Last weekend marked my first solo expedition! I started to become a little anxious for my travels when I hit a couple road bumps early in my travel plans. To begin, less than 24 hours before my flight I received a text from Swiss Airlines saying my flight was cancelled. Then, I got a follow up text saying I was re-booked for 24 hours AFTER I was originally supposed to leave for Copenhagen. Surprisingly, I didn't freak out but instead got on the phone and called customer service where I successfully re-re-booked a flight for a couple hours earlier than my original flight. The next mishap happened when I didn't have a place secured to stay in for the upcoming weekend less than twelves hours before departing. Thankfully, my friend Christa and I dug around on the internet and ended up finding a place to stay. Turns out, the location of our airbnb was absolutely perfect- only one block down from Allies dorm! In hindsight, I was happy to get those rough patches over with before I actually left for the weekend. As it turns out, the rest of my travel went absolutely perfectly! All of my flights were on time with terrific flying conditions. I even had a whole row to myself on the plane during a couple legs of my journey. My first experience traveling 100% on my own went even better than expected!
The rest of the weekend was filled with touring Copenhagen thanks to my trusty tour guide Allie Reinke. It was so good to see a close friend from Madison especially because I had been feeling a little homesick the week before. Overall, Copenhagen was a really neat city although much different from Florence. The city itself was HUGE. You basically had to use the metro every time you wanted to go somewhere. We hit up the classic tourist attractions including taking a stroll through Nyhaven, jumping on the trampolines built into the sidewalks, hanging our wish on the trees on Paper Island, and climbing to the top of a tower to see a panoramic view of Cope. Along with being absolutely freezing, Copenhagen is also an EXPENSIVE city. In order to get the biggest bang for our buck, we ate at Paper Island one night for dinner. The industrial walls of Paper Island was once home to paper storage facility for the Procurement Association of the Danish Press for many decades but is now used as an indoor area for dozens of food carts. Every stand looked better than the last but we finally decided on a Mexican joint for some tasty burritos. Definitely didn't disappoint.