tirsdag den 29. oktober 2013

Too busy

Dear readers,

I apologize for the lack of posts this semester. I am simply too busy with my studies this time. To not keep you waiting, I have decided to take a break from posting for the rest of 2013. I am so sorry, but school's more important. :-)

There might still be an occasional post every now and then!

All the best,

mandag den 14. oktober 2013

(out travelling)

Hope you are all having fun!

I'm out travelling - be aware that lots of awesome events happen in this week, the fall break. You can see most of them at www.aok.dk. (don't worry, they also have a page in English)

All the best,

tirsdag den 1. oktober 2013

Free showing of "Sugar man"

I had the pleasure of watching the movie "Sugar man" about the musician Rodriguez not too long ago! There's a film club in Copenhagen who's showing it for free this thursday from 19:30-21:30! It's a capturing documentary and a magic story with nice music! 

More on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/events/137703626437603/

Address: Jemtelandsgade 3, 2300 KBH S.


torsdag den 19. september 2013

Events this weekend!!!


Free coffee and culture at The Royal Theatre
Today is the opening day of the new café in The Royal Theatre; August B. Retro 30'ies atmosphere and jazz music. There are a bunch of free happenings the rest of the day:
16:00 - Ballet performance in the front hall.
16:20 - Event by "Kompagni B" in the front hall.
 6:30  - Event by "Kompagni B" in the Balcony foyer.
16:50 - Another (different) ballet performance in the front hall.
17:10 - Event by "Kompagni B" in the front hall.
17:20 – Event by "Kompagni B" in the Balcony foyer.
17:40 – Poems & guitar in the Balcony foyer.
18:00 – Opera solo and piano in the Balcony foyer.
18:30 – Bassoon quartet plays ragtime in the Balcony foyer.


SMK friday

SMK = Statens Museum for Kunst. They will show you how to have an artsy friday! This includes philosophy, drinks, beer, talks, art, street kitchen and music at the museum.

And the entrance is free!

From 16:00 at Sølvgade 48-50.

Free concert at DTU - Linkoban

Free friday concert at DTU! Linkoban will be playing her powerfull rap/dub/grime/pop inspired tracks on the stage in the S-house. The doors open at 19, the concert starts at 22. Be there early - there is going to be a lot of people!


Danish Speed Opening Championships in Diamanten

Diamanten at DTU will be hosting the qualifications in the Danish Speed Opening Championships!
Special offer on 5 beers - and possibility of qualifying and going on to the finals to win a travel gift certificate! From 16-19. Also, free shots for the ladies as it's Ladies' Night (until 3:00).


Copenhagen Peace Walk

Celebrate UN's International Peace Day in the streets of Copenhagen to show that you want positive change in the workd! After the walk, there will be many speakers talking about peace! And lots and lots of bands will be performing!

13-14: Speeches outside Christiansborg!
14-15:30: The walk starts outside Christiansborg and ends at Nørrebrohallen at 16:00.
16-17: Speakers and debate.
17-19: Music!!!

On Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/events/225583404247371/

Free fish'n'chips, shrimps, rosé wine and beer!!!

  • Foto: Ikke oplyst

After the Peace Walk, you can go and get full and wasted for free! 
Toldboden will be hosting a big party on saturday from 20:00! They are changing their concept and want to close the old place with style. Therefore there is free wine, beer and fish'n'chips+shrimps for the first 200 guests! After the food, the night club will start with Lulu Rouge and Slickfandango! Entrance is free until 23:00. After that, entrance is 100 DKK.
At Nordre Toldbod 18-24.

