Hamburg vs Copenhagen 3-1 (Back From Northern Europe)

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* Shot taken on the Ferry from Germany to Denmark. We boarded the Ferry with a train and that was a first for me. The whole trip from Hamburg to Copenhagen took 4 hours and 40 minutes, including the 45 minutes crossing the sea.

Who follows me already knows I just came back from a long getaway between Hamburg and Copenhagen. I had fun and probably material for a couple of new travel stories. But for the moment, like I did last time I came back from the trip to the East Midlands, I thought it was a good idea to summarize my first considerations about those beautiful places I’ve seen. The score of the title is figurative, just to let you understand that against all odds, I liked Hamburg better. I’ll probably write some story about this trip shortly, meanwhile here’s my quick report.

 HAMBURG

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  • I’ve seen a lot of modern cities, still Hamburk struck me with its particular modernity. New condos between canals and citytrain railroads in full sight. Fascinating.
  • It has the classic Nordic efficiency in everything, at very lower costs.
  • I had the most delicious Kebab ever. If you’re wondering how is that possible, it’s because in Hamburg lives one of the largest Turkish communities outside Turkey, in the world.
  • I also had a superb Herring sandwich. So superb I had to have another three the day after.
  • So, just to be clear, in Hamburg you can find delicious, multiethnic and very cheap food.
  • All in all, a very underrated city.

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COPENHAGEN

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  • Never seen so many bikes and bikers on the streets in all my life. Not even in Amsterdam, which I thought was at the top of this kind of list.
  • The danish krone is practically unsustainable for us poor south European guys.
  • That’s why as soon I found out they got 7 Eleven in Copenhagen, it became immediately my first source of food.
  • I forced myself to sit at a table in Nyhavn to try the famous Smorrebrod. As a result I was able to eat what were basically three little slices of bread with butter and a slice of salmon, at the cost of 18 euros.
  • I’m feeling like I’m not paying a lot of compliments to Copenhagen. It’s a nice city.

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And here’s something they have in common, which even though they were the most beautiful cities in the world, I couldn’t stand living there. The Northern Wind. I’m more comfortable with my 28°c right now here in Rome.

All that said, as always it’s fantastic to get to travel. Like it or not, knowing new cultures all around the world makes you grow. And it’s rather addictive. Now just a couple of months to rest before my next travel. You stay tuned.

John Reese

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