Copenhagen + Malmo
My first time in a Scandinavian country of Denmark. Not knowing too much about Copenhagen, I looked for help on various travel websites for a list of must see spots. Since my hotel was closely located to the Tivoli attraction park, I decided to add it to the top of my list. As I walked by the fence of the park, I discovered that it was full of rollercoasters and thrill seeking attractions, which seemed bizarre to me in winter time- Canada's Wonderland closes its gates for the winter season, so being on a rollercoaster in December seemed more than unusual. At the end of the evening, I had no regrets about making the choice to come here, I only wish I went on more rides!
Copenhagen looks similar to the rest of Europe- small streets, low buildings, and cute cozy cafes. What differentiated it for me was the calm and relaxed atmosphere, nobody is in a rush to get to places.
Above picture was taken at Hotel Chocolat- cafe with a nice interior and delicious chocolate, a must if you're a chocolate fiend such as myself. I stumbled on this place, while on my walk to the famous colourful harbour. It's best to come to the harbour in the morning hours because it gets pretty crowded later on in the day.
The most overrated and crowded place ended up being the statue of the Little Mermaid. The statue itself has been repaired many times, because people tend to steal her head (how?!) and vandalize it. But honestly, save some time and skip this "attraction," the crowds with their selfie sticks are not worth the trouble.
It's also interesting to randomly come across some army barracks, called Kastellet. There you get see soldiers walk around while following orders and marching away. The fortress is shaped like a star and has a tint of bright red that stands out against the green scenery.
After hours of exploring the city by myself, I decided to use the Couch Surfing app, just like I did in Munich and meet with a few travellers. Coincidently, most of the people I met that evening were Italian. Few Italian lessons later, we headed out to a lively bar with musical performances and dancing. I can't stress enough how amazing it is to make friends abroad, since everyone has similar interests in travelling and are more than happy to show you around their city if you ever decide to visit their country.
The day trip to Malmo was mostly done so that I could mentally check off Sweden on my list of countries I've visited. The city is very small,and I won't pretend that I know much about it after spending only a few hours there. So here are some pictures to show what it looked like instead:
Ps: Sweden, I'm coming back to you sometime soon!