Sportslov Day 1: Köpenhamn (Copenhagen)

Today we took the afternoon train from Växjö to Köpenhamn. It’s just a couple of hours by train but it certainly feels like a different world. The snow vanished just outside of Malmö (we have about 4 inches on the ground in Växjö). We crossed the bridge between Sweden and Denmark and they switched the announcement on the train from Swedish to Danish which sounds quite different. We got off at the central station and walked past The Tivoli to our hotel. The temperature was in the 40s. It felt positively tropical.

We are staying at the Hotel Danmark. The hotel is not so great and really doesn’t have anything to recommend it beside the location. We’ve just returned from a couple hours walking around. The central city where we are staying has a very nice mix of old and new, commercial and residential/business development. Lots of buildings from the 18th and 19th centuries. Tomorrow we’ll check out the really old city to see if I can add some good photos of old doors and old door hardware to my collection. We walked by a used bookstore that was closed but the shelves inside were loaded with old maps and books. Ancient tomes, many of them probably older than the United States, piled carelessly and lined up along the floor. The shop was already closed and unfortunately, will be closed tomorrow too.

Even though we were in Stockholm just a week ago, it feels like it has been quite some time since we were in a place with the level of history and urban energy we felt this evening in Copenhagen. One of the things that is so interesting about the “old world” is how people life so effortlessly and unconsciously within the trappings of history that, from my American perspective, tends to feel more like stuff of fairy tales and lost ancient civilizations than the backdrop of modern life.

Tomorrow we are taking the overnight train to Switzerland so we have the whole day to explore. Already, however, I suspect this city is going to be a favorite.

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