Saturday afternoon Seb and I spent a lovely afternoon with the family celebrating Annie's 70th Birthday. We went over in the afternoon and had waffles topped with ice cream, fruit and cream. I was trying to use my Danish skills when I accidentally asked for 'cream potatoes' instead of whipped cream... woops. After we ate we sat around talking and I attempted to read a 3 year old's Danish book - I did quite well :) . As we were relaxing the table was being set and out came dinner. I was still full from waffles but the hearty soup was too good to pass up. Just when I thought I couldn't eat any more, out came fresh fruit and some chocolate. The food was excellent and the company was even better. The picture on the left is of the flowers we got Annie for her birthday. They were beautiful tulips and the picture doesn't do them justice!
Very proud of the Canadian Women's hockey team for winning at the Olympics yesterday, surprisingly people here didn't seem to care as much as I did. It's times like these I miss home and the celebrations that are going on.
Yesterday I made lemon squares! Whenever Seb and I would go for ice cream I always chose flavours with chocolate in them, Seb almost always chose sorbet - lemon sorbet. Since I know how fond he is of lemon I thought I'd change it up from baking cookies and go for lemon squares. I got the recipe from a Norwegian baking site, same site I got the cookie recipe from. They were easy to make and turned out excellent!
Last night I went with Connie and a friend of hers who was in town from Germany to a pop up shop. It was a designer showing her new line and a friend of ours had made cupcakes for the event. After we had a drink, a cupcake and browsed the collection we headed to a cafe for dinner. It was a German inspired cafe and the drink pictured above was a 'Karl Marx' (it was the only famous German I recognized on the cocktail menu). The food was great and the atmosphere was so very hygge (feeling of cozy)!
Yesterday Seb and I went to the tennis club after he finished school. Seb's best friend Sander, his mom manages the restaurant so we stop in every now and then. The tennis club is in Hellerup, (Farfar I think you are the only one who understands what this means) which is about a 20min drive from where we are living. Since it was such a lovely day we decided to go and feed the ducks! The second picture shows Seb and Sander getting a little too close to a swan. They fed the swan, joked around a bit then ran away - even they know the dangers of messing with a swan! The picture right above is of Seb and Sander throwing bread in the air for the seagulls then running away. I thought it would be a nice and relaxing time feeding the ducks... I was wrong. They thought it was funny to throw bread above our heads so the seagulls would swoop down, this is when I decided to keep my distance from them until the bread was all gone.
The area where we fed the ducks was actually a moat around what appeared to be an old military fort. After feeding the ducks we explored the fort a bit then headed back to the tennis club. We had dinner at the tennis club - frikadeller (danish meatballs), potatoes and vegetables, DELICIOUS!
Now I sit writing this blog post from my favourite cafe. I just finished editing Sander's english paper and my next task for the day is to email some more companies in search of a job!
I am not that big into running, but when the weather is nice I find one of the best ways to enjoy it is by going for a run! I wear my Nike FreeRuns, lululemon leggings and Roots Canada hoodie - which makes me stick out like a sore thumb in comparison to the Danes! There are some great spots near where I am living to go for a run. Below are two of my favourite stops to make on my runs.
This is the Elephant House at the Copenhagen Zoo! There is a park right beside the zoo and they have made it so that the elephants can be seen not only from inside the zoo but also from the park. Whenever I run in this park I always go out of my way to check and see if the elephants are out!
Today for my run I biked down to the lakes, which is less than a 10min bike ride. There are always so many swans, ducks and various birds hanging out in the lakes. While the swans are beautiful, I am quite afraid of them! They are very aggressive birds from what I have heard and I do not feel like testing them to see if it's true. Whenever I run and they're nearby I always take an extra step or two to ensure I am as far from them as possible. Apart from my fear, they are nice to see while out on my run!
Seb has a week off from school and we decided to take advantage of the beautiful weather! We headed out to Aldhersvile Slotspark, essentially Castle Park. There is a lake that is used in the summer for rowing races, a path around the lake and an old castle. We packed a picnic and took a stroll through the park. It was a beautiful park, as you can see from the pictures, and I look forward to going back in the summer for a longer hike!
How cool are those Somersby bottles!?!? I know the cider is sold in Canada but I have never seen the neat bottles like that. At the grocery store I also came across Pabst Blue Ribbon and have to laugh to myself. I understand importing American beer, some of it is good, but Pabst Blue Ribbon? If you're going to import a beer I'd think you'd at least import a good one!
Above is a picture of the tiniest elevator I have ever been in. We went to see Seb's friend Leo and to my surprise his apartment building had an elevator in it. Seb opened the door to the elevator and I thought they were joking, it was a small wooden box that looked barely big enough for one person. I tried to show in the first picture just how small it is! The second picture is of all 3 of us, we didn't move in closer to take the picture, that is how crammed it is with 3 people!
The sun is shining today so I am off to go and enjoy it while I can!
After the snow fell, Saturday came and all the kids fled to the park. Above is a picture of one of the only hills I know of in Copenhagen and it was crowded! Everyone was tobogganing and enjoying the weather. The rest of the park was filled with kids and their parents having snowball fights, building snowmen and tobogganing on any incline that could be found. By noon the snow was dirty and muddy but it didn't stop anyone, it was the most lively I have seen the park in a while!
Today for lunch I made Smørrebrød! Rye bread, mayonnaise, lettuce, egg and shrimp - it was delicious!