Tivoli Gardens, Check). Maybe ours are more often eat singed lamb head, try to fit in with the cool kids in such and such neighborhood, spelunk, but we have that list we try to check off nonetheless. Visiting a foreign country can be a brief stint at trying another life on for size. So, these Top Tens or To Dos are really just the bucket lists for those lives. Who knows if you'll ever find yourself back in Copenhagen?
Carlsberg brews and smørbrød (Check and Check), there were many coffees at many cafes. This one, Bang & Jensen, was our go to spot in Vesterbro, where our rental apartment was located. We were excited to bring our guests, to show them this cool place we'd discovered. As it turns out, the cafe was one of the first to move into the neighborhood, at the helm of its transformation/gentrification from red-light to hip neighborhood. "It's on the list!" we were informed to mixed emotions. A small part of us felt like we'd fallen into some sort of trap, the pride in our 'find' stripped from us. But, then there was a new feeling of pride in our instincts and that we'd led our little team to another victory (Bang & Jensen, Check!). After 47 countries and 38 capital cities, maybe we've just gotten good at this.
Next up, Freetown Christiania, the 40 year old self-governing section of Copenhagen, which is part squat, part utopia. They have their own health care, currency, school system, post office, constitution. It is a hippie commune, a haven for the homeless and a 'safe place' for addicts who can no longer function in society. It is also a community of 850 that rejects capitalism and governs their property ownership and local business in ways that benefit everyone. We saw only a sliver of the neighborhood, entering through the main gate and immediately being approached by an old man.
Carlsberg family in 1913 and is, of course, the creation of Hans Christian Anderson (arguably the country's most famous son). The original statue has never been on display, the sculptor's family keeps it somewhere secret and sells authorized copies from their website. Through her almost 200 year old life on the rock, the little mermaid has been decapitated, blown up, draped in a burqa, painted, sawed at, replaced in parts and altogether. But maybe it's better not to tell the tourists that. Then again, so long as its at the top of the lists, I doubt anyone will care.