15.02.2013 - 15.02.2013
With my breathing heavy and visible I kept pace with Anna, my friend and host in Copenhagen, as we wound our way through the streets of the city on a late-night run ( not my idea but I didn't regret taking Anna up on the offer one bit.) Ducking into a park the already hushed noises of the city died down to a whisper and a hush fell over the two of us, the only noises our exhaling and the soft crunch of the snow under our feet. " almost there" Anna tells me softly. Trudging up one final hill we break out of the park and I see her, gazing in our direction like she's been waiting for us all night. The Little Mermaid sits perched upon the rocks of the beach, peaceful and serene, welcoming us to join its reverie. As Anna serenades her with "Part of Your World" I gaze out at the water and wonder how I've found myself at this place and time and the wonder of it all makes the atmosphere for me feel a little like a fairy tale.
I spent three days in Copenhagen, wandering the streets and exploring what I could find. On the last day Anna took me to visit a family friend on a farm outside of the city, an hour bike ride that brought me to a place that felt a little like home. Dierk and his wife run a small establishment, growing peas and basil and boarding horses. They farm, they work, they live, and for me I find that simply seeing people do that, in places around the world, is when you have truly gotten a sense of the country and I hope I can search out more people like Dierk in my trip. That night I hopped on the night train to Berlin and shared a car with a Swedish girl and two Korean guys that were on the rail pass like myself. We all attempted sleep to varying degrees of success and now I find myself relaxing at the East Seven Hostel in Berlin. Not sure what my adventures here will turn out to be but I have no doubt they will be as memorable as my previous ones. Life is good.
Till next time,