Shortly after I returned from Europe, I was asked how is it that I feel comfortable traveling alone. The truth of the matter is although I may arrive alone, my trip is rarely spent by my lonesome. However, I do enjoy my company very much which makes solo trips all the more enjoyable. If you wait on people to go places, you will more often than not miss out. Prior to arriving in Copenhagen, I didn’t know a soul. I figured I would meet people along the way and I was right. Nomadness, the travel group I’m apart of, has thousands of members worldwide, is usually how I meet people. Prior to my arrival in Copenhagen, another member from Nomadness (Kevin) who had been living in Copenhagen for the last three years reached out to me and we met up as soon as I arrived.
My trip to Scandinavia included stops in Denmark, Norway, and Sweden. Denmark had been high on my list of places to visit ever since it was declared the happiest country in the world. I was eager to learn more about the Danish way of life. I love how active Danish people are . Everywhere you look there are people on bikes going to and fro. I later learned you see just as many people on bikes in winter as you do in summer. Copenhagen also reminded me of Zurich with the cobblestone streets, the waterways, and the overall feel of the city. I loved how vibrant the Nyhavn part of the city is. The cafes are filled with locals and tourists a like. The weather wasn’t as warm as I would have liked but overall I enjoyed Denmark very much.
I am not someone who travels with a complete itinerary for each day. I tend to figure out what I want to do once I arrive. While I was exploring the streets of Copenhagen, I stumbled across a free walking tour. The walking tour was 3 hours and it was a great way to learn more about Danish culture in general as well as see most of the highlights of the city. One of the highlights of my time in Denmark is that I had a chance to meet some locals. Kevin introduced me to some of his Danish friends, which was great because I was able to learn more about Danish culture. For example, I learned how in Danish culture bragging is really frowned upon. This is quite the opposite of the “Hollywood” culture.
Be sure to check out my next posts on Sweden and Norway!