Super chefs!
Sunday you can take care of your hangover by enjoying some relaxing food entertainment. 15 dishes will be prepared live and presented to a panel of judges. It all takes place at the Hotel- og Restaurantskole. The event is not super formal and you get a chance to observe some of Denmark's best chefs up close.
Ever wondered how many ways you can prepare apple? Need inspiration on using seaweed in your food? Wonder if nutella and fish works together? Ever seen a "morkel" or a "brændnælde" (the last is the nasty plant with leaves that leave you with an itchy rush) - or wondered how to make it look delicious? Cabbage and cocoa together? And why would anybody choose to serve stems and leaves? This is your chance for answers!
From 11.15-15:30. Free entrance.
Best weekend wishes,

tirsdag den 17. september 2013

DTU Findit-Week

DTU Library is celebrating it's new information searching system. There will be free stuff, free coffee, free cake, free popcorns and free beer (friday) in the lunchbreaks in the Library each day this week from 12-13.

There will also be competitions with awesome prizes!

Check out the program here: http://www.dtic.dtu.dk/english/Kalender

See you at the library!

torsdag den 12. september 2013


And adventure time! We have some pretty unique events this weekend!


RUSjoint with Magtens Korridorer

Big party for all the DTU students this friday outside S-Huset. Tickets can be bought in S-huset, PF-caféen (the little café next to the Intelligent Building at Matematiktorvet). 80 DKK for PF-members and otherwise 120 DKK. It's only possible to buy tickets in-door if they are not sold out before, however after the concert, you don't need a ticket. The party opens at 20 - and so does the pølsevogn! After the concert (midnight), the Oticon hall will open. After midnight, jackets and bags must be placed in the wardrobe (20 DKK/item). 
There will be super cheap beer betweeen 20-21:30: 10 DKK! YAY!
Free beer
Free beer and award winning architecture (a pavillion)! Actually this event is happening the whole weekend, but the beer is only friday! The opening of the pavillion will be opened friday at 15:00. With music and free beer from Nørrebro Bryghus! It goes down in Kongens Have, KBH K!
Billede: Nyd din gratis Nørrebro Bryghus-fredagsøl i den nye pavillion i Kgs. Have. 
Trylletromler: En gave til København!

Fre. 13. sep. – søn. 13. okt. 
Pavillionen åbnes fre. d. 13. sep. kl. 15 - her vil være musik og gratis øl fra Nørrebro Bryghus. Alle er velkomne.

Kys. Dans. Gåtur. Møde. Picnic. Leg. Musik. Alt (næsten) kan lade sig gøre i pavillonen Trylletromler. Brug den – den er din i en måned.

Pavillonen er vinderprojektet fra arkitektkonkurrencen om en midlertidig pavillon i bæredygtigt træ, initieret af Arkitektforeningens lokalafdeling i København, hvor hele 83 arkitektteams deltog. Trylletromler vandt - designet af arkitektvirksomheden Fabric.
Som et led i deres eksamen har tømrerelever fra Københavns Tekniske Skole fået Trylletromler op at stå. 

Plænen ved Rosenhaven, Kongens Have , Kbh K 

I den kommende måned vil trylletromlen rumme en række aktiviteter. Se mere her: http://www.moelven.com/dk/Aktuelt/Medierum/Nyhedsarkiv/Pavillon-MAA-11-i-Kongens-Have11

Free hangover food

Nørrebrogade is one of my favorite streets in Copenhagen - and it's partly because it's always possible to get a cheap, nice shawarma! It is always a big discussion where to get the best shawarma at Copenhagen's shawarma main street - but now we will find out. This saturday, the best sharwarma restaurant will be found.

This involves free tastings! :)

14-16: Taste samples at 11 restaurants on Nørrebrogade. Map: https://mapsengine.google.com/map/edit?mid=zPOA5qbhLv0s.kTXq-0ZkCug0&hl=da

16-17: Counting votes and award ceremony at Nørrebrogade 66-68.

14-17: Chill out at the venue for the award ceremony. Music, free coffee and sweets. This is also where you get the voting-paper! Without that, no tasting samples. There will be 150 voting papers, so be there early! They give them out at 14-15:30.

