Thursday 27 December 2012

OMG, during the flight to Copenhagen I saw the longest bridge I have ever seen, I thought my eyes were deceiving me! It was the Great Belt Bridge, in fact two bridges (1,624 metres long and 6,611 metres long) separated by the very small Sprogo Island. Upon looking it up on Googlemaps, I discovered that there’s an even longer one from Copenhagen to Sweden, just under 5 miles long, the Oresund Bridge. Wow.

My hubby and I landed at Copenhagen airport around 4.30pm. The first thing I noticed is that there’s a lot of info in English and so far it seems many people can speak English. Although this makes life a lot easier, it’s also a little disappointing.

We took a train to Kobenhavn, the central station of Copenhagen. The second thing I noticed was how clean the train was, no graffiti, no litter, no chewing gum and no vandalism. It seems that the Danes have more self respect than the selfish litterbug folk of the UK, this became more obvious later when walking around Copenhagen and barely seeing a scrap of litter.

Our hotel, the Omena, is about a minute’s walk from the station. It’s a budget hotel with no visible staff, lots of key coded doors but far better facilities than any other budget hotel I have stayed in. We have our own bathroom, tv, fridge, microwave and kettle. It’s very warm and although some Trip Advisor reviews claim it’s in a dodgy area, so far we have seen no evidence of this.

After settling in, we walked past the Tivoli Gardens, down Frederiksbergade to a cheap (cheap for Copenhagen that is) Mediterranean vegetarian restaurant called Riz Raz where we had an all you can eat buffet for just under a tenner. We ate all we can eat, the food was awesome. The service was friendly but oh so slow. We’d been told at Manchester airport by a Brit who lives in Denmark that it is slow here. After asking for the bill, we frantically looked up tipping etiquette and read that Copenhagen folk are generally mean about it and its usually within the charge. We needn’t have rushed, we waited and waited and eventually asked again, were rewarded with a sigh, then told how much. We paid and waited again for the change (no actual bill was seen). We were promised a receipt but decided to leave before we started getting hungry again. No tip was left.

Outside the bars and cafes were seats and tables. Despite the temperature being only a whisper above freezing, many Danes were eating and drinking at street tables wearing Michelin man size coats. There were available seats inside, nutters.

We then decided to walk down Stroget to Kongens Nytorv. Many shops were closed by now but the Magasin du Nord, Copenhagen’s oldest department store, was still open. We had gone there looking for Hans Christian Andersen’s old attic rooms which according to my guide book are still as he left them and found off the third floor. All we found was very expensive kitchenware. Would you believe a fancy knife can cost over £119!!!? We didn’t buy that.

We then headed back, passing a plethora of 7-11s, stopping at the one nearest our hotel. We bought a bottle of water, one packet of laughing cow cheese triangles, a litre of milk and a loaf and it cost £9!! Good job I’m still stuffed after Christmas. We also saw some council workers taking down the street Christmas decorations and its not even New Years Eve yet, bah humbug!

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Having only one cat, Claire is currently failing at being a mad cat lady, but she does have a mad cat, Bod. When Claire isn’t chasing cats and other animals with her camera, she works as a Graphic Design Manager.

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