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Chris's Journey

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Well this blog lost all chronological order once I arrived in Amsterdam. You can interpret that as you like, but it’s mostly because stuff keeps popping up that I need to write about right away. This one is for Christof from Albania, and his group of friends.

I’m back at my favorite coffeeshop in Amsterdam - Coffeeshop Little. Last time here Nick and I visited this place every day at some point. In my mind, it had the perfect balance - the Little was never packed with tourists, but ones did wander in (myself included) often enough to keep things interesting. It took me a few days to get here because I’ve been working on the boat, but now that I have a bike, its a breeze. Glad to be back in friendly surroundings. Sat down next to a group of 6 people who appeared to be fellow travelers and were speaking English (always a bonus).

Good enough for me! I took a seet in the booth next to them and got comfortable (Hot Chocolate, WiFi password, etc). GOOD DECISION. I love this place. Naturally eavesdropping on the group next to me, I hear that for Chris (later to be named Christof from Albania), it is his first experience with pot. As Afroman’s “And Then I Got High” comes on in the shop, well… he got high, haha. He also really enjoyed loudly explaining exactly how he was thinking/feeling, and that was truly for the benefit of everyone.

You know that feeling when your chests expands against your rib cage while breathing deep? That is happening to me right now, but with the music

The asides in italics are all quotes of his as I wrote this entry. We met and I ended up going back with them for a drink at their hostel. When I let them know that I had a blog and was taking notes, they all asked for the URL to read about it.

We’re in the middle of an arthouse film. Can we have the music just a little louder?

It is very difficult to convey in words how the next hour went. Chris was center stage and loving it, conversing mostly with his friends but also with the tender and every other customer in the place at some point. Many wise and poetic things were said, and also a few totally inane comments that I simply couldn’t piece together. He joked around with the… tender? like bar-tender, but for an Amsterdam coffee shop?... anyways - joked around with him, conversed with everyone in the place at least once, and also got into a strange and somewhat incomprehensible exchange with an assumed local in the shop:

I’m from Bart. Butt? BaRt! Butt? Garrrgl. Chris tells him his name and 8.5 minutes later, it was somehow transformed into Christof from Albania! None of us are sure how that happened.

Confirmed afterwards, the majority of us were having trouble telling if he was speaking English, Dutch, or some Eastern European language, but we think he continued to switch it up, just to keep us guessing.

I was just nominated as “Mediator of All Things”, or whether something is real or not. Time travel and memory chopping have been deemed NOT REAL thus far, but I don’t remember much else being outlawed.

“There is too much happening right now… But I am keen to thunder on down thru the horizon”

Chris’s magical trip petered out soon after I became mediator, and nothing much else occurred. Drinks, laughs, Regular Nintendo games, etc, but being there with Chris exploring this new plane was the best.

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Bikes and Libraries - Copenhagen

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Jumping back in time and space to Copenhagen. I just had to get that initial Valparaiso entry out there.

I freaking love biking around this city. FREAKING love it! I always knew Amsterdam as the biking capital of the world, but I think Copenhagen is better. Actually, by now I know that Copenhagen is better. I think statistically, a higher percentage of people bike in Amsterdam, but that is a smaller city with more cramped streets, lots more people in a small space, fewer designated bike lanes. Copenhagen has incredibly wide, open streets, plenty of streets that have little to no car traffic, and separate signals for bikes that are extremely well integrated into the other signals.

That being said, it is also a great city for walking or driving around as well - walking because so much of inner city are walking streets only and driving because there doesn’t ever appear to be really bad traffic since so many of the people there either bike or take public transportation. They are very proud about having the longest walking street in Europe (the world?), and make it a pleasure to walk or bike around their historic downtown area.

Biking just makes it so quick and easy to zip from one section of the city to the other. You can save money by not taking so many buses, and it frees you up to be more spontaneous with your day. “How so?” you may ask. When you’re walking and taking buses, it makes sense to plan out your day so that you see all of the things you’d like to see in 1 area, to cut down on the walking time. If you’re moving around the city, again you have to be strategic to find the right bus lines to connect you between sights you wish to see. All of that equates to more planning and less spontaneity, which is not how I like to roll. On a bike, you cross from one side of the city to the other in 15-20 minutes MAX, and it makes it easier if you are actually hanging out with locals because most of them are probably on bikes as well. Seriously, I can’t recommend renting a bike enough in Copenhagen, or any other bike-friendly city you’re visiting. I’ll most definitely be doing this in Amsterdam as well.

