hej, copenhagen.

The second destination on my quick Eurotrip was to Copenhagen, Denmark. I’d never been to Scandinavia before and wasn’t really sure what to expect when I walked off the plane. Although I knew where Denmark was on a map, I didn’t realize how much farther north it is than Toronto. Unlike Canada, Scandinavia doesn’t get the frigid winters and dumps of snow, but they lose daylight much earlier than we do. While I was there, the sun was setting around 4:30 p.m. – something we don’t see here until the beginning of December!

Copenhagen was like no city I had ever seen before. Everyone looked oddly the same – same style of clothes and manner of presenting themselves with little to no class distinction. I learned while I was there, that Denmark practices egalitarianism – which Dictionary.com describes as “belief in the equality of all people, especially in political, social, or economic life”. The country believes strongly in work-life balance, provides free education and health care for its citizens.

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Copenhagen’s City Hall

Unlike London, Copenhagen doesn’t have as many tourist attractions. Of course there is the mermaid statue (which is much smaller than you think in real life, and Tivoli Gardens (which was crawling with little kids because it was Halloween while I was there), but the city itself is amazing to just explore. I really enjoyed just walking around the streets and stopping into shops and cafes that caught my eye. The city has a three main shopping streets that are pedestrian only – it was wonderful to be able to wonder the streets and not worry about cars zooming by.

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Nyhavn Canal

The most breathtaking part of the city was Nyhavn – this is probably the most iconic picture when you think of Denmark. All these buildings were actually restaurants that lined the canal.  The food here was amazing, and even though it was late October, everyone sits outside to enjoy all the sunlight they can.

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Finally, my favourite part of the Denmark was their interior design. Everywhere you turned, there were amazing light fixtures (like the one above), simplistic furniture, and candles. The Danish really love their candles. I came back with a new appreciation for Scandinavian design and have been trying to apply some of those elements to new things I buy for my condo.

xx,

jamie.

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