hello copenhagen!

24Jan09

i stepped off the plane last weekend, right into the welcoming arms of 1) my wonderful new danish visiting family and 2) a grey, damp, overhanging mist whose icy fingers tickled the bone marrow of my sunshine-worshipping skeleton.

[little did i know that mister icy mist would would be looking over my shoulder…every…day.  anders, who led us to our kollegium in Norrebro on the first night, cheerily informed us that he had not seen real sunlight for about six weeks.]

except for tuesday! on tuesday afternoon, the sun came out.  and then, so did the rest of the city =)  as part of the DIS orientation, we embarked upon a summer camp-esque scavenger hunt, and it turned out to be one of the best parts of my first week.  armed with our metro passes and cryptically colorful maps, my ‘survival danish’ classmates and i trotted from the fountain at Amagertorv [Amager market], to Trinity Church [with the round tower], to Magasin [the city’s biggest department store], to Rosenborg [summer palace+gardens of king christian IV], to Amalienborg [royal palace], to Christiansborg Square [danish parliament].

i guess i had tried to mentally prepare for denmark’s weather, but i severely underestimated exactly how malleable my mood can be by the presence of sunlight.

monday, at radhuspladsen [city hall square]

monday =( at radhuspladsen, city hall square

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tuesday! =) at Amagertorv

even the tiniest little swathes of sunlight make me extremely giddy.  and at such a northern latitude, the shadows are so long that they’re almost….dreeeeamy.

walking to the grocery store to learn danish food names such as 'kylling' (aka chicken, but do not pronounce 'keeeling' unless you want to be handed a kitten)

walking to the grocery store to learn danish food names such as 'kylling' (aka chicken, but pronounced 'kuuueling' and not 'kiiilling' unless you want to be handed a kitten)

a little danish hot dog stand where i grab 20 kroner (~$4, sad) sausages when i am famished between classes

a little danish hot dog stand where i grab 20 kroner (~$4, very sad) sausages when i am famished between classes

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amagertorv again, my favorite open spot in the city (so far). it sits at a natural widening of the streets at stroget and kobermagade, and used to be an old marketplace, but is now a gathering spot where little fashionable danish teenagers sit and gossip at the fountain during lunchtime

at rosenborg / kongens have, the royal garden

at rosenborg / kongens have, the royal garden of king christian IV, denmark's famously spendthrifty, alcoholic, round-tummied, and most beloved monarch.

i’m really excited to trot all over and soak in more sunlight patches once daylight explodes from eight to sixteen hours as this semester unfurls =)



5 Responses to “hello copenhagen!”

  1. 1 crystaltricity

    there is no sun in boston either tiffy. how do you subsist here for so long? anyways! i’m glad you’re having fun…I miss you!! and have a furry surprise to mail you. dahaha.

  2. 2 inmexico

    “pronounced ‘kuuueling’ and not ‘kiiilling’ unless you want to be handed a kitten” haha

    i’m now just waiting for the picture of you on a bike in a very fashionable outfit.

  3. “even the tiniest little swathes of sunlight make me extremely giddy.” – evidently a very Iffany like sentence.

    I’m so glad you’re enjoying your temporary home for the next couple of months.

    Love, extremely jealous in Los Angeles😉

  4. Wow, I love your pictures! I’m sorry for the lack of sunlight, but… well, I think I’ve gotten used to it, being indoors all the time. I hope it doesn’t affect you too much!

  5. Funny enough – you forget to mention the website HelloCopenhagen.dk !


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