fredag, februar 17, 2006
København: med udsigt over de snedækkede søer
Whenever I post pictures of anywhere else, I feel a bit guilty that I'm slighting Copenhagen, which is after all where I live. No more of that for me. The reason: snow, which is still a relative novelty for me, and which I therefore still truly love. Though snow is not a very regular occurence here, when it happens, the city becomes brighter and more magical, despite the slushy dangerously slippery streets and transport delays.
Unlike the other three cities I've called home, I didn't feel at home right away here. Only after a couple of years and a lot of Danish lessons, have Copenhagen and I begun the long slow process of bonding. However there is one area with which I bonded much sooner, overlooking the lakes. The lakes are actually a semi-circle of man-made canals which was presumably at one point a division between town and outskirts, though now of course the city stretches far beyond in all directions. Some of these photos are pointing towards Nørreport and the pedestrianized areas of downtown. The other photos are pointing towards Nørrebro, one of the most vibrant, culturally diverse, and in my opinion coolest areas of town.
Soon after I first moved to Denmark, I started Danish classes at a school only a couple of blocks from here. I found the nicest way to get to class was to take the bus to where I could walk along the lakes first. Every morning was a new visual adventure, especially in the winter. One day, the water was beginning to freeze. The next, it was covered in snow. The next, the snow had melted a bit, and there were some cracks in the icy facade. And so on.
Of course the lakes have their charm in other seasons as well. There are birds, and sometimes swans, in warmer weather. Restaurants along both edges set up outdoor seating. But to every post its season, and so these summer pleasures will have to wait their turn. For now, please join me in celebrating the snow while it lasts.
title translation: Copenhagen: with a view of the snow-covered lakes.