Last week Sebastian came home from London and brought back 4 kilos of chocolate and 4 boxes of wine gums, it's safe to say I've eaten probably the equivalent of my body weight worth of sugar this week! I'm going to blame my lack of blog posts on all of the sugar comas I experienced.
Today was the World Half Marathon Championship here in Copenhagen. On my way back from the gym I got to catch a glimpse of the action. It was a beautiful day and there were many spectators lining the streets. It was a great atmosphere, when a runner would pass everyone would cheer them on and when a runner from Denmark passed they cheered even louder. After my 30 minute run at the gym I was feeling pretty good, until I saw the speed these runners were running, looks like I have lots more training to do!
This picture was taken yesterday and even though it's a bit blurry, there's something about it I really like. Back home the idea of me biking with a coffee would have been laughed at, but here it feels like second nature to me. With my white Converse shoes and my long hair, I may finally be starting to fit in here!
This week Sebastian is in London on a school trip and Monday Connie came back from her school trip to San Francisco. She brought me back a treat - package of mini Reese's Peanut Butter Cups! I devoured them in only a couple of days... oops.
A couple days ago I signed up for a two week trial at Fitness World. There are 3 locations within a 10 minute bike ride of where I live and one of the locations has a pool as well. I've been going with Connie to work out and she asked me to do a mini triathlon with her in August. It is very mini - 400m swim, 18km bike and 4km run. We'll keep working out and see how we're doing when we get closer to August, see if we can do it!
After the gym we headed to a raw restaurant to try out the juice bar. It was a unique little place with all wooden tables and stools and exposed brick on the wall.
The good weather streak in Copenhagen seems to have ended with a rainy Sunday. I'm not complaining, we had a lovely week with sun and warm temperatures, I can only hope the sun comes back to grace us with its presence once again! Some exciting news, Leah and Brianna (my cousin) have booked flights to come and visit me in April! I've started making lists of all the things we have to do, can you tell I am excited?!
Yesterday we celebrated Oliver's birthday by having the family over for dinner. I made a chocolate cake with a lemon frosting, which was a big hit! I decorated it with Liverpool Football Club. First I traced a Liver bird on to parchment paper, I flipped the paper over and went over it with red icing. I threw it in the freezer for a few hours then attempted to transfer it onto the cake. It didn't work out perfectly but for my first try I think it went pretty well!
The other day was Seb's brother Oliver's birthday. Seb's mom used to make a cake for him to bring into school, the cake was made from a box and apparently it wasn't very popular and Oli didn't want her to make it anymore. So this year I was asked to make cookies! I made almost 60 cookies for him to bring to school and his after school club. I didn't hear any complaints so I think it all went well!
I discovered the rooftop terrace! I always knew there was one for the building and Seb finally showed it to me. These past few days have been beautiful, 10 degrees and sunny! I know everyone back home in Ottawa is probably a little envious of this weather but, if it makes you feel better the forecast for this weekend isn't looking nice at all. To enjoy the nice weather I have been out for runs and just relaxing on the terrace. I love spring!!!!
For all those wondering, yes, I am looking for a job but no luck yet. This week I made a LinkedIn profile, it's similar to Facebook but for the business world. On LinkedIn I have been able to find more job openings so I have been writing cover letters and applications and applying for whatever I can. I am still waiting for my permit to come in and hopefully it comes in soon because I am only authorized to stay in Denmark until the end of month without my permit. I'm not stressing out about it yet but I am getting quite anxious.
Another successful dinner with Connie and Antje! This week we did a linguine with shrimp and broccoli in a cream and wine sauce. We paired it with a walnut and pear salad and a fresh baguette. After dinner we sat around the table with wine and music and talked for hours. Connie then brought out a bottle of snaps she got from a small farm in Germany, it tasted like pine trees which wasn't so bad. We always have a great time at our weekly dinners and we make absolutely delicious food!
Yesterday in Copenhagen was absolutely beautiful, 7 degrees and sunny. When the sun is out, so are the Danes! Cafes always have a few tables outside where people can sit and enjoy the weather and they were all full yesterday. Seb, Leo and I were going to meet a few of Leo's friends to watch some football. We were walking down the street around 3pm and saw a few of Leo's friends sitting outside a cafe enjoying some drinks and soaking up the sun. They invited to sit and have a drink with them and we could not pass up the offer to get some very valuable Vitamin D! I ended up sitting next to a guy who was actually from Ottawa - what are the chances! We got talking and he played a couple seasons for the Quebec Nordiques, after multiple injuries he ended up playing in the Swedish League for a few years. Always fun to meet a fellow Canadian, especially one with such interesting stories! After we had our intake of the sun, we headed down to the sports bar to play some pool and watch some football. Today is another beautiful day and Seb and I are heading out shortly to find a park and soak up the sun!
Yesterday was the season opening of Paradis Ice Cream. In Danish ice cream is "is", so the name Paradis is a bit of a play on words which makes me like it even more! For the opening day they offered two free scoops of ice cream and a waffle cone. We waited in line, got our ice cream and from there I thought we were heading home, but instead we headed to another shop for more free ice cream!! The second ice cream shop had all organic ice cream and from there I got another two free scoops. It may have been a little chilly but it was definitely worth it!
A couple days ago was Seb's Aunt's birthday and I decided to make a cake. To my surprise, it turned out quite well! I used my dad's recipe and it was just as good as I remember. I decorated the cake with "Tillykke Eva", short for "tillykke med fødselsdagen" which means Happy Birthday in Danish. It was a hit with everyone :)