July 15th

Noordwijk, The Netherlands

Today is a particularly rough day. I switched hostels to one down in Noordwijk yesterday. It’s a small beach town between Amsterdam and Rotterdam. Apparently it’s one of the best beaches in the Netherlands.

I’m having a rough time because I barely was able to sleep last night, which makes me moody. The guy below me was coughing up a lung and would not shut up. I played music pretty loudly in my ears to drain out the noise, because even earplugs did not help. Plus the beds are not very sturdy and they shake a lot. I’m in the top bunk and there’s not guard rail, a little bit scary as I’m cuddling the wall.

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FlixBus Review

flixbusI took the FlixBus from Copenhagen to Hamburg, and again from Hamburg to Berlin. The first bus was a regular coach bus, while the second one was a double decker.

I’ve only ever taken the Megabus in the United States. Compared to those buses, I thought the FlixBus was actually a bit nicer. They had curtains on the windows to block out the sun if necessary. The seats looked a little newer, although the tray tables were very small and not quite as sturdy. The seats were also comfortable and you can lean back in them.

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July 6th – Hamburg, Germany

It is past 5 and I have only eaten breakfast today. I’m at a restaurant on Schutterbahn street and ordered a spaghetti carbonara. It feels like an Italian restaurant, but there are German flags everywhere. I walked down this street a while before I settled on something that looked good. English is not as prominent here as the menus were all in German, but the staff still speak English.

My food just arrived. It only took about 5 minutes. Let’s see how good it is. It’s so hot I can’t even put the spaghetti in my mouth.


I finally figured out the name of this place “Il Camino.” It’s Italian judging from the use of “il.”

The more I eat this, the worse it starts to taste. I’m in desperate need of some ice cream.

I’m beginning to get bored of being alone. It’s not my style. I like to surround myself with people and talk and laugh and smile and enjoy my time. I find that things aren’t as fun when you don’t have someone to share them with. I also find myself reflecting on people and friendships a lot more. I’m upset with having a hard time talking to people here! It is so hard to communicate with this huge barrier. I’m upset that so many people who I thought were my friends, could so easily forget me, or fail to support me in even the tiny ways. I’m upset that my favorite people are all so far away. I munch my food alone, in silence, and in slight agony (it’s not getting any tastier but I’m so hungry).


I got ice cream later, definitely made me feel better. Plus it only cost me 1,20 Euros.

Kirken Korshær Genbrug

Kirken Korshær Genbrug; Translation: Church Army Recycling 

European Thrift Shop with good prices. I wanted to mention this store specifically for anyone who is looking for cheap clothes in Copenhagen. I needed a jacket, but I didn’t want a nice jacket. I needed something cheap that wouldn’t hurt if it was lost or damaged.

I originally went to the Rødes Kors – Munufea, which is a thrift store owned by the “Red Cross.” They have several locations, but this one is somewhat bigger. There is a Rødes Kors a block or two away with only clothing, clothing which is nicer and higher priced. I found a few items at this Red Cross and bought them, but I thought I would give the Kirken a try.

I immediately noticed that the Kirken Korshær Genbrug had lower prices than the Rødes Kor. Most of the stuff was comparable quality or better. I found pants at the Rødes for minimum 50 kr, while I found pants at the Kirken for as low as 35 kr PLUS 50% off.

Address: Falkoner Alle 32, 2000 Frederiksberg, Denmark

What to do when you’re in Copenhagen

What do I recommend you do while you’re in Copenhagen?

#1 thing: Bike the City
This gives you a unique perspective of the city, all while exercising and feeling great (yay endorphins!). There are a lot of bikers here so remember a couple of rules: Use your hand signals to signal going right, left, or stopping.
Stay as far right in the bike lane as possible and only get on the left side to turn or pass someone.
Don’t turn right on red.
Don’t get into the street to make a left. Instead, cross the street and wait for the light to change to green going the cross direction.

I used the Bycyklen to bike around the city, it is a bike sharing system. I would suggest buying a monthly subscription only for 70 kr (~$10.75) and that gets you unlimited 30-minute bike rides. If you go over the 30 minute limit it charges you 6 k (~$1) per hour. If my ride was going to be over 30 minutes, I would just check my bike into a station to get the timer to reset and then take it out again and go alone. I like these bikes because they have an electric motor which help you bike, as the bike is quite clunky and heavy, and also because they have a screen that gives you information. It is connected to wifi and a service network and tells you where the nearest return stations are, how to navigate places, how long your trip has been. Don’t forget to cancel the monthly subscription after you leave Copenhagen.


