I woke up to the city covered with a fresh layer of snow and more snow falling from the sky. On a day like today most would want to curl up inside under the blankets but the Canadian in me told me to go out and enjoy the weather. I bundled up, long johns included, and headed outside. I went to the park and for the first time it was almost completely empty. Even when it's cold there are always people walking, running, enjoying the park, but not today. There were a few kids tobogganing and a couple people walking their dogs but that was it. I walked through the paths, or where I thought the paths went, and there was nobody to be seen. I snapped a few pictures and headed home to make myself a nice hot drink! Now that I have enjoyed the snow, I am ready for spring!
Nothing too exciting to report on so I thought I'd upload some pictures I've taken but not posted :)
The third batch of cookies are the best to date! I used a recipe very similar to my dads, although not as good as his, they turned out quite well. I cut up large chunks of chocolate and added m&ms - bring on the chocolate rush!!
Flowers are blooming and looking absolutely beautiful!
SMOOTHIES!! I love this cup I got for Christmas, perfect for my smoothie obsession. No need to worry mom, I am getting my daily intake of fruit!
I received lovely flowers from my mom and dad for graduating! Thank you, they are beautiful!
Yesterday I went to visit some family, it was a very hygge afternoon. We ate and drank and had a great time together. Today it was cold and snowing all day so Seb and I spent most of the day inside. By the looks of the weather forecast, the next few days are going to continue to be cold and snowy. But I can't complain, it's nothing near as cold or as snowy as back home!
I finally received all of my final grades which means I have OFFICIALLY GRADUATED!! I thought I would celebrate the best way I know how - SHOPPING!! There are two major sales in Copenhagen and one of them runs from Jan 1 - Jan 31. Connie and I decided to head downtown to Strøget, the walking street with many shops, to see what we could find. I found a pair of converse and a sweater (it's folded, not a crop top). I'd say they were well deserved purchases! And we of course had to stop for coffee and cake at a cafe along the way.
This week I also got a bike! It happens to be the same bike I had when I was on exchange and I am so happy to have it back. The best way to get around Copenhagen is definitely on a bike and I am excited to get exploring. The weather has been quite drab... Temperature has been between 0 and 5 plus the strong and cold wind! The sun seems to be a very rare sight, when it is out I make sure to get out and enjoy it. I am on my way out now but I will be sure to post again soon!
I spent yesterday afternoon around the town with my friend Connie. We went to Cafe 22 which is located on the lakes. It was our favourite brunch spot on exchange and was nice to go back. We had coffee and cake and the Cafe is as wonderful as it was 2 years ago! It is located right on the waterfront of the lakes and in the summer has tables and chairs outside to enjoy your coffee. After an hour or so in the cozy, hygge atmosphere we headed out to the shops. We popped into a few boutiques and went back to Connie's. We made a pot of tea and watched the documentary Chasing Ice. Later that evening Seb and I headed over to his friend's place for his friend's birthday.
Today has been spent relaxing! I went for a walk in the park and the wind was howling, it was cold yet lovely. I plan on spending the rest of the day keeping warm and watching Netflix!
I want to wish a very Happy Birthday to Auntie Karen! I hope you have a wonderful day :)
I decided to try and bake some cookies! Everyone knows and loves my dad's homemade cookies so I asked him for the recipe. I went over the ingredients list, found what I already had and translated a list of ingredients to find at the grocery store. I headed down to the grocery store and started what turned into quite the difficult task. I found a few items but then had to ask for some help, the man helped me with a few items until he couldn't figure out what I was looking for. After enlisting the help of yet another employee who used his phone to google what it was I was looking for, we came to the conclusion that shortening doesn't exist in Denmark. Not only does shortening not exist, but neither does chocolate chips! After a bit of searching I was able to find what I determined to be suitable substitutes. Now came time to bake, or so I thought... Before I started I had to convert all of the measurements, apparently one 'cup' isn't a valid form of measurement, who would have thought. Once the baking finally began I could tell right away something wasn't quite right but I went with it. With a bit of help from Seb the cookie dough was ready, put on cookie sheets and thrown in the oven. The first batch was slightly over cooked and the second slightly under cooked. Needless to say, everyone still liked them! Looks like I have a long way to go in the baking department...
Nothing too exciting to update you on since Saturday. I have been working on getting things ready and sorted for my permit and reorganizing my resume to make it look more "Danish". Ran into a few issues with the permit but hopefully nothing to stop me from receiving it. Hopefully I will get it soon and be able to start looking for jobs.
The past few days in Copenhagen have been cold and rainy... bit of a drag. A couple days ago Copenhagen saw it's first snowfall of the year! It was beautiful but by morning the snow was gone and the rain was back. Sunday was the first sunny day I had seen in a while so i took the opportunity to head to the park for a run. The park is nearby and a great running spot. The pictures above are taken in the park, on a not so sunny day. There's one area in the park I always make an effort to pass by, it's where everyone brings their dogs to play!
Although it was a cold and rainy Saturday, Seb and I decided to get out and visit Frederiksborg Palace, about 50km outside of Copenhagen. We walked through the Palace grounds and enjoyed some fresh air. We may have been soaking wet by the end of the walk, but it was worth it.
Yesterday I met with family for lunch! I was picked up and taken over to their place for a feast, I may be a bit spoiled. We had everything from fish to pork and even some of my favourite frikadeller (meatball). Open face sandwich making is similar to an art form here, there is a very specific way a sandwich is built and all danes know how to make it great. I observed as they carefully layered each part of the sandwich and I copied as best I could. And of course no lunch would be complete without a beer, or two! Just when I thought I couldn't eat anymore, dessert was served - coffee and cake. I feel incredibly lucky to have such a great family living in Copenhagen! It's always nice to catch up and spend time with them, it was a wonderful afternoon!
Today I spent my afternoon in a lovely little 'hygge' cafe. I met up with my friend Connie who I haven't seen in a year and a half. I lived with her in residence when we were on our exchange and now she is doing her masters at Copenhagen Business School. We sat for hours catching up and reminiscing on old times. We get along very well and have already started talking about when we want to meet up next.
I have started reading Burial Rites by Hannah Kent, not very far into it but so far it's a great read. It's based in the 1800's in Iceland and follows a girl who was accused of murder. I think I will be spending a few afternoons with this book and a fancy coffee!
New Years in Copenhagen was quite the celebration! The evening started when Seb and I had a few of his closest friends over for a lovely sit down dinner. We had pork tenderloin, potatoes, veggies and plenty of béarnaise sauce followed by ice cream and a couple of my dad's homemade chocolate chip cookies. After dinner more friends showed up and the party began. Right before midnight we stood on chairs and when the clock struck 12 we jumped down onto the ground and onto money, a Danish tradition. Everyone quickly threw on their jackets and shoes and ran down to the streets to see the show. We popped bottles of champagne in the streets and watched the fireworks. Since fireworks are allowed in Denmark on New Years, everyone was setting them off. We stood on one side of the street and on the other side is where everyone put the fireworks. Every 10 meters or so down the street someone was setting off fireworks (don't worry, nobody got hurt). It was amazing, everywhere you looked there were beautiful, bright, colourful fireworks! The party then moved back to the apartment and slowly came to an end. It was a great night and a great way to ring in the new year.
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