20140521 Copenhagen-Amsterdam

5:00 Up.

5:30 Looked forever for my tablet charger and found it on the floor, unplugged from the outlet. Who did this?!?

6:00 Started packing. I realized that several items that I packed for my daypack were not being used (such as my glasses and hand lotion), so I put them in my backpack.

7:45 Checked out.

7:50 Put the backpack in the baggage room. Sadly, they charged me for it. DKK 20.

8:40 Kastellet, a star-shaped military fortress/park. Somebody said the city was so small that you can get anywhere in 20 minutes, and it turned out to be a lie. The park was pretty and scenic. We were early, so there was barely anyone. I walked close to a duckling and its mom chased me away.

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 9:10 Little mermaid. As I expected, it was small.

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Then I heard bombing. I panicked for a few seconds, and a local merchant nearby told me that it’s probably something like a farewell signal for the queen leaving the city.

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9:20 Church square. I liked the fountain.

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9:40 Passed by Amalienborg.

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10:10 “Open on Sunday” for a shoe store was worth a sticker on the show window in this city.

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10:15 Magasin du Nord, a department store. I wasn’t going to buy any clothes in the first city, so I went to the basement and looked at food. They had a huuuuge tea section, 3 times what is shown in the picture. I need to get away from this continent of coffee more often.

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10:50 Bought and ate chocolate-covered dessert. It was delicious and expensive. DKK 11.

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11:00 Dined at probably one of the cheapest smørrebrød restaurants in the city according to the tour guide from yesterday. I could not remember the name, and it was impossible for me to find this on the Internet. Luckily, it was very close to Magasin du Nord and I came across it by chance.
The food was decent, and amazing for the price. They gave me three random toppings and a beer called Tuborg. I liked the meet and broth jelly topping best.

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11:30 Before the bill came, we were trying to guess the name of the place.

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So, what was it? “Hviids Vinstue”. The capital letters were just way too fancy for me. DKK 69.

12:20 Sat down on a bench near the hostel by the canal. The teens in the hostel were being noisy.
Saw a rainbow.

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That panda thing in the picture is a fan, in case an Asian plastic fan thing is new.

13:30 Hostel. Took the backpack and bought a postcard. DKK 6.

13:45 Central station.

13:50 Visited lost and found without much hope, but I had found my phone!!!!! It turned out that I dropped it on the train. I was happy for a minute and then quite embarrassed for the next hour. Especially because I almost left my sunglasses at lost and found.
On my way to the train, I found something interesting. I’m not sure if packaging fruits this way make them look better. I felt as if they came from some factory.

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14:10 Train. It was very quiet. DKK 36.

14:25 Airport.

14:36 Checked in with Norwegian airline.

14:40 Security. I forgot to drain the water from the water bottle, so I gulped it down.

14:42 Duty free. I wanted to buy a watch, but they looked like they would be more expensive than in North America.

15:07 Exchanged my remaining DKK 230.50 with EUR 25. That included DKK 35 exchange fee. I should have just spent it…

15:15 Purchased 2 bottled water with remaining Danish Krone. DKK 20.
The only remaining DKK after this, DKK 0.5 coin, decided to evaporate on me later on. 

15:20 Gate.

16:20 On board. Andrew apparently saw “propeller plane” warning sign on Google flights and was quite worried, but it turned out to be Boeing 737.

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16:38 Started moving.

16:48 Took off. I had a window seat this time!

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17:55 Landed in Amsterdam! The actual landing on the ground was the roughest I’d gone through my whole life. Honestly, I was a little scared.

18:00 Stopped moving. Exiting the plane was a little unusual.

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18:10 Train station. The directions were not so clear, and I had to wait in line for a while.

18:30 Finally bought my ticket! EUR 3.80.

18:35 Terminal.

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18:40 Train.

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18:53 Sloterdijk station.

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19:00 Meininger hostel. The atmosphere was young and cool. EUR 46.74.

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19:15 Room. I could not find my lock, so I swore at myself for losing it, and then I found the lock in a corner of my backpack, so I got to swore at myself again for not looking close enough.

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They had a light and an outlet by the bed. Sweet!

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And the strap of my one and only pair of sandals broke. Noooo.

21:00 WiFi did not work in the room or the cafeteria on the first floor! Ugh. How can I live? Apparently Andrew’s phone was fine.

21:10 Came back to the room and had a granola bar and a chocolate bar for dinner. Said hi to a guy from Montreal, Canada, and two Korean girls who were travelling solo.

22:50 Done with my journals! Time for bed.

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One Comment Add yours

  1. Ira G says:

    Love the rainbow shot! And that tea collection….! And how your new dorm was so very Ikea-esque… I’m also really enjoying the log format you chose for this 😀 Makes for some very interesting reading; a full and honest account of the trip, of sorts.

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