Car Bomb

So, on Tuesday we headed out for Copenhagen. Y’know, the big city of Denmark.

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Heh, the NSA is gonna have a field day with the title of this one. It’s named that because, as we got to Copenhagen, the news was abuzz with the fact that a car had been reported in the parking garage beneath some important building or another in city center. It had ‘suspicious’ wiring and whatnot, apparently. Anyhow, the Copenhagen police department had stopped all traffic in the center of the city and called in a bomb squad.

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While that was going on, however, we were going on a boat tour of the city. This is the opera house, built for a prodigious sum of money and then donated to the city.

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This building’s name was something along the lines of ‘sky blue’. I wonder why.

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I don’t know what building this is, but it looks cool.

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This church was hard to get a picture of, as we had only a couple seconds in which to take the photo as the boat moved.

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The most recent addition to the national library of Denmark, the Black Diamond. Can’t be seen in the photo, but the whole side of the building was glittering from the reflection of the sun on the water.

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Lots of bridges! Most of them were pretty low- a multiple points, the boat’s pilot had to tell everyone to sit down because we could be seriously injured by getting smashed between the boat and the bridge. (He didn’t use that exact phrasing.)

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After the tour, we meandered around a bit. This building is where kroner are printed.

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The royal theater! Behind it was a ballet school with a cool little bridge thing (pictured later, I believe) attaching the two.

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There was a significant amount of roadwork going on around the city, but I’m putting it off as part of the construction of their new subway system.

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The theater has some schmancy stuff out front.

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The bridge I mentioned earlier, seen from below.

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Apparently Teslas are considered fairly cheap over here- something to do with the fact that all-electric cars are tax-free, whereas internal combustion engine cars have a ludicrous (90-120%) tax rate.

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This is probably called the ‘royal square’ or something like it, as the four buildings surrounding it (mentioned in my post about Legoland, I believe) are the components of the palace in which the royal family lives.

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We got there just in time to see the Changing of the Guard (as well as a Segway tour)

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Walked down the street to this fancy church. Fun fact: that street is set up as a straight line, so that from the church you can look through the palace, past the statue of some famous person on a horse, and into the opera house. Or vice versa.

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The church was big and fancy, and round.

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I dunno what this building was either, but I should add that all the streetlights were hanging directly above the streets.

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Headed to Tivoli, which is something akin to a shared garden (or backyard) for Copenhagen. Rather similar to Oaks Park in Portland, if Oaks Park was hundreds of years old and, you know, better in basically every way.

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Fancy fountains abound.

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No, seriously, lots of fountains.

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The lighting at night was very cool.

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Headed over to the Hard Rock Cafe for dinner, as it was right next door to the entrance to the park. This was actually the first time I’ve been to the Hard Rock Cafe, so I got a T-shirt for myself and a sweatshirt for my sister. (That’s why I have this picture – I sent it and one other to her, asking which one she wanted.)

(We went by the Hard Rock Cafe later in the trip and I bought myself one of these sweatshirts, too, because I thought it was great.)

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After dinner, we went back into the park. This peacock didn’t mind people at all.

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Wrapping up with a picture of a chunk of the park at night. It was very pretty.