Copenhagen, Exchange

Final days in Copenhagen

Copenhagen is really such a wonderful place, I am wont to leave. But at least I feel that every single day I spend here has been fulfilling and meaningful, spending it exploring this beautiful city and hanging out with friends. When you ask someone on exchange what their biggest regret is, it is probably not spending enough time in their home city, or travelling too fast, too much at a fast pace.

I have probably explored more of Copenhagen this past few days, than I have been in the past few months – and I am not proud to admit that at all. I feel like Copenhagen is a city that you can’t just be a tourist in, you have to live in it, and live through it to really feel the city.

Finally managed to try out Grød (apparently, the most popular breakfast place in Copenhagen, but I didn’t really like it because I don’t fancy oats), ate at the Saturday food market at Kødbyen, checked out the Black Diamond, visited the Botanical Gardens, climbed up the Church of our Saviour Mary, explored Jægersbrogade (a hipster neighbourhood), paid the Ny Carlsberg Glypotek a visit and had many potluck dinners. I know I’m so going to miss this place when I leave 😦 #ineverwannaleave

Thankful that Yuxian came to visit, if not I might be too lazy to even head out and explore that much of Copenhagen!

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On my Copenhagen To-Do list remains the Tivoli Gardens, the Design Museum, Rosenburg Castle, Frederiksborg Castle, modern architecture around Copenhagen, Louisiana Museum, the Royal Danish Opera House, the harbour boat as well as the Harbour baths! Omg so many things to see, and so little time! 😦

And Distortion tomorrow!! Insanely excited 😉

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Superkilen, Nørrebro

Felt like a kid all over again yesterday when we visited Superkilen, in Nørrebro, which is in fact next doors to me! I think this is why Denmark’s architecture, or in fact Scandinavia’s architecture is one of the best in the world. The park was created to celebrate diversity, as seen in Nørrebro, one of Copenhagen’s most diverse neighbourhoods and we spotted statues from all over the world. For example, we spotted a thai boxing ring, a bull from Spain,an elephant slide from the Phillipines.

I think Superkilen is one of the more off-the-beaten tracks in Copenhagen, where the normal tourist wouldn’t visit. But I had a lot of fun sliding down the slides (even though I’m pretty sure I stuck out like a sore thumb amongst the kids, but who cares, whatever), sitting on the swings, and climbing through obstacle courses. I haven’t had that much physical activity since I arrived here! Which may explain my aching body today.

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The park spans across three areas – The red square, The green park and the black market, make sure you visit all of them as each has their own attractions!

So glad I managed to finally visit this place, and i’m sure i’ll be making a return trip to Nørrebro to visit the Assistens Cemetery, where Hans Christian Anderson was buried and Jægersborggade which is a street filled with little shops and cafes!

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Torvehallerne

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I’m typing this as I sit on the Arctic train to Kiruna, Sweden, where just outside of my window, the land is blanketed in white snow, with fir and pine trees littering the landscape. It makes for a very scenic ride indeed!

Anyway, I’m beginning to really love Copenhagen, kind of kicking myself for squeezing in so many travel plans, and not spending enough time in the city itself.

The weather is starting to become perfect right now – when you’re here, you’ll really see how much the weather makes a difference in one’s mood. Everyone just lounges outside, sitting on the grass, just basking in the sun’s gentle warmth.

I finally tried out the food market that I’ve always wanted to try! There are so many stores, I don’t think I can ever possibly eat my way through them, given the limited amount of time I’m spending in the city 😦 However, I would really recommend the fish and chips! Don’t eat the fishcakes though; they were just really fishy…

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I would love to try the Smørrebrød and pizza next time! As well as their assortments of cakes and pastries. Like oh my god, everything just looked so good, we were spoilt for choice!

And I went to Faith’s place for dinner, and it felt really good having an only-girls’ dinner, simply talking about girly stuff and doing what girls do best hehe!

