Visitors in Copenhagen: Friends edition.

Last week I had my third visitors (and the last ones of the semester) in Copenhagen – my friends Julia & Mel. My landlady/flatmate was so nice and vacated the apartment for the weekends so we could have the whole flat to ourselves. As the semester is already finishing up I had lots of time for them – so there was a lot of sightseeing, food and shopping involved :)

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On the first day I took them straight to one of my favourite places for brunch/lunch – Paludan Bogcafe. I have mentioned it so many times already on my blog so I’m not gonna talk much about it – just that it was delicious as usual ;)

The Lakes

The Copenhagen Lakes (Søerne) are three rectangular lakes, located a bit to the west of the city centre (Indre by) of Copenhagen. The paths along the lakes are so beautiful and perfect for strolling around or just sitting there and enjoying the sunshine in May. It’s even possible to rent boats that look like huge swans. You can see them in the back of some pictures ;)

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Little Mermaid

Of course we also had to go and visit Copenhagen’s most famous monument – Den lille Havfrue. A bronze statuedisplaying a mermaid that was erected in 1913, in remembrance of H.C. Andersen’s fairy tale of the little mermaid.

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It was a sunny and hot day in May, so naturally many tourists came to see the girl. So we only briefly looked at her, got some pictures and sat on a bench instead to watch all the funny tourists. So many Germans there! :D

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You may have noticed my liking of cherry blossoms (and blossoms in general) in my previous blogpost so I was really happy to spot some still blooming trees near the little mermaid.

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Kastellet

I already went to the Kastellet (a fortress) when my family was in town so I actually didn’t want to go there again as the fortress itself is a bit… unimpressive. But my friends spotted the windmill and wanted to go, so I had no other choice… And I really like windmills, so why not ;)

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St. Alban’s Anglican Church near the kastellet

Nyhavn & shopping spree

We also could not not go to Nyhavn, could we?! :D But again: a sunny & warm day = too many people. So we only briefly went there, had a look at the beautiful house facades and the canal and took some pictures. Strøget is just around the corner, so we decided to go shopping :)

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My (Neighbour)Hood – Christianshavn

I also showed them my beautiful neighbourhood. Twice we walked to Papirøen (Street Food Market) – too many people on the first day and we didn’t want to wait forever to get food and left. But on our second visit we got the food within 10 minutes and sat next to the canal and enjoyed the sun and the view.

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Børsen (stock exchange) and Christiansborg Slot (parliament) are technically not in my neighbourhood, but just on the neighbouring island ;)

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At the moment there is the art installation “Unbearable” in front of the parliament that should make people aware of the danger of climate change and its effect on our earth. In my opinion, it is very thought provoking, eye-catching and beautifully done. Also, due to the fact that the installation is placed in front of a very touristy place many people have a look at it and will hopefully read the information.

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Neighbourhood

Amager Strandpark

After having pancakes and visiting Christiania on the last day there was only one place left that we haven’t been to and that was perfect for a sunny afternoon before my friends had to get on a plane and leave me: Amager Strandpark. My first (and last) visit there was in February when we still had snow :D So this time I could fully enjoy the beach, the sea and the spring weather. I even went into the sea :O but just with my feet. haha

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After spending some time there we headed to Dallevalle and had delicious sandwiches!

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Unfortunately, it was already time for my friends to say goodbye. I had such a lovely time with them (even though I had to play tour guide again) :)

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Visitors in Copenhagen: Family edition.

I had my second visitors in town: my sister and my cousin! They came to stay for a few days at my place in Copenhagen. Ergo: a lot of sightseeing for me ;) I took them to some of the most touristy places in town – ’cause that’s what a tour guide is for, right? :P As I had an exam going on at the time and my health wasn’t up to par, I made them wander around by themselves for a bit and also shipped them off to Malmö for one day. Here’s what we did in Copenhagen and which places we went to  in Copenhagen.

Kongens Have

Kongens Have, a beautiful garden with the Rosenborg Slot (Rosenborg Castle), is a nice place to go for a walk when the sun is shining.It happened to be a very nice first day for my visitors so I took them straight to this garden (on foot from Christianshavn – and yes, we stopped on Slotsholmen, went up the tower and had a great view over the city).

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H.C. Andersen statue

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Typical tourist picture ;)

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SPRING! :)

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Where else to go but from Kongens Have to Nyhavn, as it is almost ‘around the corner’?!

