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Trick or treat!
Hope you are all enjoying Hallowe'en!

So I've been quite busy this weekend. Last Thursday I decided to go with my housemates to Copenhagen for the weekend, and so, incredibly last minute, we booked a hotel for Saturday night and overnight coaches for Friday and Sunday night. After my all day class ended on Friday I came home for a few hours and then took the train to Hamburg to catch the coach to Copenhagen - after a 2 hour delay in Hamburg we finally left and after crossing the Baltic Sea by ferry, we arrived in the Danish capital. As the hotel was booked for Saturday night we could not check in until 3pm, meaning when we arrived at 7am we had 8 hours to amuse ourselves. Being Kevin, I of cause printed off maps of the city and circling the main sites of interest, so we knew what to see and where it was, all in a single day. I was therefore dubbed "Marta" by the rest of the group, as for the Hamburg trip, Marta, who had arranged it all was the Erasmus equivalent of a tour guide.

Tivoli

Tivoli

We started off the day by changing our money into Danish Kroner, where you get roughly 8.5 for £1. We then walked past the famous Tivioli Gardens, which were unfortunately shut for the next 2 weeks, and then to the Central square, up the main shopping street, to all 3 Royal palaces (the later of which had Royal Guards parading),to Kastellet (the best preserved fort in Europe) and then to Denmark's most famous landmark - The Little Mermaid. Afterwards we went for lunch in the Nyhavn (a 17th Century port) and then to check into the hotel. In the evening half of our group went to the White Sensation in the Parken stadium, whilst I went to sleep and the other two group members went clubbing in the city.

Little Mermaid

Little Mermaid

On Sunday we took the train from Copenhagen to Malmö, across the Ø̈resund bridge to Sweden. I had again produced a map with all the sites, and so we went to the central square, the castle and to the beach, where the famous city tower - the Turning Torso - can be seen. Unfortunately, as it was October and pretty foggy, the Öresund bridge could not been seen from this location.

Malmö Castle

Malmö Castle

After seeing the city of Malmö (and buying some Plopp), we went back over the bridge to Denmark and in the 6 hours we had left before our coach arrived, we went to visit Christiania - an Anarchist Commune, which is independent of the Danish government, where soft drugs are legal and violence and theft are not tolerated - an interesting experience.

At 11:30 last night, we got on the coach for our return journey, and after stopping in Hamburg to catch the train, we then arrived back in Bremen at 7:30 this morning. Luckily I had no class today!

Back in Bremen, on Thursday there was an accident at the Freimarkt. One of the pods on a twister ride came off and injured 6 people. However as far as I am aware, no one was killed. The Freimarkt came to an end yesterday after two weeks, and now Bremen will be pretty quiet for four weeks, until the Christmas Markets begin! Though my life is too exciting for a month with nothing happening! Which is why in two weeks time I will spend the weekend in Berlin!

Hope you are all having as much fun as me (or at least trying to)!
Kevin.

Posted by kmmk17 17:00 Archived in Denmark Tagged city friends erasmus

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