Copenhagen

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Ever since I was little I have been infected with a severe case of wanderlust. Growing up skating around the world, I learned early on that traveling places is not the same thing as experiencing them – on the ice, most cities look pretty similar. So I try and travel as often as possible to places with new things to do, new people to meet, and plenty of new food to try.

To close out 2014, I convinced one of my best girlfriends, Alexa, to come with me to Copenhagen. Neither of us was very familiar with the city and I think that actually worked in our favor – we relied on the recommendations of locals to help us experience as much as possible in the few days we were there. We got particular help from the friendly staff at our hotel, Skt. Petri, which is located in the Latin Quarter and a center of activity all its own.

If I had to sum up Copenhagen in one word, it would be ‘enchanting.’ The city is flooded with bikes and colors from the local flower marts and beautiful old buildings around the city and canals. Alexa and I chose to walk as much as possible, stumbling upon treasures along with major tourist attractions like the Little Mermaid statue, the ‘Stroget’ – a main shopping street near our hotel, and the ‘Amalienborg’ – the palace housing Copenhagen’s most royal. And it doesn’t hurt that in between these landmarks and discoveries are all the attractive locals – whatever they are putting in the coffee at Joe & The Juice (the local Starbucks) is tall, strong, and handsome…
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Right…where was I? To say goodbye to 2014, we let the concierge at Skt. Petri guide us to Ravage, a 6+ hour affair of great food, drinks, and a special toast outside at midnight to watch the fireworks. The sparks fly long after the toasts, though, as locals set their own displays off through the streets. We walked back to our hotel darting bright lights and boisterous crowds to find the Skt. Petri was hosting a fabulous affair of its own – men in tuxes, women in gowns, and the lobby transformed into an obliging dance floor.
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After a few hours of champagne-infused reveling, and long after our heels had been tossed aside, I finally fell into my bed and thought about the year ahead. If it’s anything like Copenhagen, 2015 will be magical.

NOTABLE HIGHTLIGHT:
Marchal at the Hotel D’Angleterre: Amazing atmosphere and upscale food – delicious and comfortable. The chef made us something special off the menu (vegetarian, by request) that was one of the best dishes I’ve ever tasted. This was a major splurge meal for us!
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NOT PICTURED BUT WORTH A VISIT:
• Royal Smushi Café: The hot chocolate. Because, chocolate.
• Atelier September: Excellent coffee
• PS Bar, Balthazar and Café Victor: Local recommendations for great nightlife, food and vibe – loved the dancing at PS Bar especially!
• Tivoli: Yes, it’s a touristy amusement park and sure, it’s for kids but all lit up for the holidays and filled with local artisans it’s worth strolling through. Just don’t ask me to get on the roller coaster.

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