11 April 2015

Neighbourhood

When Adam came to visit a few weeks ago, I took him to Neighbourhood for a pizza. I'd been there before a few months ago, and this time around was just as good. The pizzas are super thin and crusty, it's almost like eating 'knækbrød' (google it) with stuff on it. I had lumpfish roe and dild with sour cream. Adam had the veggie pizza.
We also had beers and cocktails. The cocktails were magnificent! I had a pumpkin sour and Adam had a cu-cress garden.
Look at that crust! Adam was mighty impressed with this place and it's definitely not the last time I'm back.

03 April 2015

About reading

I have always loved to read, but I haven't always been the best at remembering to do so. Mostly, I've read during holidays where I have the time to disappear into a novel, but I've always thought I'd want to read more. So a few days ago, I suddenly thought about all the reading I've done lately, not even just on holidays. I've bought many books the last few weeks, and I've been looking so much forward to this easter break because I knew I'd read Hemingway. It makes me happy that I have sort of taught myself to read again - and that I can also read without always being so swept up in the story that I can't do anything else (literally, I can hardly sleep or eat!) until the book is finished. So, what have I been reading in recent time?

Joan Didion - The year of magical thinking
I picked it up in the airport when I went to Bath a few weeks ago, and I read the entire book before I arrived 6 hours later. It really hit something in me, the language was beautiful (despite reading the Danish translation) and I felt I'd gotten to know this delicate, inspiring person.

Naomi Wood - Mrs. Hemingway
I bought this in Bath and read it in a few days. Hemingway seems to have been a difficult man to love, but one you'd gladly love despite all his faults. I read a similar book (The Paris Wife by Paula McLain) a few years ago which also gave this glimpse into this man from the point of view of his wives. Fascinating.

Lena Dunham - Not that kind of girl
I read this a few months ago and thought it was hilarious in the way she depicts womanhood in our time, and I could recognize many things - and laugh about more!

Jens Andersen - Denne dag, et liv
I haven't finished it yet, this biography about Swedish children's author Astrid Lindgren. But I'm fascinated by all the details with which the author paints his subject with. I would have liked to meet Astrid Lindgren, and now I feel I am meeting her.

F. Scott Fitzgerald - Short stories
I bought a copy of his collected short stories a few months ago on a rainy day. I read a similar collection in Danish the summer before last, and loved them, and I wanted to read them in their original language. Now and then, I pick it up and read a story or two, and they are always great. Beautifully written, surprising and feisty!

Maria Gerhard - Der bor Hollywoodstjerner på vejen
Danish dj and writer Maria Gerhard wrote this book about her time with cancer and her love for her girlfriend. It's raw and piercing and honest, and I read it in just a few days. She is a cool lady.

Anna Funder - Stasiland
When my GDR-thing was in its peak, I read this unforgettable book about the aftermath of the GDR. It was haunting and just added to the notion that I can't believe it really happened. Wow!

Ernest Hemingway - A moveable feast
This is what I'm reading this easter. I found an edition with handwritten pages inside and photographs of the Hemingways and their Paris crowd, and it's marvelous. I thought I owed it to the man to read some of his own words after having read about him in the wife-books...

24 March 2015

Went to Bath

So, the weekend before last I went to Bath in England to visit my friend Cordula, whom I lived with in Berlin. Bath is on the world heritage list and it feels like walking around in a Jane Austen novel. So naturally, we indulged in that world and dressed up, ate scones and saw old estates. All in all a very girly and fun trip!
(Photos are a raw edit, because I no longer have the editing programme I used to. Any recommendations for a good, cheap editing programme for mac?)
The first day, we took the train to Bristol to see Tyntesfield, a Natural Trust estate a little outside the city. Very Downton Abbey (here, Cordula is in Bristol, though)
Bristol was colourful despite the grey sky, and I loved the water that sliced its way through town.
Tyntesfield in all its many levels.
There was a nice tree and a goofy smile.
 The next day, I hung out with Jane Austen.
We went to the Royal Crescent, which was impossible to photograph well, so instead I took a photo of these adjacent buildings that sat nicely on a row.
Later, we went to the Fashion Museum and dressed up. Something I'd otherwise find too silly, but which was so much fun. Notice how well my shoes went with the dress..... And then we hung out with a group of Japanese girls and they were so much fun!
You get why this town is on the world heritage list. The Circus was very sweet, just a round 'square' of buildings from the Regency area. So beautiful.
On my last day, we went to see the Roman Baths. Built by the Romans circa 2000 years ago, it's one of the most well-preserved baths of that kind in the world. Bath lies on a net of natural springs, and the water was said to have healing powers back in the day.
Before catching the train to the airport, we had time for an all time England classic; the high tea. I could barely eat half of the coffee cake on top, but it was so good!

