“Little darling, the smiles returning to the faces. Little darling, it seems like years since it’s been here.” ~ The Beatles
– View of the canal from the entrance to the National Library –
I thought I would never see the sun again after a week of gray and more gray and rain and snow and cold. But, guess what? The sun came out today! And the sky was so blue, without a cloud in sight. It was a bit surreal, seeing the sun and the bright blue sky. Just yesterday, the entire sky was one big cloud. It snowed all day, and oh, it was so cold. But people were still biking all around, even in the slush and the snow. I went running in the park right across from where we live, and then up to one of the canals located closer to the center of the city. I’d only passed the canal when on the bus, commuting in the morning to the DIS buildings and the conservatory.
So I didn’t register how far the canal really was from the park. It was very far. I thought I was going to pass out on the sidewalk, and then get run over by all the bicyclists. But I eventually made it to the canals and was rewarded with the view of the water and the surrounding buildings. There were swans and pigeons and seagulls flying all around and floating in the water, and the city was becoming blanketed with about 0.001 inch of snow that had managed to stick to roads and roofs, and it was magical. When I returned to the park on my way back, a family was out sledding on one of the hills near the cycling path, and a tiny little child, all bundled up in a big, puffy snow suit, was preparing to sled down the hill that had 0.001 inch of snow. So yesterday was good, but today – today was perfect weather.
– From the bridge crossing the canal –
A group of friends from the Kollegium and I went out to explore the area around where we live, and also to find some food! We stopped by a place called Café Castro. It’s a cozy place, jammed with tables and short palm trees, a small bar, and a big gorgeous patio outside next to a skate park. We managed to catch their Sunday brunch special, and there was a ridiculously wonderful amount of food on their buffet table. It was all-you-could-eat, with coffee and orange juice included, and just to name a few of the dishes: a massive fruit platter with a whole pineapple on it, three different kinds of pasta, pancakes, chicken lo mein (this was a bit confusing, but we ate it, and it was good), hummus, tzatziki sauce, Greek salad, eggs, chicken wings (the brunch was very multi-cultural), the biggest piece of salmon that I’ve ever seen, Smørrebrød with smoked salmon and dill, a tabouleh salad, and yogurt parfaits.
– Central Train Station, Brunch, Walking in the Sunshine, Entrance to Tivoli –
Afterwards, we wanted to try to find the national library to read and study – already, the reading is adding up, and is it possible to already be behind on assignments? So we took the bus and the metro and walked along another canal until we found the library and…it was closed because it’s Sunday, and nothing is open on Sunday. We took that as indication that we should really be outside wandering around and enjoying the sunshine. And luckily, the Harbor Bus was running. What an amazing thing – this harbor bus! It’s basically a boat that runs on the canal, and it’s included in the transportation pass, so you can ride it just like the metro or the train or a regular bus. We went out on the deck in the back of the “bus” and took a million pictures as the sun went down (at 3:30! Stop that sun. Stay a bit longer, please!). The Nyhavn stop was the next one after the library, and we got off to search for a cozy café to study. Which was a lot harder to find than we thought – we found mostly places where we wanted to eat. Priorities. One would think after the brunch we had, we wouldn’t be hungry for a very long time, but all the ice cream shops and donut places and hot chocolate signs were pretty tempting. If you were to see the Nyhavn today, you would probably never guess that it used be to a Red Light district, notorious for beer, sailors, and prostitution in the 17th century. Now, it serves as a beautiful port, filled with historic ships and colorful houses and very classy restaurants. We finally found an Emmery’s café on a small side street and settled down to study, only to find out that the place was closing in 15 minutes! So we headed back to our dorm, riding the metro and the S-Tog (the train), and talking the whole way. Sunny Sundays aren’t meant much for studying anyway.
– From the walk along Nyhavn, Harbor Bus on the left –
– From the Harbor Bus, upper right = Smørrebrød, lower right = StudentHuset building, lower left = Nyhavn restaurant –