In the spirit of the looming Thanksgiving holiday, I want to tell you that I am so thankful I’ve found such great friends here in Austria. My Masters program attracts people from all over Europe so now I have girlfriends from Sweden, Finland, Germany, and even one from South Africa. So while some of my friends are doing an abroad semester in Sweden, we meet up sort of half way in Denmark! Cool, right?!
So last weekend me and two Austrian girls flew up to Copenhagen to meet up with our northernly stationed buds and rented an Airbnb in the center of the city. The first night we just enjoyed each other’s company and hung out in the apartment, cooking dinner together and telling stories over a couple bottles of wine. The next day we set out to explore the city. A few of us went on a little boat tour starting in the picture perfect Nyhavn harbor. We sailed through cozy canals and more open water. We got to see the back of the famous Little Mermaid statue among other beautiful spots.
Following our boat tour, we met up with the rest of the girls to get some lunch. We headed to the Copenhagen Street Food warehouse. You can check it out here if you’re interested. This super cool place is filled with a unique assortment of vendors. It was the hot spot to be (really crowded inside, probably because it was super cold outside). So after scarfing our shawarma, sweet potato fries, Korean BBQ tacos, and pancakes, we went outside to enjoy the sunshine. We found some lounge chairs and put them down right by the waterway. We soaked in some precious vitamin D as we watched the crazy kayakers paddle through the nearly freezing water.
After lunch, we visited a palace, of course. We just had to stop by the residence of the royal family, the Amalienborg Palace. Then we did some (window) shopping in their excellent shopping district before heading back to the apartment to catch some quick naps and showers before dinner time. We were lucky enough to snag a dinner reservation at the Fiskebar in the Meatpacking District. We pigged out on their delicious and unique offerings. The district was super cool. I wish we had enough time (and money) to go back for a second meal. But we ended up heading back closer to our apartment and spent the rest of the evening at a cozy pub that had a mermaid as its logo.
Our last day was short for me and the girls that had to fly back to Munich, but we did get to stop by Café G for some coffee and chai tea lattes. We had a really great weekend in Copenhagen, though we all wished we could have stayed longer!