In typical latina fashion I am WAAAAAYYY late on my blog post schedule!!! But 2017 is right around the corner and what can I say, I love cliches ;)
Cheers to a new year!
Today I want to show you how you can travel to Scandinavia, not know a single thing about the place, and leave as though you've just been home!
I have never felt more comfortable in a place I knew so very little about. Copenhagen is lovely, even in the dead of winter, and here is why it needs to be on your TO GO list!
The best way to really learn about a city is to explore it the way a local would. I was blessed to have a friend who lives and is from Copenhagen, host my boyfriend (now fiancé! that's another story!) and I for 8 days.
Amalie is a friend I made 2 years ago on a trip to Thailand. She is my long lost traveling soul sister. We were blessed to have connected. But I have to tell you that while you travel, especially solo, this is when you create those kinds of relationships.
Soooo, when I saw a $200 flight to Denmark, I was like, BYE! I began to create a winter wonderland Euro trip for 4-5 weeks, starting in Copenhagen.
How do the locals do?
Walk everywhere! The Danish walk and bike and take the bus/metro as a 3rd option. Witnessing so many people cycling in 20 degree weather really makes you raise your standards on going to the gym.
Eat the street food or cook! Denmark is one of the cheaper countries in Scandinavia, which is comprised of Norway, Denmark, Finland, Sweden, and Iceland. And it was EXPENSIVE! An average meal at a cafe was 10-12 dollars. At a nice sit down restaurant it was $15+, this is not including drinks. Beer is cheaper then water, so always ask for tap! And keep your eyes peeled for ice or lemon. If they bring you tap with either one of those "add-ons", they can charge you for it. Instead of dining out every meal, hit up the street stalls in the Christmas markets and food halls. Or go to the grocery store and get confused as you try to create something danish, but end up eating ramen noodles (by the by, they are delicious here). I am all about trying the local food, so this is about finding the balance in discovering and surviving the lashings of the Hangry gods. Remember, stay away from anything in a touristy area! The further away you go, the cheaper and better the food is!
Learn a few local words! This goes for any country you go to. The locals always appreciate it when you try to speak their language. You may get so good that they'll think you're a native! Then you have to be like- no, no, sorry, only speak little, uh- do you speak english, please? With doing this we learned that most people speak english in Denmark. All children are required to study it as a second language when in primary school. #educationgoals
So as soon as they picked up our accents they'd switch to english and help us out. We got alot of insider tips on where to eat, drink, and not eat, drink by just saying hej! (Hej is pronounced hey, which just means hi, in danish, lol)
My favorite thing to do is to GET LOST! Take a bunch of pictures, let your phone battery die (have a map with you if you're the paranoid type like me!), and just wander around! Go to some of the touristy spots, but not to say you've been, to learn why its important! I never knew that Denmark's biggest export is pork. I learned this when visiting Christiania's Christmas market, which is a very popular thing to do amongst tourists and locals. We discovered Christiania through our friend, Amalie, but it is also ALL OVER Trip advisor.
If you ever go to Denmark, please let me know! I'd love to hear about your experiences and what you think of this forward-thinking, healthy, bike-loving country!