Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Following the footsteps of Samantha Brown

I don't have a lot of time left in Copenhagen so I need to make the most of it. I'm a huge fan of Samantha Brown and so I've been trying to do all of the things she did when she was in Copenhagen. I've been to the tourist office, Stroget, the Little Mermaid, and now I've been to the Laundromat cafe. She took her laundry here and ordered a coffee. I only did the latter part. I recognized it from the show and got too excited.

Here is a picture from the inside. Note my Blog is open on my laptop and that I spilled my coffee onto the saucer. I accidentally exclaimed Shit! and the couple next to me smiled at me. Not sure if it was a pity smile or sympathy smile.

Laundromat Cafe from the outside. It's in Norreboro. You can take the 5A bus or walk across the bridge from Norreport. It's on Elmegade 15. 

I didn't take this picture but this shows the colorful books. Around the corner is the laundry machines. They even have cool framed posters in there. 

Monday, April 29, 2013

A bicycle can't stand on its own because it is two tired.

Switichin it up here. Pictures first and then my blog post. Enjoy! 

Me with my purple shorts and my purple bike. 

The cool windmill we found

At the beach in Bornholm

Me and Jenn

They had the great idea to buy little containers and put the sand inside for a souvenir. The sand is supposedly the sand they use for hourglasses.

A Jutland Horse we saw on the side of the road. He reminds me of Patrick. 

Me and my new equestrian friends. Fun Fact: The fence is electric. 

The forest part of our biking on Saturday. 

Me at the beach area by our hostel. Note the sun.  B)

The cool cliffs

Christina, Me and Jenn at the waterfall 

Me inside the cave. Oooo

The town we stayed in: Gudhjem 

Jenn, me, Colleen, and Katie. 

Ice cream!! I got Banana Split with Oreo and Nut sprinkles. 

I’m done with Strategic Communication! We had our final exam today. I actually thought it was difficult. Not because I didn’t study at all but because the questions were very specific, not what I studied for, and used crazy double negatives (Which of the following is not sometimes except never a part of this?) After I finished, I treated myself to a Chai Latte from Baresso. The trick is to not listen when she says how much it costs and blindly hand over the money. I had a nice chat with the barista who told me Baresso is better than Starbucks. We’ll see about that. She also admitted that Baresso is expensive and that it will get more crowded when people get paid in the beginning of May. I appreciated her honesty.

This weekend I went biking in Bornholm!
Friday, we met at 11pm to get on a bus which took us to an overnight ferry. I was lucky enough to be able to buy a cabin on the ship. It was a small two-person room but the other girl didn’t show up in the room so I had a peaceful night’s sleep alone. At 6am, we got off the ferry and took a bus to our hostel where we ate breakfast and got on our bikes.
The group of girls I became friends with decided to do the Killer Route. That was seriously the name. I give easily into peer pressure so I joined them in the 65km tour. I’m not going to say it was easy but it clearly didn’t kill me. It was a good workout and it gave us the chance to really explore the island. The highlight of the bike ride that day was reaching the beach where the sand is used for hourglasses.
I was amazed at how diverse Bornholm was. We saw beaches, cliffs, caves, farms, fields, forests, small towns, streams, hills, etc. It seemed to have every kind of landscape your camera would want.
On Sunday, we were all so sore. It was painful to sit back down on the bike seat. We biked maybe 5 or 6km and hiked a lot instead. We saw a famous waterfall, some neat cliffs, and a creepy cave.
After our bike rides Saturday and Sunday we got ice cream at the shop by our hostel. They had a delightful ice cream called the Gudjem Special which was one scoop of any flavor in a waffle cone, vanilla soft serve on top and then your choice of sprinkles. I’m not sure if I was just hungry or tired but that ice cream seemed to taste divine.
At the end of the trip, we took a bus to the ferry which took us to Malmo, Sweden. Another bus took us the rest of the way back to Copenhagen.
I knew I would say this in the end, but I’m glad I went on the trip. I made new friends, got a lot of exercise, saw some stunning nature, and had a once in a lifetime experience. Even though at times it was an uphill battle (Literally.) it was good to prove that I can do it. Throughout the day, it was a nice mix of biking next to and talking with the other girls and biking alone with my thoughts. It’s sort of therapeutic to be alone biking out in the country.
With finals happening and coming up, I have more schoolwork than usual and am pretty busy. I’m using my train commute to write this blog post now because I know when I get home and get Internet, I’ll need to do my homework. (I’d rather be blogging.) 

