March 29, 2011

Hello from Copenhagen! First day and initial thoughts

12 hours later, I arrived in Copenhagen airport with a total checked in baggage of 45 kg and cabin baggage of 25kg. Don't ask me how I managed to get away with it, but I am certainly grateful to have all my bags of makeup with me. With an exception of a few things that I had to dispose or give away due to airline weight restrictions. This is a reason to celebrate!

Upon arrival, I decided to explore the city with my trusty DSLR. I wanted to play around with my camera aperture but in the end, just programmed it to auto because it was super chilly at 2 degrees celsius. Fingers just do not operate very well in near zero degree temperatures.

The view right outside my hotel - Marriot Copenhagen.

S-Tog, trains that take you arounnd Copenhagen. Here I am situated at Kopenhagen H station.

The view is really peaceful, but I wish pictures could show you how incredibly windy Copenhagen is.

Venturing into the main shopping district of Copenhagen, Ostergade and Kobmagergade. Pebbled streets wave around the city with pedestrians in casual-chic fashion.

They have the usual shops in the precinct, but with 25% VAT as 'ice cream topping'. lol.

I wish I knew the name of this fountain. This was my landmark when I got lost in the city today.

Danish pastries for the sweet tooth.

Immediately I had to check out the drugstore range in Copenhagen. Matas, the equivalent of Guardian and Watsons in Singapore, is the only source of toiletries. Surprisingly, it stocks high end cosmetics and skincare like Chanel, Biotherm, Clarins etc, as well as the usual Loreal, Maybelline, Maxfactor, Gosh cosmetics, and more. The difference is that the floor space is not as crowded as Watsons (and there is much less selection as well).

I ended up getting the Aussie shampoo and conditioner, because they were the only products I could understand from a shelf of Danish. It's pretty funny in retrospect. The shop assistants were all approaching me with Danish, and I was wondering what I was wearing today that made me look like such a local. 

Well, today is not a time for venturing into Danish cosmetic brands. Today is a time to reminisce and feel homesick. Already? Yes, very much so. How I wish I could dig into $5 chicken rice.

Some of you would already know that I have a separate blog called Living Denmark. If I keep up with 2 blogs, I feel that it might be quite alot of effort to maintain. Now, I have a question to ask you... Would you prefer to have my posts on travels & Denmark in a separate blog and keep this one here focused primarily on beauty? Please let me know by writing your comments below!



gigidob said...

I wouldn't mind having a make up & travel blog in one as both are big passions of mine and I love reading your experiences! :)

Miaka said...

All in 1 blog sounds good!

Rainy Days and Lattes said...

I love reading your travel posts, so you should definitely keep them here. Afterall, beauty and travel somehow do tie in together especially if you're going to venture into their local cosmetics and skincare... you know :p Are you going to be travelling there or moving here for work? Denmark is an incredible place from what I see in movies and pictures. I only wish I could go and visit the city! Even Singapore. Hainan Chk Rice is so good!

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