A Saturday in CPH

I figured I’d split up my weekend in CPH into  a number of posts, it’s far too long to just be ONE – plus I have so many photos to upload and I want  to have  life whilst I try to explain everything to you…

This was us over breakfast:

The morning after... breakfast time! 13/11/2009

The morning after... breakfast time! 13/11/2009

I think it’s quite obvious that we were all a little worse for wear. This was ‘breakfast’ at around 12/1pm on the Saturday. Getting Spanish people out of a flat will take you A LONG TIME – if there is one thing I have learnt whilst being in Oslo, it is that the Spanish have NO CONCEPT OF TIME. NONE. I know, you’re wondering how I manage to know this, considering I am in Norway… well, I live with Emi & the Spanish have a habit of finding each other and forming a group, so Linea and I are kind of ‘honorary’ Spanish. I have also found out that the Spanish women are very possessive of ‘their’ Spanish men… interesting & rather sad.

CPH - Climate Change campaign globe 14/11/2009

CPH - Climate Change campaign globe 14/11/2009

In case you have been on another planet for a while… there is a climate change conference going on in CPH as I write (9/12/2009) and all over CPH were interesting installments and information to advertise the conference and raise awareness on climate change. This was one of MANY globes around the city that show the effect of climate change on the world. There were a large number all together in the square, but we happened to be on the other side so I couldn’t take a photograph.

Alejandro, Linea and myself trying the different beers at the market 14/11/2009

Alejandro, Linea and myself trying the different beers at the market 14/11/2009

There was a market by the river, with live music and small tasters of different types of beer – I think it was different types of Christmas beer? I’m not sure… The atmosphere was great and walking along the market was so much fun. The boys had to try on hats… you can see Alejandro below! Hahaha!

Alejandro at the market in CPH 14/11/2009

Alejandro at the market in CPH 14/11/2009

We then had a boat tour around CPH, which was so interesting – we saw the Opera House & the Little Mermaid; Hans Christian Anderson was Danish and lived on the same street as the market in the above photo.

All of us on the boat at CPH 14/11/2009

All of us on the boat at CPH 14/11/2009

CPH Opera House 14/11/2009

CPH Opera House 14/11/2009

Skuespilhuset CPH 14/11/2009

Skuespilhuset CPH 14/11/2009

Chinese tourists surround the Little Mermaid status CPH 14/11/2009

Chinese tourists surround the Little Mermaid status CPH 14/11/2009

Chinese tourists in abundance… anyone surprised?

Iceberg scaffolding CPH waterfront 14/11/2009

Iceberg scaffolding CPH waterfront 14/11/2009

The iceberg image on this scaffolding is a copy-cat of ‘The Iceberg’ building at CPH’s Mini Manhattan – I will post something later to show the architecture around there.

Church of our Saviour CPH 14/11/2009

Church of our Saviour CPH 14/11/2009

Church of our Saviour – no, I haven’t suddenly gone all religious… The church spire is a spiral staircase – but it goes anti-clockwise. It was complete in 1752 by a different architect than the rest of the building. His name was Lauritz de Thurah and there is an urban myth that he commited suicide when he realised that the spiral staircase went the wrong way. You might wonder why it is the wrong way – basically, if you are dueling someone on the stairs, walking backwards up stairs anti-clockwise does not give you the upper hand, I think, unless you are left handed… Well, I could be completely wrong, but if you want to know more, GOOGLE it.

Floor advertisement CPH 14/11/2009

Floor advertisement CPH 14/11/2009

I love this. Basically – later that night I was sat with one of Linea’s friends (I will post about the night out in a little while) and we were looking through my photographs. He read this and what you do is send an text saying ‘KBH 51’ to ‘1231’ and wait for a response. You are telling them where you are in CPH and then they reply with places nearby that would be interesting to see – including general tourist spots along with current events that are happening over the next few days. It’s such a clever idea and these are all over CPH. This idea should be adopted by any large town/city…

Right, so after the boat tour we went to Christiania – something of a ‘Little Amsterdam’. You aren’t allowed to take photographs once you are inside because Police started to go in undercover as tourists so that they could get photographic evidence of the sale of drugs. There is street art everywhere and the buildings have this hippy/run down feel to them. There’s market stalls everywhere. It’s so, so cool. Here are a few photos before we entered:

Approaching Christiania CPH 14/11/2009

Approaching Christiania CPH 14/11/2009

Linea & Mikkel at the Christiania sign CPH 14/11/2009

Linea & Mikkel at the Christiania sign CPH 14/11/2009

The sign as you exit Christiania CPH 14/11/2009

The sign as you exit Christiania CPH 14/11/2009

Mikkel, Emi, Alejandro & Linea @ Christiania CPH 14/11/2009

Mikkel, Emi, Alejandro & Linea @ Christiania CPH 14/11/2009

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