Summer weather, last exam & a trip to Bornholm!

The weather this week has been unbelievable! I mean it’s only May and there almost wasn’t a day that it would have stayed under 20 degrees?? I’m loving it.

Of course, as warm weather is not the norm for a Finn, I’ve been going a bit crazy with how I spend my time. I biked to the beach 3 times this week, when I maybe should have been putting a bit more effort to my last presentation/exam… But I mean I passed so it’s all good.

I also made the decision not to attend the exam for Project ManagementThe Norway trip really screwed my studying schedule, and I would have only had basically 2 days to study the material which was a lot… Aaand because it was an oral exam, I didn’t want to go there and waste the professor’s time being poorly prepared. My other courses fill the 20 ECTS that I’m required to get from DTU, so not completing that course was just easier. (And this way I got to enjoy the sun. 😀 Priorities…)

On Tuesday I decided to visit the Frederiksborg Castle, which had been on my to-do list since February. It was really cool! I think that it was better to visit it now, because the castle garden was soo beautiful now.

I also briefly walked through the Hillerød city center, and I’ve said it before, but the Danish towns are just so damn cute! Why can’t Finland be like this? Can we start building these cute streets in Espoo please?

On Wednesday we celebrated Sotiria’s birthday by going to the park in Frederiksberg with some beers and ciders. It was lovely, although the night ended a bit weirdly in Christiania. 😀 Experiences! On Thursday I had the project presentation for Mobile Application Development with Swift, and I got a 7! First I thought that it was really bad – I mean 7 out of 12 isn’t much – but then I looked at the grading system (which is totally weird btw), and I guess it’s like a Finnish 3? Both translate to good according to Wikipedia.

Thanks Wikipedia. That -3 makes me laugh for some reason – like it’s not bad enough to fail with 0, you have to be given minus points??

And now all my DTU stuff is done! I am now enjoying a nice 3 week summer holiday before leaving Denmark. I also booked my ticket back home this week… So weird that it’s ending already.

On Friday I jumped into my car, picked Minna up, and headed to Bornholm. We drove first from Copenhagen to Ystad, Sweden, and then boarded the ferry to Rønne. Minna had booked us a little cottage from a camping area, and it was so nice! When we arrived, we quickly dropped our stuff there and then set out to explore the island.

We had spent the journey there looking up places in Bornholm that we definitely wanted to visit, and decided to start going through them first on the northern side of the island. The first place we drove to was Jon’s Chapel, a cliff near our camp.

Immediately we were impressed by the nature, and after the weekend I have to say that Bornholm is soo worth the visit for anyone. There is so much to see! It was good to have a car there though, at least now that we were visiting for the first time. There are really good bike roads as well, but as we did some back and forth driving (mostly when searching for food…) it was maybe better that we had the car.

On the first day we also drove through the little towns in the north coast, of which my favourite was definitely a town called Gudhjem.

We had some trouble finding a restaurant that was open, but found one in Svaneke. We both ordered plankabøf, which was a steak inside a mashed potato thing. It’s apparently a dish from Bornholm. Was good!

After the dinner we went a bit crazy for the beautiful sunset.

On Saturday we started the morning by walking to the beach.

Then we spent some time searching for breakfast (which we found in Rønne, at a really hygge cafe), and then headed to see a waterfall called Pissebækken. It was not as grand as the ones in Norway, but still nice! The trail that led to the waterfall was really beautiful as well – there were wild flowers everywhere!

After that it was time for the “main attraction” – Hammerhus! (It was hammertime? Ok sorry) It was a castle ruin from the Middle Ages, and it totally blew me away! The location of the castle was sooo beautiful! Just look:

After Hammerhus we drove to see Hammerodde Fyr, Salomons Kapel and Opalsøen. The first two required us to hike a little bit, which was fun! The nature in the island is so different in different parts, so it was nice to go by foot and really see it properly.

At this point we were getting tired and hungry, and drove to Nexø in search for food. We found pizza.

This time we were prepared for the beautiful sunset, and so when it started approaching we drove back to Hammerhus to watch it. It was the best thing.

Then it was wine & talk time.

Sunday was the beach day, as we had decided already on Friday. We left our lovely little cabin in the morning, and went looking for breakfast. It was again sooo difficult! A tip for anyone going to Bornholm – buy breakfast stuff from Netto and save yourself the trouble of trying to find anywhere to eat. 😀 Every cafe seemed to open at 12??

Eventually we found food though, and after eating we finally headed to Dueodde Beach. It did not disappoint! It was only around +15 degrees outside, so we had the beach pretty much to ourselves as well. 🙂

In the evening it was time to leave. We grabbed dinner at Rønne before driving to the harbour.

The Bornholm trip was really the best way to start the summer holiday that I’ll be enjoying for the next few weeks. 😀 Hard to top though! We’ll see what I come up with next week.

Bye for now!