I am a travel enthusiast I love to visit different places of the world whenever I get a chance. My Name is Marro Jaaskelainen in I am originally from a small town called Espoo, which is near the capital of my country Helsinki in Finland. But lately I like to think of myself as a citizen of the world as experiencing new things and relieving new adventures is what life is all about. I have visited many interesting countries of Europe and even been to Malaysia once, but never had I been to Denmark so for my last trip I arranged for me to visit Copenhagen.
I usually do not practice staying in hotel rooms or using expensive accommodations. The thing I found was best for me and my budget is to use private accommodations. I always stay like this in foreign countries, it is cheaper and very amusing for me. I usually rent a private room from a local family or a local host. It is great me to get to know some of the locals firsthand as they can direct me to all the cool places of the city that I am in. Boy did I had luck this time, i found a rental on this accommodation site and stayed in the area of Copenhagen called Christianshavn. I immediately got on well with my host and she helped me to settle and told me all about the area.
Copenhagen is a cool city, very clean and modern. Certainly one of the better places I’ have been in. Though not all of the people are relaxed here as I hoped it would be, many of them are in a hurry or busy, but the great thing is that they all travel on bikes. Although there are a lot of vehicles in the city many people get around by biking their way across the city. This gave me a great idea so I found a bike renting shop and found one that I used during my trip. I spent my days roaming through the city on my bike and I spent my night looking for great places to have fun. My landlord helped me with the choice of the clubs and places that I should visit and she was spot on every time. And I also have to say, Danish pastries, they truly are the best and it is amazing that the private bakeries have the best recipes on how to make them as they used a more traditional method.
But the best was yet to come. I found about a district near the place where I was situated called Christiania. As I found out it is an autonomous commune established in 1989 and is actually called free town. It has a unique status and is regulated by Danish law and actually functions as its own country. There was actually a lot of turmoil with the creation of the country, so to call it, and a lot of controversy due to speculations of drug involvement, but all of that is cleared now and Christiania functions as a great tourist site and a unique landmark which is only found in Copenhagen. The great thing about Christiania is that there is a ban on vehicle use and they are not allowed within the limits of the district. I immediately noticed as the there was no noise and it makes a mellow atmosphere noise free allowing you to relax. But the bike use is more than welcomed here so I grabbed my bike and immediately went there to inspect the scene.
At first Christiania seems as any other districts in Copenhagen. It was actually made out of old army barracks and was turned into a residential area. But there are a lot of weird and interesting people here. I reckon not many people can get used to this area and that it is not for everyone, but I certainly enjoyed it and cherished every second of it. People here are free and without any troubles going through their minds. I liked this notion very much and being a laid back person myself a jumped at the opportunity to enjoy it. I enjoyed a night of some jazz music in the Christiania Jazz Club where I managed to catch a gig and also had loads of fun in the Den Grå Hal which is an enormous music venue area where there was a show of some local music bands. The Loppen was also great and I enjoy a few round of their local beer here. It is actually a rock club but sadly there were no shows during the time I was there so a plain night out in the town got to do it.
All in all, I managed to spend the better part of my vacation to Copenhagen in Christiania. Although I saw other parts of the city I spent the most time here. Firstly, it was near my apartment so I got to go whenever I want, and secondly I took a liking to the atmosphere and their way of thinking. I shall certainly tell the story of Christiania on my further travels and also look to come back at a certain period.