More details to come on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/events/1423652984525623/

Copenhagen Tweed Ride

The Copenhagen Tweed Ride is an annual tradition (though it's only it's second time around) and like last year, the profit from the ride will go to charity (this year, bike classes for immigrant women).

The ride will pass the lovely parks of the city as well as some of it's memorable places. Dress up fancy - with at least some tweed! The main thing is a vintage "grandma-ish" look. Hats, gloves, you name it... There will be prizes for "most dashing dame" and "most dapper gent", so put some effort into it and go to get a unique experience.

Sign-up is open, but be quick - only 40 spots are available. The price is 50 DKK for the guided tour and some refreshments on the go. Bring lunchbag and hipflask to keep yourself full and warm.

It starts at 10:30 and ends at 16:00, but you can stay to hang out after. Meeting place is Nørregade 20 at 10:30.

Where to get your hands on some tweed? Go to the nearest thrift shop! There is one at Lyngby Hovedgade and plenty in Copenhagen! Just google "Røde Kors genbrug" or "Kirkens Korshær genbrug".
More on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/CopenhagenTweedRide


Zombie Run

The Zombie Run is an adventure run for people in all ages. Be ready to "run for your life". The route is 5K and will take you through the most creepy part of Vestskoven. There will be flocks of hungry zombies (walking zombies) who will chase and catch the runners.

You will be given a time taking chip as well as 2 lives symbolized by two strips of fabric from a belt. If a zombie catches one of your strips of fabric, you loose a life. If both your lives are taken, you are dead.

Runners with both their lives kept safe will be guided to the finish line - runners without both lives will be sent on a detour. It is a serious terrain run with time taking and clear route directions - just with hungry zombies chasing you. Expect muddy shoes and legs! It is the first time, the zombie run is around!

You need to sign up, but the webpage is not ready yet - follow on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ZombieLobet

Best weekend wishes,

tirsdag den 10. september 2013

Free Swing Dance Classes at Studenterhuset

Tuesday = swing dance/Lindy Hop night at Studenterhuset right next to Rundetårn!

There will be 2 instructors teaching you some very basic steps for half an hour and the rest of the time, there will be awesome jazz music playing and a dance floor to practice on. In this type of dance, you switch dancing partner all the time - this is a great opportunity to get to know a bunch of new people, learn some new moves and have fun! The instruction is in English and there will be lots of international students from the other universities and schools in Copenhagen!

Go! It starts at 19:30. Every tuesday!


torsdag den 5. september 2013

Events this weekend!!


SO much going on this weekend. I know the ESN pubcrawl is tomorrow, but here are some additions/alternatives!


tudent-welcome party (aka SenSommerFest warm up)
From 13-16 there will be a Jukebox Partyband letting you decide the setlist! It will be happening at Lyngby Torv. There will also be cheap food and cheap beer! The event is both to welcome app. 5000 new students but also to let the total of 18000 students in Lyngby know that the city has things to offer.

Also, Fest & Farver, the costume shop in Lyngby, will be giving great offers on costumes for the SenSommerFest - find them at Lyngby Torv.


This year, the SenSommerFest will be behind building 101. Tickets are required before and after dinner (dinner tickets = 80 DKK, can be bought at your student councils, after-dinner tickets = 20 DKK, can be bought the same places + S-House or in-door, outside S-House). Dinner's at 18-21, everything else from 21-02.

There will be 6 tents with different themes and happy hours! 
Tent A: The Wild West (happy hour 21:30-22:30)
Tent B: Star Wars (hh 22:00-23:00)
Tent C: Suit Up (hh 22:30-23:30)
Tent D: Fairytale (hh 23:00-24:00)
Tent E: Retro (hh 23:30-00:30)
Tent F: Harry Potter (hh 00:00-01:00)

Dress to go with one of the themes!

There will be a wardrobe in Oticon! 10 DKK per item.


Philosophy-toga party!