With this new freedom, I’ve explored a lot in the past few days, but spent more time just wandering around seeing what I would find. After Christiania (yes I already had my bike), I was drawn to the beautiful Church of Our Savior.

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It has a very beautiful staircase that winds from the floor all the way up to the tippy top of the spire. Not sure if you can see it in the picture, but it goes on the outside for the ending bit, and supposedly makes for some of the best views of Copenhagen. I did not climb to the top, dissuaded not by the intimidating 400+ steps, but instead by the 90 kr entry fee (about $18). So I looked around the inside and really like the place. While not nearly as large or lavishly decorated as many of Europe’s better known churches, I liked the intimacy, the beauty within the decorations, and the FREE price tag for entering :)

I took some pictures, but haven't uploaded them yet. That, honestly, has been the hardest part of doing this blog. Writing isn't always great or easy but getting reliable internet to get pictures up is definitely the bottleneck in this operation. The first big drawback I've run into thru using a ChromeBook. In general, it is great, as good as doing the basic things I need, and lighter than any other option. I've got easy workaround for everything except storing photos. I took for granted that you can store tons online on Google Drive, Flickr, etc, but I hadn't thought of uploading them as being a problem.

With the freedom of the bike, I decided it might be nice to ride to the famous Opera House, situated right along one of Copenhagen’s larger canals.

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On the ride there, I saw a gathering of people outside a warehouse, and decided it might be worth a look (again the freedom of the bike). I stopped by what appeared to be an art or architecture gallery. I was welcomed in, but realized pretty quickly that this was a private event, due to the table of name tags. Liking what I could see of the gallery and noticing the free refreshments bar, I grabbed a name tag, and went over to get a drink!

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As Mikkal, I got myself a delicious G&T and took a look around what turned out to be some sort of competition among Danish architects to design a unique staircase that could be opened or closed in some way. My favorite was a very unique design that reminded me of one of the ropes course obstacles that I had encountered the day before. Not wanting to give myself away as a tourist, I didn’t take any pictures, and slipped out (returning the name tag to the table) just as they were starting some sort of welcoming speech in Danish. Crashing private gallery showings - CHECK!

Already stunning from the outside, it was also...i've run out of adjectives for this... magnificent? Though I didn’t get to see inside the performance space, I did wander around the outer indoor space, learned that the walls of the performance space can move to make just the right acoustics for any show - freaking cool! They also seemed to be warming up or setting up in the main entrance for another kind of show.

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They had a band setup, ready to go, and they showed off a few of their songs. I grabbed a video of a unique one in which they combined the rocking band with one of the opera singers. They also brought out 4 rappers who did a few songs. Seeing people around me singing along to the songs, I knew they must be at least somewhat well known in Denmark. Although I couldn’t understand any of the words, I enjoyed the music. Using Shazam (coolest app ever), I found out that they were called Kaliber, a Danish up-and-coming rap band. Pleased with the randomness of my day thus far, I headed back towards Anne’s house (my gracious host). Anne, I can't believe I never got a good picture of the two of us! You'll have to come and visit San Francisco now.

Anne was having a quiet night in, so after dinner, it was time for me to try out one of my better ideas. I’ll be mentioning this in my PRO TIPS for budget world travelers, but here’s the basic idea: For lodging I’m trying to use both CouchSurfing and hostels. In these Nordic countries, hostels are especially expensive, so I’ve been trying to do more CS. The biggest disadvantage to that is that hostels are great places to meet other travelers and pick up companions to go drinking or touring with. My nice workaround? Sleep on a couch but go to popular, highly rated hostels to hang out!

