Today was the first day I had to figure out the trains here in Copenhagen. It was not as bad as I originally thought, but there were quite a few times where I just wasn’t sure what to do. Luckily my friend Sarah was there with me (actually a friend, no longer tentative!) or else I would have stayed confused.
Trying to figure out zones here is very hard. There are several zones that correspond to different sections of the city. There are 9 zone “rings” that tell you your fare, and 1 through like 95 different zones within the rings themselves. It gets rather confusing and at points nerve racking, because the fine for having the wrong ticket is 750 dkk. I have also found that as long as you have a train ticket in the area you need a bus on, you can use the same pass that you had earlier. I didn’t know that the tickets could count for metro, train, and bus.
We figured it out after a few minutes of muttering between ourselves to see what we needed to do. I personally am a very chill traveler when I travel with at least one other person. I know that others get really nervous when trying to figure out a system, but that lets me be the calm one and helps me remember that there is always a way to get to where we need to be with plenty of room for error. I like that, though, because I can use basic logic skills to figure my way through an area. It’s why I love making mental maps and knowing that I can always figure out which direction is North. I can find my way back to anywhere that way.
Once we figured out traveling, we arrived at Ordrupgaard an hour after it opened. The temporary exhibit (I wonder why we keep the h in this word, it’s clear that the word no longer has need for it as we do not pronounce the ‘h’ sound… when was it pronounced then?) was based on Hammershøi and his works featuring his home with lighting as a focus. It was interesting to see the way it reflected off of the tables via oil paint. It’s really hard to get the reflections of these things, so props to him.
The really, really cool part was the outdoors sculpture/interactive structure garden around the museum itself. Featured in this post is a mirror maze that reflects what is around it, causing a sense of disorientation, which is further enhanced by the shadows from the pillars on the ground. It is very interesting to look at and go through. There was also a floating mirror that span with the wind, a giant ring that sprayed mist around it to form rainbows, and a wooden structure that wobbled and allowed people to ‘use’ it. Overall a really cool trip for the day.