Every year, all Danish students get week 42 off of school. To kick of the country-wide vacation, Copenhagen has Kulternatten – Culture Night – where many churches, museums, theaters, libraries, etc all are open late and have special events going on. Most events require you to have bought a pass, but the pass is only 90 kroners ($16.35) and it gets you access to around 600 events throughout the city, as well as free transportation everywhere. Supposedly, the party goes until about 5 in the morning, but it looked like most things started to shut down around midnight.
So, to celebrate Culture Night, my friends and I first got s’mores at the DIS Haunted House. It was actually a really fun experience, because I didn’t realize how American s’mores are. We got to explain to several people how to make them, and overheard a few girls talking about what camping is like in America. (Apparently, it involves getting drunk, and jumping into lakes with alligators. I guess I’ve been doing it wrong!) We then wandered around downtown Copenhagen for a while, seeing a beautiful light display on The Round Tower, and searching for nutella crepes.
Our next stop was The Church of Our Savior, affectionately known as “The Spiral Tower” by us Americans. We took the metro, which was an awesome experience in of itself, because the front is clear, and you can see the tracks. Stations just seem to appear out of nowhere. It felt a lot like a very tame roller coaster, actually. Then we got to the church. Inside, there was a man playing the saxophone, who was recording loops and basically just making awesome music. And the church is beautiful. It was lit up in all sorts of different colors, and has the most beautiful organ I have ever seen. After enjoying the music for a few minutes, my friend and I decided to climb to the top of the tower. And four hundred steps later, there we were! It was completely worth it. The view was incredible – seeing all of Copenhagen lit up beneath us – and it was really windy up there, which made it (quite literally) more breathtaking. I really like climbing things – trees, mountains, rocks – and the spire was no exception. It was just so peaceful up there.
The last place we went before heading home was the Tycho Brahe Planetarium, where there was supposedly a movie/star show going on that sounded really interesting. We then learned the hard way the entire movie was in Danish – I did understand like 5 words though, so that’s something. Still, it was cool seeing a movie in IMAX, and while I may have fallen asleep for like 3 minutes there, it was really fun. Also, Tycho Brahe is one of my favorite historical figures – mostly for the reason that he had a pet moose and once got it drunk at a dinner party.
I then took one of the most crowded trains I’ve ever been on home, and fortunately found another friend at the station, so I didn’t have to make the hour and a half journey home by myself.
It’s pretty solidly Autumn here, and I’m really enjoying the scarves and hats and excuses to drink hot cider.
Went all the way to the Top!