The one I chose in Copenhagen was called the Generator Hostel and it sorta blew me away. As I talked about with some people I met, this is not your typical hostel and had a crazy good common area! With a full bar, foosball table, pool table, like a dozen TVs, 4 computers, and lots of couches or seating, it was a great place to hang out! It must have been one of the nicer ones in Copenhagen because I saw a surprising number of older travelers and more than a family or two with kids.

I bought a .5 L of beer (happy hour!) and randomly picked a group to sit down with 3 friendly Brits - Jenny, James, and Dave - spending a long, 4 day weekend in Copenhagen. The idea of that is so cool - instead of taking a long weekend to visit another city in the US, you can go to a totally different country, and the list of places worth going is exhausting. These 3 seem to try and do this every 3 or 4 months and check out some place new. We had a few pints, shot some pool, but mostly had a laid back, quiet evening.

I repeated this ploy the next night and met a new group of people, a mix of Americans, Germans, and one Australian. We went out that night and although I was appalled by the cost of drinks, still got sufficiently drunk. They were all pretty confused when, at the end of the night, I headed towards the bus stop, but when I filled a couple of them in quickly, they thought it was brilliant. I could validate spending a little bit out at the bars because I was saving so much on lodging :)

Libraries

I think my initial inspiration for visiting libraries was on my last EuroTrip, when Shannon, our CS host in Amsterdam, strongly suggested we check out the public library. Not only did it have a wine bar and a fantastic view of Amsterdam from the top floor, but it was also beautifully designed and lit. It reminded me of the types of display that a fancy store clothing or jewelery store. Ever since then, I’ve found that libraries across Europe (and a few in the US) is a great free place to explore. Nick and I agreed that it was well worth going to in Amsterdam, and I know Dan has a love of libraries that far exceeds mine, so I’m not alone. I always somehow have more respect or love for a city if they have a particularly beautiful and unique library. You should give it a shot - it might surprise you.

Copenhagen is so great that I found 2 libraries I liked! The first I knew right away was going to be cool. I had already read about the Copenhagen Royal Museum in my travel guides, and knew that the extension, known as the Black Diamond, was one of the top architectural sites to see. Below are some pictures of it that I took from the inside and the outside.

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It had great facilities, gorgeous reading rooms, a Michelin rated restaurant on the first floor, and some amazing architecture:

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I love this picture from the top floor looking down.

The other library I enjoyed was in Helsingor, outside of Elsinore Castle (setting of Shakespeare's Hamlet. This is why the castle is known but besides that there's nothing special about it. More on this later in the summary). The outside architecture was quite eye catching.

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Besides the structure itself, there wasn't much to distinguish this library from other nice ones, EXCEPT that they had these amazing chairs in one area. Colleen and I had seen one just like this in NYC’s MoMA the day before I left for Stockholm, and it was probably the thing we liked most, though we weren’t able to actually sit in it or play around with it. We just talked about how cool a chair like that would be. And it is - I sat and spun in the chair for probably 15 minutes. Naturally, given the opportunity I had to take advantage. I'm totally buying one of these for my place - Do you think it would fit in my pack?

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The Valparaiso

and life with Captain Ulysses

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[Post is pictureless for now. Will post photos of the Valparaiso in a future post]

I’m still in the middle of a couple entries that I haven’t yet finished, but I wanted to give people an idea about where I am, because it is very unique. I just got in to Amsterdam and immediately headed out to meet up with my CS host. As clearly stated in his profile, I knew that this one would be a little different from typical CSing.

The host goes by “Captain Just” or simply “Captain”, and he hosts people on his houseboat. I’m not sure exactly what defines a house boat - I’m fairly certain now that I’m here that this was just your standard boat, but if you put a bed, a toilet, and some shelves and cooking surface - voila! - it is a houseboat! In exchange for staying on the boat, he asks for 5 euros to throw into the communal food bank, and for you to put in a few hours work on the boat most days. He’s been restoring this boat for the better part of a year and it’s a lot of work. It sounded like a win-win: he provides travelers an almost free place to stay, he gets free labor, and everyone gets to join in on the good times! He also highly recommends that you bring with you “rum rum rum rum!”

