And so, my last full day in Europe was upon me. Shannon and Bryant had to leave that Saturday morning to head back to the good ol’ U.S. of A. I had decided to switch it up, hostel-wise, so that I could try out another atmosphere for my last day/night. I found one that was just off of Nyhavn, called Bedwood Hostel, so the location was absolutely perfect! After I had checked out of Sleep in Heaven, I made my way to Bedwood to drop off my stuff until check-in. It was also the perfect time to have a nice, quiet, little breakfast at one of the cafes in Nyhavn.
Shortly after that, I talked myself into making the trek over to the supposedly-underwhelming-tourist spot, but one I just HAD to see anyway: the Little Mermaid statue. This time from dry land. It was an easy walk from Nyhavn to the statue, walking down a couple side streets and through a park area. In actuality, I did not think that the Little Mermaid was underwhelming at all, but that could be because I had managed expectations about it. It was beautiful. I loved how she was sitting, staring longingly off into the distance. I could really relate. That, along with my knowledge and love for the story, made the spot a must-see for me. What can I say, I’m a romantic. I could have sat there and looked for awhile, but there were so many tourists trying to get pictures and selfies, that I bowed out and walked back towards the city.
At that point it was not quite time for lunch yet, but I made my way to Paper Island. It was a place I had bookmarked during my trip planning, popular for all the different food stalls it houses at Paper Island Street Food. Upon arrival, I was greeted by an art exhibit of Yoko Ono’s work, trees that had messages of love all over them. Then I made my way inside to the stalls, finding that the praise was highly deserved. They had food from EVERYWHERE: Morocco, Brazil, Egypt, Italy, France, England, Mexico, Turkey, etc. This place is a foodie paradise. If I wasn’t such a selective eater, I would have ordered something from every station. My lunch selection was beef carpaccio from one of the Italian food stalls, and of course it was delicious. I wandered around for awhile, enjoying the incredible smells and the simple beauty of the food.
Part of me was trying to kill time until I could officially check-in to my hostel, but I can only hang out in one place for so long when I’m traveling by myself. So I went to the lair of temptation, back to the shopping center of Copenhagen. BUT I did have a purpose: to get one last round of stamps from one of the tourist shops (these turned out to be the most expensive items I bought on my entire trip). I was proud of myself for maintaining some self control in the other shops, besides a birthday gift I still had to get for someone (Shannon, it was for Shannon). Once I had hit up a couple of stores, it was finally check-in time, so I went back to the hostel to relax until it was socially acceptable to keep eating, aka dinnertime. I read a little, enjoying my little tent-like bed and the aesthetic of the hostel.
When the sun began setting, I made my way back outside and stopped at another cafe in Nyhavn to enjoy a classic Venetian Spritz. Guys, I try to live my best Italian life everywhere I go… This counts because both Copenhagen and Venice have canals, albeit not the same amount. It was finally time to say goodbye to the center of Copenhagen, so I took my time walking around, taking pictures, and then found a bench to just enjoy the view. I sat there until the sun was almost gone, feeling very peaceful, but sad about having to go home the next day. Thankfully, I still had one little adventure left before my flight on Sunday.
The next morning I got up earlier than I probably needed to, as my flight was not until 4:30pm local time. Why you ask? Because I was making a pit-stop at the famous Blue Planet Aquarium, five minutes away from the airport – literally the metro stop before. The aquarium was about a ten minute walk from the metro stop (that could be due to the fact that I had my luggage with me – the aquarium has big lockers you can rent to store luggage in) and it is HUGE. It all looks very modern, very Danish, and very blue.
I had fun exploring the three different sections of the aquarium, or the five “arms” that showcase sea creatures from all over the world. My favorite part was walking through the tunnel underneath hammerhead sharks and rays. They had a couple of presentations that I was able to sit in on, although they were all given in Danish so I didn’t understand much. Or anything, you know, besides the common knowledge stuff. Guess what guys: THE SHARKS WERE THE MOST PEACEFUL ANIMALS IN THE ENTIRE PLACE. Take that, Jaws. Eventually, I did have to tear myself away to make my flight on time, which I accidentally did cut close.
Alas, all good things must come to an end, if only to allow me to experience a NEW good thing later. This trip was such an incredible experience. I will forever be grateful that I could experience Europe with my best friend and absorb as much foreign culture as I could in such little time. But, come on, was anyone surprised I made another venture across the pond? If I’ve said it once, I’ve said it a thousand times: I will make it back to Europe. Soon.