Despite the stiffness caused by sharing a single bed, Chris and I went off for another day of exploration yesterday. I must say, my legs are getting a bit worn out from all this walking and riding I am doing in Europe, but it is all worth it!
We walked through Assistens Kirkegard, a cemetery that is utilised as a park. Chris had told me about this before, and it always sounded a bit strange. People walking their dogs, having picnics, or drinking beers in the middle of cemetery? However, this cemetery is completely different to the ones I have seen back home. It is green, cheery and bright, making it quite a nice place to walk around. I guess it’s a good idea really, to make the most of limited green spaces in a city. I don’t know if I would go as far as having a picnic there though…
Chris then took me to see Christiana, also known as “Freetown”, a small, closed off community within the city of Copenhagen. I don’t know loads about it, but the commune is governed by its own law, has its own currency, and marijuana sales are legal. Chris said the community is based upon principles of freedom, or something similar. You aren’t allowed to take photos inside (the above photo is just one of the entrances) but they do allow tourists to come through. It was like a completely different world inside, with buildings made from an eclectic mix of reused and natural materials a strange contrast to the perfect streets of Copenhagen.
We then rushed over to the royal palaces to see the changing of the guard at midday, which turned out to be quiet an unspectacular spectacle. The guards pretty much stood like this for ten minutes. Intense staring contest?
We spend the remainder of the afternoon chilling out, and cooking the worlds most delicious curry. Today is my last full day here, so I am going to try ride a bike in Copenhagen (I survived Amsterdam, so it can’t be too bad!) and fit in a bit more sight seeing.