We spent an enjoyable week exploring Copenhagen with Shachaf’s parents, including a day trip to Malmö, Sweden.

From Reykjavik we took a red eye flight into Copenhagen, arriving in the early morning and hiring an entire 12-passenger van to convey ourselves, our bikes, and our many bags to the flat where we stayed for the week. The flat is in the hip neighborhood of Nørrebro, smack in the middle of the busy city and filled with cute restaurants, pocket parks, and Copenhagen’s ubiquitous bicyclists. Our first day was spent reassembling bicycles, napping, and wandering around the neighborhood, including a walk through Assistens Kirkegaard, the large park-like cemetery in the neighborhood.

The following day Shachaf’s parents arrived, and throughout the remainder of the week we explored the city’s many museums, took a boat tour of the canals, visited the gorgeous botanical gardens, walked through Christiana to see what remains of the squatted free spaces there, enjoyed many cafés and parks, and stumbled into quite a number of free concerts, dance performances, and even operas.


We also took the train to Malmö, Sweden, for a day to visit the city. Our visit happened to coincide with the city’s annual festival, which included concerts in the streets, amazing street art including an entire block covered in yarn bombing, circus rides, and a crazy crawfish eating orgy with thousands of Swedes wearing wild costumes while gorging themselves. It was, to put it mildly, quite a day trip.