After we received the tour, Becky and I did some exploring for ourselves. We decided to head to the Round Tower, an old observatory where astronomers used to study stars. From here, we could see all of Copenhagen and even the bridge to Sweden!
|The Round Tower, established in 1642.|
|A view of the Round Tower from the ground, so tall!|
|A view of Copenhagen from on top of the Round Tower!|
|The bridge to Sweden in the distance!|
|King's Garden from the Round Tower!|
|Inside King's Garden!|
|Very cool Landscaping inside of King's Garden!|
|More of King's Garden's beauty!|
|Rosenborg Castle! Pay attention to the two lions out front.|
|Interestingly, King Christian the 4th was a heavy drinker and would hide the Rosenborg Castle key inside the mouth of this lion before he went out to partake in local festivities.|
|Guards outside of Rosenborg Castle.|
After exploring King's Garden and Rosenborg castle, we went to Amalienborg, the royal palace. Upon reaching the royal palace, we noticed 4 large buildings which encircled a big monument. There were guards outside some of the buildings and we found someone to tell us what the buildings were for. In the beginning, the 4 buildings were meant for four noble families, however, there was a devastating fire in Copenhagen in 1794 which destroyed the Christiansborg Palace and so the Danish royal family bought this palace and moved in. Nowadays the royal family uses it for the winter seasons. One building is meant for the Queen, another for the Prince and Princess, one for hosting royal parties, and one for the deceased King Christian the 7th, which is open to the public at times.
|Amalienborg, the Royal Palace.|
|A statue of King Frederick the 5th in the middle of the Royal Palace.|
|The Queens home! (She was not in residence at this time).|
|Prince Henrik's and Princess Margrethe's home, if you look closely, you can see the Danish flag waving proudly above the building meaning that the Prince/Princess are in residence!|
After learning a lot about the Royal Family, we then headed to Nyhavn (pronounced Nu-How) which stands for the New Harbor. Interestingly this is one of the only areas in all of Copenhagen which wasn't destroyed by the catastrophic fires during the 1700's.
|Walking down the street of Nyhavn, so colorful!|
|Canal tours in Nyhavn! We ended up going on one and it was awesome!|
|A big anchor outside of Nyhavn port!|
As we traveled throughout the city, we also discovered a popular place where DIS students and many others go to party, the Studenterhuset- aka The Student House!
|The Student House! A popular place to relax, have a beer and a great time with friends!|
After the Student House, we made one last trip to Christiansborg Castle Square (Danish Parliament) before we were supposed to meet up at the bus station to be taken to our dorms.
|The Danish Parliament building. (More pics will come soon).|
After learning about the history of this building we headed to the bus station to be taken to our dorms. My dorm was located about 30 minutes (walking) outside of the main city (which isn't too bad) and was called Gammeltoftsgade. Here is where I met the many friends I'd be spending the rest of my trip with as well as my living area!
|One of our dorm's courtyards! So beautiful!|
|My friends and I outside our dorm hall!|
Upon seeing my living area and especially my room, I was very satisfied and grateful. The dorms all had wireless internet, nice bathrooms, wonderful kitchen areas, and the bedrooms were very cozy! In my mind, living here for the next 3 weeks was going to be a piece of cake (and it truly is).
|My dorm room! So cozy :)|
|The rooms also have sinks!|
After a long day of exploring, I bonded with my floor mates and then went to sleep. The next few days were fairly similar, class, walk around the city, and hang out with friends. I was having the time of my life!
|Walking throughout the city!|
|Funny underwear manicans while walking through the city!|
|Women's Paradise "Sephora"|
|More walking throughout the city!|
|Billy Booze! A great place to relax and go dancing!|
|The "A" (Australian) Bar!|
Aside from nightly festivities, trips to Netto or Fakta (popular grocery stores in Copenhagen) became a common chore. Here you could find everything you needed for food at a very cheap price! There are also fruit stands around the city at various times which give you great deals as well. Aside from food, the drugstore Matas, was very convenient as well. Although it is a little pricier, it had everything you could need including shampoo, razors, lotion, cosmetics, fragrances, medicine, etc.
|Netto! The local grocery store!|
|Fakta! A cheap grocery store which remains open even on holidays (from my experience).|
|Matas! Your local drugstore!|
|Relaxing at the beach!|
|Becky and I at the beach!|
Disclaimer: Although the beach is very nice and there's a great atmosphere, be aware that you may come across nude babies, topless women (mostly older), and even naked males. The Danes are very comfortable with their bodies, so just be wary if you plan on going to any beaches in Denmark.
After the beach, we all decided to go to the most famous tourist attraction in all of Copenhagen, The Little Mermaid!
|The biggest attraction in all of Denmark although she is quite small!|
|Me and the Little Mermaid!|
Our week, as well as weekend was very eventful! Week 2 coming up soon!