Along the canals of Copenhagen

Stuck on a small motorboat surrounded by other tourists, listening to a guide who’d much rather be somewhere else, could be qualified as one of my worst nightmares as a traveller. The endless picture-snapping, the guide’s lousy attempt at humour, not to mention the selfie-sticks, I hate it all! So why is it then that I find myself at 9.30am on the quay of Nyhavn, Copenhagen’s most popular canal, standing in line for the next departure?… I blame my Danish friends! “You have to do a Continue Reading

The quirky neighbourhoods of Copenhagen

When my friend and Copenhagen-resident Mariel asked me what I wanted to see in the city, I answered: “Anything really, apart from Tivoli and The Little Mermaid”. Not that I have anything against amusement parks, but being from Belgium, and having grown up with Manneken Pis, I didn’t particularly develop a passion for disappointing little statues. Of course I wanted to wander along the oh-so-famous canals and I was definitely curious to check out Copenhagen’s alternative community Continue Reading

A visit to Christiania: the freetown community of Copenhagen

“We have three major rules here: “no pictures, no running and HAVE FUN!” I am standing at the entrance of Pusher street, the main thoroughfare of Christiania and talking is Nina, a 60+ year old woman and one of the first inhabitants of this “freetown” neighbourhood in Copenhagen. Christiania was founded back in 1971 on the site of unused military barracks to create an alternative to mainstream culture. They developed their own set of rules, independent of the Danish government. Ideas Continue Reading