As part of the Golden Days festival (this year "Philosophy Now!") there will be a giant toga party in Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek - one of the, in my opinion, most beautiful classic buildings in all of Copenhagen. There will be musicians (Jenny Hval, Synd og Skam (Danish post-punk), Lady Smita, Rita Blue og Christian d'Or).

Dress up in your best toga and take it out on the dance floor with all the classic sculptures at Glyptoteket at 20:00-02, Dantes Plads 7, KBH V. More info here: 

Distortion Late Summer Garden Party!

Street party masters, Distortion, will celebrate the end of summer on Amager Fælled on 6 day-scenes and 4 night-scenes. Everything from rave and house to reggae and evergreens! There will be a bouncing castle, boats and lasershow! From 16-22 at Amager Fælles, KBH S (entrance across DR Byen metro station). Entrance = 50 DKK! More info on


Heyday Street party

The party goes down at Sønder Boulevard, where there will be ping-pong tournaments and music from a bunch of DJ's. From 13-00. Free! More on Facebook.

90's party

If you miss the early 90's music, you should go out Saturday and dance the night away at Spillestedet Stengade! The DJ's will be authentic and from the actual period, Tony Manic and Peder Pedal and many more. From 22-03, Stengade 18, KBH N. Entrance: 50 DKK. More on 

Giant party in old machine workshop
The name of the party concept is RAW, and they present more than 40 artists in the old train machine workshop, inkluding Objekt, Addison Groove, dOP (!!!), Icicle and a bunch of Danish DJ's!

From 22-07, Otto Busses Vej 5A, KBH SV. More info on Facebook.
Best weekend wishes,

tirsdag den 27. august 2013

Welcome and welcome back!

A big, happy welcome to all you new international students at DTU and to all of you who's been here before - both at DTU, in Denmark and at the blog.

I hope you have some really nice introduction guides and buddies and that they will take you to see some awesome stuff this week.

The reason I started this blog was to give you all inspiration on stuff to do and experience in Copenhagen - that Danish people also go and do, so you don't go home one time and discover, that all you saw were lecture halls, campus bars and Kulørbar (nothing wrong with that, though). I think, that if you go to a new (or just different) country, you should experience the whole thing, go and do stuff that the "locals" do. I'm here to help you with that - and also give tips on DTU and Copenhagen life! You can ask me anything and I'll try to do features along the way.

Also, again, I would like to encourage you to write posts, send them to me (ask for my email address in comments or PM me on Facebook) - and I'll put them here for you with name or not - if you find something that's too awesome not to share.

I'm looking forward to meet you all!

Also, I'm happy to tell you, that the blog has had 1000+ views each month since it's beginning exactly one year ago. Even though I might be busy from time to time (I assume you know the feeling as fellow students), I really love your response on the stuff I put here and I really, REALLY hope that you'll have an AWESOME time here in Denmark - no matter for how long or how short you will stay!

FIRST advice to you guys, if you are not familiar with the drill;

You can get your new coursebooks cheap at www.usedbooks.dtu.dk, where DTU students put their used books for sale. AND you can put them for sale there by the end of the semester (or if you realize you bought a book that you'll never have time to read because you're too busy having fun here - I hope that!).

Second, when going around in Copenhagen - watch out for angry bikers. Bikes get their way in Copenhagen! And if you go biking yourself, wear a helmet. It can get rough out there! No accidents, promise? Good. For more advices, check the earlier features with tips - to be found in the "Sider"-feature to the right. That should give you a nice start at least.

All the best wishes for the new semester, have fun!

fredag den 16. august 2013

Events this weekend

This weekend will be packed with awesome stuff to do, so there is not much time to explain!


Icons in Tivoli

Iconic and much-hated-with-love-by-most-Danes-rappers and guys with feelings, Nik & Jay will be performing in Tivoli tonight. There will be equal amounts of people truly wanting to see the show and people who are there to have a laugh. Doesn't matter if your Danish is not very good yet - the lyrics are simple and you might even have heard them before while staying here. Put on your whitest sneakers, tilt your cap, find red wine and Blå Kings and party.

