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When We Lost the Umbrella

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Our last day in Copenhagen was pretty chaotic, we left the apartment early in the morning, in a complete mess, with suitcases, paper bags, clothes, shoes and souvenirs everywhere. We left early because we were eager to go back to the first place we had brunch at on our very first day. We only had a few hours before we had to come back to our AirBnb to finish packing and leave for the aiport in our Uber. We left, umbrella in hand, scarves around our necks, and gloves to cover our hands, and stood in front of the coffeeshop to find it closed for renovation... Panicked, we couldn't think of a plan B, so we wandered around town at 10:30 in the morning to find a place to have brunch. We walked for another 30 minutes, and finally ended up in another coffee place, where we had an okay breakfast by ourselves, because it was just the two of us and the waiter... 

The day brighten up as soon as we stepped inside the Botanical Garden, we had such a lovely time there a couple of days before, and we were excited to go back to visit the part we hadn't chance to see the first time we were there. We didn't have much time ahead of use, but the day was so beautiful and as I said in my last post, we got lost in the beauty of this masterpiece of nature. Ending our weekend at this garden was perfection. We spent a good 2 hours in the Botanical Garden and then made our way back to the city centre. We decided to explore another part of the city we hadn't walked through, a part we've actually seen from the window of the bus that was taking us to the city from our apartment. 

When we were still living in Dublin, we used to walk by the waterside all the time when it was sunny, and we'd always go to the seaside during the weekends. We kept our love for our waterside walk and brought it to Copenhagen. In fact, the day was so bright and sunny, we walked until we reached the bridge that separates Copenhagen's city centre to other neighborhoods, then we walked by the waterside, admiring the bridge, the building, the view, and the swans. We sat there for a minute because it was so peaceful, and then made our way back to the city centre, to go to the Central Market. Again a must see when in Copenhagen. 

This market is not like any other markets, but you couldn't expect anything less in this city, where any place you walk in is basically perfection and Instagram goals. You have your traditional fruits and vegetables shops outside, and flowers shop that have more cactus than your basic flower shop back home will ever have. But the inside is like heaven. There're small and cute Italian groceries' shops, with products that feel like they came all the way from Italy, there're chocolate shops that make you gain 20kg just by looking at the chocolates, and then there're very cute places to eat in the middle of a market where people shop and eat in two minutes. 

It was overwhelming but it still felt warm and peaceful, we didn't want to leave, maybe because leaving meant we actually had to leave Copenhagen. A depressing end of an amazing 4 days getaway. We weren't hungry but were desperate to eat in one of the cute places inside. So we decided to wait for our hunger to arrive, and while we waited, we went to the Starbucks across the street for our daily hot chocolates stop. It was at Starbucks that we realized something was missing... The umbrella... So one of us left the Starbuck in hope to find the umbrella near the bench we had sat on an hour ago to enjoy the view. Yes, my boyfriend has great hopes, and is a very optimistic person. I couldn't describe you his deception when he came back 10 minutes later with no umbrella in hand. We've already lost and found the umbrella once... there were no way it would happen again within 2 days. And if I did, I would have unpacked all my things and stayed there forever. This city brings you happiness, faith and trust in other people, but still... 

I think I was mostly disappointed about the whole situation because in the morning I had left a thank you note to our hosts, thanking them for letting us stay in their apartment, and telling them that we had bought an umbrella we couldn't bring home, but were giving it to them for their personal use or for their future guests, just in case. I was very upset when I had to write with another pen, bellow my first note, "Never mind, we've lost it..." Anyway, to get back on our feet after this terrible news (just kidding), we made our way back to the market to buy some last minute souvenirs, we actually bought chocolates. On our way out, trying to figure out the way back to the apartment, the smell of very delicious pizzas attracted us. We had to stay. We weren't that hungry, but we had to have a pizza. It was too attracting not to taste it. So we sat and enjoy a very good and very hot Margarita pizza, from Grom's. Very good place, that we thought was unique, and only in the Market. So we were quite surprise to smell the same smell at the airport hours later... Yes we did have the same pizza again for dinner. So what? 

This was our last stop before heading back to the apartment, where we packed everything in a rush, cleaned everything, and left in our Uber. We then spent an terrific and traumatic 35 minutes in a car that felt like the driver didn't know anything about speed limits and driving actually. Driving us around residential neighborhoods when we had a flight to catch, and driving at 136 km/h when the limit was at 110 km/h. I'm thankful we made it to the airport in one piece, well two pieces in our case. We didn't miss our flight but we paid for a 35 minutes ride, that should have taken 20 minutes. Still waiting for a refund from Uber... 

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Elsa. 

