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Transcript of Copenhague
III) Copenhagen : linked to Europe and to the world
Europe in Copenhagen
Various cultural influences
We found Manhattan in Copenhagen. However this is just a pizzeria there.
Manhattan in KBH
In KBH, there’s a finance center as the CBD in Manhattan.
The Danske Bank is the most important bank of Denmark. We saw many of those buildings in KBH.
Stores, hotels, restaurants
Nyahvn in an iconic place of KBH, it’s a well-known dock where tourists can found typical restaurants and eat in front of old fishing boats.
One of those restaurants is the Nyahvn 17, which is more modern that the others and also more expensive.
I) Quality of life
The Danske Byggen is also a very impressive building of the capital city where there are many trades of money.
There are a lot of hotels in KBH : tourism is a very dynamic business ; we met people from all corner of the UE and the world.
At the end of Nyahvn street, at the water's edge, there is a huge show room in a modern building. People organize shows but also conferences in this wonderful setting.
Each restaurant in Nyahvn street has its own symbol : a ship, a fish, a barrel…
A lot of people in KBH ride a bicycle so it’s not surprising to find a bicycle rental.
History at all corners
From industrial to post industrial
Amaliensborg is the castle of the royal family. The place has a particular shape : it’s an octagon.
In the middle of the place of Amalienborg we found a statue with Latin inscriptions.
Traditionally fishing was the way of earn money for KBH’s inhabitants.
Christiansborg could be called “the cursed castle”, indeed it burnt two times and was built again each time. We visited the bedrocks of the former castle (located under the place of Christiansborg) and saw statues of the successive owners of this major historical place.
Many buildings are former factories, they’re made of bricks and their red facades remind the industrialization in Europe during the 19th century.
The industrial harbor is mechanized to unload containers from cargos. The harbor of KBH is the most important of the country, but it isn’t big enough to be considered as one of the harbors of the Northern Range as the hub of Rotterdam
Nowadays next to some buildings
we can find factories.
Old and new, bold and creative
The pediment of this house symbolized the Nordic God of the sea, Njörd.
There is a huge contrast between those two sorts of buildings : the red ones are old and the white ones and the ones made of glass are new.
What a strange construction… It seems to be a bubble of glass on the sea.
On the other side of the sea the opera meets factories.
This is the contemporary style of the most famous press agency in KBH. The straight are made of wood which is very ecologic.
A beautiful point of view over KBH on the top of a bell tower.
The old churches are hidden behind the new buildings.
Others things done to improve the quality of life
More and more modern escalators which are built for the benefit of the population.
A typical and modern lift in the botanical garden.
A practical way to spend time when you are constantly moving.
This is a checkout which calculates automatically the money it has to give back to the customer. It’s useful because faster.
A more ecological and more hygienic system for the Danish population.
Copenhagen, a city always under construction which does not stop embellishing and modernizing.
A city doing everything to satisfy the population.
The city hall set up an ingenious system facilitating the movement of bikes by staircases.
A city with numerous parks, to chill out.
We can visit the botanical park which is one of the most known.
Thanks to this park, the city shows a real contrast between the nature and the urbanism.
So, we can admire the beautiful landscape. Even if this city is ceaselessly in perpetual movement, she still offers some serenity places.
Mixing town planning and environment, Copenhagen set up several parks where we can rest there.
This picture was taken on the first evening we spent in Copenhagen. We stand in front of a wall of posters of movies, which are coming from different countries.
This is Lea and Juliette standing in front of the showcase of the shop Kenzo, an international brand of clothes.
This is the poster of a döner kebab, which mix the words “Kebab” and “Kobenhavn”
Here we can see Lea and Clara with a vendor in the shop “Disney”. This is an international brand, known in many countries by its movies.
This is Lea with a vendor who has muslim origins in a shop of cellphones.
Here we can see Clara and Juliette with a mannequin wearing the irish traditional costume. It was made because of the St-Patrick, a traditional celebration in the Irish country.
This is a poster that we saw in the Museum of Copenhagen. We can read on this poster that in the past, the foreigners of the city didn’t want to mix with the danes.
This is Clara and Lea with a group of young people coming from England, which are in Copenhagen for an association.
This is the picture of a shoe that we saw in the showcase of the shop “Louboutin” , a very famous brand of shoes.
This is the sign of a restaurant which is called “Le Diamant”. This is a french word, which design a precious stone.
Different social classes
A city for mothers and children
A city for young and senior people
We talked with a woman from a higher class that just like everyone else, goes to the park and sits on a bench to relax.
She told us that in 2018, a new metro will be built.
Cars from differents brand are driving on the same road.
We saw some tags on the walls of an old building, probably made by persons from a lower class
We couldn’t take pictures with so much elders, but they were all nice and happy to live in such a wonderful city where they could live nicely without any problems.
We talked with a very nice woman who had just finished her classes and who was going to go home by bike, it’s a conveyance very practical, because you’re very free and you don't need to pay the bus.
We also met middle school students with an elementary student on their way to school.
It was our only chance to take a picture with a mother and her child but they told us it was a routine for them to stroll around the city because it’s a nice and safe place.
A little girl is on a slide in a playground. We can find those playgrounds a little everywhere in the city which is very nice for young children.
The little girl is there with her grandma on a swing in the same playground. Her grandma told us that she was keeping her granddaughter while her daughter was shoping. She also told us that the latter is studying in Denmark because it’s a good place where you can study, and cheaper than Olso.
At school/at work
People in uniform
We met this man in his souvenir shop in Ostergade. He was nice and he told us about his job, which he likes because he has everyday the great opportunity to talk with people from all over the world. He also told us about Copenhagen in summer and its atmosphere which is totally different to the one there is in winter.
