It was absolute bliss and I have been struggling to condense my immense love for this city into one blog post.
I have been to a lot of cool and interesting places in my life, but never before have I had the experience of arriving in a new place and feeling a sense of familiarity, of warmth, of home.
From the moment I arrived, I had the most curious feeling that my soul recognized this place.
Even thought it was pouring rain with umbrella-snapping winds when I arrived, AND my Visa card decided to stop working for ‘no reason’ according to the bank, and several other minor hiccups, I have nothing but love for this place.
I mean, how does a city exist that has HEART HOLES in their guard towers and on their currency! How adorable! How wonderful!
When I returned from my trip, none of my friends were shocked to hear that I had fallen completely in love with this city, because, I mean, bikes everywhere.
But it was more than the spectacular network of bike paths and thoughtfully-designed urban spaces, there was something intangible about Copenhagen that has utterly stolen my heart and entirely captivated me. Something that, even weeks later, continues to invade my thoughts.
Perhaps it is hygge, the emotion that defines the Danish culture. It is an untranslatable feeling of coziness – like the feeling of a warm hug, of comfort, and intimacy with dear friends. This feeling seemed to be steeped into every aspect of the city, and it pervaded my experience of the city.
And perhaps that is what resonated so deeply with me. I had arrived in this charming place with an aching heart, and found myself wrapped in the warm embrace of a city, giving me comfort and a sense of home where I least expected to find it.
So thank you, Copenhagen. I had the most a hyggelig time.
Here are a couple pictures:
The Marble Church:
I also got to meet up with the ever-lovely Signe. It was so wonderful to see her again and get to catch up on each others’ life. We biked around a bit, took a walk through Kastellet, an old military base, then ate delicious food at a food market. It was really wonderful to re-connect with someone so lovely in every way.