I knew all this going in, but still it was a little bit of a shock initially getting here. We walked out to where it was docked and because he was doing work on the small rowboat, that was blocking the main entrance point, but without hesitation, he leads me down a narrow piece of wood where you then step onto a narrowing edge of the boat. You’ve got to grip the siding of the boat as you shimmy over to the door. Keep in mind, I’m doing this with a 40 lbs pack on my back. True to form, I just shrugged my shoulders, took a breath, and followed after him. After a few days on the boat, I know longer even think about this when bounding on and off the ship

He said that he regularly hosts 5-6 surfers or up to 12 when it’s nice enough to sleep out on the outer deck, and I can only imagine what that would be like. When he says that there are 7 bed spots (himself included) that means his spot, 2 spots on the twin bed, 1 legit spot on a couch/bench at the nose of the ship, and I guess the other 3 spots are on the floor where there is enough room to fit a body. While this might be a turnoff to some people, I’m excited to see how this’ll all work out!

He’s currently got 1 CSer who’s been on board for a month or 2 - Colin - and apparently I am the start of a new wave of crew. We should have more crew joining us within the next couple days. Time for some true bohemian living, out on a boat.

Without reliable internet, I’m having trouble uploading my photos, but I’ll put them into a future article about life on the Valparaiso. This is the first chapter in the 3-part Valparaiso series. More to come soon

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Christiania

The Social Experiment

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I’m currently sitting in an open plaza or square in the middle of Christiania, a unique community in the northeastern part of Copenhagen. I’m surrounded by people sitting on picnic benches playing backgammon (all the cafes seem to have sets to borrow and play with) and having beers, or spliffs, or just laughs with friends. I wanted to jot down my thoughts while they were fresh and ongoing.

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I’m not sure what it’s technical, official status of Christiania is, but essentially this is a small independent community that is owned, run by, policed by, and inhabited by its residents. This place is incredibly unique and interesting, unlike anything that I’ve seen or heard of anywhere else. The residents see this as a separate state, as evidenced by the backside of the arch (You are now entering the EU):

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While known for “Pusher Street” and the place to buy weed almost legally in Copenhagen, the community is much more than that. I’ll get back to that part, but I think the spirit of it is best described in its original mission statement (grabbed off Wikipedia):

The objective of Christiania is to create a self-governing society whereby each and every individual holds themselves responsible over the wellbeing of the entire community. Our society is to be economically self-sustaining and, as such, our aspiration is to be steadfast in our conviction that psychological and physical destitution can be averted.

Visiting Christiania and walking around, it seems to be an incredibly peaceful, friendly, and more than a little “out there” place. Once an old Danish naval facility of barracks and manufacturing buildings, it has been transformed into a self-governed community that exists outside the laws and conventions of normal society. I’m not sure if they have elected officials or official positions, but the monthly “Christiania meetings” are the highest authority.

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Going back to Pusher Street, it definitely is a key feature of Christiania. The dealers (only hash and grass) setup under tents with little cammo-like sheets in front of the entrance. You go in and the goods are right out there, usually on a stand that can close up if any cops decide to roll thru. They have a few rules in that part of Christiania. I found the 2nd one funny.

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Visually, it is quite interesting and different, though not to an extreme degree. I’ve passed houses with floors or outcroppings added on over time (reminiscent of the Weasley house in HP). I’ve gone thru small skate parks both inside and outside of buildings, playgrounds with mostly hand-built equipment, and restaurants setup in temporary-seeming tents.

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There are cafes and restaurants that have home-cooked dishes out on the counter for sale and display. There are lots of dogs and most roam without leashes. Tons of fantastic graffiti/art (see below) While most people here (outside of the tourists) would fit your stereotypical impression of grungy drifters or hippie granola-heads, that by no means makes up everyone. I’ve also seen very well-to-do Danes in trendy clothes wandering the streets and enjoying the atmosphere. Since it is such a small community, most people seem to know each other, and greet each other as friends and family. I keep saying community - I can’t help it because it is a word that seems to describe this area very well.

