Jimmy kept asking what I wanted to do for my birthday this year.
“Oh nothing,” I answered again and again. “We didn’t really do anything last year, I don’t see why we should make a fuss this year.”
Jimmy is often astounded at my poor memory.
We absolutely did do something for my birthday last year.
We went to Copenhagen.
We went to Copenhagen to dine at noma, but I cancelled the reservation the day before the trip.
I couldn’t bear to spend that much money on a meal because I knew that if I could throw that much away on a single dining experience, well then I had plenty of money that I could also give to charity.
So we donated the price we would have paid to the Nepal Youth Foundation and got on a plane without a plan.
We wandered into the center on our first morning and stumbled upon a parade.
They handed us Danish flags which we merrily waved, not understanding what was really going on.
Until the Queen of Denmark cruised by, and smiled directly at us.
Turns out it was her birthday, too!
No plans meant plenty of serendipitous wandering down Copenhagen’s cute streets.
In April, the city is in bloom. We wandered from park to park, taking in the spring time scenery.
We were deep into wedding planning at that time, so I had flowers on the brain.
We took in the palace grounds, and made time for some art exhibits.
Compared to Rome, Copenhagen in April is a bit chilly (and a bit pricey).
But the architecture was so different from Italy, that walking and stopping to refuel and take advantage of the city’s coffee culture was the perfect way to spend a long weekend.
The sunniest spot we found was in Nyhavn, where we sat on the docks to toast to the next year of adventures.
We also spent nearly an entire day running around like kids at Tivoli Gardens.
This year? We plan do something very similar but in a very different location. 2 days until take off!