Den blå planet – If you like looking at fish, this place is for you. This is the national Denmark Aquarium. The map makes it look rather large, but it’s a bit smaller than it looks. There were several presentations I attended throughout the day like a squid direction, and sea otter feeding. The only issue was the shows were conducted in Danish, so I asked a couple of questions in English afterwards. They had some Dory-fish and some nemo-fish , sharks and sea otters. I love aquariums so I still had fun, but there is only so much fun to be done when looking at fish alone. I would recommend going with your favorite fish buddy. Check out Den Blå Planet here.
Carlsberg -“Probably the best beer in the world.”  This brewing company has been around since 1847 and is sold all over the world. Visit Carlsberg is a tourist spot featuring the original brewhouse. It talks about the history of Carlsberg beer and how beer is made. They have carriage rides and you get 2 free drinks with purchase. I paid 70 kr (~$10) as a student, but adult tickets are 85kr (~$12.75). Check it out here.
Tivoli Gardens – This is a beautiful amusement park. The rides are fun, but the atmosphere is what is so great about the park. They have several fountains, a duck pond, birds roaming around, a cute lawnmower roomba (dressed like a rabbit), and a bunch of restaurants for you to choose from. They have several free shows throughout the day, as well as having several paid concerts/events throughout the year (tiesto for instance played in march). For more on Tivoli check out my blog post and the official tivoli website. Entrance 80 kr (~$12). Unlimited rides pass 220 kr (~$33).
Copenhagen beach – If you’re lucky and you get a sunny day, check out Amager beach. It’s not the nicest beach, there’s some kelp, and the sand is on the darker side of yellow-beige, but if you like the beach it should make for a relaxing day. If it’s not nice out, don’t go. The atmosphere will be a little on the gloomy side. Don’t forget sunscreen!!
Eat a hot dog – Just do it. They are so good. Cost around 25 kr (~$3.80).
Canal tour –  I didn’t learn that much on the ride, but it was a nice relaxing boat ride around the canal. Cost between 40 and 60 kr depending on the company you go with (~$6-9). Check out here.
On a Canal Tour
On a Canal Tour
Copenhagen Zoo – I hear there is a zoo. I didn’t go, but I’m sure it’s fun. They have over 3,000 animals, so a lot for you to look at. Check it out here.
How much does Copenhagen transit cost?
Copenhagen is rather expensive as a tourist. If you’re a local, you get perks and deals that make transit cheap for you. As a tourist though, transportation can be confusing and expensive. The city is divided up into zones and the price of your ticket depends on how many zones you are traveling through. I believe each zone is 12 kr (~$2) and the minimum is 2 zones. This cost adds up!! Which is why I recommend renting the bike and biking through the city.
How much does Copenhagen cost in other ways?
I stayed with a friend, so I saved on housing. Hostels cost around the average of $20-40 a night and a hotel may cost anywhere as low as $100 a night to an average of $250 per night.
We also bought a bunch of grocery and saved money on food. You’ll pay on average around 30-50 kr (~$5-8) on a lunch and at least 70 kr (~$10-11) for a decent dinner meal. We ordered domino’s delivery one night and payed almost 300 kr (we payed around $40) for 3 medium pizzas, 2 lava cakes, and delivery. This lasted me for 3 meals and him for 2 so that was a good deal.
What is Copenhagen culture like?
To be blunt: Very white. I would say between 85-90% of people there are white, and that is shocking! As an American (in Texas), I’m used to some diversity.
 My grandma told me not to wear my short shorts in Europe, but I saw quite a few people dressed in some simple Jean shorts and a casual blouse of some sort. Athleisure-wear can be seen around Copenhagen, but a lot of people do bike in their business suits and work clothes. I would say they are more stylish and diverse in their fashion taste than Americans.
Hearing people speak Danish was a surprise to me. Of course I was expecting it, but I couldn’t imagine what it’s like to not understand everyone around me. Danish is a very harsh language with some very hard-to-pronounce words. I couldn’t even say the street names, so I ended up just making up an English equivalent to it. For example, the street Godthåbsvej, I called it “Gods thibby say.” Not correct at all, but it gave the street some meaning to me.
Danish food is quite bland. Coming from Texas where all we eat is tacos with salsa, the food wasn’t all too exciting. Danish pastries are delicious, although most sugary foods taste great to me. My favorite food in Denmark was definitely the hot dogs. I’ve mentioned them above, again I highly recommend eating hot dogs. If you’re vegan, find a vegan hot dog stand with a tofu dog. They exist I promise. We went to a Mexican restaurant one night and while the salsa had some kick to it, the food was still a little bit bland. Needed more peppers.
Danish alcohol, primarily Carlsberg and Tuboug (also owned by Carlsberg) are the popular “commercial” beers of the country. Unlike American “commercial” beers, these beers don’t suck, and actually taste rather nice.The drinking age is 16, but most places won’t serve alcohol to those under 18.

July 2nd – Roskilde Festival

Things have gotten better. I saw Macklemore a couple nights ago and it was a great party. Last night I was blown away by DJ PayPal, playing bass music mixed with hard techno. It was fast, loud, but had a good mix of bass and treble counterparts.

It’s still hard with the language barrier, and being all mostly alone here, but I’ve gotten better at coping. I showered again today and it was great. I think it’s getting colder. When I went to Copenhagen for the day I picked up some more clothes at the thrift shop, including a windbreaker. That’s the Best Buy I’ve ever made.

I am very happy today is the last day and tomorrow morning this doesn’t exist anymore. It’s been a very challenging week, but I’m almost done and I survived!!! I’m ready to leave Denmark on Monday and head to Germany. The weather in Denmark is awful, I’m so sick of this rain.

June 29th – Roskilde Festival

I had a good day yesterday. Visiting the multiple campsites and dancing to music. I’m still struggling with that lost feeling, and it’s not getting any better.

I used to go to festivals for the music, because I wanted to see this artist, that artist. I’m at this point where I’ve seen pretty much every artist I’ve ever wanted to see and everything is just a repeat or something I’m not really into. I go to festivals to just enjoy the atmosphere and experience something.  I’m also at this point where I don’t like going to events by myself. I hate that feeling of being lonely and I’m so tired of it, and that is how I feel now. I think I may go back into Copenhagen either tonight or tomorrow.

As I was writing this, an Australian guy came and sat next to me. He heard my accent and knew I was from the US. It felt good to talk to someone who only spoke English as well.