Entrance: Same as entrance to Tivoli. The show starts at 22.

Zulu Sommerbio

Tonight is the last night with the awesome concept, Zulu Sommerbio, which is a touring outdoor summer cinema! It is free to go and tonight the movie will be a surprise! Bring bunches of blankets and a nice sweater to keep warm with cold beer and popcorn together with a packed Fælledparken!

The movie starts at 21.15 and you can hardly miss the place!



Refer to my post about Strøm Festival from the other day! Saturday is the biggest day of the festival!

The Unofficial Strøm After Party (with a Gameboy-soundsystem!)

A GAMEBOY SOUNDSYSTEM! I SAY GO! The party is called Frossen Fisk (Frozen Fish) and it goes down in Basement! There will be other electronic and rave names performing too. Free drinks the first hour! Entrance is 40 kroner! Time is from 23-06. The address is Enghavevej 42. More on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/events/529279677127619/?ref=2

Galore Urban Art Festival

Galore is an annual free urban art festival set in Valby, more specifically at Toftegaards Plads. S-trains go almost to the door (Valby Station). Entrance is free, beer is 20 kroner and they have a kickass pulled pork burger! The art is of higher quality each year, both the indoor exhibitions and the live street art outside. There are bands performing, and tomorrow from 15, there will be wrestling.

More on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/events/377832398990147/?fref=ts

Saturday is the last day of the festival, which can also be visited friday!


One Love Walk

Sunday gives you a reggae-parade, One Love Walk, as warmup to the Scandinavia Reggae Festival. The parade will go from Christiania to Nørrebro, music will be provided by Karmakanonen (the slightly psychedelic, heartshaped bike-soundsystem) and various Danish reggae/dancehall artists (Pharfar, Raske Penge, Kaka and Youngblood among others). The parade is from 15-19 and it's free to follow them! More on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/events/555149894546989/

Best weekend wishes,

onsdag den 14. august 2013

Tivoli's 170th birthday

Hope you don't suffer too much because of the Danish summer weather! In case it decides to behave well, you can go to Tivoli tomorrow (thursday) to celebrate it's 170th birthday! When Tivoli first opened in 1843, all it had was a rollercoaster an a carousel - luckily, there's a bit more going on there today!

There will be lots of stuff going on, mostly with the Tivoli Guards! Most importantly, there will be fireworks at 22:45 - which you can watch for free outside the gardens, so if you happen to be around the centre of Copenhagen, look to the skies at that time. 

Unfortunately, Tivoli is still as expensive as always to go to - no birthday offers. :)


tirsdag den 13. august 2013


The festival season in Denmark is not over yet!

This is the week of the Strøm Festival, one of the more recent festivals. It started in 2007 and is mainly centered around electronic music. The festival is running for one week (this week) and there are tons of free events every day. Because this festival is not just about partying and concerts - they also have workshops, master classes and artist talks... and of course outdoor concerts in Enghaveparken. Artists are both local and international! The programme is really big, so I've collected links for each day this week. The events are not just late - some starts as early as 10 in the morning. 





Note: The music in Enghaveparken is 20 kroner in entrance!


Download the app to follow the festival more easily: http://www.stromcph.dk/app/

I went last year to the saturday event and it is really, really recommendable! Even if it rains!

Concert from last year's Strøm in Enghaveparken

Light installation art in Enghaveparken from last year's Strøm 

See you saturday,

Slightly improved

I've tried to clean the looks of the blog a bit. No major changes, since after messing around with layout a couple of days, I realized that I really like the way it was.

New additions are;

To the right, above the archive, I've collected pages that are relevant and otherwise completely impossible to find again after first reading them. I've collected all Spotlights, bars and cafés respectively, and found the short trips from the archives (currently working on a couple more trips for you).

