Dodging Downpours in Copenhagen


Nyhavn HDR

If I had to give 2017 a theme it would have to be cheap flights.

This year, I’ve been bashing out round-trips at incredibly inexpensive prices this year.

My flight to the U.S. was no different.

I try to visit the States at least once a year, because I adore how beautiful, diverse, and delicious the country is. I always fall harder and harder for the US with each visit, and after having an amazing music-themed road trip in 2016, I knew I wanted to knock out something just as special this year.

A jaunt up my long-standing favourites along the west coast – Los Angeles, Seattle, and Portland – followed by my next big road trip: to see the fall foliage in New England. I’m going to be checking out Massachusetts, Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont, Connecticut, and Rhode Island on a mega road trip, and I couldn’t be more excited about it.

Especially as I managed to score a flight from Copenhagen to Los Angeles for a ridiculous $120.

I’m currently writing this post on that flight. Here’s a photo of my view over Iceland:

Iceland from above

What I loved second-most about this flight, however, was that it was leaving from Copenhagen, a city that had been top of my wish list for a long time. I’d never been to Denmark before, and Copenhagen sounded like one of the cities I’d fall deeply in love with.

I immediately began making plans.

Walks around Tivoli Gardens, lazy afternoons sipping drinks and sunbathing in beer gardens, exploring Christiania, snapping photos of beautiful Nyhavn, and cycling around a city that looks absolutely stunning.

Life jackets at Nyhavn

We touched down Copenhagen after a horrendously early flight and I blinked.

It looked awful.

After exiting Central Station, I stared glumly up at the grey skies as a large raindrop splashed across my forehead.

And then another.

And then another.

“How far is our apartment from here?” I asked Dave.

“Fifteen minutes.”

“Wanna grab an Uber?”

“Obvs.”

We sought shelter beneath a coffee shop awning for several minutes until we discovered Uber wasn’t available in Copenhagen.

I scoured the streets in search of a taxi, but there were none in sight. Shivering, I wrapped my arms around myself and marched on the spot to keep warm.

Now is the perfect time to tell you that I had not prepared for rain on this trip. In fact, I was ridiculously under-prepared. I wasn’t travelling with an umbrella or a rain jacket, and the only sweaters I had were flimsy and thin. After six years of travel with very little rain, I’d grown complacent and assumed the forecasted bad weather wouldn’t come to fruition.

Such a great traveller.

Vesterbro Copenhagen street art

With the deep grey clouds showing no sign of shifting, we decided to suck it up and walk to our Airbnb apartment.

I had a series of awful experiences with Airbnb last summer in Europe, and swore off it for good afterwards. It’s a decision that was validated when I travelled to Lisbon and immediately saw the negative impact it’s having on the city — these days, it’s a city full of tourists, a city where you hear little Portuguese, a city where few locals can afford to live in the centre, a city where locals are being kicked out of apartments at alarming rates so landlords can put them on Airbnb, a city where it’s damn near impossible to find a long-term apartment in the centre of town without paying UK-level prices. After experiencing the damage Airbnb causes, I don’t feel comfortable contributing to it.

That why when I do decide to opt to stay in an Airbnb apartment (usually when hotels are prohibitively expensive), I opt to stay in a private room rather than renting out the entire place. That way, I’m staying with a family who actually lives there and therefore not contributing to the slow removal of locals from their homes as people buy up more and more places solely to rent out on Airbnb.

Of course, that doesn’t negate many more of the annoying aspects of Airbnb, like co-ordinating our arrival. After 15 minutes of rushing through the rain, we arrived at the apartment and realised we had no idea which number apartment we were staying in in the block.

This is why I hate Airbnb,” I muttered, as we frantically tried to get in touch with the owners to find out which buzzer we should press.

Black bicycle in Copenhagen

I think it’s safe to say our trip to Copenhagen wasn’t going quite how I’d planned.

Still, I’m British, and I’ve spent most of my life grimacing through torrential downpours in inappropriate clothing, so after a quick shower to warm up, I pulled on four t-shirts, a sweater, and a cap, and trudged outside in search of the Copenhagen I just knew I was about to fall in love with.

