Jaxon has a Great Adventure in Copenhagen Day 5

Back in the February half term, we went to Copenhagen for a few days. Having been in the summer too, we were excited to see the city in a different season and visit new places. We were nervous about travelling when the COVID-19 Pandemic was getting worse around us. (The first case in Denmark was reported a week after we’d been there). Anyway, here’s what we got up to while we were there. All the posts from this series can be found here.

Day Five

Today was our day at Tivoli. We had visited when we were here in the summer too. (You can see my attempt at a travel vlog here). We started the day by walking though Superkilen Park. Nørrebro is a very ethnically-diverse and socially-challenged community and the park was designed to bring people together. It’s almost a kilometre long and the name refers to it’s shape “kilen” meaning “wedge”.

We then took the Metro from Nørrebro to Københvn H (the main central station is right across the street from the gates to get into Tivoli). As I couldn’t go on any rides, I had a non-rider pass that we discovered back in the summer. The boys were determined to go on as many rides as they could.

A number of rides are based around the stories of Hans Christian Anderson. Den Flyvende Kuffert (The Flying Trunk) covers a number of HCA’s stories including The Little Mermaid and The Snow Queen feature. (I thought it was a bit like their version of It’s Small World After All at Disneyland Paris).

The good thing about coming in February was that there was a lot of the Christmas/Winter decorations and theming still out. The hot air balloons on the Ferris Wheel has been decorated as snowmen. We’d later find out that a lot of the trees around the park had twinkly lights in them.

I could have done with somewhere warmer to park as it as so cold outside just sitting still. I did try to knit but between the cold and having to move between rides I wasn’t keeping track of where I was on the pattern. We found this inside slide bit which was so much warmer. I’m sure mostly just because it was sheltered from the wind!

We ended up eating our packed lunch, outside the theatre in the middle of the park. It was still kind of cold but thanfully sheltered from the wind a bit so I got to defrost again. Hot chocolate definitely became a bit of a lifeline! With hindsight, today should have probably been the “Mummy/Hannah does her own thing” day instead of yesterday.

Dinner for us was at Tivoli Food Hall which was rather exciting but trying to find something we could/would all eat was a bit of a challenge. In the end we found a stall (I think it was Chicks by Chicks) that would do chicken nuggets and chips. Wow! The portion seemed huge lol. I could have done with a takeaway box so that I didn’t waste any of it!

After dinner, Chris did a couple more rides and then we headed back to the hostel. It was great to have a whole day in the park but for me it wasn’t all that interesting and I was so cold.

With it still getting dark around 4/5pm by the time we came out of dinner around 6/6:30pm, it was dark enough to really appreciate the sparkly lights in the trees and the other pretty lighting around the park.

All the posts from this series can be found here.

Jaxon has a Great Adventure in Copenhagen Day 4

Back in the February half term, we went to Copenhagen for a few days. Having been in the summer too, we were excited to see the city in a different season and visit new places. We were nervous about travelling when the COVID-19 Pandemic was getting worse around us. (The first case in Denmark was reported a week after we’d been there). Anyway, here’s what we got up to while we were there. All the posts from this series can be found here.

Day Four

After the wobbles of the last few days, we decided that Chris and Jaxon would go on their own adventure while I had a slower day exploring by myself and chilling out.

We all walked to the S-Train stop at Bispebjerg. We had all sorts of variations of pronouncing it while we were there but at least we knew what we were making reference to even if it probably made no sense to anyone else!). My train was going to Nørrebro and the boys were going to Hellerup to go the Experimentarium and other bits.

At Nørrebro, I took the Metro to Frederiksberg for the shopping centre there. I was looking for Panduro Hobby. The store there is almost squashed in like an afterthought so there wasn’t as much choice as there had been in the store I’d visited when we did a day trip to Malmö in the Summer. In the shopping centre, i found a branch of Søstrene Grene and also a book shop called Bog and Idé.