Follow by email!
Since I will not be picking any of you up in the airport this year, and therefore not have a golden opportunity to give you my hand crafted link notecards that day, I've added the follow-by-email gadget. Get the new posts in your inbox, no spam.

Plus some more width (since editing from mobile platforms always was a pain in the brain and not respecting my layout at all), larger types and improved contrast. 

Any suggestions for an improved blog will be recieved happily!

I missed you all!


søndag den 30. juni 2013

See you in August

Tomorrow early morning I will be on my way to Spain! So this will be the last post before mid-August. What should you spend your time on then, if you are not lucky enough to go to Roskilde Festival this week? Or if the weather stays like it is today and you have to stay in Denmark?

I have collected a list of other festivals in the time where I am out traveling!
Here we go!

Copenhagen Jazz Festival
From July 5th to July 14th!
Lots of lovely jazz music in Copenhagen for an entire week! Most events are free, and those that are not, are not very expensive.
Web page: http://jazz.dk/Program#q=&d=&t=&v=&s=&e=&u=

CPH Opera
From July 28th to August 4th
I did not know that Copenhagen had an opera festival, but it is a great opportunity to learn about it or learn more
if you are already a fan. You will need a ticket for most of the events, but there should be some free ones too.
Web page: http://copenhagenoperafestival.com/en/calendar/

Fringe Jazz Fest
From July 5th to July 14th
Specialized in New Orleans music: jazz, blues, brassband, funk and swing. It is sure to bring some warmth to 
Copenhagen and sure to make you move your feet. Most events are free!
Web page: http://www.fringejazzfest.dk/

Bas Under Buen
July 20th
A whole day of free concerts, mostly dubstep, bass and dancehall! Right outside my window! I went last year and
it was a blast! Outdoors and for free.
Web page: https://www.facebook.com/events/262288420576273/?ref=22

Henry's Dream
From July 18th to July 21st
A new music/performance festival outside of Copenhagen (specific location is yet to be revealed). 575 kroner for 
a couple of days as a part of Henry's dream. That's really all I know!
Web page: http://www.henrysdream.dk/

Musik I Lejet
From July 18th to July 20th
Set in the beautiful Danish summer paradise Tisvildeleje beach, this lovely festival presents a pretty solid lineup
for the two days it lasts. It looks soo awesome and comes in a lot cheaper than Roskilde with only 150-225 kr.
Web page: http://www.musikilejet.dk/program2013

Open Air in Ørstedsparken
From July 25th to July 27th
Cold beer, three movies and popcorn at Copenhagens LGBT film festival, but don't worry - its for everybody!
Stay tuned at their web page for info!
Web page: http://mixcopenhagen.dk/

Also be sure to check out the slightly more expensive festivals Vanguard Festival and Trailerpark Festival!

Enjoy the Danish summer,
All the best,

torsdag den 27. juni 2013

What's up with all the young people with hats on?

Why are they everywhere now?
And why are they drinking the whole time?

Ahhh, confusion!

Well, they are happy and drunk because they finished their 3 years in Gymnasium, Technical Gymnasium or a bunch of other schools similar to that. Here is an illustration of the various types of hats! The most common are the red and blue. The black depends on either family traditions or traditions on the school you graduate from. Some schools dedicate the black hat to mathematical students, some to greek/latin students, some to elite students. The illustration i borrowed from Politiken.dk.

There are plenty of traditions for the hats. Your friends should bite the black part of the hat and then write something inside the hat for you. Your final grade will be written in the middle of the inside of the hat where there is usually a gold version of your schools logo. If your boy/girlfriend write their name in the gold, you will eventually marry them. There is also a "secret" part of the hat for dirty messages. Ooohh! There is a ton of other rules about cutting out stuff of the hat. Bathe naked, cut a wave in the inside of the hat. Drink a case of beer, cut a square in the inside of the hat. Watch a sunrise, cut a triangle. And about 50 other ones, differing from school to school.