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so many people!!

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Amalienborg & Frederiks Kirke

Amalienborg is the home of the Danish royal family. The Evangelical Lutheran Frederik’s Church has the largest church dome in Scandinavia. I haven’t been to either of them, so there was something new for me too! :)

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Copenhagen Opera House

Snack and Food Time

A trip to another country usually includes eating local food and snacks, and trying local alcohol. However, as hardly anyone from Austria likes the *disgusting* liquorish stuff from the North, my sister and cousin went for more ‘normal’ options such as chips and beer ;) However, they bought ‘Flæskesvær’ (Pork rinds) by ‘mistake’ , which they wouldn’t recommend to anyone :D

As I did not go home for the Easter holidays, my visitors brought a few nice things from home – Milka chocolate, Austrian wine, Austrian liqueur and… Easter Eggs :D So I got to have my own little Easter breakfast after all (even though it was a few days late).

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The Little Mermaid

Of course, a visit to the little mermaid had to be part of the trip. My sister even said that the mermaid looked bigger than she’d expected as everyone had told her not to expect anything big :D

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Kastellet

Another part of the town that I haven’t been to before was the Kastellet. This is one of the best preserved star fortresses in Scandinavia and located ‘right next’ to the Little Mermaid. There are also a church (which looked a bit strange though) and a beautiful windmill on the grounds of the Kastellet.

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The Rows – former barracks for soldiers

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Paper Island Street Food

If you are a recurring reader of my blog, you probably noticed my love for food markets (mentioned here and here) ;) So I had to take my guests to Papirøen, right? Too bad that we picked a Saturday evening for doing so. There were so many people and we had to wait forever to get our food and get a table. We sat right next to one of the entrances so there was a constant air draugt… The food was nice tough ;) And the sunset was beautiful as well!

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I had a lovely time with my sister and cousin even though I still had to finish an exam for a course… But they are grown-ups, they managed to spend a few hours without me :)

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Catching up: March edition.

Another month has passed. I was quite busy – university and traveling were the main things on my agenda. Easter holidays are over and spring is finally here! Here’s my little March update :)

March in terms of: University.

March has been the busiest month so far at university in 2016. Two courses finished and two exams started. I can’t believe that the semester is almost over – only two courses are left! But there is still a lot to do for the courses so don’t worry, I won’t get bored. Unfortunately.

March in terms of: Life.

March was also the month were we had our little Easter break. I decided not to fly back home for various reasons and instead stayed in Copenhagen for the holidays. This was my first easter break where I did not go home for at least two or three days :O However, I got to spend a couple of days with my family earlier in February and I am going home in a couple of weeks for my sister’s hen anyways, so it wasn’t that big of a deal after all ;)

I used the holidays for inviting a few friends over at my place and cook dinner for them. I made broccoli soup and a sweet potato & green rice burrito bowl (inspired by cookieandcake). My friends brought wine, cake, chocolates and flowers. We had a great night! :)

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March in terms of: Food.

Regarding food March was great for me. I tried quite a few new recipes and cooked food that usually only my mom cooks at home :)

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Avocado, hummus and tomatos on crispbread – my go-to dinner of the month ;)

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Dinner-leftovers with cake :)

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Rice pudding with almonds

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Spinach soup with roasted pumpkin seeds

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Sweet potato – broccoli – feta bowl

For a course at uni we had to work in a group. However, as we all are food-lovers (who isn’t?!), we decided to go have burgers at Cocks&Cows instead of doing stuff for uni. ;)

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Treehugger at Cocks&Cows

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Perfect instant picture selfie skills I must say…

March in terms of: Traveling.

At the beginning of March I got to spend a few days with my boyfriend in Hungary’s beautiful capital Budapest. I ate way too much food and saw so many beautiful spots in the city.

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March in terms of: Copenhagen.

Spring finally arrived in Copenhagen! The sun has been shining a lot, I packed my winter clothes away and I could finally use my sunglasses again. I even bought a new pair – yay! What a great time to be in such a beautiful country at that time of the year. Walking around in my neighbourhood is really great! :)

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Enjoying Copenhagen

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What have you been up to lately? Are you happy that winter is gone and spring is here? :)

Christmas spirit in Copenhagen. or not.