Fairytale Garden

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Our first attempt to visit the Botanical Garden was a fail. We did walk around the park and enjoy the beauty of this garden under a beautiful season that is Autumn. However, as I mentioned in my first Copenhagen post. We got lost in the beauty of the garden and missed the last call to visit the Greenhouse. Never mind, we rescheduled. Originally, we wanted to go back on a Monday, but the Greenhouse is actually closed on Monday, because it's opened on Sunday. So we decided to go back on the morning of our last day. A little and beautiful stop before saying goodbye to Copenhagen. 

The first time we visited the Botanical Garden, it was gloomy, it was cold, but it was pretty. As I said before, autumn is truly the prettiest in Copenhagen, maybe because the city is touched by nature and you can see autumn settling in the city and evolving. When you're walking in the streets, there're leaves falling on your feet, and when you walk in the park, there're rain drops falling from the trees on your cheeks because of the rain that was there a few minutes ago. Then, there're the birds, and the ducks in the water, that you can see between the colorful trees, and the smell of rain on the grass, and the wet leaves on the ground. 

So on our first trip to the Botanical Garden, we got lost in the beauty of this garden, exploring every inch of the garden, because we didn't want to miss a thing. It felt like the time has stopped there, and like kids in Toy's R Us, we were excited about all this beauty, so excited, we didn't know which way to go as we were making our way to the Greenhouse. The Greenhouse being closed didn't stop our visit, and we kept on going, and walking, and photographing everything. We climbed hills to have an overview of this magic garden, and maybe take a peak at the building you could see from afar. There were so much to see in the garden, so many flowers, trees to look at. A thousands of millions of them. It's overwhelming and refreshing to see a Nature paradise. 


On our second trip to the Botanical Garden, we knew our objective, we knew the way to go, but we couldn't help but explore yet again. There's something attractive in this garden that makes you want to stay forever and look at literally nature. We walked passed fellow photography enthusiasts and finally reached the Greenhouse we wanted to see so bad, still a bit nervous it was going to be closed. But it wasn't, and as soon as we stepped inside, we got surprised by the heat and humidity. 


We truly didn't expect the difference of temperature between the garden outside, and the house inside. For a good 10 minutes, my boyfriend was blind, with his glasses covered in mist. Our cameras didn't react so well to the humidity either. I had to carry a tissue around, to clean the lenses after each pictures, just while we accommodate to the heat. We didn't move that much until we were fully used to the humid air and the heat of this inside space. We wanted to photograph everything because it was so overwhelming and mind-blowing to be in  a real jungle in the middle of cold Denmark. We didn't want to miss anything in this inside space. For a minute I thought I was back in this forest in the Caribbean, where my family and I went on a hike to see waterfalls. 

At some point, it even felt like we were in a Harry Potter movie, because it truly felt magical, there were some kind of flowers and plants we've never seen before, and thousands of different sorts of palm trees growing and evolving in this little space. In the main room, the one that holds the Palm Trees, you can take white stairs to go to the top of the room and walk around the top of the palm trees. It's impressive because it's so high and you can see the palm trees so clearly and you can really realized the amazing heights of the trees. 

We made our way to the top of the room, where we could see so clearly every details on the leaves. We walked all the way around, avoiding the leaves in the middle of our way, and enjoying the view of both the nature inside, and the garden outside. From there, you even have a glance of the city. 

Once we were back on the ground, we went to one room to another, discovering other plants, trees and flowers, and walking from humid and hot, to fresh and cool air. There're 4 different rooms, if I remember correctly, surround the main room with the Palm Trees. The other rooms might be less imposing, but still amazing. It is truly a jungle in the city. In one of the room, you could see the trees doing their own thing outside their pots, that have broke under the weight of their development. We also saw carnivorous plants from afar, because they were stored inside a see through box. 

The last room we went into was full of birds, fishes and water. It was impressive because of the noise there. Again: jungle in the city! You could see the little fishes doing their own life in the middle of all those plants and flowers. Once we were done exploring those little spaces of nature, we found our way back to the Botanical Garden. We were so used to the humidity and heat of the inside rooms, going back to the outside world, felt weird, and very cold... 

Outside, we knew it was our last moments in Copenhagen so we wanted to enjoy the view and the sun while it was still there. We walked around, explored yet again, and made friends on our way out. In fact there were so many squirrels, and you could see them so close to you, it was amazing. 



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Love,

Elsa. 


Copenhagen at its best

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Even though our first two days in Copenhagen were not too glorious, we still had a lot of fun. We've came to learn how to be tourists, wanderers and travelers under gloomy weather and rain. We were prepared for another rainy day, going out wearing sweaters, gloves, scarves and coats, and not forgetting our loved umbrella. So when the sun finally showed up, unexpectedly, we were quite surprise. Originally we made plans to go to Sweden, taking the train to Molmo. However, sunny weather made us rethink our plans, and instead of heading to Sweden, we decided to stay in Copenhagen and discover a new side of this city, meaning on a bright day. 