We met this woman at her work, in a big Lego shop, in Ostergade too. She told us that she likes her job because she can help people and she said that Danemark is the country of Lego, it’s a symbol Damemark’s proud, all over the world. She said what is magic with Legos is the fact to build something new with always the same pieces.
Our way to find this school was quite long. We first went into a sort of shop in Nyhavn, thinking it was a sort of tourist office. But it wasn’t. It was in reality a sort of restaurant guide called ‘Spy Nyhavn’. But the nice woman printed us the adress and telephon number of the N.Zahles Skole, a gymnasium near from Nyhavn. So we went there, but when we arrived in the street, we couldn’t find the school. We walked three times in the street around, but we couldn’t find it. Eventually, we asked somebody and he shown us where the school was. A nice experience of the obvious danish hospitality.
We asked people and they told us about Copenhagens informatik and management university. So we took the metro and went there. It’s a really big building with lots of glass everywhere. We also saw the students going to the university, and pupils too, going to the gymnasium just next to the university.
This picture is quite awesome because it shows the inside of the university. The design is really different of the one we could experienced in France. The students are working in sort of white cubes which almost seem in levitation. The building in really open, again with a strong impression of sun and modernity. A nice place to work, at least.
That’s the first personn we met and talked to in Copenhagen. We didn’t talk that much, because he couldn’t speak neither english nor german. But we understood that he comes from South Africa. His job was putting the dish off the street, which we don’t really often see in France, but there, in Copenhagen, there were quite a lot. His uniform was orange and blue and quite warm, because it was still cold, the whole day outside in Copenhagen.
We met this man in front of the King’s palace. He just walks in front of the door, so that nobody can't enter. His uniform is black, with a big hat, which is probably really heavy.
We had to let 1 meter between him and us, just to be sure we aren’t terrorists. And he didn’t had the right to talk with us, but he said two or three words though.
This man was holding a placard promoting his café. His uniform was blue and he was just holding the placard, in order to make everybody see it.
We were looking for the Copenhagen’s Museum and asked this man if he would know where it might be. But the man couldn’t talk english or german. He was sweeping the snow and his uniform was green and warm again because of the weather.
We found this restaurant by chance but we were so happy because it wasn’t only called ‘France’, it was called ‘L’Alsace’. We entered and the man could speak french, he told us about his Grandparent’s coming to Copenhagen to open their restaurant here. He told us about his danish wife and he said that he visits his family in Alsace but that he wouldn’t want to live there again because Copenhagen is his home now : his children go there to school and his wife has her family there.
He also told us about the treatment of organic garbage. When the restaurant has organic waste, it’s all ‘aspirating’ by a sort of a big tube and the waste goes to a central building where it is used to heat us the city on a central basis. We learned a lot and we were really happy to find a piece of our home in Copenhagen.
Europe’s influence in Copenhagen is also shown by this map where all the european countries are drawn with their flags, their capital city, their money and their number of inhabitants.
This time frieze relates the biggest event of Europa’s construction for instance the ‘Traité de Rome’ in 1957 which is, in many ways, the birth certificate of the European Union.
This Europa Huset shows quite well the presence of Europe in Copenhagen. The two European Union flags show it quite well too. We wanted to enter in this ‘Europa Huset’ but unfortunately, we couldn’t because it was closed.
We found in Copenhagen this big transnational company. In the shop we found again the same things that are sell in France, which really shows the globalization of our world.
We also found this museum where you can see the greatest world record. It is again a sign of this world in concurrence with everybody. We can notice all the flags which also shows this indisputable European presence in Copenhagen.
Danemark does not have the ‘Euro’ but the ‘Danish Krone’ so we could see tons of Money exhange office, where you can exchange your money. This is again a sign of this european and worldwide influence in Copenhagen.
This picture is funny because we see in the camera the shop called Zara which also exists in France and in Germany. Paradoxically, while everything was really expensive in Copenhagen, Zara was cheaper. In France, Zara gives itself an image of luxus and money, while in Copenhagen, it is not the case.
Zara’s presence shows quite well the influence of Europe with the same stores in different countries,even if there can be some differences, especially in the price of the clothes.
Most of the time, lots of people don’t have coins. It’s a problem when they have to pay the car park. That’s why it became possible to pay his ticket thanks to his mobile phone. This is fast and easy. Moreover, there is an other advantage : when the duration of the parking fall due, you get a SMS and you can pay again, you’re not obliged to go to the ticket machine again.
Copenhagen hopes to favor soft means of transportation and to reduce the place of the car in the city, that’s why park in the city center is expensive.
Besides the taxi, there are "cycle-taxi". There are often in the Strøget pedestrian zone, the most central place in central Copenhagen.
Many Copenhagen residents move in the city thanks to their bikes. There are often bicycle pathes separated of the roadway ; this is not habitual in France. Everything is done to develop this mean of transportation, there are many bicycles sheds for instance. Moreover we can find free bikes in Copenhagen, like in Paris.
The bus allows to move fast, there is one every 10 minutes.
There are some boats on the Sydhavnen, which are useful for their owners : they don't have to wait for the ferry, they are more independent.
Copenhagen Metro is a rapid transit 20.5 km system opened between 2002 and 2007. It has two lines, M1 and M2, and there are 22 stations.
The ferry is really useful to cross the Sydhavnen, and isn’t so slow. Moreover, there is one ferry every 30 minutes.
This trip to Copenhagen which lasted one week was an excellent experience, it was enriching culturally and relationally. Indeed, we learned to discover Copenhagen and its inhabitants otherwise than in the books, and this trip learned us how to open up to the others.
To finish, we would like to thank M. Siegel and Miss Fischer for their indisputable support, before, during and after the trip, and for their advice.