My next stop after London was supposed to be Stockholm via the glorious and glamorous Ryanair. Back in June, when I booked a one-way flight for only $40, I was too caught up in the excitement of finding such a great deal that I wasn’t thinking about practicalities. For instance, I wasn’t thinking about the fact that I would be relocating to another country and the amount of baggage I would need to check might cost me more than another transatlantic flight.

Years ago I learned the hard way that the low budget airlines of Europe make a good portion of their profits through overweight charges. In my opinion, Ryanair is the worst of the bunch allowing you to check in up to three bags at £10 to £20 each with a maximum combined weight of 15 kilos. If you go over that, they charge you £15 per extra kilo. 15 KILOS? That is approximately 33 pounds and approximately the weight of my toiletry bag alone. Ok, so that is a bit of an exaggeration, but for an average backpacker visiting Europe for a few weeks having a 33 pound backpack would be considered a great achievement. For me and my situation, having a 33 pound bag would only happen in my dreams.

Since I was in no shape to be paying an arm and a leg for transporting my entire life to Sweden, and since I did have to be at Malmö Festivalen in the south a few days later, I decided at the last minute to fly just across the Øresund strait into Copenhagen on Norwegian Airlines for not much more than I originally paid for the Ryanair flight. For the record, my suitcase weighed in at about 23 kilos and the nice lady at the Norwegian counter simply gave me a friendly reminder about the maximum allowance being 20 kilos for the next time I fly with them. I love Scandinavians! Once I arrived, I only had about four hours until my train left for Malmö but now “seeing Copenhagen” would finally be checked off my list of things to do. I love Europe!

From Copenhagen Airport, I took a 15 minute train ride to Copenhagen’s central station (København H) and dropped my bags off at the bagagebokse.

I exited the station and headed straight to the Tourist Information office on the other side of Vesterbro-gade. I’m actually not much of a “Tourist Information” type of girl and like to explore cities with not much more than a map and a prayer, but with the limited amount of time that I had to see as much as possible, planning it out with the help of a professional was the best thing to do.

Copenhagen is a stunning city and very easy to get around by foot, although by bike is the modus operandi.

Walking up to Nyhavn, it hit me that I was actually in Copenhagen. This is the first and only time I sat down while I was there…to take it all in.

From Nyhavn I walked non-stop for nearly four hours. You can see all of my pictures here. The thing I liked most about Copenhagen was how laid back it was and how much people seemed to enjoy the simple things in life. The weather was perfect and i seemed like because of that everyone just dropped what they were doing and headed straight to the park with their friends or families. I mean, it was midday and the Royal Garden was packed! That’s my kind of city.

In the end, four hours in Copenhagen was not nearly enough time and I would love to go back to see some of the sights I missed and check out the nightlife. Maybe rent a bike because EVERYONE is doing it. At least I avoided flying one of the worst airlines in Europe AND I got a taste of Denmark’s capital…thank you, Ryanair.