Posts tagged “Copenhagen

Hills II

The flatness of Cpenhagen is also the cause of why we use bikes so much (well – amongst other things). Bikes are firmly part of our culture as can be seen in this fantastic video from 1937



Copenhagen is flat as a pancake. If the water of the ocean was to rise just a few metres a good part of the town would just disappear. But there is ONE hill that has been frustrating people on bikes for as long as I can remember: Valby Bakke.

I was pleasantly surprised to walk past it last week and discover that the part of it that intersects with the local park has been remodelled – making it much easier to use for sleighing. One of the great joys of copenhageners is finding a non-horizontal surface they can slide down using sleighs, plastic bags, tea trays or whatever one can come up with (being creative with your improvised sleigh grants instant recognition and applause).

Originally the corner of the park intersecting with the hill had a solid path leading down the ridge of the hill, directly through a gate and out onto a road with heavy traffic (making sleighing slightly hazardous if you have no means of braking). Now the slope has been angled a bit away from the gate and has two solid paths on the side making it easier to climb to the top. There’s even a little ridge that will stop an errant child on a sleigh heading for the traffic.

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Oh Copenhagen.

After The Snow

Then – one night as I was walking home – it just started and it hasn’t really stopped since.

Snowy bench

Before The Snow

It is snowing in Copenhagen. Temperatures are more or less permanently below freezing. But before the snow started falling we did have about a week of that lovely crisp and clear winter air.


Det er blevet en vane at få en milkshake hos Paradis Is når jeg kommer til Valby Station efter at have været på Glostrup Hospital. Hvor de ser på mine øjne. Nogle gange virker det som om de kun ser på mine øjne. Det er sært at bruge 1½ time på at blive stirret ind i ansigtet og stadig føle sig overset.

Jeg kan bedst lide når der er to folk foran mig i køen hos Paradis Is og de skal helst være under 170 cm for så kan jeg se over dem og lure hvad for noget is der er at vælge imellem. Det er ikke altid let at vælge tre forskellige slags is der kan blandes sammen til en lækker milkshake. Man kan også vælge to slags is men så bliver det ikke en særlig tyk milkshake og de er mere lækre når de er tykke. Hvilket er sært for man drikker dem med et sugerør uanset hvad.

Jeg kan ikke så godt lide når der ikke er nogen mennesker i kø for så skal jeg bruge tid på at stå og vælge og så ender jeg med en mærkelig kombination. Ekspedienten står og venter og måske kommer der folk og står og venter i kø bag ved een. Man skal tænke sig godt om for nogle kombinationer virker smarte på papiret. Såsom karamel/chokolade/banan. Men de er det slet ikke i virkeligheden. I ganske få tilfælde bliver man overrasket positivt. Såsom med jordbær/kokos/lakrids. Men det er sjældent.

Jeg får at vide at mine øjne er blevet bedre til at se siden sidst. JEG er blevet bedre til at se hedder det. Nogle gange er det svært at tænke på mine øjne som en del af resten af helheden. Det virker i hvert fald ikke altid som om vi spiller på samme hold. Men det er godt at vide at der er en målbar forbedring. For det er svært at se selv.

PS: A Triumph and somewhere to go (preferably far away). Please.


I finally got around to seeing Melancholia. While I have deliberately avioded Antichrist I was looking forward to seeing what Trier had come up with this time. I never really considered myself a fan but I guess I do stay updated on what he’s doing and that I have seen most of his movies and projects. I still love to be creeped out by The Kingdom and to cringe at the unbeareable awkwardness in The Idiots.