I found it interesting enough that I read up a bit on it, and visited its official website. The role that the official Copenhagen and Danish government has played has varied over time, but for the most part, since 1971 it has been independently governed by the residents. Many people might think that this means NO RULES, but that would be very wrong. They certainly seem to have less rules and restrictions, but the residents do establish rules or customs to ensure a continued peaceful atmosphere. The rules forbid stealing, violence, guns, knives, bulletproof vests, hard drugs, biker colors, and other things that may affect the living conditions of those around you, and they do require a tax be paid to sustain some of the community functions. If a person or group is breaking these rules, or causing problems, most of the time the residents decide on how to deal with it internally and enforce that decision.

My favorite story that I read about this was the ‘Junk Blockade’ in 1979. Because of the status of the community, ”hard drugs” were permissible in the 70s. However, after 10 overdose-related deaths in 1978-1979, the residents decided that they had to be banned. Initially, they tried to work with Copenhagen police to clear out the dealers, but the police betrayed them by focusing mostly on the hash network, and giving the names of “cooperating Christianites” to the hard drug dealers. Many of them had to leave Christiania for fear of reprisals. After that betrayal, the citizens decided to cease working with the authorities and began what came to be known as the ‘Junk Blockade’. For 40 days and 40 nights, Christianites (men, women, and children) patrolled the area. Any junkie or drug dealer that was encountered was given an ultimatum - quit all hard drug activities or leave Christiania. Eventually the dealers were forced to leave and 60 drug users entered rehab.

Reading reviews on TripAdvisors about it, Christiania seems to be a divisive place, at least to outsiders. A third of the reviews were terrible and described it as dirty, unsafe, or godless. As far as dirty goes - what were you expecting? I can see how people commented that, but I didn’t see it as dirty. It seemed disorganized, with piles of clutter around to be sure, but the conditions inside cafes and thru the general streets were fine. I can’t speak to the safety of it at night, but during the day I don’t know how you could have felt unsafe. As far as “godless”, you are free to disagree with some or all of their rules, but they decide it themselves and seem to do it with the community’s health and sanity in mind, not just their pocketbooks.

My advice - Check it out, see for yourself and decide what you think. The Danish government officially called Christiania “The Social Experiment”. They are going on 40+ years by now and the experiment continues :)

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Copenhagen - First Look

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So I arrived in Copenhagen just a few hours ago, and they say that first impressions are good to go by. So far, it seems like a very open, friendly city (although Swedes say that the Danish are mostly assholes). There are many beautiful, historic buildings that stick out amongst the other, more modern buildings, maybe about 30 / 70. As soon as I got off the train, I was presented with some great examples. I think that it is unfair to compare it to Stockholm, as that is a very high precedent that will disappoint me in many cities, but it has a large amount of beauty in its own right. Unlike Stockholm, the older buildings aren’t clustered in one place, but are instead spread out around the city. And the girls in Copenhagen are the true beauty, haha! So many in black tights, as Tony on my tour commented :)

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They seem to do a great job with tourism, as I’ve already stumbled my way onto some great resources that have added places to my list, and I’m currently sipping a beer, marking down the location of these places on my map to plan out my next few days. I think they will be filled. Another nice thing for tourists - PRO TIP! - there are a number of attractions that have free admission only on certain days of the week or for certain hours. I’m going to be heading soon to the Danish Architecture Center that is free on Wednesdays from 5-9 pm. It's all part of a program - COPENhagen - designed to allow you to "See More. Pay Less",

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The architecture museum was kinda lame - glad I didn’t pay for it. After that I headed to my host’s house! This time I wasn’t doing CouchSurfing but was instead using the “friend of a friend” system. Ruby in Madison was good friends with Anne in Copenhagen from when Anne studied a semester at UW! She made me feel right at home and even had dinner ready when I made it to her place - what a host! We had a nice dinner, chatted a bit, and watched some Mad Men. Then it was time for bed.