It's a fact, Copenhagen is different on a bright sunny day. It's even more welcoming, still cold but under a shiny and warm sun, it almost feels good. Plus, a little cold never hurt anybody. Fall looks even prettier, the colors on the trees shine so bright, and you can see the leaves falling down slowly, perfectly. It's a different Copenhagen we got to meet on our third day, and it was hard to admit that we were leaving on the next day. Copenhagen was so good to us, goodbyes were hard. 

We started the day, with no umbrella in hand, at a lovely brunch stop, very healthy and natural, that I'll introduce later. Good start. We then headed to the historical centre to visit places we've never been just yet. The sun was shining so bright, it felt so good. We weren't even that cold. We walked around the historical centre, enjoying the view and the heat on our skin, trying to figure out where the hell was the marble bridge our book mentioned. No luck. We quickly gave up and decided to head to the waterside. In fact, our plan was to walk by the waterside until we've reached the Nyhavn neighborhood, and then head back to the city centre for some shopping. Oh yes, forgot to mention, on that very same day, I've just learnt I passed my driving license, so celebration was needed. 

Our wander leaded us to beautiful hidden places with amazing architecture and secret parks. As during our first two days, we had the city just for ourselves, empty streets, so good wander around town. When we finally reached the waterside, we noticed little seats, almost deck chair, just by the water side, with the water in front of us, the sun on the side, and as usual the heat on our skin. We sat there, enjoying the view and the air, for awhile. After our 15 minutes stop, it was time to hit the road again, singing some The Script, and dancing in the empty waterside road, with the wind in our hair. We walked pass trampolines, and the kids inside of us showed up. We jumped on it just like the children next to us for a good 5 minutes. When our legs started to hurt, we knew it was time for the next adventure of the day. 


We quickly reached our long awaited and final destination: the lovely Nyhavn neighborhood. We had a glance of this part of Copenhagen on our first day. This is where I had my nervous breakdown because of the rain and the cold. We didn't enjoy the view as we should have because it was so rainy and gloomy. So we were glad to have the chance to come back. The colorful buildings were shining, and the pastel colors were reflecting on the water. So beautiful, and photography heaven. 

All the photographies in the world cannot reflect perfectly the beauty of the landscape. Even though we thought on our first days that we chose the worst time of the year to visit Denmark, it was clear on that day, that our visit came on the right time. Yes. Perfect timing. I mean look at that sun, look at that landscapes, isn't it amazing? The light reflecting on the water feels like the picture is coming out of the Little Mermaid movie. By the way, when in Denmark, you have to make a Little Mermaid reference. 


Even on the most touristic neighborhood of Copenhagen, it felt like we were on our own. It was definitely the best time to stop for some blogger pictures. I still need some improvement on that though... I'm not going to lie, there were some tourists, but just a few. So a little advice for you travelers and wanderers, and maybe future visitors of Denmark, the end of October is definitely one of the best time to visit Copenhagen. The weather might not be perfect, but who cares when you have the city just to yourself ? 

We loved walking around Nyhavn, it is truly beautiful, and the most representative part of Copenhagen. I believe it truly shows the beauty and the happiness that comes from the city. However, even though the neighborhood is perfection, beware because the restaurants out there really take advantage of the touristic aspect of this part of the city. Later that day, we came back for dinner, we quickly let go of this silly idea when we looked at the prices of the meals in the restaurants. And we were wondering why the restaurants felt so empty...  


We continued our way back to the city centre, and on our way we stopped to listen to some street musicians, a guy playing piano like Mozart in a middle of a chaotic scene, with all the road works around. 200 meters away there were arts on walls, just by the stop signs. We stopped for some blogger pictures, yet again, in front of the art wall that felt like Banksy has stopped there. We noticed a green wall just next to the arts with a big wheel, similar to the one you see on the Price is Right, only this one had different parts of the city all over it. The wheel comes in handy when you're actually wondering which way you're going next, if you're in need of ideas for your next adventure in the city. We played the game, span the wheel so hard, it never actually stopped, and hit the road again without looking at the results.

We ended our adventure on that note, because it was time for some celebration shopping. We shopped till we dropped, literally. When we dropped, we went on a quest to find some place to have a drink and another place to have diner to celebrate my drivers license. No luck for us, after an hour of walking around town, we went back to where we came from, got drunk on one glass of Rosé for me (empty stomach and alcohol is not a good combination), and walk hardly to another restaurant, where I tried to mop up the alcohol with no luck... No need to say that our way back home was difficult for me. No straight walking, and no straight face. No need to mention either that the wake up on the next morning was hard as hell, as well. 

I hope you enjoyed this post, and the pictures! Stay tuned because there's a lot more coming very soon!

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I'll see you soon,

Love,

Elsa.

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