As Eric already mentioned, Copenhagen was a bit of a blur because jet lag was in full force, but we did make our way out to explore– sleep deprived and half-conscious as we were. I found Copenhagen to be a beautiful city, but also quite tame and orderly. I remember reading somewhere that people in Denmark are some of the happiest people in the world, according to the World Happiness Report. While the Danes didn’t necessarily come off as overtly happy to me (or at least not particularly friendly – though neither were they unfriendly), they certainly did seem to have it together. Of course, I only had a few short days to form an impression, but Copenhagen felt pretty socially homogeneous to me, and like there were rules and ways of being that people generally followed without question. The cycling culture around the city is a well-oiled machine.
Alex, Sawyer, and I took a trip to the National Gallery of Denmark (SMK) while Zach rented a bike to explore the city, and Eric took a quick nap.
The next day we took the train up to Roskilde to check out the Viking Ship Museum, which was a big hit.
The boys were all pretty enthralled by our visit to the Roskilde Cathedral. Let’s see if they keep up their cathedral enthusiasm all the way through the end of our trip in Italy. We have many more cathedrals and castles to look forward to in the near future.
Sounds like the Danes were a bit standoffish, You probably weren’t alert enough and didn’t really have time to get a good opinion, but i can’t help but wonder if (when you weren’t dressed as Vikings 🙂 the people recognized you as Americans and were not interested in interacting because of that.
I realize that lacking before and after experience you can’t determine if choices made by the American electorate and the resulting administration might be affecting how Americans are treated by Europeans.
Some of the first questions I will ask all of you when you get home, will be on this subject.