Quintessential Copenhagen

After eating a delicious, healthy and free breakfast at the hostel, Carol and I decided to go check out Sankt Jørgens Sø, a series of human-made rectangular lakes marking the western edge of the city. There were countless runners out and about, as well as families going for strolls with children, making it a quintessential fall Sunday morning in a beautiful European city. Soon we decided to grab some coffee and sit outside of the cafe people watching and absorbing the culture of Copenhagen, which included lost of talented and creative street performers.

Before we knew it, it was time to head back to the hostel to meet up with Rupa. Our first stop as a complete group was the tower of Christiansborg Palace, the seat of the Danish Parliament. It is the highest tower in Copenhagen, giving you stunning views of the city even on a cloudy and foggy day like today. Oh, and it's free making it absolutely worth the seemingly non-moving line (but once it started moving, it went very quickly). 

Next we headed to Nyhavn, or New Harbour, to try and catch the last canal ride of the day. We missed it, so will do that tomorrow before departing. Instead, we headed to Paper Island to chow down at Copenhagen Street Food, a popular spot for tourists and locals alike that will be closing down this December. Previously an industrial site for paper storage, it doesn't look like much when you approach the building, but the crowds let you know you're in the right place.

Paper Island

The atmosphere is wonderful, and inside you'll find foods from all over the world. I went with the ostrich burger and sweet potato fries. 

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After eating and enjoying the views from the harbour, we made our way to Christianshavn to wander through Freetown Christiania, a self-proclaimed autonomous anarchist district. Created in 1971 by squatters in a military area, it's caused controversy over the years - particularly in regards to the cannabis trade in the community. It's the epitome of a hippy village with lots of graffiti, make-shift homes, skate parks, and of course lots of weed, and walking through at night was definitely an experience to remember (but made capturing it via photos slightly challenging).

Freetown Christiania

Now we find ourselves back at the hostel, getting ready for bed after a long day of lots of walking.