On Sunday night we got back from our road trip to Copenhagen, which included: two super long drives (approximately 14 hours the way there and 14 back), lots of hygge (a danish word that means cozier than cozy) time with family and friends, and lots of Danish beer and Danish food! We saw Pip for his 22nd birthday along with Oly, Kat, Tom, and Mattias (friends from IPC), my cousin, Theresa, for dinner and drinks at a bar where one of Arthur’s friends from Japan works, Nikolaj for a julebryg, and my aunt, Marley, my uncle, Nils, and Theresa for a delicious, home-cooked dinner that was perfectly hygge.
Here are some photos with captions from the trip.
Olivier and Nicolas drove most of the way. This is me getting freaked out by German drivers, who drive incredibly fast!
Arthur, in one of my favorite cafés, The Living Room (formerly known as Robert's Café)
Nicolas, Arthur, and me at Kongens Nytorv. The weather was pretty cloudy most of the beginning of the trip
Floss Bar, one of my favorite bars that has thick graffiti all over the walls. I think this bar kind of freaked out the boys. It also has a toilet that will make any French toilet look clean.
We visited Christiania, the famous Danish hippie commune, and visited one of my favorite lunch/café places inside the commune.
We went to my favorite museum in the whole world - Louisiana (www.louisiana.dk)
This is Kronborg, Hamlet's castle, in Elsinore (Helsingør). We drove here to visit my old school, IPC (www.ipc.dk).
Nicolas and Arthur on the boat tour around the Copenhagen harbour
Olivier in Nyhavn, on the boat, enjoying the sunshine
The little mermaid (or Den Lille Havfrue in Danish). We went to see this because the boys had never visited DK
Our Savior's Church (Vor Frelsers Kirke) in Christianshavn
With Nikolaj, a dear old friend, at Salonen. Danish christmas beer (Jule Bryg) was distributed on October 31st. This is considered to be one of the most important nights for Danes and they stayed out partying until 6 or 7am! (We could hear them from our hostel)
Nyhavn, by Olivier (approximately 4pm on Wednesday)
Nyhavn, by Lise (approximately 11am on Friday)
This trip was definitely a tongue twister for my mouth and head – I spoke French, English, and Danish in the same sentences in order to translate things all the time. And sometimes it was just easier to forget English all together and speak French and Danish.
On the way home, we stopped in Leiden, the Netherlands, to see Kim and Barry. We stayed at their amazing apartment (which they constructed themselves and is sooo cool!) and ate some delicious pumpkin soup that they made. Then it was back to France and back to school!
Hope you are all doing well! If you went on a trip for fall break recently, I want to hear about it! Please tell me in the comments!