Sleeping well in a 14 bed dorm where all the beds squeak and not a single bed is spare could have been my biggest challenge yet. I’ve hiked over mountains back home sleeping on nothing but rocks with my sleeping bag for comfort but that was nothing. People snoring, people coming in drunk, people getting up early and playing with their plastic bags etc. There is a reason the room was cheap huh.
Still I battled on and fought my way in for a shower before setting off on a day of exploring. Today was to be extra fun as I was to meet the lovely Cailin from www.travelyourself.ca. This would be my 3rd time meeting someone from the blogging world and having spoken to Cailin many times before I couldn’t wait to see what we could get up too, even if she had failed the vegemite challenge.
First stop for the day was the cemetery where Hans Christian Anderson was buried. With my love to explore a cemetery I was set to wander for an hour or two. What I found instead was more of a park than anything else. I strolled about looking for some of the great tombs I had seen in Paris but just couldn’t find them.
Leaving a little disappointed I made my way into town passing over a bridge and down towards the Rosenborg Castle. Not realising at the time that’s exactly what it was, even though some rather serious looking guards with their large guns should have been a tip off.
From here I found the Round Tower and after a small fee I began the climb to the top. Every place I travel I attempt to seek out the highest viewpoint so as to look down upon a city and just admire it. How long has it been here, what parts are new, what are old, will someone some day look down at my home town and wonder the same things?
At this point I realised I was kind of lost and needed to meet Cailin at the train station. So after a long walk and only being delayed by one church I found the station and then Cailin not long afterwards. Now I’ve said it before but meeting people that I’ve previously spoken to either via skype, twitter or just from comments on my blog makes that first face to face meeting so much easier. It’s just like meeting an old friend and this was no exception.
After a quick hostel stop so Cailin could drop off her wheelie suitcase we set off to find our first major attraction in Copenhagen, The Little Mermaid. Taking the long way we discovered Amalienborg Palace where Cailin had to have a photo with one of the royal guards. Which was rather interesting since none of the 2-3 guards we spoke to seemed to agree on the right distance you should stand away from them.
Eventually making it to where The Little Mermaid should be we found, well this.
Yep the mermaid was off at the expo in Shanghai, so instead we were left with a large screen that’s suppose to be a live feed of her. To be honest it was live for all of 5 seconds, the rest of the time it was refreshing or something.
Heading back to town (the quick way) we decided on checking out Tivoli, the amusement park smack bang in the middle of town. Walking in I got the feel of a mini Disneyland, just with a lot less people. There was music playing and lights hanging from tree’s and buildings, it really looked like the perfect spot to be bringing your first date.
After a walk around the park we grabbed a bite to eat from one of the restaurants and then sat at another with a couple of beers before calling it a night. Which is just as well because we had grand plans of seeing the Copenhagen Zoo and Christiana the next day.