I started my first travel week off by showing my parents around Copenhagen. My mom and I saw the highly anticipated Little Mermaid, which in fact is very little. We got a whole lesson on licorice at Karamelleriet in Nørrebro- apparently the Danes love licorice because they eat it from childhood on. We also took a trip to the Louisana art museum where we saw an exhibit on Emil Node in addition to Riverbed by Olafur Eliasson. Riverbed was basically an instillation of a functioning river into a wing of the museum.
After parting ways with my parents I flew to London for a few days before going to Holyhead, Wales and Dublin.
London exceeded my expectations by a long shot. I got a really good sense of how diverse the city is going from window-shopping at Harrods and Top Shop to exploring the more edgy Camden markets. The two days I was there I covered as much ground as possible, hit up as many major monuments and sites and mastered the tube (thanks to Anna for letting me use your Oyster Card). While I’m at it, thanks so much to Chase and his roommates for hosting me and for Anna and Emma for racing me around the city. My favorite neighborhoods were Covent Garden, Notting Hill and Marylebone. One of the best parts of London was being by the Thames and on the bridges, monuments, (and skate parks?) at night.
We took a train in the morning to Holyhead, starting the day with a traditional breakfast, I avoided the black pudding on the menu but enjoyed the Welsh style bacon. From there we trekked to a lighthouse we had heard was one of the top lighthouses in the world and the view was absolutely incredible. To make matters even better, when we reached the top there was an ice cream truck. Though, I am about seven years old, it couldn’t have been any better.
Hard to compete with London but Dublin was a fun city with a lively culture. The long room library at Trinity College was like something out of Harry Potter. Apparently George Lucas saw the Long room and though they wouldn’t let him film there he liked it so much he recreated it for the Jedi Temple scenes in Star Wars. The other main attraction in Dublin was clearly, beer. We saw how it was made at the Guinness factory- or what Keegan called the Disneyland of beer, and tried others at the oldest pup in Dublin and on a pub crawl. Dublin had some really interesting street art and architecture including the “millennium spike” which was supposed to be completed in 2000 when Dublin was in a great financial state but wasn't completed until 2003. Another great part of Dublin was the live music. We heard not one but two live renditions of Take Me Home, Country Roads.
Getting back to Copenhagen after a week of traveling reminded me how lucky I am to be here. Copenhagen has the perfect combination of history and charm while also being a modern, trendsetting city.