15 April 2014

West coast

The sky was blue today, small clusters of wooly clouds scattered over it like white pearls. We enjoyed the sun and defied the strong winds on the beach of the notoriously wild Vesterhavet (the Western Sea) where we took a walk in the sand. The beaches along the western coast is filled with old German bunkers left over from WWII. They look as if dropped from the sky, halves buried deep in the sand, only the windblown cement corners peeping up. It looks surreal and worked as an interesting backdrop for our windy walk. Of course, there were loads of photos taken.
I took a sneaky, blurry selfie in AE's new blue mirror glasses.
AE looked pretty sharp himself.
NP played around.
My mom is always colourful.
Sweet NP.

12 April 2014

A truly wonderful day

Yesterday was a big day for me. I had my last exam in the morning and passed it with flying colours. So now I'm officially a journalist and officially done with school. How crazy is that! The day was full of happiness and laughter, and I can't remember the last time I've felt so incredibly happy and lucky. I celebrated the day in Aarhus with my family; we had coffee, wine and an amazing dinner with lots of wine and laughs. Oh joy!
It was strange leaving that grey concrete building where I've had so many good memories. But I also feel I've been done with journalism school for years because I've been out in the 'real world' working as a journalist...
My grandparents came down from the north for coffee and cake at Langhoff & Juul (Guldsmedgade 30, Aarhus).
NP looking smug.
I'm in love with the café's use of Danish furniture classics (and I thought a good while whether I'd be able to steal a few...)
Henrik and my mom looking cute!
My parents. They gave me a necklace with a gold K made from their wedding rings. I can't tell you how happy that made me. See it below.
Sølve had escargots for starters. We ate at Bistro65 (Jægergårdsgade 65, Aarhus) - a little French bistro with excellent excellent food.
The two youngest.
With the brothers - and a huge hand!
I had steak tartare for the first time. Yum!
I will remember this day forever.

09 April 2014

About homes

As some of you might have seen on Instagram a few weeks back, I've decided to move to Copenhagen. There are many reasons for this move, and so many thoughts have circled in my head for months. But the main points are that Berlin and I seem to have outgrown each other. I don't regret coming back to it this second time around, and I knew it might very well be a short comeback, but I no longer feel at home in the city. Things that seemed charming and quirky last time around - like unwelcoming Germans (some of them!) and their love for bureaucracy and rules - have been such a pain in the a** this time around. Plus, I don't know how I would be able to pay rent and health insurance and live, there are no jobs, and the constant uncertainty would kill me. I'm very sad to have 'thrown in the towel', because I thrive on adventure and living outside Denmark, it's such a big part of my identity, and I feel I have let down that side of me. On the other hand, Copenhagen has drawn me to it for a long time, and the once very complicated relationship between us seems to have worked itself out. I'm looking forward to spending more time with dearly missed friends and my family, and to re-connect with a town I haven't lived in for a long time. The adventures in the world will soon call me again, I think, because it seems like I'm destined to always be on the move. But for now, it'll be Copenhagen, and that feels deeply great.

07 April 2014

Heaven land

My grandparents live in the north of Jutland and their little town has been a steady rock in a childhood of moving around constantly. I love visiting them, not only because their home is full of laughter, clever conversation and goodness, but also because the little town is full of personalities. People up there don't hide their weirdness and it's so nice to have it all out in the open. Whenever I visit, there are dozens of new stories to hear, and both my grandparents are great storytellers. Apart from sit in the kitchen drinking coffee and talking, we caught 'Monica Z' in a nearby cinema and also took a trip into Aalborg. Here are some visual glimpses;
PS the area they live in is called Himmerland - in Danish it sounds a little like 'heaven land', which isn't too far from my opinion of it...
My grandfather has recently started to do some cooking, and, being an architect, makes every dish look like a work of art. Thus, he made salmon with julienned cucumber in chili marinade one of the days. Yum!
I took a little selfie in the local supermarket that still smells of my childhood summers.
When we went into Aalborg, we went down to the harbour to have a look at the new Musikhuset. I was very very unimpressed with the architecture that seemed more skizofrenic than anything else.
But the view over Limfjorden wasn't too bad.

04 April 2014

Bespectacled

Yes. I've got glasses now. My eyes have been longing for a little help for years, but I haven't gotten around to do something about until now. And despite only having -0,75, it's made a huge difference for me. The joy of being able to see everything completely clearly! And not having to squint all the time, endure the headaches and everything... So now I'm all about the glasses.

02 April 2014

Sunny Sunday in Nørrebro

On Sunday, I met up with Tine in the sun. It was such great weather, so the entire population of Copenhagen was out soaking up the rays and thinking summer had hit. We chose a different way; after an hour on the grass in Nørrebroparken with shades on and coffee in hand, we crawled into the darkness to watch 'The Grand Budapest Hotel'. Oh joy! That universe...! I can highly recommend the film - and 'Royal Tenembaums', my favourite of Wes Anderson's films.
Superkilen was busy with kids running around and parents that looked slightly hungover (?).
Friends posing in front of a window.
Windows and windows. The view from Nørrebro Station.