The weather has turned colder, and we’ve had ice on the lakes nearly continuously since mid-January. The girls have gone skating at Kongens Nytorv and Frederiksberg Have with Mabel (Michelle’s 16-year-old daughter) and school mates Peter & Ali (here for a year from Seattle). They (the city? private companies? the Picturesque Denmark Committee?) lay down refrigeration lines and freeze a section of the squares for ice skating. Next winter I think we’ll buy ice skates. It costs nothing to skate, but rentals are 40DKK (~$8) for an hour . We found the one good deal in Denmark: skates can be purchased at Bilka for under 200DKK, which is not much more than what you’d pay for a sandwich and drink at a cafe.
On February 4th Souren flew in from Seattle for a visit. He and Rachelle went to the botanical gardens on Thursday.
Palm House at the Copenhagen Botanical Gardens
I took off work on Friday, February 6, and we toured the old Carlsberg Brewery, which was filled with interesting facts and quotes.
- A quote from the 19th century: ‘ The critics claimed both that insufficient quantities of beer had been brewed and that the quality was too poor. One consumer complained:” In my small household, beer is often lacking for 8 to 14 days … at these times my children must either go to the water pump, if the water is drinkable, or I must with sadness watch them become weak on tea water.” ‘
- In the old days they had 8 guys whose job was to turn over the sprouting barley in a very large basement room. Tons of it. Every day. For years. In a basement.
- “Beer is proof that God loves us and wants us to be happy.” – Benjamin Franklin
On the Saturday we went to the Louisiana, which is an art museum about 30km north of Copenhagen. The museum’s name comes from the name of the villa on the property, which the original owner named after his wife Louise. And his second wife Louise. Oh, and his third wife, also name Louise. I suspect the man had issues. Anyway, there was a manga exhibit showing, which we wanted to see. We took the train up the coast, had lunch at the cafe (probably the best restaurant meal we’ve had in Denmark), and wandered the grounds. It is right on the water, and in a beautiful location.
Souren, Eden, and Cate at the Louisiana
Cate reading manga at the Louisiana
In addition to manga, the exhibit also had cells from various anime, including many of Hayao Miyazaki’s films. With Souren here, we also got in plenty of video game time.
Playing Video Games with Souren
On Wednesday, February 11, we all went ice skating at Kongens Nytorv with Michelle, James, Mabel, and Nick. Afterward we ate lunch at the cafeteria in Magasin, an old department store in Denmark that is just off Kongens Nytorv. Then, Cate and Souren played foosball against Eden & Mabel. Much cackling was to be heard.
Souren, Mabel, and Cate skating at Kongens Nytorv
Cate playing Foosball with Souren, Eden, and Mabel
We had a great visit with him. For more photos, see the Flickr set.