“Where do you want to go?” asked Dave.

“Nyhavn,” I answered without a moment’s hesitation. I’d been craving photographing the colourful waterfront in Copenhagen from the moment we’d booked our flights.

“Well, it’s a 45 minute walk…” he said.

“Awesome,” I said with a grin. “It’s barely even raining anymore.”

And it was true.

Nyhavn HDR

By the time we reached the glorious waterfront, I could almost tell you I was warm.

That is, until it started raining again.

I wasn’t deterred, however, and began braving the water with my camera and gazing skywards in awe. Nyhavn was beautiful even with grey skies and while standing in soggy socks.

I made Dave walk up and down that street with me for half an hour as I grumbled about how grey skies made my photos ugly, and he consoled me by saying that at least they were better than the ones he was taking on his four-year-old phone.

Nyhavn Copenhagen in the rain

“Where next?” Dave asked me.

I didn’t even need to think about my answer.

“I want to be disappointed by the little mermaid!” I cried out.

I’ve read enough blog posts about Copenhagen by this point to know that every single person who makes the effort to see this teeny-tiny statue has ended up wondering what all the fuss is about.

I wanted to be disappointed, too.

Nyhavn in the rain

The Little Mermaid was a 20-minute trek from Nyhavn, and with the sky rapidly emptying itself on our faces, we ducked inside a nearby café to take shelter.

Once I’d shaken the rain from my hair, I squinted through waterlogged eyelashes at my warm surroundings and very nearly burst into happy tears.

This café? This café was so hygge.

And I don’t know about you, but I’m obsessed with all things hygge.

This Danish concept (pronounced hoo-guh) is essentially the concept of feeling cosy, and it’s usually associated with soft lighting, candles, cushions, intimate get-togethers with friends, board games, and blankets. It’s about enjoying the simple pleasures in life and being content with what you have.

This café was the cosiest café I’ve ever had the pleasure of randomly wandering into.

Cosy Copenhagen cafe

Coffee and cake in a Copenhagen cafe

In front of us, a middle-aged couple was sinking into a pile of cushions, on the verge of dozing off. To the right, a twenty-something girl was wrapped up in scarves while reading a book and sipping tea. There were candles and cushions and soft lighting and I immediately began cancelling my plans to see the Little Mermaid.

I paid the equivalent of $6 for a lemon and ginger tea that was literally a teabag in a cup of boiling water (yes, Copenhagen really is expensive as hell) and settled beside a candle to warm up. As I watched the rain pound the streets outside, I decided there was nowhere else I’d rather be.

But traveller’s guilt always finds a way of catching up to you. I had just 48 hours to see as much of the city as I could and I knew I didn’t want to spend it doing something I could easily do at home. After an hour of warming up, I dragged Dave back outside to check in with the Little Mermaid.

Little Mermaid statue in Copenhagen

It was, as expected, a disappointment.

It was also, as expected, a poor decision for us to go.

From the moment we left our cosy sanctuary behind, the rain picked up, lashing against our shivering bodies. Copenhagen provided little respite from the storm, so we trudged onwards through the cold and wet, hoping that it’d be worth it in the end.

We took stood beneath a bridge for twenty minutes in foolish anticipation of the rain blowing over, but even if it had, I would have still been well and truly drenched. It was 12 degrees Celsius (53F) in the city, I was soaked through to the bone, and I had yet to spot a store that sold umbrellas or coats.

Still, at least we had an underwhelming statue of a mermaid all to ourselves.

For the first time in many years, my teeth began to knock against each other.

With resigned sighs, Dave and I flagged our sightseeing tour of Copenhagen, turned around and began the hour-long slog back to the apartment. By this point, we were far too wet to flag down a taxi and a bus would take just as long to get us back.

We continued to walk.

Square in Copenhagen

We made it half an hour before we ducked into a tiny restaurant in a desperate attempt to dry off.

Our waitress greeted us with a gasp. “Coffee?” she asked. “I think you’re more in need of some warmer clothes.”

She was correct.

Outside, it continued to pour while inside, I continued to shiver. After singeing my arm hairs on a candle, I unsuccessfully attempted to use the hand dryer in the bathroom to dry my clothes.