12 March 2015

SPRING!

It's finally here! On Sunday, it was the most perfect spring day. Although it was a little windy and still quite chilly, I spent all day outside walking around with friends, laughing and drinking many cups of coffee. It was wonderful!
I'm sorry I'm not a very good blogger at the moment. I am super busy with work and projects and friends and all sorts of things. But I do check in regularly, if only to see that the site is still there. Hope you are too! And hope it's also spring where you are.
I love when the light casts dots all over a street like this morning the other day. Every day, I get a coffee to go and the walk from Nørreport to work is a favourite.
On Saturday, it was overcast and I was hungover (and perhaps still a little drunk from the night before...), but it didn't matter cause I spent the day with the brothers.
The breakfast table on Sunday was golden.
Here I am. Hi!
A blanket of spring at Assistens Kirkegård.
Again, window reflections. The best.
Copenhagen, and particularly the lakes, were plastered with people out enjoying the first rays.
Dronning Louise's Bro was packed as always. I don't think you'll find a better catwalk than that...
It was March 8, the international women's day, and people had put up coloured flags on the bridge and a demonstration went by.
We sat for a while by the water, trying to ignore the wind and just keep talking, but when it became too cold, we headed further up the street for pizza at Gorm's in Torvehallerne. Best Sunday ever.

21 February 2015

Small things in the last days

Wow, so many things happened all of a sudden. Last Saturday, I went north to hang out with my friend Tine at her parents' house by the lake in Fredensborg. We watched movies, talked a lot and were constantly updated on the terrible things going on back in the city. Monday night, I woke up to the sound of sirens and barking dogs outside my window, and when I looked out, a policeman ran across the little strip of lawn outside, a machine gun in his hands and with a sense of being on a possibly dangerous mission. It was pretty scary. The city has been different this week; full of police and flowers at the places where the victims were killed. People are a little more close together, and despite certain idiotic comments in the media, I think everybody wants to get through this as one. A few glimpses from a somewhat different week;
The weekend before last, I climbed the Tower of Christiansborg with Sheila, and the view over the suntipped city was amazing.
And after that, the sky was grey for days.
Fredensborg Castle is one of my favourite buildings. It reminds me of my teenage years, where we lived in Fredensborg. They were actually pretty great.
With and without Tine jumping.
This week, we had a meeting at work, and we took it out of the house at KafBar'9 (Antonigade 9, Indre By). Always a pleasure.
Chris finally came home from LA, and we went out for Korean food at Hanzo (Sortedam Dossering 5, Nørrebro). Very nice.
Today, I met Lene and Mikal from Norwegian coffee magazine Brygg. They are in Copenhagen and we had coffee at Copenhagen Coffee Lab (Boldhusgade 6, Indre By) (my first visit - definitely not my last!) - and then I went up to Hay to do some shopping and obviously had to take the mandatory Hay-shot.

15 February 2015

Copenhagen

It makes me so sad. Why haven't we yet learned to love and stand together instead of fighting?

13 February 2015

A feature

Sweet Caroline, who I met in Berlin last year, just featured me on her blog Silverstories. Here, I explain my sometimes difficult relationship to Copenhagen and share a few of my favourite places in the city. Enjoy! And be sure to check her out, she's a cool lady!