I can’t believe that it has been more than two years since I’ve been to the North, but more importantly, that I haven’t seen some of my friends living up there in such a long time. So I was more than excited about finally going back, seeing them again, and spending some time at those places that feel like home to me.
Since I only had one week off at work, I tried to use it to the fullest and visit some friends in Hamburg and Denmark again. So on Monday noon, July 26, I took the plane to Hamburg and got picked up by Tatjana after my arrival, whom I was super happy to see after such a long time. And since I have already been to Hamburg twice before and seen most of the touristic things, we also had enough time to catch up on everything that happened since we saw each other the last time in the summer of 2019. The next morning, we went out for brunch at Was Wir Wirklich Lieben and then spent the rest of the day strolling through the city, shopping for some baby clothes, before we met up with Tatjana’s husband Richard at NENI Hamburg for dinner. On my last day in Hamburg, Tatjana and I did at least a bit of sightseeing and drove to Altona, went to the top of the Hamburg Cruise Center from where you have a great view over the harbor of Hamburg. Since my train to Odense was leaving only in the later afternoon, we still had time to grab some coffee and café at Café Schmidt at the fish market in Altona, before Tatjana then dropped me off at the train station.
Unfortunately, I had to switch trains twice on my way to Odense. Yet, I ended up meeting Louisa, a girl from Germany, on the train, who turned out to be in Copenhagen at the same time as me and with whom I also met up there then. But first, I got to spend some lovely days together with Eva in the city, which has been my home for nearly a year and also turned out to still feel a bit like it. The following days, while Eva was at work, I walked around the city and down to the harbor, while I’ve even managed to meet up with Nanna, my former roommate, at my favorite Danish bakery Lagkagehuset. When Eva was back from work that day, and although it was raining and only had 16 °C, she convinced me to go for a swim at the outdoor pool down at the harbor before dinner. But to be honest, it was an interesting experience, and everyone can go for a swim when it’s hot outside, right? On my last full day in Odense, the weather luckily got better, and the sun was even shining, so I walked again into the city center, got myself some coffee and kanelstang again, and met Eva at Munke Mose then in the afternoon. In the evening, we then had dinner and drinks at Storms Pakhus and ended the day and my last evening in Odense on the sofa watching Netflix and drinking wine.
On Saturday around noon, Eva then dropped me off at the bus stop, from where I left for Copenhagen, the last destination on my trip. However, because of unknown circumstances, my bus to Copenhagen was delayed. But I was lucky enough to get on another bus going in the same direction and arrived in Copenhagen only with a slight delay. For my last night, I’ve stayed at the Woodah Boutique Hostel, which was only a short walk away from the main train station and ideally located for exploring the city. Since it was also still raining in Copenhagen, I wanted to stay in for the night, but then decided to take a short walk around the neighborhood at least, but turned into walking all the way down to Nyhavn and back again. The next morning after having breakfast at the hostel, I met up with Louise, the girl I met on the train, and showed her around the city since she’s never been to Copenhagen before. We spent the whole day together, visiting most of the sights around the city, having lunch together at Atelier September, and first and foremost, also having lots of fun. Yet, in the late afternoon, I had to go back to the hostel to pick up my luggage and head to the airport to go back to Vienna again. And while I thought I was arriving too late at the airport, as soon as I got there, I figured out that my flight was delayed and won’t leave until late in the evening. And that also meant that I would arrive in Vienna even later than planned. So, because I had to work the next day, I asked my colleagues if they could cover for me one more day, so I could at least have one day of holiday before going back to work again.
Although some things during my trip didn’t turn out the way I thought they would, I enjoyed every minute of it – not only because I met old friends again, but also because I’ve met a new person during my trip, which was always the thing I loved about traveling.