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Published: August 21st 2012
Early morning transfer from our central Reykjavik hotel to Keflavik airport, and then a 3.5 hour flight to Copenhagen.
We arrived just after lunch; it was HOT. Close to 30 degrees. Our transfer took a detour to pass the local beaches; you have never seen so many people on a beach!
Once we got to our Hotel Scandic, close to central station, it was out for a walk. Today is Sunday and the city does look like it had a very big night the night before. Very dirty which is a little bit disappointing.
Trying to get our bearings, we walked across town following the pedistrian streets known as Stroget (which translates as the strolling street). It looks much more European than the previous places we have been, but the rubbish is unpleasant.
Crossing the street in Copenhagen requires a level of concentration that is unique. Beside each footpath is a separate lane that is for bicycles. And there are LOTS of biscycles. more than cars. And bikes have right of way. So you have to check left for bikes, then for cars, the right for cars, then right for bikes. It takes a little getting used
to, with more than one ding of a cyclist's bell!
Denmark is fairing quite well in the GFC, in part thanks to their government's infrastructure building package, which involves building two new underground rail lines around and through the central city/old town. This has left almost every square in the city as a contruction zone, so many classic views of the city are unavailable to us.
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