Sunday we headed to Søndagsvenner - Sunday Friends! It was an open air festival, made to bring people together to enjoy the summer. To me, it seemed more like a hippy gathering in the woods. It was not exactly my style but, I enjoyed the sun :)
After wandering through the tall grassed jungle, we headed to a nearby dock to jump in the water. The rest of the group stayed later to enjoy the music and dance, I decided to head home to Skype my mom and dad :)
Saturday night we spent at the open air theatre to see the Rocky Horror Picture Show and it was SO MUCH FUN! We brought props, as did a few other people in the audience and had a blast throwing the rice, toilet paper, putting newspapers over our head, and doing all the other fun stuff. Everyone was laughing and cheering and singing, it was a great environment. The weather was clear and we had a good spot, perfect Saturday night :)
The other night we had a lovely (German) dinner! To start we had a cold plate, which consisted of meats, cheeses, veggies and of course, pretzels. Everything was fresh and delicious. We then made a traditional German dessert, pictured below. It is a small apricot filled with cinnamon and wrapped in a dough then rolled in a sugar, cinnamon mixture. The apricots were not quite ripe and still a little sour but overall the dessert was lovely.
It was funny because only a few of the Germans actually knew this dessert. It is popular in the south of Germany but those from the north had no idea what it was. For once I wasn't the only one clueless about the German culture ;)
Thursday night we went to a park for an outdoor movie! It was from a film festival, never heard of it, but it was better than I thought it would be. The weather was excellent and we enjoyed the evening. Tonight they are showing Rocky Horror Picture Show, so we will definetly be going!
This past weekend was beautiful . 28º, sunny, no clouds, no humidity! Naturally, we wanted to take advantage of the sun and soak up all the vitamins we could! Both days were spent in the sun, Saturday at the beach (Amager Strand), Saturday night at Islands Brygge, and Sunday at Islands Brygge :)
Saturday afternoon we biked out to Amager Strand, a beach about 8km outside of the city. We spent the day laying on the sand, swimming in the (slightly cold) water, and of course, eating ice cream. You can see how busy it was by looking at all the bikes parked on the grass. Once again I experienced lots and lots of nudity. I have come to accept that it is a Danish/European thing and it no longer phases me!
After our wonderful day in the sun, we decided to have a BBQ at Islands Brygge. One-time grills are very popular here, so we picked up some supplies and a few one-time grills. We brought blankets, food and beers, oh and great company :) We were even lucky enough to see the fireworks from Tivoli! We stayed until 2am - a great relaxing end to a day in the sun.
Sunday we went back to Islands Brygge to soak up more sun and do some swimming. We sat right on the dock and whenever we felt hot, we just had to jump in to cool off. We played some cards and more Kniffel (German Yahtzee). I headed home a bit early to shower and relax before work on Monday. Overall is was a relaxing, sun-filled weekend :)
Now for an important update! I have moved out, living in a room at Connie'e place until mid-August, then I need to find somewhere else to live. For various reasons, Seb and I have decided to go our separate ways. But not to worry, I am excited to have my own room and decorate! It feels good to be independent. I am surrounded by by great friends and looking forward to seeing what the future has in store for me. I will take some pictures of my room, but first I need to unpack and maybe take a trip to Ikea!
Friday nights in Tivoli there are concerts - the evening is known as Fredagsrock (Friday Rock). Each week it's 1 or different bands or singers. This week we went to see 2 Danish bands, The Mountains and Who Made Who, both were awesome. It was a clear, beautiful evening, perfect for a concert. Afterwards Connie and I went for a walk around Tivoli to explore what it looked like at night. It was just as amazing during the nighttime as it is during the daytime. There were lights all over, and it reflected in the water like a mirror. I will definitely be enjoying more Fredagsrock this summer - so glad I purchased that season pass!
What an exciting, busy, enjoyable and crazy weekend. We arrived Saturday afternoon and spent the day exploring the city. Sunday morning and afternoon was also spent wandering the beautiful city. We were laughing at ourselves because we each arrived in all black, which is customary in Copenhagen, and in Hamburg we looked ridiculous. We all panicked "I didn't pack any colour" ... We each also had a black fanny pack, which is worn around one shoulder and across the chest, also very popular in Copenhagen, and apparently only Copenhagen... ;)
Below are some of the pictures taken :) Get ready for a longgggg blog post!
