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Photos: Copenhagen, Denmark by Jessica Lee


I landed in Copenhagen, Denmark, as dinner time was just beginning.

I had just come from Reykjavik, Iceland, where the community was small and there wasn't much to explore.

Copenhagen was perfect in that there was lots going on, lights everywhere and people travelling about.



A rush of cyclists sped past me towards the lit-up city and I followed them in that direction, excited by a new city to explore.


The thing I loved most about Copenhagen was its gorgeous aesthetics. There were cafes on every corner and all the buildings were meticulously kept.


I didn't see trash on any of the streets. There were only friends meeting with each other and happy couples. I definitely fell in love with this city at first sight. I wanted to move here for maybe a year or so. Waking up each day to beautiful streets and charming cafes would be wonderful.


Copenhagen was still early in my backpacking trip and I had spent the past year weening myself off of shopping and needless money spending to save up for this trip, so I quickly grew tired of walking through the commercial centre, despite all the cool boutiques. I settled down in a cafe and just people watched.


Danish people are quite fashionable.

I wandered towards the main square and stumbled upon the Christmas Market.


There's a Christmas Market in Toronto (third last photo) which started a couple of years ago, and is based on these European Christmas Markets. I had gone, and loved it. But being in a European one definitely beat out the Toronto one. I think it has something to do with the old buildings and cobblestone floors around you.


It feels more authentic with European cuisines, rather than poutine. But if you're in Toronto during Christmas season, you might as well check it out because it's beautiful with all the lights.


Another thing I loved about Copenhagen was its walkability. I never took the public transportation because everything I wanted to go to was easily accessible.


The only downside about Copenhagen are its expensive prices. As the third richest city in the world, it can be difficult to afford to live there. I spent $8 on a hot chocolate, and it was normal pricing. A bar meal was $20 for bangers and mash. It was delicious, but you can definitely get better value in less expensive cities.

Will I try to move to Copenhagen in the future? Perhaps. Currently Sydney, Melbourne, Amsterdam, Barcelona and Rome are on my list for top places to try to live in (for reasons I will later explain), but Copenhagen ranks pretty high up there too.

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