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How-to: Lebara SIM cards

My SIM card woes continue to beget me. Yesterday, I ran out of data even though I supposedly bought 2gb worth of data, and topped up 200 kr worth of credit, which supposedly can get me 4gb as it renews the package twice. However, what happened was that there was some error in the data activation plan, so even though I SMS-ed the number for the topup, it didn’t get through and I was being charged 0.99 kr/MB so that’s how my data ran out so fast! It was especially worrying because, can you imagine navigating a foreign city without GPS?! You can see below for how my credits ran out so fast:

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Students are given the Lebara SIM card, which uses Telanor DK as the telco. To prevent people from ever suffering a heart attack like how I potentially did, here’s the English brochure (because I think most of the brochures found in the convenience stores are in Danish, which can result in miscommunications 😦 )

So after a day without Internet, I finally got a refund from Lebara after a call and an email, where I had to screenshot the evidence of me trying to buy the data package but receiving no activation message. So just for your reference, here’s the message you’re supposed to get, make sure you get this, if not you’re in for a nasty scare a few days later!

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In essence, here’s what you need to do for a Lebara SIM card:

1. To set instructions in English

Call 50101234, press 3 then press 2

2. To top up

Get a scratch card from any convenience store or top up online! all 50101234 and key in the 2 codes found on the scratch card (one 8-digit code, and one 6-digit code)

3. To choose a package

You can choose from various packages, I would prefer the purely data version, which is 49 kr. SMS 2gb to 5010. Otherwise, if you find talk time important, SMS 10plus2 to 5010.

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4. How to stop auto-renewal 

If you, stupidly like me, got the 10 hours 2gb data plan with no use for it, you gotta SMS 10plus2*stop to 5010. This will only be put in place at the end of the month when you have finished your current plan, only then will you be able to switch to another plan. It is super important to do this because if not, they will just automatically renew your current plan and then you’ll have to continue paying 99 kr!!

5. To check your balance

To see how much data/talktime you are left with, simply SMS balance to 5010!

*As mentioned in my earlier post, you don’t have to buy a SIM card. You can get it for free from CBS or if you’re not a student, you could just order a free SIM card online from the Lebara website (Now i feel really stupid ugh)

 

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8Tallet

Not wanting to waste any of the precious remaining time I had left in Copenhagen, I ventured forth to Vestamager today, which was a relatively long train ride. I wanted to check out the award-winning architecture, which is centred around Ørestad. I thought I could check out 8tallet, VM Mountain as well as VM Houses, but I got carried away in 8tallet!

8Tallet was the winner of the housing category at the World Architecture Festival in 2011 and is designed in the shape of an 8. The architecture is really modern and interesting to look at!

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Can you imagine living here? I think it’ll be totally cool! Apart from the fact that it’s kinda far and isolated from the city centre… But you also get the benefit of being right next to nature. Nature’s literally at your doorstep.

There was this huge-ass looking swamp/nature reserve so I decided to go check it out. At the corner of my eye, I spotted some grazing sheep so I decided to go closer to take some photos.

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Can you believe that this is in Copenhagen?! Yea, me neither. Surprisingly, the sheep aren’t scared of humans either. When I went closer to take photos, the sheep actually came so close to me that I could feel it’s breath. To be honest, I was kind of scared and was all prepared to start running for my life if it pounced onto me haha.

Then, I spotted horses! Though it was super far away, I couldn’t resist checking them out.

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I had to pinch myself to make sure I wasn’t dreaming. Horses in Copenhagen! And here I went all the way to Iceland to admire some horses. Then I went to the opposite direction to take pictures of deers.

I love this kind of serendipity. I set out to admire Copenhagen’s modern architecture, and then I come across all of this wilderness. I loved the spontaneity of chasing after sheep and running after deers.

While trying to get to the deers, there was this pretty large swamp that I had to jump across. So I braced myself and jumped across it, but just as I landed on the other side, I fell and my jeans, gloves, jacket and shoes were all covered in mud. Not a very pretty sight, but I guess you could say it was all part of the adventure. My shoes are a gone case though, they were like entirely submerged in mud. Another excuse for me to go shoe shopping in Poland 😉

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At first I was like aw shucks, there’s a huge fence over the deers. But the deers suddenly started running and jumped over the fence!! I was like wtf! And then I immediately started running after them to get pictures haha.

And because I was in a hurry to meet some friends for dinner and was too lazy to continue trudging in the mud, I climbed over the gate. Pretty exciting day I would say! 🙂

I had the “best kebab” in Copenhagen for dinner at Kosk Kebab, in Nørrebro. I would say it was pretty good, and cheap too! I would return to try the wrap though, I was so hungry I didn’t really have time to think through what to buy.

Can’t wait to explore the other parts of Copenhagen! I already made a mental note to come back to Vestamager in the summer because there’s a Nature Centre right next to the metro station, and I think it’ll be perfect to cycle or run there.

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