03.06.2011 - 03.06.2011 24 °C
We slept, surprisingly, very well. During our sleep the train headed up north, got on a boat and sailed across the Baltic Sea to Malmo. At 0800 the conductor came and rapped on our door yelling “30 minutes till Malmo!” Our time in Sweden saw nothing more than the Malmo station. There was a bit of confusions about train and a very nice Swedish lady took it upon herself to help us out. We got on a quick train to Copenhagen. We weren't expecting to it be so warm! Seeing that it’s a way farther north than Vancouver, it made little difference. With our bags we walked to our hostel, about 10 minutes away. We stopped for some Danish Kroner as all foreign cards here are charged an extra 2.75-4% transaction fee on top of all others. One euro is worth 7.5 danish kroner. Trying to do the math when you are starving or annoyed or dividing a number that is not evenly divisible by 7 makes things quite challenging.
Our hostel is one of the biggest in Europe, it has over 1000 beds. This is not a good thing. While we checked in the receptionist asked us if we had heard of Distortion? No? Well that explains why everything was so full, not one bed left in the city. It’s a massive techno music festival over 5 nights that occupies a different neighborhood each night. We dropped our bags off and left for a wander. We were in desperate need of some caffeine so we walked where there were a lot of people, which turned out to be ONE of the main shopping streets, there are many! and they are full of people! We got coffee and a pastry from a coffee store that claimed to have the best coffee in Copenhagen. We were not up to argue so we went in and bought some. It was very good, I can’t complain.
We kept walking. We came across a European wildlife exhibition, which was neat. 40 or 50 giant pictures of cute animals in Europe. We bought some strawberries. We paid 25dkk or 3.30 euros or $4.80 CAD for one bunch of grapes. See? Damn currency! They weren't even good! We sat on the canal front for a while enjoying the sun and then were off in search of a little lunch. Smorrebrod are supposed to be what every Dane eats for lunch and all cafes and restaurants would have it. Well I’m disappointed to say we never found it. For something that was everywhere, it wasn’t anywhere. We ended up with a regular sandwich.
Check-in to our hostel was nightmarish. As I said before it’s got over 1000 beds and only one tiny lobby with three reception girls. It took a long time and the rooms were such a mess we actually went back downstairs to say we didn’t know which beds were taken. It all worked out though, because our 10 bed dorm is split in two rooms, one with 4 and one with 6. We are in the one with 4 and essentially we are in a 4 bed dorm, we have no reason to step foot in the other bedroom. The bathroom on the other hand is disgusting. Atrocious. 10 people, 1 bathroom, water and hair everywhere. Shane took a shower (and a nap) and I did some research on our stay.
We decided to walk across town for dinner. It was totally worth it, we had amazing ethnic food. Mine was a Moroccan lamb tagine and Shane’s a Columbian chicken and black beans. Not in the least bit Danish but very good none the less. We stopped at a store for milk and instant coffee (part of our breakfast master plan) and proceeded home to drop it off. We did head out to the Distortion party to walk around. It was entertaining to say the least. Thousands of people crowded the streets to drink and listen to DJs spin techno music. P.s. white people only! Everyone else knows how silly the music is!
If I had to sum up Copenhagen in two words so far they would be bikes and glass. Bikes everywhere! Not kidding! Everywhere! Thousands of them! No cars, just bikes. And glass all over the ground, beer bottles smashed into thousands of pieces, and not just at Distortion, all over Copenhagen (Berlin was like that too, must have something to do with being about to drink in public.) Watch your toes!