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Scandinavia! September 7, 2013

Posted by karamstrasser in Travel Log.
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Day 2: Saturday, June 1st

Holy moly can you believe that it is June?! It feels like just yesterday that it was New Year’s Day and I was preparing to return to Atlanta to start my internship. And NOW…I’m in Europe! Crazy thing to think about…but I’m definitely grateful for the change and happy thrilled to be here.

After getting of the train (ravenous, of course), we made our way to the hostel in downtown Copenhagen – just a short walk from the central station. We were greeted by a friendly staff and a hostel full of young travelers lounging on bean bags out front. Everything about this hostel was great. Clean, cheap (for Scandinavian standards…), full of young, fun, and happy travelers, and a fantastic atmosphere. We threw our backpacks in the luggage room, and headed out for a day of exploring!

A view of the reception and bar. Such a great atmosphere!

A view of the reception and bar. Such a great atmosphere!

But first…a sandwich 😀

It was a life saver.

It was a life saver.

Seriously. So good.

Seriously. So good.

Can you say best sandwich ever?

Can you say best sandwich ever?

Fueled up and ready to go, we headed for the Nyhavn – the 17th century harbor. This waterfront district is full of restaurants, entertainment, boat tours, and townhouses. Absolutely beautiful too! We did like the locals (picked up a drink and ice cream) and sat along the water to soak in the BEAUTIFUL day and watch the people and ships.

Missy and I along the canal. You can see the beautifully bright colored buildings along the water.

Missy and I along the canal. You can see the beautifully bright colored buildings along the water.

From here, we walked throughout the city stopping at a few sites along the way. We could not have asked for a more perfect day in Denmark. Everyone was so welcoming, full of smiles, and happy to be here!

The open square of Amalienborg Palace

The open square of Amalienborg Palace

The famous Little Mermaid statue that is represented in Hans Christian Andersen's stories.

The famous Little Mermaid statue that is represented in Hans Christian Andersen’s stories.

An old windmill in the Citadel

An old windmill in the Citadel

A view down one of the aisles of King's Garden - so green!

A view down one of the aisles of King’s Garden – so green!

After a long day of walking through the city, we made our way back to the hostel. A good friend of mine, Savannah, is working in Helsingborg, Sweden (just an hour train ride from Copenhagen). Her and her mom were in Copenhagen for the day so we met up for dinner! We returned the Nyhavn for a nice dinner aside local Danish people. It was so good to see her and relax for a bit!

So good to see you Savannah!

Evan, Missy, Savannah, and I along the Nyhavn after dinner!

Evan, Missy, and I said our adieus to Savannah and thanked her mom for a great dinner. We returned to our hostel just in time for happy hour where we hung out with a few fellow travelers from Sweden. After many hours of sharing cultural stories/differences, it was time for bed – a long day awaited us tomorrow!

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