For the next little while, Dave and I nursed our drinks in silence, too disheartened to make conversation and too cold to think. Our first day in Copenhagen had been a disaster, and the following day was set to be even wetter. I was in serious danger of falling in hate with the city I was so convinced I would love.

Rain in Copenhagen at night

Back outside again, Dave and I were closing in on our apartment, on a hot shower, on a cosy bed… when I had what might have been my best idea ever.

“Man, how good would a steaming hot bowl of pho be right now?” I hinted to Dave, hoping he would detect the neediness in my voice.

Within seconds, he had his phone out and was researching whether there were any Vietnamese restaurants in our neighbourhood. To our delight, there was one a 10-minute walk away and it had amazing reviews. We turned on our heels and hurried in its direction.

And when we got there? I daresay it was the best (and most expensive) pho of my entire life.

Bowl of pho in Copenhagen

What to Do When the Weather Threatens to Ruin Your Trip

You change your expectations.

Rather than moping around and complaining about how awful my trip to Copenhagen was, I woke up the following morning, erased my list of planned activities in the city, and decided to do something entirely different.

Obviously I went in search of hygge.

That day, I removed the internal pressure to check out the tourist activities I had left in Copenhagen, and instead decided to spend my day café-hopping around the hipster Vesterbro neighbourhood.

I took my Kindle with me, and spent the day sinking into cushions and reading while surrounded by flickering candles. By the time we were walking back to the train station — under brilliant blue skies, of course — I felt relaxed and rejuvenated, determined to return to Copenhagen at a sunnier time of year.

And sure, I didn’t have the trip I’d dreamed of, but I managed to make the absolute best of what the weather gods had chucked into my lap.

Tea and candles in Copenhagen

My Copenhagen Recommendations

We stayed in this Airbnb apartment in the super-cool Vesterbro neighbourhood. It wasn’t super well-located if you were keen to explore the tourist attractions in Copenhagen, but if you were there to café-hop, eat amazing food, and get your hipster on, it was perfect. The only downside was getting woken up at 7 a.m. by the owners getting their young children ready for school.

The cosy café near Nyhavn was Cafe Ermanno, and I highly recommend it if you’re keen for some cosiness in Copenhagen. It was expensive for what we had, but given its location, that wasn’t a huge surprise.

I had a delicious bowl of pho at Pho Hanoi. If you’re in Copenhagen and craving authentic Vietnamese, this is a great option. Expensive, of course (they charged $2.50 for tap water!) but delicious and comforting.

And, um, you should probably check the forecast before you arrive in Copenhagen. And if it says it’s going to rain, don’t shrug and assume it’ll probably clear up while you’re there.

 

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55 Comments

  1. Ashley
    September 19, 2017
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    After such a disheartening time, I’m glad you could see the beauty in everything that was still around you. It’s nice to know that when our travels throw crazy obstacles in our way that we, as humans, have the ability to adjust and enjoy what we are presented with. I can’t wait to make my own trip to Copenhagen and try out the cafe that you stopped in. Thank you for your post. I thoroughly enjoyed reading it!

  2. Jonny
    September 19, 2017
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    This is great advice. I was recently in Yangshuo, China – a place famous for huge limestone-karst hills that are just stunning. Unfortunately I had a couple of days with torrential rainfall and mist that totally obscured the views. I was initially annoyed because it meant my photos ended up sucking. But there was nothing that could be done. All you can do in that situation is enjoy the place for what it is at the time, warts and all – i joked that i was visiting the place when it was hungover and hadn’t had its morning coffee…

    • Lauren
      September 20, 2017
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      Oh man, that’s such a bummer! I’ve always dreamed of visiting Yangshuo, as it looks spectacular, so I can totally understand the disappointment. But it’s true — if you can’t change the situation you’re in, you just have to accept it and make the most of it.

  3. Danish Dude
    September 19, 2017
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    In my opinion, you visited Copenhagen very well. It’s not much of a tourist city so is better experienced in the way that you did – by slowing down and soaking up the atmosphere. Hopefully you will return and experience better weather.