My next stop was a yarn shop called Nicoline Garn. It was easy to find as the Metro is part of the shopping centre. The yarn shop is then a short walk from the Nørrebro Runddel Metro Station. The staff were lovely and friendly even if I was a bit like a deer in the headlights when they spoke to me. One lovely lady asked me a question in Danish and I’ve just looked completely blank at her. I think she realised that I didn’t understand, and then asked me in English instead. Unlike Sommerfuglen, that I visited before, this yarn shop had more “everyday” yarn Which was good but I decided that I’d resist purchasing and just go with what I had with me. I then walked back to the Metro station at Norrebro via Lidl So that I can get a drink and some chocolate (I ended up finding chocolate hobnobs. Winner!) I then went back to the hostel and a little meeting before having an accidental nap. Like the boys I had a packed lunch at lunchtime.

The boys had a lovely time at the experiment Terrien. With it being term time, and not a weekend, it was a lot quieter than when we had visited in the summer.

For dinner, I went to meet the boys at McDonald’s (Østerbrogade). This actually just along the road from Nicoline Garn so it was quite easy for me to find it. I took the Metro from Skjolds Plads to Nørrebro Runddels and then walked along Østerbrogade to the McDonalds. Although I am convinced it seemed to get further away as I walked towards it lol. When I finally did get to it, I accidentally walked past and it was only when Jaxon shouted at me did I realise I’d missed it! (which he thought was hysterical!). After we had our food, we headed back to the mero and then to the hostel.

Jaxon has a Great Adventure in Copenhagen: Day 3

Back in the February half term, we went to Copenhagen for a few days. Having been in the summer too, we were excited to see the city in a different season and visit new places. We were nervous about travelling when the COVID-19 Pandemic was getting worse around us. (The first case in Denmark was reported a week after we’d been there). Anyway, here’s what we got up to while we were there. All the posts from this series can be found here.

Day Three

With it being a Sunday, we decided we’d go find a church and ended up at Hillsongs Copenhagen again. We visited while we were in Copenhagen in the Summer and it was good to go back again.

It happened to be their “Vision Sunday”, so they were sharing what the churches goals were for the coming year and what they thought God had in mind for them which was kind of exciting. The majority of the service was a video from Hillsongs Australia with the vision fo rhte whole of HIllsongs CHurches across the world.

One story in the video made me cry. I wrote down a brief version of it but I’ve found the Vision Sunday video on YouTube so that covers all of it. (Vision Sunday).

The story was in a section all about community and how the church is a community in the worldwide sense, in the local church sense but also in small groups/community group sense. The man in the story talked about how while in the US with his wife to get cancer treatment, she died very unexpectedly. Someone at his home church in Australia, passed on a message to someone at the local Hillsongs Church in the US and before he knew it someone was send to buy his groceries and someone else took him out for dinner and all kinds of things like that until he was able to head home. He was basically adopted and looked after like your own Community Group would gather around you and take care of you.

While we were in the service, Jaxon went to Hillsongs Kids again. They were really welcoming to him and made sure there was someone to translate from Danish if needed. Although the main services are predominately in English, the kids work is in Danish with translation available. When we came in the summer there was a lovely American lady who looked after Jaxon, we had hoped she might be there again but I guess we were on the wrong week so she wasn’t on kids work this time.

For lunch, we went to Smagsløget (Website – Vesterbrogade 19). Chris had prewarned me that they are big sandwiches so we would be sharing with Jaxon and still could have some spare to take home with us. I’m surprised that we hadn’t found the shop before as it was practically next-door neighbours with “our” Lidl from when we were in Copenhagen in the summer. (Apart from a stray piece of chilli in my sandwich, it was so good! If you’re ever near there make sure you go!)

After lunch we headed to the Rundetaarn (The Round Tower). I wasn’t sure how well I was going to be climbing the tower but thankfully the windows had such big window sills I could sit down on one of them every so often and catch my breath. The Rundetaarn was built as an astronomical observatory. The tower is interesting because rather than having steps the tower has a sloped ramp all the way up. Historically, it’s been ascended by horse, bicycle and unicycle. When Czar Peter The Great visited Copenhagen he road up the tower on horseback. With it being the equvialent of Half Term the week before in Denmark, a lot of the half-term activities were still running so there were all sorts of extra bit for Jaxon to do. From the top there’s an amazing view across the city. It was amazing!

