In June, I met up with a friend that I hadn’t seen for 7 years in Copenhagen. She’s from Sydney and we first met in Austin, but now she lives in London. Since we’re on the same continent, it was super cool to catch up in a new place.
We got in after work, and took a train from the airport, past the center, and to our Airbnb in the Nørrebro neighborhood. All of Copenhagen is hip and trendy, but Nørrebro is known to be more of a creative, multicultural, and young student area with loads of cute shops, cozy coffee shops, and late-night bars. Because we got in a little late, most of the restaurant kitchens were already closed, but we ended up finding a Turkish place for dinner give each other the CliffsNotes on what we’ve been up to the last 7 years. It was during Ramadan, so the restaurant was pretty lively as many families were having iftar, breaking their fast and having a great time. Afterwards, we grabbed a bottle of wine from a corner store and had a grand ole time staying in and watching Ali Wong: Hard Knock Wife.
It was one of the sunniest and warmest Mays on record for Denmark, and we definitely felt it. We slept with the patio door and windows wide open, and I still woke up sweaty and cranky with the sunlight barging in at 4:30 am. A cold shower and a strong coffee from the Coffee Collective was the cure.
We didn’t have much of an itinerary, so we just walked through the lovely neighborhoods to the center. Around the iconic Nyhavn canal, it can get pretty crowded and touristy, especially on nice days. It was so warm that people were walking and cycling around with just a swimsuit on, which reminded me of Austin summers.