First Stop: Copenhagen

With a few days of travel under my belt, I have finally been able to write about my trip thus far. It was a little bit of a rocky start, but so far it is turning out amazing. 

I started out this trip planning on taking nothing besides carry-ons. I even got the exact measurement for the flights and even for my personal item. However, the weight restriction was off, by one kilogram. Literally, just one. The lady at the check in desk would not budge and it ended up being an extra $200 just to check it. I was not very happy about this. 

On the flight, I was in the VERY last middle row. Which was a little difficult with motion sickness and there were no windows near me. However, I was right next to the bathrooms and I had the whole row to myself so I could lay down during the flight to try to rest. 

With a slight delay from my first flight in, I ended up having to sprint to my connecting flight. This was first of many airports I have yet to experience and it causes me a little anxiety even just thinking about what all I will have to encounter. However, I made it -- the last person to board the plane. 

I was FINALLY almost to Copenhagen. At this point, I was very nervous/anxious/excited. I couldn't really pinpoint an exact emotion at this time. I just had no idea what to expect from this trip and I was about to meet Lasse for the first time. I kept asking myself, "Is this really happening?"

I landed. As I went through border control, picking up my luggage and exchanged my money, Lasse drove to the airport to pick me up. It was time to finally meet. 

There was no cool story behind it. He just emerged from the crowd and said, "Welcome to Copenhagen!" gave me a hug and we were on our way. We had already discussed going to meet his family and that would happen as soon as I got ready. (Obviously after a long flight, I needed to shower and change and at least look like a form of human). 

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He grew up about an hour outside of Copenhagen where his family still lives. During the hour-long car ride, we were able to get to know each other and talk about our families and what our lives were like. We only knew what we shared about each other through messenger for ten years and we never were in constant contact. We would talk here and there, but never all the time. 

We arrived at his parent's house and I instantly fell in love. They live in the country where they have their own garden, chickens and lots of land. His mom is just an absolute delight and made a wonderful dinner for us to enjoy. His father doesn't speak much English but is entertaining. Lasse had two of his friends staying there that I got to meet as well. The night was full of laughter, food, and drinks. It was a wonderful introduction to Denmark. 

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The next day, waking up to the wonderful view of all the land made me very jealous and wanted to live there. I mean absolutely breathtaking. I had my cup of coffee and sat outside on the patio and just enjoyed the cool breeze, taking it all in. It was a pretty chill day for us all as Lasse and his friends took me around the "country" of Denmark. This included some Viking graveyards, a school, and some woods. 

Later that day, we headed back to the capital. We decided that it would be a good idea for me to see some of the city by bike. It is the typical way of the Danes, especially in the city. I had already rented a bike and Lasse was kind enough to pick it up for me before I got there. I honestly don't remember the last time I rode a bike that wasn't stationary. Possibly early middle school years? This was going to be an adventure. So we stopped at Christiania, which is the free town in the center of Copenhagen. There were no photos allowed in this place, but it was awesome to experience. 

We rode around a little more to show me where everything was as it was getting dark, which was hard for me to take everything in and remember how to really get to all these places. It did help me learn about their bike lanes, bike lights, and signals to use while on the bikes. 

It was a wonderful first couple of days and I cannot wait to see what the rest of the trip brings me.