For dinner, we went to a pizza restaurant called Pico (Website – Skyttegade 3). Rather than having a big pizza each or struggling to choose our toppings. We had these 3 pizzas between us with different toppings on. So one was definitely Margarita (I think the bottom one maybe?) then I think the middle one is Rosemary’s Bacon (Mozzarella, sweet potato, fresh rosemary, smokey ahumado bacon and fried crispy capers). I’m not sure what the top one was but they were all very yummy and perfect between the three of us.

Image from Pico Pizza’s FB page

We loved how cosy and hygge the restaurant was. (We sat at one of the long tables on the left near the window). We also loved that the kitchen was part of the restaurant so we could see our pizzas being made. After dinner, we then walked back to the hostel through the city.

While I looked after Jaxon back at the hostel, Chris went to explore the Copenhagen Light Festival. Across the scity during February, there are a number of light installations to be seen. They can be seen by foot, bike or Segway but also from the water. Right up Chris’s street!

All the posts from this series can be found here.

Jaxon has a Great Adventure in Copenhagen: Day 2

Nyhaven in Copenhagen with a search bar reading "Jaxon Does Copenhagen"

Back in the February half term, we went to Copenhagen for a few days. Having been in the summer too, we were excited to see the city in a different season and visit new places. We were nervous about travelling when the COVID-19 Pandemic was getting worse around us. (The first case in Denmark was reported a week after we’d been there). Anyway, here’s what we got up to while we were there. All the posts from this series can be found here.

Day Two

Today was the main feature of this trip to Copenhagen and why we were coming in February. The great thing about being in a hostel is that they often provide breakfast (usually at an extra charge to your room but it’s often cheaper than “going out” for breakfast). There were lots of choices which was good. It was your usual continental breakfast kind of thing but there was also fruit, cereal, yoghurt and other choices.

After breakfast and getting our things together for the day, we headed to the Metro Station at Skjolds Plads and took the Metro from there to Frederiksberg where we changed onto the M1 line to go to the Bella Center. (It’s like Copenhagen’s version of the ExCel Centre in London). At the front and back of the driverless trains, they had these stickers, so kids could pretend to be driving the train. Every time we got on a metro train, if there was a space at the front, Jaxon was there pretending to drive the train. He would even turn around to make sure all the people were on or off the train before pressing on the sticker to “close” or “open” the doors.

The station at the Bella Center is above ground so as soon as we pulled into the station we could see the Lego flags outside of the exhibition centre.

We headed inside and there was so much to see! We started in the Fribyg (Free Play) area where there were lots of Lego bricks to play with. Jaxon and Chris got playing but I retreated to the side and sat with my back against the wall while doing my knitting while I could. (Why do exhibition centres never have enough seats? We went to Alexandra Palace when I was pregnant with Jaxon and I ended up sitting on the floor there too because there weren’t enough seats!)

Jaxon and Lego Lightning McQueen

After convincing Jaxon to move onto the next bit, we headed further into the centre to see what we could find. We found the GBC (Great Ball Contraption) which was kind of what we had come for and it was even more impressive than it is when we see it on YouTube. (This is a walk around of the GBC at Copenhagen). Chris was having a great time looking at all the little bits but Jaxon was getting more impatient and wanted to move onto the next thing. I don’t think we’d quite released how big the event was and could have done with bringing lunch with us. As it happened, I had a big bar of chocolate in my bag and we were able to buy drinks. They were even more expensive than the usual Copenhagen prices but it would keep us going until we could go elsewhere to get some lunch. We worked our way around some more of the different exhibitions but Jaxon was flagging. Between the late night and the lack of food, he was being very grumpy and stroppy.

Rebuild The World Lego Banner at Lego World in Copenhagen

While Jaxon spent some time at one of the other free play sections, Chris went to take a look at a stand labelled “Lego Produktion”. Chris managed to find a spare stool at one of the building tables, so I could sit on that with my knitting and keep an eye on Jaxon. I think he was very excited to see the machine making Lego bricks, his excitement went up just a bit higher when he was told you could get your own printed brick. He asked me if I’d like it instead as he could only get two but I said that as much as I would like it I know that he and Jaxon would appreciate it so much more than I probably would.

