A Review of the Copenhagen Zoo

You know what I hate about the Copenhagen Zoo? Nothing, it was a delightful experience.

Exhibit Size
I always felt like I was spoiled with zoos and museums growing up, having access to the Houston Zoo and the Houston Museum of Natural History. Obviously they’ll be outclassed by the San Diego Zoo and the Smithsonian, but I wasn’t expecting the Copenhagen Zoo to be any better than Houston’s. Heck, I was expecting a repeat of the Central Park Zoo, which I remember having very small enclosures (it’s in the middle of a city) and even inaccurate informational posters. 

One of the indoor elephant enclosures

But even though the Copenhagen Zoo is in Denmark’s capital, the exhibits were absolutely enormous. The Zoo only has 27 acres of land (compared to Houston’s 55 and San Diego’s 100), but the enclosures for any given animal seemed about three times the size of Houston’s. No animals were pacing except for the wolves (granted, it’s difficult to give wolves enough space). The polar bear had five separate enclosures, not including the water sections. Even the tiny red panda and Capuchins had two different exhibits they could walk between, using mesh tubes that spanned overhead. And the elephants? Jesus Christ. Not only did they have the usual large outdoor sandlot, but they also had three separate indoor enclosures (though one was exclusively for the bull elephant). 

And it really seemed to show. The animals all seemed a lot happier and more active — not to mention fertile, as there was hardly an exhibit without babies. The macaques, elephants, giraffes, hippos, Capuchins, and bears all had offspring following them around.  … More A Review of the Copenhagen Zoo

Danish Food Review #3 – International Foods

We leave the “local junk food” section and enter the international section. Many people look down on eating international foods when vacationing in other countries, but the fact of the matter is that modern Danes are just as connected to the international market as the rest of us are. Not only that, but I’ve found that every country puts its own personal spin on international cuisine, which can inform you just as much about the local culture as the foods they’ve been eating for hundreds of years. Fast food restaurants were turned into lavish cafes; burgers can turn into “freshly ground beef” or “all vegetarian” with equal likelihood; Thai food loses its spice and frozen popsicles take on flavors of local berries; ice cream becomes topped with licorice and pancakes become more like thin-crusted pizzas. You never quite know what you’re going to get when worlds collide… … More Danish Food Review #3 – International Foods

Danish Food Review #2 – Sweets

Now we’re getting into the candy section! Denmark is flooded with American candies like Skittles and Twix, and with German sweets like Kinder eggs and Haribo gummies, but several Danish sweets are very common — and working hard to earn them a place in the top three happiest countries on the planet. How well are those sweets working?

Pretty darn well. … More Danish Food Review #2 – Sweets

Danish Food Review #1 – Traditional Dishes

This will be news to most of you, but my dad recently moved to Denmark for his work, which means I’m going to be spending a lot of time with the Danes! For New Years 2019, I spent two weeks in Lyngby — a small town just north of Copenhagen. Which means I had plenty of time to try traditional Danish foods, as well as the Danish incarnations of many American and International foods… … More Danish Food Review #1 – Traditional Dishes