They will be happy and proud to tell you about their hats, and even more so if you congratulate them. It is common for strangers to congratulate the new students on their hats. This week, most of them has been partying all day and night since they finished their final exam.

Tomorrow and saturday, it will get even more weird. They usually gather at their school in the morning for their graduation ceremony - after that, decorated open trucks will wait for them and they will go and visit everyone from their class in the truck. Where I'm from, all the students then drive to the fountain downtown to dance around it. The student with the highest grade average will be thrown in the fountain! In Copenhagen, they will dance around Storkespringvandet on Strøget! After that, the tour starts! A drink and a snack at all the places, then back to the truck with music playing and beer provided by the girl in class with the largest head and the boy with the smallest head.

The truck is usually decorated by the class a year below the graduated class. They also provide a case of beer. Birch branches, flags, balloons and banners are the common decorations. The banners are usually naughty! Some of them tells dirty stories of the graduated class, most of them tell the cars passing by to honk for the students to flash. Therefore, a lot of honking is to be heard on the Danish roads tomorrow!

There are usually some 20 students in each class, so the driving takes all day and usually they continue until the morning after. Therefore many of the bars in Copenhagen will be even more fun to go to! More people partying like crazy! They might be young but they are also a lot of fun - at least to observe!

Mystery solved!

"We puke in your back yards"

onsdag den 26. juni 2013

Thursday: Afterparty w/ the Odd Future crew @ Rust

If you want to experience a wild afterparty show by the OFWGKTA crew (and party with them), better hurry up and get tickets. The party is thursday, this week, midnight at Rust, KBH. Less than 100 tickets left! Get them here: http://www.billetlugen.dk/musik/30215/odd-future-official-afterparty/


søndag den 23. juni 2013

Sankt Hans celebrations

So, today is Sankt Hans. This means that most Danes will gather around a bonfire when it starts to get dark. Most bonfires will be decorated with a home made witch! But why all this weird stuff?

Sankt Hans has much in common with the Swedish Valborgnatt or the German Walpurgisnacht celebrated the night before May 1st, also with bonfires and maypoles!

Except that this is two days after equinox and we have no poles, but witches on bonfires. Hm. How does this connect? Some people mean that Sankt Hans is a leftover from a pagan tradition celebrating the longest day of the year. Some people argue that Christian missionaries re-interpreted the customs so that it fit some sort of Christian celebration. Regardless, the midsummer celebrations were always important in Scandinavia, as the winters are soo long and dark. The idea was that this one of the longest nights of the year was magic! Therefore people would seek to sacred places and pick special herbs to make use of the magic. The witch-thing comes in here. They were said to fly to Bloksbjerg in Harzen, Germany on this evening and night. The witches on the bonfires are adopted from the Germans. The purpose was to scare away witches and evil spirits instead of burning actual witches.

It is usually celebrated with both public and private arrangements. People will often have a barbeque party before the bonfire. Usually some local known face will give a speach at the bonfire and people will sing when it is lit.

So where can you experience the bonfires? Basically anywhere near a lake or the ocean.

Here are some in Copenhagen:

Knippelsbro - Kayak Republic, right by one of the lakes. Large bonfire, live music and a floating beach lounge! From 18: 

Frederiksberg Have - One of the traditional Sankt Hans celebrations of Copenhagen. The park is really beautiful too. From 18:45. Free.

Fælledparken - Café Pavillonen. The cute little building by the lake in Parken will be making the bonfire on Østerbro. Live band (The Executives) from 20-23. There will be barbeque from 18, bonfire at 22. And it's free too! http://www.aok.dk/byliv/sankthans-i-faelledparken

Nyhavn - Bonfire on the water, bars on the landside. Tons of people and a lot of music. Bar from 14, speech from 21.45, bonfire from 22. Also free! http://www.aok.dk/byliv/sankt-hans-i-nyhavn

And of course, Tivoli! Bonfire in the lake at 21:30, a traditional orchestra and a Big Band. You still have to pay the Tivoli entrance, though.