Lego tooling machine
Red sparkly Leftover/Melted Lego plastic

Near the free play area we were sat at was the “Plants for Plants” display which was all about the attempts to make Lego bricks from plant-based plastics rather than the plastics they use currently. Having had a play with the bricks you really couldn’t tell that they weren’t made of plastic plastic. This week in the news, there was an article about Lego ditching plastic bags in their sets and replacing the plastic with paper bags from 2021 – this is exciting and it’s great to see change. You can read the article here.

Jaxon's Special Edition Lego Kit
A red lego brick with Jaxon's name printed in black on the side of it

After exploring some more we decided that we needed to go get some lunch. Chris had looked at the map and found there was a supermarket a short walk away from the center so we headed there for lunch and had a little picnic. We decided that we head elsewhere int he city on our way back to the hostel. Following our late night, we were all a bit weary and needed to chill out a bit.

Our exploring trip on our way back involved getting off the Metro and took a walk through Christiania towards Nyhaven then we got back onto the Metro at Kongens Nytorv.

Christiania is an intentional community within Copenhagen. Within this area, there are a few extra rules to abide by one of which is to not take photos. So although there were some amazing colourful buildings that I would love to have taken photos of, I didn’t. There’s a lot of photos on the internet but if you’d like a video, I suggest watching this one by Kara and Nate. (First Impressions of COPENHAGEN (strangest place we’ve ever been))

Once we’d been for our walk and caught the Metro back to Skjolds Plads station, we headed up to our room to relax for a bit. We put on the TV to see whether there were any cartoons or something like that for Jaxon. We found the Disney Channel but all the cartoons were in German. Jaxon said that was fine and actually ended up completely glued to the TV for a little while.

Jaxon stood on the bed watching cartoons

This was the end of Day 2. I’m sure we must have gone to get some dinner but I now can’t remember what we did! (If I remember I’ll be sure to come back and add it!)

All the posts from this series can be found here.

Jaxon has a Great Adventure in Copenhagen: Day 1

Back in the February half term, we went to Copenhagen for a few days. Having been in the summer too, we were excited to see the city in a different season and visit new places. We were nervous about travelling when the COVID-19 Pandemic was getting worse around us. (The first case in Denmark was reported a week after we’d been there). Anyway, here’s what we got up to while we were there. All the posts from this series can be found here.

Today was going to be a funny day. Chris was working from home and Jaxon went to school as normal. I had to run some work errands in the morning then came home to finish up work bits and finish packing. We’d decided that we were going to go straight away once Jaxon had finished school. Dad came to collect us from home with our luggage and then we collected Jaxon from school. He was so excited to be going on a train and an aeroplane that he didn’t stop moving until he got to the car! We got him changed in the car out of his school uniform into his “play” clothes. Dad took us straight to the train station while I packed Jaxon’s school uniform into his school bag. I switched his reading book into our hand luggage so that we could take it with us. His lovely teacher has given him a chapter book to read over half term. It’s definitely harder than the normal reading books he gets but it’s enough of a challenge to keep him interested.

Dad dropped us at the train station and Chris collected our tickets from the machine. Jaxon and I read the departures board to see which train we should be on. I picked the 1602 to Gatwick which Chris said might not be the most direct train to take. He was adamant the one we needed left about 5 minutes before from Platform 2. Well having dashed up the stairs, over the walkway and back down onto the platform it was clear the 1602 was the train we needed and when Chris checked his phone he realised his instructions were the earlier time to walk to the station to get the 1602. Oops!

We rode the train from Bedford down into London and then out through East Croydon to Gatwick. Having checked his phone a couple of times, Chris said it might be quicker to change at East Croydon for a more direct service (instead of the almost “all stops” service we were on). Between Farringdon/Blackfriar/London Bridge the train was very busy and we were at risk of getting off only to get on the other service and have to stand so we decided to stay put.