    • Lauren
      September 20, 2017
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      Thanks so much, Danish Dude! :-) I’m hoping to base myself in Copenhagen for a month next year, as two days in the city was just enough to convince me that it would be a wonderful place to live for a little while. I can’t wait to return!

  4. Jillian Michelle
    September 19, 2017
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    I actually laughed at “I want to be disappointed by the Lil Mermaid!” because it mirrors my own sentiments hahaha! I still haven’t seen it yet, but I can’t wait to be underwhelmed! I think your photos of the colorful waterfront still turned out quite lovely, despite the rain. But you could probably plop a big turd into the photo and spread it across the buildings, and I’d still exclaim “Oh, how charmingly beautiful” because I’ve always wanted to visit Copenhagen, so I’m sure my longing and dreaming has distorted my views of reality. For me, the city still sits atop a pedestal of far-to-reach places to which I still haven’t been. Hahaha hopefully someday!! <3

  5. TIne
    September 19, 2017
    Reply

    I am so glad you still made the best of your visit even though it seemed like you hit Denmark during the wettest days of the year (so far). As I wrote on fb, next time come to Aarhus ;)

    By the way the correct use of the word hygge in this sentence “This café was so hygge” would be ” This café was so hyggelig”, because it is describing the cafe. Well in Danish anyway ;)

    • Lauren
      September 19, 2017
      Reply

      Ha! Thank you :-)

  6. Kate
    September 19, 2017
    Reply

    Sorry to hear your Copenhagen trip was ruined by rain, but it sounds like you made the best of the bad weather and really enjoyed the hygge.

    • Lauren
      September 20, 2017
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      Yep, sometimes you just have to put aside your plans and do something completely different in order to rescue a trip :-)

  7. Georgia
    September 19, 2017
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    My boyfriend is Danish, and grew up in Copenhagen, so I spend a fair amount of time in the city. I’ve yet to visit when it’s sunny! (Winter months are actually less rainy than summer, generally).

    Rule #1 – always take an umbrella – AND a light rain jacket. If you do get caught in the rain, H&M is your best bet (there’s one on Strøget (main shopping street) where the prices are reasonable for Denmark.

    Cheap food – kanelsnegle/other yummy Danish baked goods, and pølse stands are your best bet. Even Danes don’t eat out much thanks to the astronomical prices. There are also 7/11s everywhere if you’re in a pinch.

    In my opinion, the only way to do Copenhagen is at a leisurely pace. It’s not a city teeming with sites, so taking it easy, enjoying the cafe culture and strolling around with friends is the way to go. I don’t think you did Denmark wrong at all.

    Hopefully you’ll enjoy the city more next time you visit. If you do go again, let me know and I’d be very happy to give you some local tips :)

    G

  8. Natalie
    September 19, 2017
    Reply

    Thank you for your glowing words about the US. It is my home country and I think it’s been getting a really bad rap on the world stage (understandably), even so, I believe the people are overall good.

    Second, I love your pictures of Copenhagen. Even with the rain. It sounds like it was the right thing to do to eat warm food and be cozy. That’s what rain and cool weather make me want anyway – to curl up, eat soup, and read a good book.

    • Lauren
      September 20, 2017
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      Of course! There are many, many things I don’t like about the U.S., but there are just as many wonderful aspects to travelling there. Thank you for the compliment on my photos! :-) I ended up having such a lovely, cosy time in the city.

  9. Cecilie
    September 19, 2017
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    We’ve had horrible weather this summer! Last year at this time we had sunny weather and 20 degrees… you never really know about Denmark.

    I live in Copenhagen and if I am to give you some advice for your next visit then go to Kastellet for a nice walk instead of the Little Mermaid (its next to each other), if you are looking for cheap places to eat and drink head to Nørrebro – grab a durum and a cold beer from the kiosk (that is the true Copenhagen way). If you visit in the summer, please head to Bakken, which is an old amusement park in the woods of Dyrehaven, it is something really special and from there you can go for a stroll in the forrest along with cute Bambis.

    Good luck in the US! May you have some great weather!

