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Three Weeks in Copenhagen Already

I can't belive it's been three weeks since I last posted in my weblog! I have spent those three weeks with Lars Pind and his Collaboraid in Copenhagen and I've had quite a good time despite all the work. I am aware of the fact that it's July and that as a swede I'm supposed to be on vacation. However, it seems I will get at least one week of vacation as I am flying back to Stockholm this saturday and will probably spend a couple of relaxing days in my hometown Umea next week.

I have met many nice and interesting people here in Copenhagen. I was given a very warm welcome by Lars and his Caroline with a delicious dinner when I arrived. We walked along the sea and Lars pointed out to me how everything here was centered around this sea - his appartment, my room and our office.

Once I was able to borrow a bike I rediscovered just how wonderfully you do get around on a bicycle. From Collaboraids office and the place that I am staying I can easily reach the city center on bike in ten minutes whilst getting fresh air, exercise and a good look at the surroundings. No more worrying about catching the last train, no more holding back on drinking because you need to drive a car...

Being able to bike downtown so easily I've had no excuse for not checking out the nightlife of Copenhagen. So far, I've found two venues that I'd like to recommend. The Copenhagen Jazzhouse is a great place to have a drink and listen to a quality jazz concert. At midnight they open up for a younger crowd as the disco starts and the house is filled with a mixture of old and new funk, soul, hip-hop and jazz. A good place to dance salsa and drink Salsito (a mexican style tequila beer - their own brand?) is Sabor Latino. They have drop-in beginner lessons in Salsa at 22.00 on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays.

I am hoping to be able to make some weekend excursions in Denmark before summer is over - which judging by how fast the last three weeks have passed will be real soon now. A destination that suggested itself early on was the island Bornholm. Another alternative was provided by a nice article in Dagens Nyheter (in swedish) about northern Sjaelland and resorts such as Liseleje and Gilleleje. In Liseleje there is the HC Andersen house where the original owner used to make pancakes read HC Andersen fairytales to her guests. Now, doesn't that sound like heaven on earth!?

The article also mentions some of the Danish celebrities that used to spend their summers in the resorts of northern Sjaelland such as Soren Kirkegaard and Niels Bohr. Another danish celebrity that fascinates me is the designer Arne Jacobsen. I had certainly seen his cool egg chairs before but I didn't know they were by this world famous danish designer. There is an exhibition about Jacobsen touring the world called Evergreens and Nevergreens that you should attend if you can.