From the station, we headed into the airport and found out which terminal our flight would be leaving from. This time we were flying Norwegian and they leave from Gatwick‘s South Terminal. We headed straight to security to get ourselves sorted out. I’d packed all my liquids in a freezer bag before leaving the house so I could switch out for a “proper” one at the airport. However somehow in the crazy, I’d missed the hand sanitizer and nail varnish that was still in my backpack. I’d been using my Roka London backpack for about 5 months since I purchased it and love it. I’ve not wanted to move to a different bag. So when it came to packing a bag to use as hand luggage and then everyday bag while we were away – it was perfect. It also has room for me to carry my maternity notes. I was hoping I wouldn’t need them while away but it’s better than I have them just in case.

Anyway, we get to the x-ray machine and put all our things through. Everything goes fine until I’m pulled out the line for an extra check and my backpack is pulled to one side too. Oops! Chris was right behind me so went through and stood with Jaxon (who looked a little worried but was okay). I went through the body scanner and then collected my backpack, apologising profusely that I’d forgotten those bits. I was a little worried about if the scanner would affect baby but apparently it emits less radiation than I get from my phone so not going to harm baby. Having been through security we headed through the airport to find some food. We had a variety of choices but Chris really wanted Nando’s.

From our table in the restaurant, we could see out onto the tarmac so we could see lots of the planes reversing from the gates and getting ready to take off, while Chris was in the queue sorting the food, Jaxon and I were plane spotty and talking about the different designs on the tails of the aircraft.

Some of my dinner was very spicy even though it was the planest version on he mneu. I ended up draining most of my drink (which was really not good when I’m about to get on an aeroplane – thankfully it turned out I had an aisle seat so that was a bit easier to get to the loo when I did need it!)

After dinner we headed straight for the gate as the number had been announced although it wasn’t boarding yet. When we got to the gate, we were able to check in then find some comfy seats in like a waiting room between the check in desk and the actual door to go to the plane. We hda to wait for the next door to open but that was fine. As it happened, we ahd the “upstairs” entry so we could just walk out through the walkway right onto the plane. Jaxon had the window seat again so he got to watch the world go by and be excited about that.

The flight wasn’t too bad. There was a bumpy moment with some turbulence but that passed quickly. The onboard wifi wouldn’t let me text so although I texted Our Sidekick and my parents to tell them where we were etc, it didn’t send so they got a text about being over the North Sea as we landed in Copenhagen and my phone connected to the mobile network there.

I texted Our Sidekick from the Metro. As we got into the city there were more people on the train. A (possibly) drunk chap started to talk to Jaxon and I. Chris kept saying “They don’t speak Danish” (in Danish too!) but not really loud enough for the man to hear and I just sat there. I don’t know whether the combination of being pregnant and in a semi-strange setting was triggering some kind of anxiety. I was a state and had to try and hold it together. I just wanted to get off the train and protect Jaxon. Thankfully more people got on and then the chap moved further away from us. It’s possible he was just making conversation but I was so shaken by it.

We arrived at the hotel at almost midnight so were all very shattered. We stayed at the A&O Hostel at Norrebro. Even with it being so late, the staff were lovely and helpful. When we arrived at the reception desk, the receptionist was busy dealing with the people in front of us so the barman came over to check if we were okay and if there was anything he could do to help us in the meantime. We found our way to our room and got sorted out. Jaxon was very excited that he had a bunk bed and chose to go on the top bunk. I was a little nervous as it didn’t have proper steps but Chris’s side of the bed was so close, that if Jaxon did fall, he’d more than likely land on the bed. The mattress would work as a crash mat and hopefully, he’d be fine.

The A&O Hostel is right at one end of the Superkilen Park. The hostel is the building in the top left corner. The Park then runs for around half a mile between blocks of apartments and other buildings. Partway along the park there is a community space and a library. The park is dedicated to celebrating ethnic diversity with Norrebro being one of Copenhagen’s most diverse neighbourhoods. Throughout the park, there are different objects from different places in the world. Jaxon’s favourite was the Octopus/Squid slide from Japan (see image 22/57 here). I loved the elephant slide from Chernobyl and the star-shaped fountain from Morocco. There is a map of all the objects here (it might take a Google search to find images of them all).

Image from here.

It was too late to explore that night but we were definitely going to take a look at least once in the rest of our week!

All the posts from this series can be found here.