If you quote Copenhagen to me, there are some words that will quickly pop into my mind, such as
GREEN, GARDENS, BIKES, CALM
COZYNESS, COFFEE, PASTRIES, BOOKS
FOOD, MARKETS, WINE, PEOPLE, MULTI-CULTURE
CHANGE, FREEDOM, OPEN-MINDNESS
Small things made big -either the value they give to small producers; or the importance that a good coffee in a charming ambient can get, when in the bad weather-.
GREEN, bacause there's no horizon in Copenhagen that doesn't have this color. You can't walk more than 5 min without seeing a park, and you often forget that you're in a city when finding yourself walking through the bothanical GARDEN, christiania's houses next to the river, or Orsteds-parken. It's not just litterally green, but also in the methaforic-sustainable way: you'll see more BIKES than cars -actually, you'll need to be more careful about the first ones-. And when seeing an old lady riding her bike with her dog -and maybe having a frozen yogurt meanwhile-; or a couple having a picnick in a beautiful park that's also a graveyard -without being creepy at all-; you cannot feel but the CALM of a city, and a society, who had once decided to change these things that make our life less human, but that we still accept as if they couldn't be any other way.
Of course I'm not saying that stress can't be found there, or that everything is easy. Ovbiously it's not, and surely there are always improvements to be done. But, when coming from a country where we've barely started to try changing our lifes into better ones, everything is incredibly inspirative, and I am so thankful to this city -and it's habitants- for that.
And, when it comes to the pastries, I got really inspirated too. You probably know that I'm both baking-lover and sweet-tooth person, and I was very happy with what I found there. Even if the traditional pastries use a lot of butter and may be "too much", I got inspired by their use of crunchiness and different textures, ingredients that were new to me -as rhubarb-. Here the traditional pastries are normally all the same color -the refined wheat one- and without any texture contrast. Apart from getting many ideas from the traditional pastries -which I would like to change them in some ways-, I ahd also the chance of tasting many less-refined, healthier or vegan ones, which made my mornings...and afternoons...and night snacks...way happier ^^
And, well, one of the best things about food and wine is to share them with nice PEOPLE. Which you surely will find in Copenhagen. My grandad was always talking to me about how nice danish people were, and even so, I was very surprised -in the good way-. I also have to say that I still think I've been especially lucky with the awesome people I've been able to meet and be hosted by. Thank you so much, I can't be happier with my luck!
I have to say that, even if the danes are really nice, there you'll find people from all around the world, Copenhagen is a very MULTI-CULTURAL city, and you'll hear all kind of languages and meet amazing people with incredible stories from all the planet.
That's what I love about travelling, to be able to get inspired by all the different ways of living, or, much important: by all the different ways of CHANGING and improving our lifes.
There isn't an only way of living, of working, of dreaming. We're the ones who have to choose how do we want to live -and, of course, no one will find the way for us-.
Thanks, Copenhagen, for opening more my ideas, expectations, by showing that many things that here are seen as "there isn't any other possible way" CAN change into something beautiful, making a happier life, and a better world.