Where is John Lama? travel blog

I took an overnight train from Amsterdam to Copenhagen. We traveled through...

I had a little bunk in a room with three other people,...

Arriving at the train station.

Tivoli Gardens is sort of a downtown amusement park in Copenhagen.

In addition to carnival rides, there are restaurants, theaters, concerts, and over...

Frederik's Church, also known as the Marble Church, is spectacular and surrounded...

 

Since most people here are walking or riding bikes, there was a...

This was a local bar. I liked the mix of old and...

I met my friend Martin for Indian food. I hadn't seen him...

This is the Copenhagen Town Hall.

I saw this Muslim woman walking along the train station on this...

I stumbled across this spectacular church as I explored downtown Copenhagen.

This cigarette butt statue was taller than me.

This was a very cute French bistro, The Little Turtle, on a...

On another town square there was an exhibition of funny real signs...

These are real signs where double-meanings and curious English translations were missed....

Toilets are a new thing in much of the world.

 

Look at the little penguin sleeping under the car. Cute!

 

Why don't we just put up these signs in Afganistan and Iraq?...

Not sure what this building is, but it was impressive.

My friend Anders lives a couple hours from Copenhagen. Nice to see...

The Round Tower was built in 1642 as an observatory.

Anders and I walked up the circular path to the top.

As in other European cities, I was suprised to see so many...

This is Nyhavn canal in central Copenhagen, lined with restaurants and bars.

Anders and I stopped for lunch along the canal.

This is a traditional Danish meal, with pickled herring, roast beef, fried...

This ticket office was located next to the Royal Theater.

I think this was an old train station.

I went looking for the Little Mermaid statue and walked through a...

This is the St. Alban's church.

Next to the church is the huge Gefion Fountain.

The Gefion Fountain depicts an ancient legend telling how Zealand (the island...

Along the river is the famous Little Mermaid statue, symbolizing the fairy...

Taxis in many Eruopean cities are pretty luxurious. This one is a...

Anders brought me to a neighborhood called Freetown Christiania which was taken...

Christiania is sort of an urban commune where hash and pot are...

Danish law doesn't quite apply in Christiania, so illicit activities are apparently...

A lot of creative types live here, and there is artwork all...

While drug sales are allowed, journalists who tried to sell non-PC items...

While I tend to avoid hippies like the plague, I really enjoyed...

Love this sign. Where in the heck can you find un-armed police?

We stayed a night with Ander's friend Jacob in Copenhagen.

I found this awesomely named restaurant while walking down the street.

Madklubben was very hip, and the staff was friendly. Not your typical...

Anders, Jacob and I had a great meal here, including homemade corned...


US $1 = 5.3 Krone

If you saw my travel post here from Kerala, India, you will remember that I volunteered there with a guy from Denmark named Martin. In the past couple years I have stayed in touch with Martin via Facebook, and we were able to get together (of course at an Indian restaurant!) when I went to Copenhagen.

My friend Jack Bradford in Medellin also has a good friend Anders who lives in Copenhagen. I met Anders a couple times on his trips to Colombia, so I was able to get together with him as well when I visited Denmark. It is great to have local friends when you visit foreign countries. I get to see another more authentic side of the place.

Copenhagen was yet another spectacular city. I did a lot of walking here, and discovered some great places. Take a look...



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