History in the Making Ends Meet

You’re probably asking yourself what my title means. Just like my previous post, this title is a play on words. In the last one, the word Lost connected the phrases. At the end of this blog, I’ll inform you the two parts that make up the title.

Copenhagen is truly a quaint city. Around every corner, there’s always some little piece of history eager go be discovered by passerby. Beautifully ornate spires hundreds of years old rise above the tree line while modern architecture reflects like diamonds in the water of the harbor and canals.

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Copenhagen opera house

The Danish are proud of their history and are happy to share their stories with tourists and other Danes alike. I observed that over time, the Danish have persevered despite two great fires that destroyed the city to preserve such history. They’ve rebuilt from the ashes many times to create the city we see today, from the canals of Nyhavn to the amusement park of Tivoli, with history and modernity working in conjunction, lining the streets.

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Christiansborg Palace which houses the Royal family’s possessions, treasures collected over hundreds of years, and the Crown Jewels

Of course, like any evolving city, there is much progress. But such progress comes at a price. In the case of Denmark, prices are very high, the highest of the three cities we are visiting. Initially, it was strange seeing a simple burger cost 135 NOK upon landing in Oslo, given that we are used to the US dollar and fast food costing less that $5.

However, as we meandered down Stroget, the main shopping street through Copenhagen, I noticed the myriad of food stalls and retail stores ranging from Chinest takeout to Italian restaurants and that one H&M store on every corner to a Gucci store. I wondered how the Danish can afford this wide range of shopping, then realizing that it’s probably all the tourists getting pulled inside due to the bright colors and all the sales. Despite the signs advertising sales, Dr. Whitworth informed us that even though many things are on sale, the reduced cost of said items would be equal to the price of items we are used to in the United States.

And like any college student, I will take any opportunity to do something that is free, at least to me. For instance, all of our breakfasts and dinners are paid for, but lunch is up to us. We were notified prior to the trip that lunch would be between $20-30. On the off chance that I’m too lazy to eat an actual meal, I always have a KIND bar handy. Budgeting has indeed made easier with the prepaid meals, but iPad the same time, it’s difficult to gauge the quality of the meal I want to eat for lunch and whether I hope to spend money to buy a souvenir. But not to worry there, I always purchase a souvenir for myself and one for my parents to include on our shelf of knickknacks.

Title solution: history in the making, making ends meet

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