    • Lauren
      September 19, 2017
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      Thank you so much for the recommendations, Cecilie! :-) Dave and I were discussing maybe living in Copenhagen for a month next year, as it felt like such a wonderful place to visit for people who work online. Will note down your suggestions for our return!

  10. John
    September 19, 2017
    Reply

    All of your travels sound miserable. Going in and out of places so fast is short changing yourself. You cannot possibly experience anything other than telling your readers that you were there and adding them to your list of countries visited. For example, I read your French Polynesia posts and there is no way possible to experience those islands in the tiny timeframe you travel in. I cannot believe you do not recognize this after so many years of travel under your belt. My advice to you is slow down and if they means visiting less places, then you and your readers will be better served.

    • Lauren
      September 19, 2017
      Reply

      Dude, this was a layover. I was taking advantage of a cheap flight. And for what it’s worth, I actually wrote a post about why I hate fast travel here: https://www.neverendingfootsteps.com/why-i-dont-want-to-visit-100-countries-before-im-30/ and how I’ve drastically slowed things down this year — it just so happened on this trip that I literally didn’t have more than two days to spare for my time in Copenhagen. I had to get there for my flight, but couldn’t leave Portugal (where, by the way, I’ve spent over five freaking months this year) before my boyfriend’s birthday.

      I run regular reader surveys on my site to check that my travels and writing are in line with what everyone wants, and have yet to have a single person complain about the pace of my travels. Well, apart from you :-) But either way, my travels are wonderful, fun, and fulfilling at the moment, and I couldn’t be happier with the way I live my life, so there’s no need to worry about me — I’m about as far away from miserable as you can get.

  11. Giorgina
    September 20, 2017
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    Hi Lauren, what a shame the weather spoiled your trip to Copenhagen! I had a similar experience 3 years ago. I too visited the mermaid under the pouring rain but oh was it lovely to find refuge in those cosy cafes! I am always in search of hygge too, especially on dull rainy days like those. I loved the cafes in Copenhagen and went to plenty of them to escape the rain. I also explored Christiania and went to the Tivoli Gardens. It was Halloween time and the Gardens were spectacular. All in all I loved Copenhagen and when I left I decided I would return one day. So I would really recommend you return too, of course at a sunnier time of the year!

  12. Rianne
    September 20, 2017
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    I know exactly how you feel about the weather being able to make you feel negatively about a city you thought you’d love! I spent only one day in Ljubljana this summer, expecting to completely love it because I had read so much good about it. But then it poured so bad that I didn’t have such a great day. Still I’m hoping to return on a nicer day. I think your pictures with grey skies still look good and it must have been a good decision to go in search for some hygge on your second day!

    • Lauren
      January 7, 2018
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      Yes, you should definitely try to return in better weather! Ljubljana is one of my favourite cities :-)

  13. Monica
    September 20, 2017
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    Such a great post. I live in Copenhagen and is so tired of the weather. I always complained about it until I visited Scotland. Haha.

    Anyway, thanks for the recommendations on the Pho place. Will definitely try. It’s fun though, I looked up the prices and thought to myself, well that’s not too expensive. Gives you an idea of how normal it is for us to pay way to much for eating outing – and not thinking about it.

    Next time, try smørrebrød! It’s inexpensive (most places) and is so delicious.

    • Lauren
      September 20, 2017
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      Oh man, I visited Edinburgh for the first time earlier this year and it rained every day while I was there. In August, haha.

  14. Julie Boyd
    September 20, 2017
    Reply

    Hi Lauren,

    Thank you for all of your posts you are so great! I started following you awhile ago and you and you are one of my favorite bloggers. We are traveling for the next 10 months as we start our family travel business and it can be taxing on the kids, but rewarding at the same time. We are paying for everything giving real reviews of where we stay etc. Since we are paying for everything we had to look for deals and cheap flights to Europe the Points Guy wrote about Norwegian Air. So we took a chance and we booked our flights. Our Europe leg is the first part of December returning mid April, but we were able to plan a trip using Southwest and Norwegian Air for a family of 4 from Austin to New York to London for about $2500.00 US
    I know Norwegian Air flys to Los Angeles and should have good deals

  15. Kathryn
    September 20, 2017
    Reply

    How did you score a flight from Copenhagen to LA for $120?! I know you’ve written before the different sites you use but I’m wondering how this specific deal worked out. Kudos to you!

