Bikes and birthday fun

Ok, this week was again quite busy. So, I’ll just divide these stories up by day.

Monday

Monday’s lecture was cancelled, so I instead went to study in the main campus library. In the evening ESN DTU & ESN CPH held an event at ILLUM Rooftop, at a restaurant called Rossopomodoro. It was an all-you-can-eat pizza buffet, with a drink included, and oh man the pizza… it was so good!

Tuesday

I bought a bike! It’s a simple black bike with nothing extra attached. I was considering getting a basket for it, but maybe I can add that later if not having it becomes a problem. As people who know me well know, I have a habit of giving names to my transportation vehicles (the car is VauvaC3 = BabyC3 ((it’s a Citroën C3)), my bike at home is VauvaNopsa etc.). I think I’ll have to name this one also, but I don’t think it will be a Baby. Doesn’t feel like a baby. 😀

My first bike ride was from the shop in central Copenhagen to home at Lyngby, and it took me around 1 hour. Google Maps said 51 minutes, but I made some wrong turns, and didn’t feel confident enough to bike through the busier part of Lyngby. Other than that it went really well! Nobody got annoyed at me (except maybe for going too slow in front of them, but I tried my best to stay out of everyone’s way…) and my legs didn’t fall off on the way. After coming home they felt a bit wobbly though. But I have a bike! This Copenhagen goal = achieved.

Wednesday

My little baby dog Ronja turned 13 on Wednesday! I can’t deal with this. I think that this is the first of her birthdays that I’ve missed. 🙁 But luckily dad has been sending me daily pictures of her!

<3

On Wednesday I also biked to school for the first time. Some notes:

  1. Drinking my morning coffee while biking is not as easy as drinking coffee while driving. I should probably buy a thermos mug to carry in my backpack.
  2. I should have worn my gloves.
  3. Even though Google said that the travel time is 7 minutes, leaving at 7:55 isn’t a good idea.

Thursday

My lecture on Thursday was cancelled, and so I spent most of the day just chilling. After a slow morning I went for my First Danish Run (it was a jog. It took me 40min to run 5km) around the area – AND HOLY CRAP it’s beautiful around here!! I kept stopping to take pictures and just to look around. I ran along the local train track for a while, and then crossed it to continue to a park I had seen on Google Maps. The park turned out to actually be a park built around Sorgenfri Palace, which I didn’t realise before running past the gate:

I ran around the park, which is perfect for that by the way, and then picked a road that would take me back towards the house. AND LOOK AT THAT ROAD:

How is everything so grand and beautiful here? Those trees must be so old. Behind the trees I could catch glimpses of an Open air museum, which I really want to go and check out at some point. Then, when I was about 500m from home at the other side of the tracks of the local train station (that I’ve now been travelling with 2 times), I found this view:

The whole situation felt surreal. The buildings were white and kind of old (at home I found out that they belong to ANOTHER museum) – I would maybe compare the feel of the place to the old town in Porvoo. And it’s only 500m from the house! Finally, as I was running towards home from that idyllic scene, I found this. Maybe 300m from the house. A freaking castle tower thing…

What is this place, seriously. I love it. 😀

In the evening we had a dinner near Østerbro, with our norwegian-finnish friend group. 😀 We made chicken tortillas and drank red wine. It was perfect.

The weekend

My friends from Finland came to stay for the weekend! The weather was definitely kind to them as it was sunny both on Saturday and Sunday, and so all the tourist pictures we took look much better than the ones I took on my first weekend here. 😀

Team Finland arrived late in Friday evening, and after dropping our things off at their Airbnb we headed to central Copenhagen to grab something to eat. Of course this was easier said than done – we struggled to find a sit down restaurant that still served food at 22:00.

We finally found food at Hungry Dane. Iida was happy about it.

After eating we found a nice restaurant, Flottenheimer, where we decided to sit and have a few drinks. It was a place I totally want to visit again, maybe on time to eat there as well.

At this point I should probably mention that for me, things like birthdays and Christmas are quite important. Not for any particular reason, I just get excited. And because of this I can go maybe a bit overboard with the celebrations. Like wear-a-crown-in-school-cafeteria-because-it’s-my-birthday kind of overboard. I totally didn’t do that last year… Wait, yes I did. BUT what is the point of life if you can’t sometimes go a little crazy with excitement? (I totally turned 25 and not 8 I swear)

But yes, back to Friday. We had some nice drinks in good company, and when it came to midnight the lovely people sang me a Happy Birthday song. <3

On Saturday IT WAS MY BIRTHDAYY and we had a birthday celebration/tourist day. We started by having brunch in Ravnsborg, which was a totally random find that turned out to be pretty much the perfect place. They had acoustic music playing that could have been picked straight from one of my playlists on Spotify, and the brunch plate was just the right combination of deliciousness.

After brunch we walked around doing touristy things, and when it got too cold we decided to stop in Nyhavn for a nice Irish Coffee break.

After that we headed to see the Little Mermaid and the Kastellet. I was excited, as I hadn’t had a change to go there yet. Aaand of course my phone ran out of battery when we got there, so this is the only picture that I took:

 

We had our dinner at a place called Cantina, and then went back to the Airbnb to rest before heading out again. The choice for my birthday party ended up being SKAAL, a really nice bar that served all different kinds of beer, and most importantly, Gin & Tonic.

On Sunday we continued our tourist life, and headed first to Christiania, and then to Amager Strand. The strand really impressed me, and I can imagine it being very nice when it gets warmer. Now it was a little bit too cold, especially for Iida who had maybe a bit of a hangover brain in the morning when picking her outfit for the cold Copenhagen weather… 😀

 

Now my visitors have left and the lack of sleep is really starting to hit. Other than that I’m feeling happy and at least so far 25 doesn’t look too bad. 🙂

Have a nice week!

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