After a 5hr train ride we arrived in Hamburg only slightly tired. We dropped off our bags at Connie's friend's place and headed into the city. Our city tour started with Antje and I getting our haircut! It's much cheaper in Germany, Antje had planned on getting her hair cut so I thought why not. You probably can't even notice the difference, my hair is still long - thank goodness! We then wandered the city, looked in shops and headed out to dinner. We went to one of my favourites, Vapianos!! It's Italian food where you go up to an area to order and they make your dish right there in from of you. You can choose the type of pasta, sauce, toppings, spices and you can talk with the cook as they prepare your dish. We then sat outside and enjoyed the wonderful evening. Connie's friend, Wolfy, also joined us for dinner and after we all went to grab drinks. Wolfy knew all the best spots, and we ended up at a trendy little bar. It was a relaxing evening, the prefect end to such a busy and tiresome day.
Sunday morning we headed to a cafe recommended to us by Wolfy, it was a little difficult to find but so worth it! It had this great atmosphere; industrial, open, bright and fresh. The food and coffee was excellent, we wanted to stay for lunch! After breakfast we parted from the cafe and went exploring. We walked through a trendy area in the city, then headed down to the harbor to do some more wandering. I recently learned Hamburg is the 2nd largest city in Germany, below Berlin and above Munich. For such a big city, it still had a great historic and cozy atmosphere. We then headed to pick up our bags and drop them off at another friend's place. We headed out of the city to a sweet little area. As soon as we dropped off our bags, we headed right back out - this time we were headed to the public viewing for the big match!
For the match we headed to a public viewing spot, which happened to be in a circus tent. We ended up being very thankful we headed there because it started pouring! Even though it was a smaller spot, it was lively. Everyone was cheering and signing and I just said "Deutschland"!!! When Germany scored, the tent went crazy! Everyone was cheering and hugging and jumping up and down. After the game we flooded to the streets to celebrate with the rest of Hamburg. The streets were filled with people. We went from bar to bar to burger joint to bar to bar to bar. As you can see in the bottom right picture, we were out until the sun was up again. We'd go into a bar, dance and sing and then the dj would play all German songs that I had to lip sync to... but it was a blast! As the night turned to morning, cars drove down the street and all you could hear was the sounds of broken glass on the ground, I can't imagine how much of a mess the city was. I do not have many pictures because I was afraid to have my camera out with all the drunk Germans running around! After an exciting night, we caught the train back out to David's place (where we were staying). By the time we got to our beds, we had 2hrs of sleep then it was up and out the door. We made it to the airport with enough time to grab a coffee :)
I also want to give a quick shout out to Fancher, Connie's mom, for letting me borrow her awesome hiking backpack from the 80's. In return for letting me borrow the bag, I took excellent care of Connie :)
Once again, my evening will be spend relaxing and catching up on sleep. Oh, and maybe planning my next trip to Germany!
Back safe and sound and absolutely exhausted! I have uploaded all my pictures to my laptop but having difficulty uploading them to the site. Don't worry, they will come, I will try again tomorrow! For now, here is a picture from the beautiful city of Hamburg. This picture was taken in a trendy area with lots of cafés and bars, don't be too intimated by the graffiti. After a 2 hour sleep last night, I spend this afternoon napping and will probably be asleep soon... I'll try and get the pictures up tomorrow! It was a fantastic weekend :)
First blog post done from my phone! Just a quick update, I am on a train to Germany!! Last minute decision to go to Hamburg for the World Cup finals. Antje, Connie and I will be staying with friends of theirs. We arrive this afternoon, do some sightseeing, a little more sightseeing tomorrow, the match then flight back to copenhagen Monday. Of course I am bringing my camera, so rest assured there will be some awesome pictures posted on Monday!! Now I will return to my magazine and wish everyone a good weekend :)
Yesterday I headed to the public viewing of Germany vs Brazil. Of course, I was with all Germans! They had BBQs that people could use so everyone brought meat and veggies and grilled before the match started. It was packed and such a fun atmosphere, the fact that Germany won 7-1 made it that much better!
I may have been a little tired at work today but it was worth it :) Now to make plans for the finals!