Recent times are not allowing us to do much more then stick our noses in the books. However, we need breaks to get some fresh air ( and this does not mean a cigarette!). Quick Christmas shopping- the best break in the current situation. If you know what you want for presents for you friends- easier, if you don’t.. well.. let me give you some tips:
1) books. always good. 2 excellent bookshops- one opposite the “student house”- architecture, fashion, culture (1st floor), second, near Sankt Peders Straede “Atheneum” ( www.atheneum.dk )- philosophy and fiction.
2) Urban Outfitters- many weird, funny, silly stuff, a bit too expensive though
3) vintage shops- maaannnyyy in Copenhagen, one very cool, cheap and not-that-super-cool ( after Subway near Norreport station turn left and keep going and you will find it on your right side, just go downstairs).
However, Christmas is about getting into family spirit and this is what made me watch ” The Royal Tenenbaums”. First I got a link to this song from my Parisian friend ( yes Vesna, you!):
but then I thought: what is this movie with Gwyneth Paltrow and I got an immedaite response: The Royal Tenenbaums, and ” you have to watch it”. And I did- crazy family arrengments with a bit of literary angle, all in all and well. I would say- good to get in Christmas spirit. Next to Judy Garland and ” Meet me in St Louis” ( this is a Christmas must!).
Everybody knows CHristiania. A place that exists just for itself and people that live there. Nothing else metters. And it is wonderful. It takes a while to discover it, it is truly a different world.
Somehow by accident we managed to get to know a cafe-bar Operaen just by the “main street” of Christiania.
First floor, you open the doors and you find yourself in a completely different world! And if you are a friend of a couchsurfer you can also get a free pancake ( there are couchsurfer events organized there usually on Mondays).
And because the times are hard and unoptimistic here we have a very true song: “You can’t always get what you want”:
Meatpacking District Christmas Market was a very “warm experience”! Placed outdoors you could try very nice cheese from Spain and France, as well as amazing wines and glogg,of course. After that you could indulge yourself in some independent creations, some of them that we had found in an actual store “ART REBELS” was actually quite expensive..
We ended up on a glogg indoors- in a bar that we had always wanted to see, on the right corner of one of the buildings. The atmosphere was very charming, glogg very warming and people extremele nice. This is a remarkable memory from it :
Then we had headed to Tivoli, it was already dark and amazing. I also had a “cotton candy”, “candy floss” or however you call it, you know, the pink fluffy thing made of sugar that children enjoy immensely. At this point I was one of them. Especially a merry -go- round that I always wanted since I was 5.
I think we got in a Christmas spirit. Maybe a bit too early.
Polish Christmas song. Without it Christmas is not Christmas
December came surprisingly fast and so is Christmas. Festive celebrations are starting, summing up of what we did and what ought to do and more importantly what is that we really want to achieve. It is a good time to remember about the closest – being with them, treating them with a small gift. Finding the right, special one is hard but we are trying.
Today we visited a street in Norrebro Jaegersborgadde , full of independent shops offering a true feeling of Copenhagen. The event was precisely this: http://hellocopenhagen.dk/?p=2727 and we were expecting something more of an outdoor market. Somehow it was good that everything was inside ( cold weather + extreme tiredeness after having a Christmas/Polish/Danish celebrations last night) we had found many interesting places from which one was a HIT: CMYK KLD 51. An independent gallery run by an artist who is now selling works of her and her friends. Truly magical and you can find there excellent ideas for presents ( I got two excellent graphics in frames for a not high price!)
Tomorrow we are heading to the Meatpacking District to see what they offer. Hopefully I would be in a better state of mind to also take my camera with me. Event also can be found here: http://hellocopenhagen.dk/?p=2740. Looks like a lot of fun!
HINT: We also wanted to see Tivoli, supposedly one of the best times is actually Christmas. We had asked our Danish friend: “is Tivoli opened on Sunday? “. He replied smiling: “well, ‘TIvoli is open’ in a Danish spoken language means that your zip is opened… Be careful what you say!
– getting in the Christmas Spirit. “Santa Baby”, originally by Eartha Kitt, here sang by Macy Gray. ( I discovered Pussycat Dolls version as well… unforgettable [sarcasm] )
I got a very warm feeling yesterday, not because I was cosy in my bed, because I realized that the Christmas is coming. What I like in Denmark that you can slowly see it but it is not forced: Christmas decorations are modest, homely but very stylish in the same time. Christmas coming= present getting. It does not mean quality, it means quantity. For me the best presents are the ones I kind of invent: thinking about the persons passions, interests and characteristics. I had many ideas and many reactions of people who got the presents for me. One of them was even jumping on the street ( the present was a jar of muesli- see? seems nothing special, but it was for that person).
I made a list of people and ideas for them. I still have time. Better to do it earlier to enjoy the process of making and not to be in ruch just before the Christmas.
Supposedly girls are easier target, but are they? I decided to make individual pieces of jewelery for my friends and siblings,so they can be original. This shop helped me a lot, but… If you think it is easy you are more than wrong. With a friend of mine we had spent there 1,5 h to figure out how to make an earring…. But you get great help from the staff as well as you have sample pieces to look at ( you can also buy them).
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