Tales from an American girl living in Denmark
I did a lot of walking over the Easter break. It helped me reacquaint myself with Nørrebro, which is the same neighbourhood I used to live in when I was studying here three years ago. The walking also kept me from biting my nails off over stupid things like trying to cancel my mobile contract in the U.S. and not being able to for a laundry list of reasons created by Verizon Wireless solely to infuriate helpless customers.
One of my favourite* things in this area is the giant cemetery, Assistens Kirkegård. Haha, I know – me? Gravitating toward the cemetery? Shocking. But it’s not just a regular cemetery. It’s more a public park that happens to be filled with gravestones and beautiful Secret Garden-esque paths. Some of Denmark’s most famous are buried there including Søren Kirkegård (as the name suggests), and Hans Christian Andersen.
On the outer paths you will see joggers, cyclists, and people taking short cuts home. Further into the centre of the grounds people are having picnics with friends, or sitting for a few moments of still reflection before rejoining the hustle of life. It’s a comforting combination of birdsong, distant bells, and other ambient city sounds.
I also went to an interesting bar called Drone located along the Nørrebrogade stretch. Nørrebrogade is one of the main streets in the Nørrebro neighbourhood with a lot of good dive type bars.
It’s pretty smokey inside, but the DJ’s music choice was fairly good, and after midnight a large crowd of people showed up to dance to retro rock in the basement level.
In other news, grocery shopping is really difficult when you can hardly read the ingredients anymore. Shopping for festival/camping food is one thing. Trying to maintain your healthy, everyday diet is another. Danish grocery stores have a million and one versions of milk, yoghurt, and cheese, but Kefir doesn’t seem to be among these offerings, unfortunately. Icelandic Skyr is the closest I’ve been able to get so far. Nevertheless, I’m not starving.
There’s an organic, local product health food store in the Amager neighborhood that I’m planning to check out soon. I’ll let you all know how it goes.
*I am not intentionally spelling everything the British way. My darling MBP is autocorrecting my spelling for the region I’m typing it from. Just want to clear my name of any poser-y spelling.