now I can tell people that I walked along the longest pedestrian shopping street in Europe! Ok, enough of that.

Copenhagen is also home of the World's Best Restaurant - Noma Restaurant! It is a two Michelin Star Restaurant that is ranked the Best restaurant in the World in 2010 and 2011. I really wanted to go since I was in Copenhagen but I found out that I have to reserve a place in the restaurant months and years in advance. And I am not even exaggerating. Oh well. Now I know. So I have already made a reservation for the future! I'll be back.

After resigning to the fact that I couldn't eat in the World's Best Restaurant, I settled for a typical Danish Restaurant. And the food was good. I could only imagine how superb the food is in Noma.
 (Having my late dinner)
After having some typical Danish Cuisine for dinner, I couldn't resist the temptation to eat Danish ice-cream! After all, I was in Denmark. And as you know, Denmark is also known for its ice-cream. I couldn't let the opportunity slip away. I think you girls will love the ice-cream! 

It was late. But I didn't want to spend any money on transport. So I walked back to my hostel from the city. It was a long walk. And scary at times. Because some streets were really dark and quiet. 

Got back to my hostel and was catching up on blogging. A group of youngsters were quite drunk sitting at the table next to mine. It was hilarious overhearing the things they said. 

Rested for the night and the next morning I was catching the train to Stockholm, Sweden!!!

After spending less than 24 hours in the Danish Capital, MY LIFE WAS NEVER, EEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE........................................EEEEEEEEE..................................... EEVER, THE SAME, AGAIN!!!

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