Blågårds Plads, Nørrebro. Bonfire, koncerts, kitchen, samba and singalongs. Free and from 16, barbeque at 17:30 and bonfire from 21:15. DJ's until 23! It's sure to be one hell of a street party!

And the largest bonfire in Copenhagen can be found at Docken! It will be lit at 21! And it's free to go there!

Bakken will also have one! In fact, they will celebrate it along with their 430th anniversary and have a huge midsummer party! From 19. The bonfire will be by the lake!

"AAAhhh a witch, burn her!!"

Happy Sankt Hans,

torsdag den 20. juni 2013

Dance classes in Fælledparken

Free dance classes at the Dance Pavillion in Fælledparken from June 24th - July 25th! I tried some of themlast summer and it was great fun! From 19-20. After the teaching, there is usually a band or a DJ so you can put your new moves to use. It is on the corner of Edel Sauntes Allé and Øster Allé. Please note that classes will be canceled in case of rain. In doubt? Ask on their facebookpage: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Sommerdans-i-Fælledparken/90178383733

tirsdag den 18. juni 2013

5 places to cool down during summer in CPH

Most of you have probably already seen some nice beaches while staying here. Some of you might even have seen the baths in the harbors of Copenhagen. The water is clean (so clean that seals appearantly are coming to stay, so watch out for those), the placement is practical and mostly it is just fun to try and go there to cool down (heat wave coming later this week).

There are 5 of them in Copenhagen:

  • Foto: Bjarke Bo Olsen

Vesterbro (Copacabana); 
Yeah, the name is probably a far stretch, but nonetheless.. There are 3 pools and a tower to jump from (1, 2 and 3 meters). There is also a tiny stretch of sand where you can play beachvolley! And it's free!

Webpage; Copencabana
Address: Kalvebod Brygge 55, København VOpening times: June 15th to August 31st,  kl. 11-19

Islands Brygge (Havnebadet Islands Brygge):
Probably the most central of the baths.  Features a 75m pool and two small pools for children. The tower of this bath is it's landmark. It is supposed to resemble a ship and you can jump from 1, 3 and 5 meters. No dressing rooms, but public toilets 100 meters down the street. Close to beer and ice cream as well!

Havnebadet Islands Brygge tilbyder københavnerne en mulighed for at få en dukkert i sommerhalvråret. Foto: Bjarke Bo Olsen

Webpage:  Islands Brygge Havnebad
Address: Islands Brygge, KBH S
Opening times: June 15th to August 31st, Monday-Friday, 7-19, Saturday-Sunday, 11-19.

Amager (Helgoland):
Foto: Helgoland er nu bygget op igen og stråler flot og turkis. Foto: Rune Evensen

Helgoland as it is today is not the original one (which was torn down when they made the beach at Amager). There is a common bath, one for the women and one for the men and stairs to Øresund (yeah, the ocean!). In the gender specified areas, you might see naked people,

- just so you are warned!

Amager Helgoland
Address: Amager Strandpark, KBH S
Opening times: June 23rd to August 31st, 10-18.

Østerbro (Svanemøllestranden):
Amager is a bit far from DTU, so if you want something a bit closer, there is Svanemøllestranden! The artificial beach is very popular and is very close to the real deal.

Webpage: Svanemøllestranden
Address: Strandpromenaden, KBH Ø
Opening times: All year 24-7.

Sydhavnen (Koralbadet):

The newest of the baths. Placed at Sluseholmen in Sydhavnen, close to much of the "new" C

3 pools; a playpool for children and a small pool and a large pool (25 m). Also with a tower for jumping!


Address: Teglholmshavnen, KBH SV

Opening times: June 15th to August 31st, 11-19.

(Sorry for the messy look of this post - I have no idea what went wrong o_o)