Monday, May 16, 2011
First impressions of Copenhagen
Sunday, May 15, 2011
We arrived in Copenhagen just before noon and to our hostel. We dropped off our backpacks and headed right back out to the National Museum.
The National Museum gives a really good history of Denmark, going all the way to prehistory up to the year 2000. I wish we had more time for this museum. We onlu spent about 2 hours there and then we headed to the NY Carlsberg Glyptotek museum.
Thankfully this museum is free on Sunday because I wouldn't want to pay for it. It was mainly a sculpture museum with a few paintings. The museum does have one of Rodin's "the thinker" sculptures. I guess that Rodin sculpted 2 or 3 of them and the one we saw was pretty small. There was another famous sculpture we would have liked to see but that area of the museum was closed. We only spent about an hour here before heading back to the hostel to check in.
We got there and waited behind some young Japanese women who kept trying to pay with Euros and didn't speak any Danish or very much English. I felt sort of bad for the girls but at the same time it was very frustrating because they should have known that the Danes aren't on the Euro. Anyway, after all that waiting.we find out that we are at the wrong hostel. We were at Danhostel Downtown and we needed to be at Danhostel City a few blocks away. Fortunately they aren't too far away and we got here and got checked in.
After checking in and making our beds we went to eat. The desk clerk recommended a mediteranean buffet that was reasonably priced. As we were both super hungry we headed over. The food was really good and the best part were the free refills on soda that came in a large cup and contained ice!
After dinner we knew we needed to do some laundry since the hostel has a washer/dryer. We gathered our stuff and headed down there. I stayed and watched the laundry while Jamie took a shower. There was another guy in there who was very friendly and we chatted about the economy, religion and politics.
All in all not a bad first day in Denmark!