The other day my mom, dad, sister and I went for a little hike through some bogs just outside of the city. We had wanted to ski or snow shoe but without enough snow, walking was our only option. It ended up being a beautiful day :)
It was wonderful to get out, get some fresh air and enjoy the outdoors! There is so much beautiful nature just a few minutes outside of the city and I think it's important to take the time to enjoy it :)
Tamara - Kim - Me - Lisa - Janet - Milana
The other night I went out with a few friends for drinks. It was the only chance for me to see Tamara, Kim and Milana and I couldn't pass up the opportunity. The girls were home for Christmas but only in Ottawa for a couple of days. Although I am sad I won't get to see the girls again before I leave, I am glad I was able to see them for a few hours :)
December 24th is always spent celebrating Christmas with the Hansen side of the family. Being Danish, we try our best to carry on Danish traditions including; traditional food and dancing around the Christmas tree.
We got to meet my cousins 2 month old black lab, Oakley, the sweetest little pup around! Every year we do a Chinese Auction, which consists of everyone bringing a gift and, as chosen per a draw, each person takes a turn opening a gift or stealing someone else's gift. The game can get a little competitive but everyone walked away with something they wanted!
Don't let our sassy faces fool you, it was a great Christmas!
And a Very Walker Christmas
December 25th is always spent with my mom's side of the family. My mom is one of 11 kids an so our Christmas Day tends to be a little less formal. People everywhere, an enormous amount of food and drinks - it's always a lot of fun! This year I even knew almost everybody there!! Most of my family I haven't seen for a year, seeing as I've been in Denmark, so it was exciting to see everyone and catch up :)
After 2 days of Christmas celebrations it is safe to say I am a little tired. The next few days will be spent relaxing, and trying to run off all the gravy I consumed! Merry Christmas, I hope everyone had a lovely Christmas this year :)
Every year we make cookies for Christmas! My dad bakes the cookies, and we all help to decorate them with colourful icing. This year I decided to name myself 'Creative Director' as it was getting a bit out of control... too many free spirits in this household! Leah didn't quite enjoy my constructive criticism, all I wanted was to have pretty Christmas cookies!
At the end of the decorating process we decided to finish off the icing, which led to a SUGAR RUSH!!!
I think the cookies turned out great! I may not approve of all of Leah's 'designs' but, it's Christmas and I will forgive her... :)
Hopefully everyone will enjoy eating these cookies as much as we enjoyed decorating them!
I was able to catch up with my friends who I was in Business school with at the University of Ottawa. We went for brunch and had a gift exchange. It was wonderful to see the girls, catch up, and drink a few mimosas! Not everyone was able to make it out but, we still had a great group and I am hoping to be able to see the girls again before I return to Copenhagen :)
The other day I was supposed to go for dinner with Francie and Caroline, for a girls night. When we arrived it was actually a small surprise dinner with my guy friends!! I was so excited to see the boys and have a dinner to relax and catch up!
Today Leah and I went to the Rink of Dreams for some skating! What we thought would be a 30min skate, turned into over an hour - we had a blast! Being back on the ice makes me miss skating and playing hockey. Skating is, hands down, my favourite winter activity!! The blisters were worth it, and I hope to be back on the ice soon :)
The other day, as per tradition, we ventured into the woods to find the perfect Christmas Tree. Every year my mom's side of the family gets together at a family friends's property to find and saw down our Christmas trees. Not to worry, we've also planted many trees in the past to ensure the woods continues to thrive.
Unfortunately, not many families were able to make it out this year but of course, we still had a fantastic time! Everyone found their perfect tree and we finished the afternoon with a small picnic. Our tree is now up and ready for decorating!
I'm baaaaaack (in Canada)!! The flight was a little rough, as was getting over my jet lag but I am now feeling energized and ready to start Christmas celebrations. I will be updating my blog while home so, enjoy :)
One of my last nights in Copenhagen, Connie, Resi, Peter and I headed to Tivoli to see the Christmas decorations! There were lights and decorations all through the grounds. We saw a light show on the water and stopped to enjoy some hot chocolate and mulled wine.
My Tivoli annual pass was a great investment, it is one of my favourite places in Copenhagen :)
Last week Connie and I headed to the Louisiana Museum of Modern Art to check out the Olafur Eliasson exhibit. His exhibit was titled Riverbed, and he had filled the museum rooms with volcanic rocks from Iceland and a small stream running down the exhibit and through the rooms.
We waked through the rooms and got to be part of the exhibit (mainly playing with the rocks)!
We continued the day with a lovely lunch and a stroll through the rest of the Museum. For those who know Ottawa, you will recognize the spider statue that's seen outside of the Gallery downtown - it is just as creepy in a smaller version as it is in Ottawa in the big version!
The Museum is about an hour outside of Copenhagen and right on the water, you can even see over to Sweden. It is on beautiful grounds with a statue park and paths all around the museum. We wanted to go for a stroll but it was cold, wet and grey... so we skipped the walk and headed home :) Once again, another great day!