It’s that time of the year again where Christmas markets are open!! Finally! My friends and I decided to go to a few Christmas markets in town. Unfortunately, we picked the wrong time/day as it was snowing and raining at the same time and it was quite windy as well. Very wet, very cold. However, we got to try Glögg for the first time and we could have a look at various markets.

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Christmas trees!

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Group picture in front of the Hotel d’Angleterre

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Christmas decoration in the city centre

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Gløgg = mulled wine

The markets were really beautiful, the Glögg was just like our Austrian mulled wine; however, they also put raisins and almonds in it. It tasted good, though :D As we were staying inside of one of the huts (I guess it was a German stand), we got to listen to very beautiful songs from Helene Fischer (note the sarcasm). They also played a lot of typical Apres Ski hits :D Not very christmassy, but it was funny. We decided to go home after one hour due to the cold and our wet clothes. I hope that the weather will be slightly better next time! :D

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And another group picture with perfect lightning


For a long time I’ve wanted to go to “Det Kongelige Bibliotek” (Royal Library) and I have only seen it a few times from my side of the town. One day I was trying to be productive and had a look at it. Finally. The library is located on Slotsholmen and is (with 35.1 million items) the largest library of the Nordic countries.

It turned out to be rather unproductive after all as I only managed to read a couple of pages for one of my courses :D Also, I did not really see the whole building as I only had a closer look at the Black Diamond (waterfront extension to the old building). The place is different than the usual study places that I go to in Copenhagen and I got to see a very beautiful building (which reminded me a bit of the library from my university in Vienna).


Unfortunately, the weather hasn’t really improved since (with that I mean no beautiful snow) and it’s gone back to being just cold, windy and rainy. However, some days were quite nice and I had to take advantage of it and went out for a long stroll around my neighbourhood.

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View at Christianshavn

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View at Amager

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Bird.

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Norwegian church on Amager

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Beautiful Christianshavn

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Enjoying the last week of October.

The past week was very relaxed. My boyfriend was visiting me and as I still had to finish my exam on Tesla Motors (yay) we did nothing much exciting during the first couple of days. After handing in my assignment and due to the fact that I only had two classes during the week we had a lot of free time.

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First, we went to Christiansborg Slot as I haven’t been there yet. Christiansborg Slot is a palace on the small island Slotsholmen in the centre of Copenhagen. It is the seat of the Danish parliament and also used by the Danish monarch. It was a very beautiful day, the sun was out and it was not cold at all.

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Guy with an owl.

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Christiansborg Slot

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Selfie in front of the castle

Then we went to an exhibition about Tolkien (mentioned here in a previous blogpost). As we were headed to the Royal Arsenal Museum, which is also on Slotsholmen, we also came across a small beautiful garden.

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A pond in the garden

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Shameless selfie again.


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The Tolkien’s Universe exhibition was about Tolkien and more or less based on the movies Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit. However, it was not as exciting as we’d imagined, but we had fun nevertheless and it was free admission, so yeah. And it took us a long time to figure out where the exhibition was located. :D

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After the museum we went to a tower where we’d have a beautiful view over Copenhagen. The tower was also located on Slotsholmen and the entrance was free. Funnily enough, we had to go through a security check just like on an airport in order to go up to the platform. The four or five people working there seemed very happy that someone showed up as there were not many people around to go up the tower.

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After spending a couple of hours on Slotsholmen, we had dinner at a Burger place near Kongens Nytorv – Cocks & Cows, which was recommended to us by a friend of mine (thanks again, Linda (: ) and which was packed the last time my boyfriend was here. The place is really nice, though a bit expensive. However, it was probably the best vegetarian burger that I have ever had!

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A beautiful day in CPH

As I was about to move places, my bike had to be moved as well. We took the chance and explored my new neighbourhood and found a few nice spots. One of it was the Kalvebod Bølge (Kalvebod Waves), a promenade that was opened in 2013 and its purpose is to reconnect the city with the water. It’s worth a visit!

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Beautiful to walk on

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playground?!

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Nice spot

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My new neighbourhood, very posh ;)

Later on, as we were already in Christianshavn, we decided to go to the Street Food Market on Papirøen and enjoy Colombian/Thai Food and cakes.

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Very cute boat

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Halloween spirit everywhere

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Enjoying cakes

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Underneath a bird.