Friday, April 26, 2013

That Calls for a Carlsberg

Today is the "great prayer day" or Store Bededag so I didn't have class and my host parents didn't have work at the cheese shop today.

We started the day by getting bread at the nearby bakery. I went with Ulrik and helped pick out some pastries. The bread in the middle is the special bread made called varme hveder. 

We went to the Carlsberg museum.  

 I liked this trailer because of the horses inside the horseshoes. 
These are the new Somersby bottles. Each one is a different animal print.  I had one before the Ellie Goulding concert in a cafe. The flavor is called Wild Cactus. 

I love Somersby! It tastes like sweet juice soda. 

Rainbow of Somersby. 

Me petting a Jutland horse in the Carlsberg stable. He kept trying to eat my shirt. 

The horse was a mix between Belgian and Jutland horse. He was so sweet. I think I'm giggling in this picture because he was trying to eat me (well maybe my shirt was apple scented). 

Ulrik petting the horse. 

Ulrik and Gitte with the horse. 

My next car. 

 Old Carlsberg bottles. 

 They had a fun sniff station where you could smell different flavors and scents. Citrus was the best. 
A really funny quote. 

Me eating herring and drinking a Carlsberg in the cafe bar area. We got coupons for two drinks. First I got a Jacobsen beer that was sweet and then a classic Carlsberg. 

Outside, everyone just stuck their stickers on the pole. 

Hugging the elephant's trunk. 

We stopped at a flower shop and my host parents were nice enough to let me pick out flowers for my room. 

After Carlsberg, we stopped by an ice cream place and all got ice cream. It was really delicious because the ice cream was just the right amount of soft. Great day! 

Four pictures from my iPhone

It's so easy to pull out my iPhone and snap a picture when I see something cool. I usually put the pictures on Instagram. For those who don't have Instagram, here you go.

This is the fountain by DIS. It just recently began spurting out water. I got to class early the other day so I just say by it and did some reading. Relaxing. 

Have I mentioned I'm becoming obsessed with Somersby? The story behind this one is I was leaving Elsinore and stopped in a wine shop to buy a Somersby. The guy working there tells me his life story, lets me sample a Pina Colada drink, and gives me his name and tells me to add him on Facebook. Let's just say I "lost" that post it note that had his name on it. 

I didn't know this was a fountain. All semester I've walked by it, wondered what it was and what the point was. I'd seen people sleeping, eating, and hanging out on it. But all the sudden it became a water fountain. Cool. 

My funky fresh blue and orange nails. 

Thursday, April 25, 2013

Not too hot and not too cold

A friend posted this on Facebook and I just had to borrow it. Today is perfect. :)

Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Today in Pictures

Experience my Wednesday through the pictures I took today:

I rode my bike to the station, like I do frequently, and parked it alongside all the other commuter bikers.  

I caught this poor guy sprinting to the train. He was running to 7/11 on the other side to buy a ticket. 

The train to Helsingor came at 8:52 and picked up a large group of children.

In Norreboro, I found this duck swimming in pollution. Poor guy. That water looked disgusting.

I got really distracted and began to take a lot of photographs of the ducks. Bear with me.  

This is the bridge between Norreboro and Copenhagen. 

This female duck was standing on one leg the whole time I saw her. I think something was wrong with her leg. 

This little pigeon has my same expression I have when I look at abstract art. haha. 

Is this mallard standing on water? Wow! No, he's just smart and standing on a rock in the water. Deception. 

Three swans and Copenhagen. Fun Fact: The swan is the national bird of Denmark. 

Swans, pretty clouds and a nice bridge. I was so happy the weather was nice today. 

People biking during their lunch breaks, moving much faster than the cars. 

Everyone has to stop at red lights, even busses and bikers. 

I went to Rosenborg Castle today. It was such a major tourist attraction, I just had to go. I'm proud of the composition on this picture. I like the leading lines of the bushes. 

Inside Rosenborg. 

Proof I was there. 

The King's chair made of ivory and the Queen's chair made of silver. Good ol' Christian the 4th. Nothing but the best for his butt. Note the lion in the picture. 

I really enjoyed this crown. So many details. The pearls, the gems, and jewels. Wish I could wear it.  

Emerald jewelry. I appreciated this because emerald is my birthstone. I just know those earrings would look great on me. :)  

Why I came to Rosenborg: To see the royal crowns. 

Top of Rosenborg Slot.