Copenhagen, Copenhagen, Denmark, Expat life, Travel

Islands Brygge by night

Wow, is it New Years eve already? Did 2020 really just come and go like that? So much has happened this year – I moved to Denmark after almost 10 years in the UK, started a job that I love, and found a one-in-a-lifetime kind of partner. I am eternally grateful for the fortune and privilege that has led me to where I am now after all the blood, sweat, and tears, and the faith I put in myself to get through the challenges. I don’t take any of the positive changes that have happened in my life for granted! I will always remember and be thankful for 2020. I’ve learned and grown so much.

Also, this month my blog had the highest number of views ever, I guess you all really enjoyed by Christmas-themed posts, I’m glad! 🙂

Now you’ll have to forgive me for the quality of these photos, as I have no tripod and they are all hand-held pictures. They’re really not the best photos. But I thought these reflective, sparkly night shots were a good note to end the wild year of 2020…They were taken in Islands Brygge, which is a hugely popular area for outdoor swimming (especially in the summer, of course) close to Glyptoteket and Tivoli. Out of all the public places I’ve been over summer, this area was probably the most crowded (hello Corona). When it’s a little colder and quieter like it is nowadays, it is a wonderful place to have a quiet walk, admire the lights, and collect your thoughts in the evening.

Hope you are all safe and well, and happy New Years eve!

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Kongens Have, Copenhagen

Hej! Hope you all had a nice break over Christmas.

This month has been overloaded with Christmas-related posts, and I hope you thoroughly enjoyed them – but it’s time to transition out the Christmas theme, so I’ll start by sharing this pretty green space with you!

Kongens Have (King’s Garden) houses Rosenborg Slot (Rosenborg Castle). It is a lovely park smack dab in central Copenhagen – in warmer, non-pandemic times it would be teeming with locals and tourists alike! It’s within walking distance to the shopping district and right next to the beautiful University Botanical Gardens, as well as The David Collection, so it’s definitely one of the more touristy, “must see” areas in town. It’s an extremely popular place for people to hang out and have picnics when the weather is warmer, probably as popular as Frederiksberg Have but smaller. I haven’t actually walked much here because over the summer it felt extremely crowded, and the place also shuts quite early in the evening. But I decided to take a lunchtime stroll here, since it’s so close to my workplace, and it was lovely to see the park with a more tranquil vibe.

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Christmas at Bakken

Welcome to the oldest standing amusement park in the world! Bakken is completely free to enter and situated in a lovely forest area by Dyrehaven, an open park where deers roam freely. It’s perfect for a day trip from Copenhagen. I’ll post about Dyrehaven another time, so for now please enjoy these Christmas vibes at Bakken…and Merry Christmas!

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Torvehallerne, Copenhagen

So most of the Christmas markets were cancelled this year due to Covid-19. But all the lights put up at Torvehallerne (which is a covered food market with outdoor stalls) sure created a lovely atmosphere. I think we were honestly blessed to even be able to walk around outside like this and enjoy these sparkling lights around the city.

Hope you enjoy these photos, and see you tomorrow for a final Christmas-themed post!

Merry Christmas Eve 🙂

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Christmas lights in the city

Funny I’ve been seeing many articles recently about how Hygge is dead or there’s some other trendy concept floating around…well let me tell you, in Denmark, hygge is alive and well. Everywhere you look in the city, you get a sort of vibe – magical cosiness. You’d have to be completely impervious for this Danish winter cosiness to not rub off on you. Although we are now in more or less a full lockdown rather than a partial one, I’d say most of us in Copenhagen were lucky to actually experience something of the Christmas-time experience for part of December, like amusement parks, pop-up markets, cafes, present shopping…

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7 Months in Copenhagen (Life Update)

I’m back with another life update – 7 months into my life in Copenhagen. Time is really going like that, and I already feel like my time in Denmark is ticking down… But other than that, I don’t have much else to report. I’m isolating at home with my partner so we can see his family for Christmas. I’m lucky to have a Danish Christmas this year!

I’m also still absolutely loving the city, I’m still totally obsessed with my neighbourhood (Vesterbro), I’m still having a great time at work (despite working at home of course), I’m very happy with the steps I am taking to progress my career, and I’m happier than ever in my relationship. Of course there is a lockdown in place, but things could be much worse and I am privileged to feel safe and to have a comfortable place to be.

In this post I’ll share some photos of pre-lockdown memories from around the city during autumn, before the disappearance of the sun for wintertime…

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The most amazing sunset in the city

Hello! It’s my birthday today, and I’m super grateful to spend it in what is for me the most beautiful city in Europe 🙂 It has truly been a hectic year, and it’s just wild that I’ve ended up here in Copenhagen – I had no idea where I would be this time on my last birthday! Feels like yesterday that I was in the UK, and that I had gone out with my friends to celebrate (actually had two birthday celebrations…oh the pre-pandemic luxury).

Now it’s been a good couple of weeks since we last saw any semblance of sunlight in Copenhagen, I’m definitely missing some vitamin D! But leading up to this month, we’ve had some absolutely beautiful, sunny/frosty days. Case in point, take a look at the sunset photos I took around 3/4pm many weeks back…I practically froze off my fingers taking these shots, but the cold was totally worth it!

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Christmas in Tivoli (Part 2)

If you haven’t seen Part 1 of this post, take a look here 🙂 This post, I’ll continue sharing images from Tivoli and show you how they decorated the place!

(photos taken before lockdown – Tivoli is now unfortunately closed)

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Nyhavn, Copenhagen (Christmas lights edition)

Tomorrow, a partial lockdown begins in Copenhagen, with restaurants, entertainment venues, schools, and workplaces going totally digital. It’s a sad day in the city, but we have been extremely fortunate to have a full autumn without a lockdown! And the city looks beautiful as ever, so lockdown walks are going to be lovely. So, what better way to kick off the Christmas-themed posts than with a dazzling array of Christmas-lights pictures at the beautiful Nyhavn?! It’s been a full half year since I shared photos from this lovely area, which in non-corona times would be absolutely teeming with tourists. This year the area is emptier than usual (but still quite a lot of pedestrians), and the Christmas market was of course cancelled…but it’s still looking lovely with all the decorations that have been put up. Have a look below 🙂

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Bispebjerg Cemetery, Copenhagen

I mentioned in an earlier blogposts that cemeteries are really something else in Copenhagen – they’re akin to parks, well manicured, garden-like, and utilised also for recreational purposes. Simply beautiful green spaces to stroll around in. I’ve shown you the famous Assistens Kierkegaard, which is located in Nørrebro, and now I will share with you Bispebjerg Cemetery, which is further up north from Nørrebro. It’s quite a distance away from the city centre, but if you’re looking for a bit of tranquil within access to the city, this is definitely the spot to visit. I heard it’s lovely in the spring time with cherry blossoms, so I’ll be sure to return next year!

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