We also spent quite some time in a Lego store…

On Saturday (the last day that my boyfriend was in town) we had lunch at the Street Food market again – there’s just too much delicious food there! Besides, it was the very first time that I tried a Korean dish and of course I’ve already forgotten the name of it. haha. We also treated ourselves to some delicious Apple Crumble Pancakes. YUM!

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Street food market

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Pancakes!!

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Bird!

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And birds again!

We had a lovely week together that included a lot of food :)

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Last selfie of the post.

Street food markets seem to be popular.

In a previous blog post I mentioned that I have already had a look at a food market here in Copenhagen. As Facebook is/was flooded with Food Market events in Copenhagen, I wanted to go to another one and another one and another one and so on.

Carina and I were pretty excited to go to one in or around the meatpacking district as it sounded so delicious. To be honest, I was pretty disappointed due to the lack of vegetarian options. However, I have already come around to the fact that there’s bacon in almost every meal and my choices are therefore limited.

I paid 30 kroner for a teeny-tiny Taco, which was the only veggie option for me (well there was also veggie pasta but I’ve had too many pasta dishes lately…). It was very good though but it made me hungrier than I had been before. However, the market was very cute – with the colourful trucks and tables – very trendy and hip :D


University was pretty much the same as during the first couple of weeks. Early classes = lots of coffee & lots of time to make travelling plans. The only two really interesting things were Society Day and the beginning of my Danish class.

There was one day at CBS where all the societies and clubs were introduced which meant there was lots of free stuff to get :) I stocked up my pen supply, got a free bag, free coffee and even free blue soft ice cream, which was surprisingly good. The variety of societies that one can join is very limited compared to the University of Sheffield (where I went on exchange during my bachelor’s) but large compared to the Vienna University of Business & Economics (where I did my bachelor’s). The annoying aspect at CBS is that you have to properly apply to become a real member of the society – with CV, motivational letter and sometimes even an assessment center. On the other hand, if you only want to take part in the fun events and don’t want to look behind the curtain (which would of course look good on a CV…) you can easily take part by just showing up or buying the tickets online. I haven’t decided yet whether I really want to join a society or just go to the events that interest me the most.

So I had my first Danish class last week. Danish classes are offered for Danish students and staff for free (actually, only if you have a permanent address and are registered properly which we haven’t, but who cares) and you even get the course books without having to pay for them.

If you have a look at the linguistic classification, Danish with around 5.5 million native speakers is part of the sub-group North Germanic, which is one of the three subdivisions of the Germanic branch. There are a some similarities to German: god = gut (good) , hund = hund (dog) and agurk = Gurke (cucumber). (Those are the ones that came to my mind and that I knew before :D ).

My first Danish class was very interesting, fun and different as expected. The most surprising thing to me was that you don’t pronunciate Danish the way you write it. WHICH WILL MAKE IT SO HARD TO LEARN. Grammar is supposed to be easy though. We will see! ;D

We had to laugh a lot in our first class due to the fact that some words just sound so ridiculous (no offense to any Danish speakers!!). Jeg hedder Christina, jeg taler tysk og kommer fra Østrig ;) I’m looking forward to the next weeks but I’m not sure yet how thoroughly I will study it.


Last Friday Carina, Sarah (from the US) and I went to another street food market which is open every weekend all year round (at least I think so?!). It is located in Christianshavn on Papirøen (Paper Island). The sun was out – with a few clouds and a bit of wind though. On Papirøen you have the possibility to either sit outside and enjoy the food overlooking the waterfront or enjoy your meal indoors in the open hall.

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Pancakes!

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Disco Cow hanging above our heads

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Every dish is nicely presented

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There were many different types of food, you could find trucks with food from all around the globe. They even had a few vegetarian options as well and some dedicated solely to sweet dishes. YAY! :) Every food truck had a sample dish somewhere so you could make a decision based on the sample which made it a lot easier to choose.

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Vegetarian Colombian Food. YUM

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So many cheesecakes!

I had a delicious Paisan dish – red bean stew with mango salad, plantain chips, rice and a fried egg. Later on we indulged ourselves to coffee and a slice of cheesecake. Sarah wanted to have a pancake but everytime we had a look at the pancake food truck, the guy had a sign that he “WENT FISHING” although he was just sitting around somewhere. So no pancakes for us. Due to the wind we stayed inside and had a nice walk around Christianshavn later.

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A bridge that hasn’t been finished yet and probably never will.

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Fancy houseboat on the right

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