Pack Your Bags: Copenhagen, Denmark
Oh my, I love Copenhagen! We went exactly a year ago and fell in love with the city and jumped at the chance to go back. Our friends who just got married in Philly spent the last two weeks on a Scandinavian Honeymoon adventure and we couldn’t resist being honeymoon crashers for one night. While weather is important because most of the charm of this city is outdoors, I cannot recommend a visit to this place enough! The food is delicious, the people are gorgeous and friendly, and the buildings and sights are lovely.
Where we stayed: Since this trip was planned last minute, we quickly booked a room at the Hotel Imperial. Copenhagen is expensive and the hotels reflect that, but I thought this hotel was reasonably priced and in a good location to get all over the city.
Where we ate: Let me start by saying that Copenhagen has some of the BEST food and restaurants. So many to choose from outside of the infamous Noma (if you ever get a reservation can you just make it for four and we will join??). We met our friends for drinks at Bar 7 and Rum Club on Friday night—great cocktail menus at both. I can highly recommend brunch at Bodega and Kalaset. They both serve traditional Danish breakfast (a little mix of everything) and the food was great. Do not leave Kalaset without trying the pancakes. Per Kelly’s recommendation, we had an amazing dinner at Madklubben Bistro de Luxe—I can’t stop thinking about the Lobster Bisque I had. The Trovehallerne Market is a must do—may I recommend the duck confit sandwich from Ma Poule? On Sunday we stopped in for an afternoon snack and people watching at Cafe Norden where the portions are quite large.
What we did: I had a few things on my list that I wanted to do this time since we didn’t have time last year. We woke up early on Saturday and walked towards Christiana and climbed up the Vor Frelsers Kirke. It wasn’t that high of a church but it is quite narrow and a little frightening up top. The views of the city are amazing. After brunch we walked down Nyhavn for the quintessential view of Copenhagen and then enjoyed the sunshine at Trovehallerne Market while watching local kids play soccer. On Sunday we did the tour of Rosenborg Castle and walked through the King’s Gardens. Afterwards we walked towards Amalienborg Palace and followed the water up towards the mermaid statue. We finished our day people watching on Stroget.
Add this city to your list of must-visits! See my recap of our first visit and travel tips here.
Head back to one of my favorite places for the weekend!
Eating: I much prefer cooking in the colder months than during summer so I have been making: this and this, octopus salad and artichoke ravioli at Torcello, more tea, more pasta and Caprese salad at Pasta e Vino
Doing: Yoga, Body Pump, Spinning, slow runs around the lake, long walks in my neighborhood, dinner and brunch with new friends, continuing to get our apartment in order, cooking more, signing up for another German course
Planning: a last minute weekend trip to Copenhagen, a Southern Germany road trip next weekend, trying for a trip to Seville in October to see some friends, a December trip to the U.S.
Listening to: lots of podcasts, see previous post
Reading: Let’s Pretend This Never Happened (for a new book club I joined)
Missing: American food (ie. made-to-order sandwiches and salads, brewed iced tea, Panera, etc.), Scandal premiere this week, Bravo shows
Excited for: fall everything—the weather has turned here but the sun is out and it is gorgeous
I have talked about podcasts here before but in the past year I have been listening more than ever. I love listening to a new podcast while working out, going for a long walk, commuting, etc. I just can’t keep the music on my iPod interesting enough for long periods of time.
These are my favorites (all are free on iTunes):
What others should I add?
Beautiful morning walk around the Alster
Two and a half weeks in the U.S. gave me time with a lot of my favorite people (who aren’t all pictured here!). So thankful!
Mike Dodge, a 47 year-old master electrician, was going about his job when he saw the opportunity to change one woman’s life forever.
“I don’t think of myself as a hero,” says Dodge. “I like to think that anyone would have done what I did in the situation.”
Teresa Sherry, 32, walked past Dodge’s worksite in midtown Manhattan early Tuesday morning. “She wasn’t smiling at us, and I immediately knew something was wrong.” says Dodge. Upon recognizing the sad, lifeless look on her face, Dodge quickly sprung into action and yelled, “Hey lady! How ‘bout a smile?”
Sherry, shocked and embarrassed, reflexively clenched her face into a grin before entering her building. It was clear that Dodge’s quick reflexes saved the day.
“I was just on my way to work, I don’t normally think about what my face is doing,” says Sherry “but I’m grateful that somebody let me know.”
“She was kinda fat, but not a bad-fat” says Steve Barlone, a real estate lawyer who witnessed the scene while eating lunch at a nearby Au Bon Pain. “The smile really helped her whole thing, you could tell.”
The event seemed to spur an overall neighborhood spirit of camaraderie. Historically, the male employees of the entire Midtown East area have been helping strangers smile since the Chrysler Building was constructed in 1928.
Sherry is thankful Dodge and his buddies were there to help her from not smiling: “I don’t even want to think about what would have happened if I had gotten to work without smiling for a single stranger.”
City officials are also applauding Dodge’s efforts. City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito praised Dodge, saying, “It’s selfless acts like this that remind us there is good in the world.”
But Dodge remains humble, telling Mark-Viverito, “I just did what I had to do.” He added, “Also you should smile more.”
When asked how he’d spend the rest of his day, Dodge said he planned to “enjoy some quality time with his beautiful wife and daughters.”
The temp is quite summery but it sure smells and looks like fall
20 Reasons Why Your (Big) Sister is the Greatest Gift Your Parents Gave You (really any sister big or little)