Copenhagen, Denmark Sep 2006.
This image was taken in downtown Copenhagen in the area with lots of pedestrianised malls and shops.
Somewhat unfarily, I suspect, I only have an average impression of Copenhagen. I think it’s unfair because I visited the city after having visited quite a few others and although each country and city is unique, there are also elements which are common, such that not much of the Copenhagen that I saw felt unique.
One thing that does stand out about the city was how calm and clean it was. If you want to visit a place where you can get away from it all but can’t do without your running taps and light bulbs, then perhaps Copenhagen is the perfect place. You might notice that there are not only loads of bicycles but there also many slightly unusual bike-cum-pram contraptions which all look homemade but which are a real environmentally friendly and modern approach to an urban space, and I couldn’t help but to feel that everything just seemed to work.
Unlike on the streets of China, although this image of the bicycle parking lot may at first blush give a sense of overwhelming chaos, the high number of bicycles doesn’t in fact create any sense of anarchy.