I've arrived safely in Denmark and the exploring has begun. The beginning of my day I dropped my luggage off at the hostel and went out for a walk around the city. From the minute I stepped off the bus I noticed the colours. I've been talking a lot about this on my social media, but the architecture here has so much character and personality. So far it seems that Europe finds it important to protect their history and culture, instead of tearing it down to put up condos. I'm not sure if it's just the places I'm visiting, or maybe time will change this, but for the present moment, it seems to be waking up my creativity that I felt was dampened by school.
I was able to visit the Copenhagen Street Market, which has a really awesome assortment of food vendors inside a warehouse. There's music blasting and the aroma is amazing, with a perfect breeze coming in from the water just steps away. My lunch ended up costing me 100 DKK (Danish Krone) which I'm still trying to get used to. This converts to about €13 or $19 Canadian. For a sandwich, fries and a drink, this would probably be equivalent if I was to go out to a mid-high end restaurant in Toronto. But the preparation, and freshness of the food made it worth it. After lunch, I roamed the city some more, ran into a cute market with antiques, and some other cool little shops. Then I ended up checking into my hostel and having a nap cause I hadn't gotten much sleep on the bus. My night was pretty low-key, I finally had the chance to do some laundry since Utrecht, which feels really good.
Beside this warehouse, there was a small art gallery with an installation outside of it. It was Yoko Ono's 'Wish Tree'. On their website this is how they explain it:
"Since 1996, Yoko Ono has been creating the artwork Wish Tree, which consists of one or more trees installed all around the world. The work is site-specific; that is, each tree species is chosen for its importance to the location, and when possible, is indigenous to the place and its climate, in collaboration with Ono. On a slip of paper, a so-called ‘wish tag’, anyone can write a wish and hang it on the branches of the trees. In Wish Tree Garden at Papirøen, trees from the Danish and Asian landscape grow on the Copenhagen quayside. Lilac, Reed Gråsten apple, Cornelian cherry dogwood, magnolia and tibetan cherry tree all create the impression of a garden you can walk in and see blossoming, changing colour and losing the leaves in the course of the changing seasons. The slips of paper on the branches of the trees flutter in the wind, and all the individual wishes give the garden a poetic dimension. All the wishes are regularly collected and when the exhibition ends they will be sent to Yoko Ono. Eventually, wishes from all over the world will be gathered together in Ono’s Imagine Peace Tower on the island of Viðey in Kollafjörður Bay, Iceland: an art installation that consists of a tall column of light dedicated to Ono’s late husband, John Lennon. The wishes from CC will join millions of others that have already been collected since 1996 from other places in the world, and will be placed at the Peace Tower."
I wrote a wish and tied it tightly onto the tree, excited to see what her final artwork will look like. Today I have started my 'treasure hunt' for the 6 Giants of Copenhagen. It's 12:41 pm here and after a 40-minute bike ride I've found one. Read tomorrow's post to hear more about my trek through the outskirts of Copenhagen! Have a beautiful and relaxing Sunday friends.
Neue Bop: Nothing Compares 2 U by Sinead O'Connor
This one is a classic, written by the late and great Prince and made famous by Sinead O'Connor. If it's a rainy Sunday wherever you are, like it is in Copenhagen today...then this track, or Sinead O'Connor in general, should be a good choice for you today.