    • Lauren
      September 20, 2017
      Reply

      Just by going to Norwegian’s site. There wasn’t a sale on — they’re just pretty typical prices for that route. Checking now, if you were booking a few months out, it’s currently around $200 for the same flight.

  16. Cristina
    September 21, 2017
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    Such a good post. I’m glad you found some hygge to enjoy Copenhagen, even in the rain. It is such a wonderful city. I spent a month studying there in college and absolutely fell in love with it (but that was in May, so the weather was much nicer :) )

    • Lauren
      January 7, 2018
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      I need to return in a sunnier month!

  17. Victoria @TheBritishBerliner
    September 22, 2017
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    Oh no! How awful!

    I’ve never had rain threaten to ruin one of my trips ‘cos being British like yourself. Ha! I’m always prepared, because in my case, what threatens to ruin my trip, has always been snow!

    About 15 years ago, I went to Krakow in October, and when I arrived, the airport was knee-deep in snow! I was wearing only a thin cardigan and a summer dress!

    2 years ago, we went to Lithuania. At Easter. In April! It was snowing! I had to use my socks. As gloves!

    Many years ago, I used to live in Prague, but now I live in Berlin and just popped over for Xmas, and it snowed! It doesn’t snow at Xmas in Berlin anymore, so I didn’t take my winter gloves and when I tried to make a telephone call, my hand froze so much that I cried!

    ps. Copenhagen is such a lovely city even though when we went last year, I missed my Deutsche Bahn bus that cost just €58.00 and had to buy another one for €126.00! Here’s that story. Oops! https://thebritishberliner.wordpress.com/2016/08/01/how-to-visit-copenhagen-on-a-budget-even-though-i-missed-my-last-connection-again/

  18. Michaela
    September 22, 2017
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    Looks like you had a similar time in Copenhagen as me; I was pretty underwhelmed by the place – but I mainly blame the weather. I did however, travel in December, so the Xmas Markets could keep my spirts up, but MY GOD did it rain. And it was EXPENSIVE and I couldn’t afford anything! haha!

    • Lauren
      November 7, 2017
      Reply

      SO expensive! I was really surprised by the prices.

  19. Dominique
    September 22, 2017
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    Noooo rain! Rain can ruin any fun trip and make every place look horrible and gloomy! It’s good you didn’t let yourself be distraught by it too much. It sounds like you had a nice stay, regardless of the weather and your photos of Nyhavn look beautiful!

    • Lauren
      November 7, 2017
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      It’s funny — back when I first started to travel, rain was my greatest fear! I was so concerned I wouldn’t be able to make the most of a place if it rained while I was there, and then I might never make it back again, that I used to google advice for travelling in the rain all the time. The best thing to do is to not let it upset you, although I know that’s easier said than done, as rain nearly always makes a place look pretty ugly!

  20. Dee
    September 22, 2017
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    You’re such a great storyteller!

    This brought back a few great memories of my own travel mishaps :D

    And, what a great deal on a ticket..

    • Lauren
      October 9, 2017
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      Thank you so much, Dee! That means the world to me :-)

  21. Eric
    September 23, 2017
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    Just found your blog and am really enjoying your writing! Your candor and self-deprecating charm set you apart from most cookie-cutter travel bloggers. I would, however, recommend investing in a solid, lightweight travel umbrella. ;) Mine is so small I barely notice it at the bottom of my shoulder bag, but it’s saved the day — not to mention my my mood — dozens of times!

    • Lauren
      October 9, 2017
      Reply

      Thank you so much, Eric! That really does mean a lot :-) I’ll confess I struggle to justify carrying an umbrella when I use it so rarely, but on times when it’s wet outside, I sure do wish I was carrying one.

  22. stephanie
    September 23, 2017
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    I hope you end up enjoying Copenhagen?
    I wanted to visit it soon but after this articles im hesitating wether or not to wait for spring.
    x

    • Lauren
      October 9, 2017
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      Yes! I loved it and can’t wait to return.

