If you really want to feel like a yuppie, walk through Christiania in Copenhagen while pushing a stroller with one hand while clutching your cappuccino from Baresso in the other.
In Christiania, the division seems to be not so much tourist vs. resident but rather yuppie vs. hippie. Oh, there were plenty of us coffee-carriers walking about, and I’d be willing to be most were, uh, visitors. But there were also free-spirited backpacker types lying on the grass or buying things that one can legally buy there (especially on Pusher Street and in the Green Light District) — and then lying on the grass.
I also saw many industrious people that July morning, as a large fruit and vegetable was being set up, but overall it was quiet because people were still asleep from the notorious parties the night before. The main noise was from large dogs roaming around, which made me kind of nervous.
As a Freetown that was founded in 1971, Christiania is one of Copenhagen’s biggest tourist attractions. But this is one tourist attraction that you’re NOT supposed to photograph. There are “no photos” signs all over this hippie enclave, and naturally that just made me want to photograph everything even more.
If I had more time, I would have taken a guided tour because that would have brought me to more areas that were OK to photograph. There are so many interesting houses that people built by hand with eclectic materials, and probably many of those owners would be happy to be photographed. But I wasn’t about to go knocking on doors by myself. There’s also a lot of cool murals and graffiti in Christiania.
It’s just amazing that a place like Christiania even exists within the confines of Copenhagen, which is so manicured, modern and design-oriented, with some gorgeous historical castles and buildings of course. Christiania is a time warp back to the 1970’s, although its heyday has long passed. In many ways, it feels more anachronistic than Rosenborg castle.