It’s hard to believe my time in Copenhagen is already up! It has been a wonderful adventure to explore this beautiful city, to learn its patterns, quirks, and see so many amazing things it has to offer. I’ve explored buildings, museums, quaint and trendy coffee shops, and ridden its streets alongside the locals on a bike. It would be difficult to summarize my experience here in just one blog post, so hopefully you’ve been following me on Instagram for the play-by-play.
Adventure every day.
My hope and goal coming into this trip was that, since everything I experience is new, that instead of being afraid, I’d simply view it as just part of the adventure. I wanted to expect to get lost, to meet new people, to be embarrassed, and then to just accept it and even enjoy it! So I committed to having an adventure every day.
Often this was as simple as going to a new coffee shop to work instead of returning to one I knew had good internet and a power outlet (that works) for my laptop. Other times, I’d consult the internet or this book, which my hosts have a copy of, and just look up how to get there and check it out. I would just pick something I had read or heard I should see here, and then just go do it despite the cost or the mess I’d get into.
#1. The weather is nuts. I learned along the way it is best to just keep my raincoat with me, even if the sky (and my weather app) say its going to be good weather. One thing you can count on in Denmark is for it to rain randomly for ten minutes, or two minutes, and then stop and become a beautiful sunny day again. Otherwise, the weather here is amazing. Temps are in the 60-70-degree range (F˚) and its rather dry, despite the frequent rainfall. Houses and buildings often don’t have, or need, A/C, because it is sufficient to open the windows to make it feel nice inside.
#2. Biking is better. I also learned when it does, and does not make sense to travel by train/metro. My neighborhood, Peter Bangs Vej (Frederiksberg), is a few stops away from the popular parts of town of City Centre, Nørreport, etc. But by the time you travel to the station, wait for your train to arrive, stop at every station, it works out that it takes longer to travel by train than it does to ride a bike. Also, biking is free, good exercise, and a great way to see more of the city. The trains typically cost about $2 each direction. Thankfully, this past week while the Williams’ have been on vacation, I’ve been able to ride Patrick’s bike into town, which also makes traveling around town a lot easier. Biking in Copenhagen is the preferred transit method of “Copenhageners,” so I’ve felt more like a local from being able to bike around!
I made a point to get out there and just talk to people. It was tempting at first to just rely on Patrick and Chelsea for everything, but that’s boring and not adventurous! This also required me to redefine my old definition of “friends,” which was egregiously narrow and far too reserved for what most people mean when they say “best friends.” To me now, if we hang out and enjoy each other’s company, we’re friends.
So here’s to my new friends! Matt and Cindi Nipper, with whom I enjoyed exploring their garden last weekend; Gabriel Koc, owner of the awesome Buzz Kaffebar, with whom I enjoyed so much good conversation about Christianity, Islam, politics and just life in general; Chris Crespo and Mikael Petersen, my brothers in Christ with whom I had the pleasure of fellowshipping at meals after church and at Torvehallerne; Ida Jensen, my Danish friend, who took me all over the city and explored the Round Tower, Botanical Gardens, Christianshavn, Christiania, and Church of our Savior tower with me and introduced me to delicious Danish food. If you’re reading this, thanks for welcoming me to your city!