Thursday began with another FREE walking tour of the city. Same principle - they live off the tips at the end. Another good tour and I met a couple cool travelers. Tony, from Minnesota, works as an Alaskan fishing boat captain for 4 months out of the year, and that allows him to do whatever he wants the other 8! Main takeaways from the tour:

- The Danish royal family is COOL! Apparently they are extremely down to earth people who regularly mingle with us “commoners”. The queen is regularly seen by the tours either coming or going on her bike, with just 1 bodyguard in tow. When her daughter went to school, she lived in the dorms just like everyone else. The crown prince married an Aussie, dated her for 3 months before telling her that he was the crown prince, and also has done an Ironman and was in the Danish equivalent of the Navy SEALS.
- While Denmark was neutral during WWII, they were occupied by the Nazis and have some interesting stories from that period. The got 90% of the Jews out of Denmark when Hitler was trying to round them up by ferrying them over to Sweden. The crown prince himself went and got all the rest out of the camp after they were taken (apparently Hitler liked him).
- They also had a really cool spy during WWII named Thomas Sneum who, among other things, flew to Britain in a crop-dusting plane, which he to refuel in the air by climbing out onto the wings, to deliver valuable intel. Later he escaped Copenhagen by walking across the frozen water to Sweden. I’ve added The Hornet Sting to my Amazon wish list.
- They had a pub crawl that night! (more on this later)
- More interesting facts about Copenhagen and Denmark

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Using the great bus system, I then headed over to check out the old Carlsberg Brewery. They’ve moved production elsewhere, but the original brewery has been turned into a museum. They’ve got the biggest collection of full beer bottles in the world (over 20,000!).

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Self guided tour, then a couple of beers. There was a delicious dark lager that is apparently only available in and around Copenhagen, so I bought a few of those to enjoy throughout the week.

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On my way out, I stumbled onto something amazing - a small ropes course!

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The sign said that it was closed and opened up again in April, but to a determined (and slightly foolish) person, it was opened year round.

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Boarded up ladders... not a problem

You could just climb up the back of the boarded up ladders and their you were! The only thing I was missing was the safety cable…

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Don’t worry Mom - I didn’t do the upper level so I was never more than maybe 15 feet off the ground, but my heart was still thumping crossing some of those obstacles untethered. Maybe not the smartest thing I’d ever done, but I loved it! A half hour of that and it was dinner and then the pub crawl.

On the walking tour, we were warned that “on time” for the Danish means 10 minutes early. I obviously didn’t get the memo because I got to the meeting spot for the pub crawl 3 minutes late and they had already left! I was dismayed, especially since I had already paid the 100 kr for the wristband! I quickly spoke to a hot dog vendor who at least pointed me in the direction they went, but he said that they had left 5 minutes ago, and he didn’t know where they were going. I took off, but ran a few minutes down the main street and didn’t see any large groups. I made a couple random turns as I tried to figure out what to do next. I knew there was a hostel around and thought maybe someone there had been on the pub crawl and would know how to meet up with it, and as I was walking there, I glanced into the pubs along the way. As things seem to work out this way for me, as I’m walking by, I spot George, an Aussie from my tour group, in a window. I knew he was doing the pub crawl, so just like that, I bounded inside to a big hug from George (that kind of guy) and got some drinks.

This pub crawl was definitely work the money. In each of the 4 bars we went into, you got a free shot, in 2 of them we got a free beer, and in each they had special discounted prices for the pub crawl, plus 2 free drinks at the club we ended at. Beer espcially is super expensive all over Copenhagen, so knowing I was seeing the cheapest prices I would see while here, I got down to business. George, being Australian, was more than willing to egg me on. After a couple shots and beers at the first pub, we took advantage of a special deal and got 10 shots for 80 kr at the 2nd. We found a few girls to take some shots with us, but even so George and I each had 3 from the 2nd bar. We learned a few Danish drinking games, did some dancing, laughing when I heard a few Danes saying that they thought Americans couldn’t and wouldn’t dance. I was defintely feeling a little sloshed even before using my free drink tickets at the club, so I pocketed those. I wasn’t overly confident in my knowledge of the city or how to find my way back to where I was staying, so I made sure to draw myself a line in the sand.

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It was obviously a good decision because despite me cutting myself off, on the way home I dropped my phone and cracked the shit out of it :( Still works and everything and I figure its about time. I’ve dropped it plenty of times with hardly a scratch before that. Oh well - no sense crying over spilled milk. Time for sleep and then more adventures!

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