I always get nervous and confused when booking flights to Europe because even though everything tells you it takes just over 8 hours to fly there, you leave on a particular day, have a layover, and arrive the next. For this trip, I left my house near Chicago on Thursday at 2pm and arrived Friday at 8:30am which in adjusted Copenhagen time was 3:30pm. That’s a long time to be without a shower, but direct flights can be over $400 more in price. Coming back, you leave and arrive on the same day, so even though the travel hours are about the same, you don’t lose a calendar day.
I refuse to take sleeping aids or any pills so I follow a strict routine when I travel. The night before I leave, I adjust my timing to match wherever I am going to be. I make sure I arrive in the day and stay awake which means I force myself to sleep the entire time on the plane. I can sleep standing up on a bus if I have to, can get by on very little sleep, or wake up at any time so I’ve never had a real tough time adjusting or get tired when I travel. If I need a nap, I never let myself sleep more than 20 minutes, no matter what.
For years, I’ve seen friends create google maps but could never figure out how to make it work on my phone. I finally figured it out. In the past I used Yelp, simply to bookmark my hotel, restaurants, groceries, markets, historic landmarks, museums, so wherever I am, I can always see what is close to me without having to look up addresses which burns my data. The google map is nice because you can share it and others can add or change things but the yelp bookmarks map is easier to build and use.
Wake Up Copenhagen Borgerade
I love luxury and boutique hotels but one thing I recently learned, is I am never in my room. My friend told me about this simple, modern hotel and I loved it! It was in an excellent location and the rooms were very clean, quiet and sound. I paid half of what some of my friends paid except my A/C worked!
I had a few hours before my dinner so I headed over to Altelier September for a snack. This post shows a few visits combined into one post, so I did not eat everything pictured right before dinner. Click on the blue headline above to see the most photogenic cafe in the world.
Things I Saw Along the Way
Various sights and random photos on Day 1.
I read that the restaurant Noma would be closing this year then relocating so I chalked it up as never being able to go to the original location. This trip was so special to me because that meant I was going to go before they moved! I was so excited and I just knew the food was going to be so much better than what I had earlier on the plane. Click on the headline to see what I ate.