You might have guessed it from my instagram, but my first solo trip was to Copenhagen.
It was an experience I really enjoyed. Of course I was scared at first, especially when I was at the airport at 5:35 A.M asking myself “Why did you do that self?”, but as soon as I was sitting in the plane, I knew deep inside that I had made the best decision for myself. I also discovered that I just adore flying. Yup, watching clouds for two hours straight with folk music in my ears was one of the highlights of the trip.
Travelling alone is scary at first, but it’s also incredibly liberating. I was able to schedule things at my own pace, I was able to change plans out of the blue and it also helped to be more spontaneous.
I was not afraid of feeling “lonely”, I was there with myself, my camera, my music and a book just in case I needed comfort. I’m quite shy and very introverted, but I felt like if I wanted to, I could talk to anyone. Danish people are incredibly warm, caring and nice. How could I feel lonely with them being so darn charming?
You certainly know about the Danish word “hygge” ? It’s a word that has no equivalent in other languages. Here’s a little definition for you.
“In essence, hygge means creating a warm atmosphere and enjoying the good things in life with good people. The warm glow of candlelight is hygge. Friends and family – that’s hygge too. There’s nothing more hygge than sitting round a table, discussing the big and small things in life.”
Well, it is true, it really is true. Copenhagen is warm, cozy, welcoming, glowing and kind. But enough talk about my love for the city, let’s talk about my trip!
The first day was the most exhausting to be honest : I walked to the centre of the city… yeah, a one hour walk with a hurting knee was not such a bright idea, but it allowed me to get a first glimpse of Copenhagen’s soul, and since I was alone, I could walk at my own pace! Eh! See, perks once again.
My first stop was at a beautiful park, but the one thing I couldn’t wait to see was the Botanical Garden. I didn’t bring my 85mm with me to Copenhagen, so I was a bit worried of not being able to take close-up pictures, but my 35mm surprised me! I could take pictures of flowers! Hooray, my mood was saved!
I then walked back home, another couple of hours of wandering in the streets, taking pictures, sitting on benches and just trying to realize that I had done it. I was alone in Copenhagen…
To be continued…