Home to the free-town of Christania
This is the fourth part in my series documenting my experience inter-railing across Europe. For those that haven’t seen this photo series before, Europe after BREXIT was a name I gathered inspiration from whilst I was in Amsterdam. As soon as we left the train station, a bar had changed around the letters on it’s shop front to ‘F^CK BREXIT, as it clearly had some feelings towards the way in which Britain decided to vote leave. Europe after BREXIT is in no way a political statement from me. Personally, I respect the 17.5 million people who voted leave and can see why (apart from the immigration reasons) they wanted to leave the EU. However, Europe after BREXIT is about exploring the humanity, beauty and culture of Europe, that unites those within the EU together. A couple of my friends and I decided to inter-rail around Europe after the announcement that Britain would be leaving the EU, was simply because we wanted to experience Europe with ease. Perhaps in two years we would have had to apply for visas for each country, and in general it could have been a lot harder to travel around Europe than it was.
This forth part of my series is focusing on the beautiful city of Copenhagen. If you have been to Scandinavia you would agree that there is something so inspiring about how Scandinavians act and treat their cities. Simplicity is all around you in Copenhagen, from the layout of the streets to the way people dress. It is actually crazy how well dressed everybody is, and it is not showy or self entitled. They just manage to do the basics well. The nightlife is amazing, the meatpacking district has all the bars and clubs you could ask for and you will meet people from all over Europe enjoying the music until the early hours of the morning. Freetown Christiania is the self-proclaimed autonomous neighbourhood of Copenhagen, and pretty much anything goes. The only things you are not allowed to are take photos or run, as it has quite a bad relationship with the state and police. If you walk towards the Little Mermaid just outside the centre of the city you will see beautiful greenery everywhere and it acts as a really nice area to get lost away from the bustling vibes of the centre of the city. The food is quite pricey, but check out the pizza slices they do there, they are extremely underrated. Overall, Copenhagen is like a model city. Great people, beautiful architecture, amazing shopping, and good nightlife. What more could you want?
Words and photography by Bilal Akkouche