July 2017

July 2017 Travel Journal. Collectively ME
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Welcome to my July 2017 Travel Journal! 
All the dates are ordered so that the most recent is at the top.

 

Monday 31st July 2017

Today we activated our Copenhagen Cards so get ready for 72 hours of site seeing! We have to make it worth every cent.

Aquarium CopenhagenFirst on the agenda was the Den Bla Planet, the National Aquarium of Denmark. I love aquariums & this one was no exception. The building was amazing, very modern & sleek & the selection of animals they had was great. They even had Puffins & Otters. And there was this really pretty bird with a very curious face.

The tropical exhibit was probably my favourite though. It has Pirhanas & crazy big amazon fish, the Arapaima. You can read more about the aquarium here.

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Next, we headed to the Danish Architecture Centre where we had some lunch & explored the exhibition they had on. This was on the other side of town but luckily for us, the Copenhagen Card includes free public transport within the city.

Turns out the Danes are really into reclaiming space. Which is fantastic but also the butt of most of the guys jokes for the rest of the trip. One of the factories that’s been built recently was designed to have a ski slope on the top of it for public use. How awesome is that!?

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The day ended brilliantly with some duty-free Aperol Spritzes & yummy pasta at Elsa & Steve’s place.


Sunday 30th July 2017

Bike Tour Day Copenhagen - July 2017 Travel Journal. Collectivelye MEBike Tour Day! I had so much fun today. Josh & I were on our own today because the others were out of town visiting their family. We decided to hire a couple of bikes & explore the city that way.

Copenhagen is incredibly bike friendly so it’s easy to just hire your own bike & ride around all day. And it’s pretty cheap to do so. We paid 80DKK per bike for 24hr hire, which is about $16 AUD. We also packed our own lunch so we saved a bit of money there too. We’re slowly getting used to this budgeting thing.

Bike Hire CopenhagenWe rode the harbour cycle route & saw so many things. We stopped for lunch opposite Holmens Kirk, it was such a pretty view but unfortunately, it started sprinkling.

During our ride, we suddenly heard these beautiful church bells but could see no church. So yes we went & hunted it down. It was the Church of Our Saviour & it was such an interesting find (if you want to read about it some more you can check out this post). I love this bike tour! We’re seeing so many things that we wouldn’t have seen otherwise.

And then it started pouring. We had stopped near Skuespilhuest (The Royal Danish Playhouse) to watch a street Opera. We had no idea what was going on but it was awesome all the same until it poured with rain. This had to be my favourite thing today I think. It was just so random & when it started to pour everyone ran off laughing trying to stay dry, it had a very fun atmosphere & I think this is why it made such an impression on me.

We then rode up the river & saw the ‘little mermaid’, a little underwhelming if you ask me, but it had to be done. On we went to the Kastellet which is one of the best-preserved star fortresses in Northern Europe. It is constructed in the form of a pentagram with bastions at its corners.
It was constantly sprinkling/raining at this point & we were ready to go home.

The ride home was down past Sortedamns Lake & onto Vesterbro. Again another very pretty spot to go for a ride, despite the rain.

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Absalon Centre Copenhagen - July 2017 Travel Journal. Collectivelye ME Absalon Copenhagen - July 2017 Travel Journal. Collectivelye MEWhen we arrived in Copenhagen our host mentioned that we should go to a place just up the road called Absalon for dinner. Absalon is a reclaimed church that is now being used as a playful community house. They serve breakfast, lunch & dinner, they have a bar, ping pong tables & organise lots of events for the community including live music & movie nights.

I loved the whole concept of this place. We paid 50DKK ($10AUD) & got a huge meal with the option of dessert for a little bit extra. You all sat on long tables & 1 person from each table went up to get the tables allocated dishes that were then shared by everyone. It was such a lovely atmosphere & you got to meet all these new people. 

The food was amazing too. We had Lamb Shepherds pie, roasted cauliflower with smoky spicy nuts & a tzatziki sauce + a basket of rye bread on the side. 

Unfortunately, Josh wasn’t feeling very well so we couldn’t stay around & chat for too long. Next time we are in Copenhagen we are definitely going to go back!

 


Saturday 29th July 2017

We’re in Copenhagen! We actually arrived yesterday so I’m going to have to catch you up a bit.

We had a bit of a rough start. The plane got delayed because no bagmen showed up to load the bags on the plane. Eventually, they showed up but by the time they had finished loading the plane the crew to disconnect us & send us on our way had gone on their lunch break. It was all pretty funny really & the captain was very good at keeping us informed & entertained. Eventually, we were in the air & on our way!

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Soooo it turns out Copenhagen is pretty expensive & that they use the Danish Kroner, not the Euro. You think we would have a done a little bit more research into this, but no, we didn’t. #lessonlearnt

Copenhagen is beautiful & the architecture is stunning. So different to some of the beautiful architecture in Australia.

We are staying in the Vesterbro district on Sønder Boulevard. I booked it through Air BnB very last minute, but luckily, for a pretty reasonable price. We have our own private living room & bedroom. We just have to share the kitchen & bathroom with our host’s housemate, who seems really nice.

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Our first night was really pleasant, the days are still really long this time of year so after we checked in we went for a stroll bought some beers & the biggest Caprioska Pizza I have ever seen! We sat at Litauens Plads with heaps of other super hip looking people (note: they were hip looking, definitely not us). It was a really nice evening & a great first night in Copenhagen.

