Monday, March 30, 2009

den lille havfrue

The Little Mermaid sculpture is one of the most hyped-up tourist attractions in copenhagen for reasons that I don't understand.  It's a nice sculpture based on a
Hans Christian Andersen fairy tale, but I think that the tourists who go to see it are more interesting.

Sunday, March 29, 2009


We went to an awesome Girl Talk concert at Vega on Friday.  

bike rescuers

I guess this has become instalment number 3 in my (accidental) bike series.  We were biking by the canal in copenhagen when we noticed this barge.  They had dredged up a motley collection of street signs, shopping carts, cafe chair, and bikes, some totally rusty and bent, some in quite good condition.  There was a scuba diver who located the junk in the water, then a team of four men who pulled it up and ran the boat.  I've never seen anything like it!

Tuesday, March 24, 2009

bike lane

accidental sculpture

Wednesday, March 18, 2009

must love bikes

Of every big city that I've been to so far, Stockholm, Amsterdam and of course Copenhagen, bicycles have been an essential element.  I think that people are happier and healthier because of it, and they just look cool.  These are some of my favorites.

Monday, March 16, 2009

music: amsterdam

amsterdam from Barrett Hanrahan on Vimeo.

I thought that these guys were awesome. It makes me so happy every time I play this video. Let me know if you know what that bagpipe type instrument is, because I've never seen one like it before and I'm really curious.


I just got back from an amazing weekend in Amsterdam.  All I can think about is how much I want to go back!  I had all day friday, saturday and sunday there, so I covered a lot of ground.  I walked around the grachts (canals) a lot, which is definitely my favorite part of the city.  Much like copenhagen everyone rides bikes, though the general atmosphere is more energetic and eclectic than in denmark.  It was a nice change of pace.  

I met up with my friend Kevin, who is also on a semster abroad at the Design Academy Eindhoven about 1.5 hours from Amsterdam.  We stayed on a boat.  It was...cozy.  On saturday we walked a lot.  We found a really great outdoors vintage clothing/goods market, stopped by a fancy cigar store to pick up some cigars for my dad, went to DROOG (I felt really special to be present for Kevin's first trip to droog :) ), another cool dutch/european design store called Frozen Fountain, visited the Cat Museum, which featured only art with cats in it.  We had a great cheap lunch and then coffee and Dutch apple pie later.  It was so nice being somewhere where it's affordable to go out to eat!  Later that night we ran into some people that we went to high school with (small world!), and went to an Indian themed dance club in a church.

Sunday we took it easy and went to the Dutch funeral and mortality museum so that Kevin could do some research for a project, then we took a canal boat tour.  Did you know that Amsterdam is home to europe's largest floating chinese restaurant?  Me niether.  

There are good vibes in Amsterdam.  I hope that I get a chance to go back again soon.

Monday, March 9, 2009


This is the view from the front of the apartment and a really small dog.

Saturday, March 7, 2009


for aya :)

Wednesday, March 4, 2009


not as sneaky as they think

I got a bike!

It's such a cool feeling to be a copenhagen cyclist!

  I got my new bike yesterday at the train station.  The bike-to-person ratio in copenhagen is 3:1, so as you can imagine there are lots of abandoned bikes.  Every now and then the police go around the central public places and tag bikes that have been there for a while.  If they're not picked up within a month or so they get an orange sticker.  Post stickering if they're still not picked up they get collected and brought to the dump or auctioned off at the politi (police) headquarters.  Orange sticker, no lock, and it's yours.  What a beautiful system.

Today I bought a lock and adjusted the seat, tomorrow I'll buy a basket and then I'll be ready to go.  My bike is a bit sporty.  Some kind of racing/road bike, so it's taking a little getting used to.  

And I'm sure the frame is way too big for me, but luckily I have unusually long arms, so it's not so bad.  

Because so many people ride bikes here (30% of the city commutes daily by bicycle), the bike lanes are really well developed and extensive.  On most streets the bike lane is between the parked cars and the sidewalk and is wide enough for two bikes to ride side by side.  There isn't a helmet law, but there is a light law (you must have a light on your bike after dark) which I think is pretty cool.

Can't wait to explore more!

Tuesday, March 3, 2009


this is a zambonie kind of thing at the ice rink accross the street.  

Sunday, March 1, 2009


tulips are almost cheap here and they're sold accross the street from my apartment, so sometimes I induldge.