Saturday, May 8, 2010

All Wound Up While Winding Down



My last Saturday in Denmark...(sniff, sniff...tear / woohoo can't wait to get home).....

I woke up earlier than usual this morning, bounced out of bed, threw on some clothes and headed for the door. I didn't know exactly where I was going but I am overcome with this anxious feeling of "I have so much to do and so little time now!" It doesn't matter where I go, I just feel like I have to go somewhere! I went to the bakery for one of my last delicious Danish pastries and a cup of deliciously strong coffee. I hopped on my clunky-monkey bike and headed downtown.

I have been here for 3 months and aside from groceries and beer, I really haven't bought much else. I decided to go on a souvernir shopping binge until my bike basket was full and I couldn't physically carry any more.... Not sure where I am going to fit it all in the suitcase, but I have a feeling I may be leaving some clothes behind... I won't be needing so many wool sweaters in California.

Later, I received a call from my American friend Karen. She was going to watch her friend's canoe polo tournament on Amager, the island where the airport is located. I got back on my bike and headed in her direction.. I never heard of canoe polo before, but it seems to have the same rules as water polo for the most part, except you're in a kayak. It was intense.





I felt really bad when the players got pushed and their kayaks flipped upside down. The air today was SO cold, I could see my breath and my fingers felt like they were going to break off even while I was wearing my mittens. I can't imagine what the water felt like.

Here's a clip of the action:
video

After the games, I headed back home on my bike. Earlier, when I was souvenir shopping, I saw this REALLY cool soap dispenser. I talked myself out of buying it because it was sooo expensive. All day long, I could not stop thinking about it though, and that's when you know something is worth it. I took a detour on the way home to go back to the shop, but sadly it was closed. Oh well, it was a bit too pricey anyway. Fortunately, my route home from the shop took me right past my favorite street performers!! I thought I blogged about them before but I couldn't find the entry.... Anyway, I ran into this band on my first weekend here and I saw them performing around town for the next 3 consecutive weekends. I love these guys and I felt it was so perfect that I spontaneously ran into them on my last weekend AND this time they were selling CDs! Of course I bought one and am listening to it as I type...

This corn man was selling corn out of his bicycle nearby:


It was a lovely day despite the clouds, misty rain, and near-unbearable cold. I think that's just Copenhagen's way of making it easier for me to leave!

5 comments:

AL said...

We all enjoyed reading your Danish adventures.
Happy Mother's Day!

ps we are returning to La Quinta
on the Russian Orthodox Christmas/Elvis' Birthday weekend! T-Dog: put that on your calendar!

Trevor said...
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Anonymous said...

What will I do without my daily fix of Copenbloggin??
Mom

Trevor said...

Al: marking it down!

Julie: who took the picture of you on the bike? that should be your new 'About Me' picture for the blog.

Julie Erickson said...

Trev--Karen took the pic while at the kayak polo match. done.

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