Jillian with a K

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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.

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What I’ve Been…

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

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Podcasts
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):
This American Life
Stuff Mom Never Told You
Stuff You Should Know
What others should I add?
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Podcasts

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):

This American Life

Stuff Mom Never Told You

Stuff You Should Know

What others should I add?

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Local Hero Rescues Woman from Not Smiling

Perfect

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