When I decided to join my brother in Ireland I presented myself with a new challenge, find the cheapest route there from South Korea. I've mastered the layover on many occasions, usually in China, and sometime not by choice, but I was about to set myself up for a whole new ball game. The flight I chose took me from Seoul to Bangkok, where I napped on a bench for a few hours before an early morning departure to Copenhagen. There I had time to get out and stretch my legs, 16 hours in fact. I've done this before in China, but was never too eager to get out of the airport and explore, the airport is generally an hour+ ride from the city, times are obscure and well, China. Copenhagen is different though, one quick metro ride drops you in the center of it all, which isn't too hard considering the overall size of the city. Not wanting to show up in London absolutely shattered I decided to book a bed in a hostel and make the most of this layover.
Part of the reason I chose to finally explore Europe was due to promises I had made to reconnect with old friends and travel companions. After completing my short stopover in Norway, it was time for the first of many reunions. My flight from Norway sent me on a direct route to Copenhagen, a city I used to dream about. I considered studying abroad there, but after taking a look at the price tag and winter temperatures, Sydney Australia came out victorious. This time around, I only had a few days to spare, a friend with an open couch and temperatures looked promising. I originally met my friend Christian in Vietnam, he was stuck in Da Nang due to a motorbike accident while I was just passing through. We spent two short days together but somehow, his was a connection I remembered and didn't hesitate to contact him when planning my route through Europe. Despite his busy schedule, Christian was more than willing to host me and even took the time to come meet me at the airport upon my arrival.
Deemed one of the happiest countries in the world, this small nordic country is full of life. From winding canals to notable architecture, you'll be entertained. Oh and bikes, don't forget about the bikes.