Copenhagen, Denmark

 NYHAVN, a 17th-century waterfront canal 

NYHAVN, a 17th-century waterfront canal 

HOUSING
I found the cutest AirBNB in Copenhagen with the cleanest decor and a great distance from Nyhavn. My host was a chef who worked most of the day and night so though I was renting a room from him, I actually never saw him throughout the day! It was as if I had the entire place to myself. My host generously left me a Nespresso machine which came in handy since it was so chilly in late November! Since I was visiting during finals week (perks of being an English major), I spent a bit of time writing final papers in the AirBNB, so I really appreciated the cozy and quiet environment. Check out the apartment here.

FOOD
Copenhagen is an expensive city for food, but it was definitely worth it. Be sure to do the math in your head to convert the Danish krone to US dollars. The one time I didn't spend the time to do that, I ended up spending $14 on a small hot chocolate!! I lucked out during this trip because I was visiting so close to Christmas. The Christmas markets were insanely beautiful and the entire city was strung with lights. I had the most delicious bratwurst and gløgg (mulled wine) from the market. Don't miss Paper Island for a fun and diverse food experience. The old industrial hall now houses dozens of mini food shacks that sell all different types of food.

 Yoko Ono held an art exhibit right outside Paper Island. Visitors wrote their one wish on little pieces of paper and hung them on trees.

Yoko Ono held an art exhibit right outside Paper Island. Visitors wrote their one wish on little pieces of paper and hung them on trees.

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SIGHTS
The best part of studying abroad is visiting your friends in their host countries! I got to see one of my sorority sisters and her friend. By November, Kate had been there for over three months so she was able to give tons of recommendations and take me around. I purchased a ticket in Nyhavn for a canal ride and entrance into the city's famous amusement park, Tivoli. Even though it was cold, I loved the boat right through the narrow canals. It reminded me so much of Amsterdam, though I think the city was modeled after Amsterdam's design. The tour took us right by the statue of the Little Mermaid. Don't get your hopes up...she's very small, but definitely worth seeing. 

I would take the cold weather any day for the beautiful Christmas decorations. Tivoli was an absolute dream. I felt like I stepped into the North Pole. Even if you don't do any of the rides like me, just talk the time to walk around the park and grab a hot chocolate. 

TRANSPORTATION
It's worth noting that I mostly walked in Copenhagen. I took a bus from my AirBNB to the central area near Nyhavn, but other than that I did my fair share of walking. Buses are easy to navigate because there's one main route to Nyhavn, but be sure to screenshot the lines and your stops if you don't have a phone plan like me. If your AirBNB host will lend you a bike like mine, even better! Bikes are a very popular mode of transportation (another similar trait to Amsterdam).