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Vestebro breakfast - July 2017 Travel Journal. Collectively MEYesterday we stayed in until 10am, such slackers. I booked our Copenhagen cards (more on those here if you’re interested) & did some blogging. We then went & had some breaky at a local cafe, which turned out to be one of the places to visit if visiting our “bro” (Vesterbro District).

We had organised to meet up with our friends Elsa, Steve, Lewis & Shannon at 12. It’s really only because of these guys that we ventured to Copenhagen. They invited us to come stay while they were here from Australia. Great timing.

We walked around the city all day working out what there is to see & do, we visited some fancy shops, & we really just caught up. We found this great Vietnamese place for lunch called District Tonkin. As soon as you walked in you knew it was going to be good, the whole place smelt amazing. We got the traditional roll & some yummy pork spring rolls.

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Last night we worked out our budget. We have spent $827.73c not including flights & accommodation. This has given us 2 Copenhagen Cards & 2,500DKK for spending money. Fingers crossed we can stick to this budget.


Thursday 27th July 2017

Cottage Garden. July Travel Journal. Collectively meI am sitting at the kitchen bench looking out over the beautiful cottage garden here at Gilly & Robin’s.

There are at least 10 different type’s of roses in the bit of garden closest to me. Pinks, reds, yellows & this gorgeous burnt orangey red coloured rose, it is stunning & my favourite.
There is a hydrangea that is a beautiful dark pink & a potting shed that I just know my aunt is going to be incredibly jealous of.

It’s a gorgeous little house & our room is so lovely & bright. There is a huge fireplace & a fantastic kitchen with doors that concertina onto the patio in the backyard. #kitchengoals

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Gilly took us into Gloucester Quays today where we did a bit of shopping. I got new jeans because I left my old ones in Aus so my bag would be lighter & Josh got a new t-shirt because for some reason he only packed 2 nice ones! #classicjosh

I also got a new phone sim so I am now contactable in England. Yay! It’s with the provider Three & you can use it in a whole heap of countries for no extra cost. Perfect for us & our travelling.

Here’s a fun fact: Internet is crazy cheap here! You can get unlimited internet on your phone. In Aus it costs you a stupid amount just to add an extra GB to your existing 2GB.

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My feet are back to normal! Just thought I’d let you know because I’m sure it’s definitely been keeping you up at night.


Wednesday 26th July 2017

Sygnates - July Travel Journal. Collectively meWe are off to Duck World, aka, Slimbridge Wetland Centre. It’s not far from where we are staying so we put on our walking shoes & rain jackets, & headed off. On our way, we stopped at one of the canal bridges that Robin works at & saw a family of white Swans! This isn’t a very common thing for us as we really only have black Swans in Australia, that I have seen. The sygnates are sooo big, & talk about ugly ducklings (& cranky too).friendly duck - July Travel Journal. Collectively me

Duck World was pretty interesting & we got to see lots of other birds & animals than just ducks. These sort of places always make me feel like a kid again, I’m not sure why really.

They had several different species of flamingo & masses of different breeds of water birds. Some of them were so pretty & others incredibly friendly. They came & ate food out of your hand, super cute!

It was such a nice walk & the day happened to clear up for a while as well, making it really pretty.

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It still hasn’t sunk in that we are in another country. I’m sure it will soon enough.

 


Tuesday 25th July 2017

We’re here!! We’re in London . AWOOoooOOO!! Now to get the bus to Josh’s Aunt & Uncle’s.

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So you know you’re tired when you start taking hits at the dinner table. We had a delicious meal made for us by Gilly & then had a good old catch up & before long I was taking hits. The conversation wasn’t boring at all I was just sooooo exhausted. 

I don’t think I’ve taken hits like that since the death-by-powerpoint presentations in recruit school!

Time to start dealing with the jet lag. Good night.

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Oh but just quickly……Want to see something gross?? Ahhh you probably didn’t get a choice in the matter now that I think about it, sorry about that.

My ankles & feet have swollen to a ridiculous size! I promise you they are not normally like this & have never done this before. Turns out the pressure on the plane caused the fluid in my legs to build up & now I have Kankels or maybe Fankles is a better term for it.

I’ve been promised that they should go down in the next few days.

Yep, that was enough excitement for one day I think. 

 


Monday 24th July 2017

Why you should fly Etihad & how I had fat ankles for 3 days after!Were flying to Heathrow. We’ve just flown from Cairns to Brisbane; Brisbane to Abu Dhabi; & now we’re on the final leg of our journey!

It’s still all a little bit surreal really. There’s been such a long build-up to get to this day that it hasn’t quite sunk in yet.

Ok so my friend Min, said that while on the plane I should write down everything I’m feeling. Here it goes: I’m surprisingly calm. Boring right? Haha. The most excited I felt was checking in at Brisbane International Airport. We didn’t check in properly when we left Cairns. Silly me said, Brisbane when they asked where we were going. 

In the end, this worked wall really. It was way more exciting going to the check-in at the Etihad check-in point than it was at the domestic Virgin check-in.

As I said before, I just don’t think the excitement of it all has sunk in yet. Oh, & I caught a cold somewhere between here & Australia. So I have been sniffling, putting up with a really sore throat & a headache for the last 10 hours. Yuck yuck yuck!! So yes, that has probably put a bit of a dampener on the mood too.

Note to future self: Implement a serious course of vitamins prior to next 24hr plane trip!

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We are now on the plane, I have stocked up on cold medicine at the airport & I’m ready to tackle the next 8hrs.

We’ve been chatting with a lovely English girl called Fenella (I think that’s how you spell it). She’s just coming back from Australia as her visa is up. This made the last few hours go heaps quicker.

 

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