  23. Ioanna
    September 24, 2017
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    Your story reminds me of my first visit to Reykjavik – an opportunity thanks to cheap flights. I stopped there on my way to Canada and I was a bit better prepared in terms of clothing… but also got wet and cold on my first day of site seeing. And also paid ridiculous money for a cup of tea to warm up a bit (in a wonderfully cozy place) :) And the worst part? Because of mistake in backup-ing my photos, I lost all the photos from that day.. *sigh*

    I’ve never been to Denmark, haven’t had a chance just yet. I love the way Nyhavn – truly charming :)

    Happy travels!
    Ioanna
    A Woman Afoot

  24. Alouise
    September 27, 2017
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    It’s too bad that it rained so much during your visit to Copenhagen. I’m going there for a couple of days in November, and I’m hoping it won’t be too rainy (though I live in Ireland so I’m a bit used to the rain).

    • Lauren
      October 21, 2017
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      I’ll keep my fingers crossed for you, Alouise!

  25. Arianwen
    September 28, 2017
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    Hahaha. That mantra of ‘because it’s there’ makes us do the craziest things. There have been so many times I’ve forced myself through terrible weather or illness/exhaustion just to go somewhere because it’s a known landmark and I think I’ll regret it later if I don’t. Actually, some of my more memorable days have been when I just wander and find places by myself that aren’t on the obvious tourist trail – and because I actually felt like having a walk it’s a lot more enjoyable too!

  26. Luminita
    September 30, 2017
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    I never understood the hype around the Little Mermaid. Not that it’s an ugly statue or something like that but….I guess you would expect more. Probably that’s why it seems so underwhelming.

    • Lauren
      October 9, 2017
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      Yeah, I really don’t know how it’s become known as a major tourist attraction!

  27. Laila
    October 9, 2017
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    Love how colourful the old town is. And thanks for the tips on how to make the most of the rain there. I’m loving your optimism and positive attitude that you never had in your older posts.

    • Lauren
      October 21, 2017
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      Oh, haha! Thank you!

  28. Kat
    October 22, 2017
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    I was there in pouring rain. Me and a friend went into a small bar/restaurant thing which had a beer garden (with awnings) and an outdoor fireplace. It was the coziest place I’ve ever been to. If you find those hidden gems, rainfall can have a way of making it even better. :)

    • Lauren
      October 22, 2017
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      Copenhagen does cosy SO well!

  29. Evan Kristine
    October 22, 2017
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    Thanks for the tip! Yeah some trips are ruined by bad weather but still there are some ways not to be upset and just enjoy everything. :D I love this post of yours and your positive attitude towards the situation.

    • Lauren
      October 24, 2017
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      Thanks!

  30. julie
    November 1, 2017
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    Very true!
    What specific area would you recommend?
    I am coming to copenhagen next month, and am wondering what the best location for me to stay would be.
    I am looking to see the city, but don’t really have all that much in mind, just yet. The ideal place would give me a “feel” for the city and its

    history and be close to the most important tourist attractions.
    What specific area would you recommend?
    Thanks,

    • Lauren
      November 7, 2017
      Reply

      Vesterbro! I loved that neighbourhood :-)

  31. Nigel William
    December 24, 2017
    Reply

    Hi, Lauren! I`m sorry that weather god didn’t work in your favor, but I`m glad that you liked the city still. You just had a different experience that you thought you would and get to know the side of a city you may not in a sunny and warm. :) After this experience, what time of year do you think is the best for visiting Copenhagen?

    • Lauren
      December 31, 2017
      Reply

      Any time in the summer! June, July, August?

  32. Anonymous
    May 9, 2019
    Reply

    Hi Lauren,
    Thanks for your reports.
    We’ve also gone off Airbnb – not always easy co-ordinating arrival/checkin.
    We’ve noticed that airbnb style places are now advertisng on booking.com. However they don’t always detail the checkin details on booking.com. This was our experience recently in Mendoza, Argentina. Now we try to find places with 24hr reception.
    Regards
    Julie

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