Friday, February 6, 2015

A Brief Intermission from Denmark

I can't believe I've been here for nearly three weeks.  I feel like I've been here forever and at the same time I've done absolutely nothing.  Hopefully, that will change in the upcoming days.  Me and my roommates have got big plans for the weekend--museums, markets, oatmeal, hyggeligt cafes, one of the best hot chocolates in the world (as told by buzzfeed), Hamlet's castle, and, hey, maybe I'll even stop by a speakeasy...but honestly, I'm pretty excited for the oatmeal. What can I say? I'm a simple lady. 
Next week, I'm off on a week-long study tour with one of my courses.  The first half of the week is touring around Copenhagen and on Thursday morning, bright (actually, it'll be entirely dark at 7) and early, I'm leaving the country for the first time since I've been here.  While all the other losers go to places across Denmark, I'm embarking on an adventure to the balmy and tropical coast of southern Sweden.  Take that suckers! We're crossing the border and exploring the cities of Malmo and Lund and livin' it up in some hostels, and we're even going to a National Park.  I'm going to see Swedish trees! and nature! I'm going to see some Swedish nature!
This is Gaby with Sunday breakfast.
Also, look: a friend!!
I am really excited to see how the other Scandinavians live, but I'm also looking forward give myself a brief break from all the danishes.  No amount of physical activity can rationalize the amount I've eaten in the past week.  I'm literally living in the country they were named after. It's not that the country created them, oh no. This country perfected them, or so the story goes.  It's my own personal heaven. Or Hell, depending how you look at it.  I'm still stunned on how good the pastries can be at 7/11.  Yes, 7/11, the incredibly awful convenience store that litters America offers some of the cheapest, and shockingly decent, pastries in Copenhagen.  And there's two in a 5 block radius of me.  So, yeah. 

Gym membership be damned.


  1. What's the deal with Denmark and oatmeal? I googled Danish Oatmeal and got lots of links for cookies and fabric (I assume the color). I never associated danishes with Denmark.

  2. That's my mistake. Try googling Danish porridge, you'll get more results. The Danes generally don't use oats, but more rye or barley (hence the rye bread everywhere, which is nothing like the one from the States). As for the danishes, they're actually called weinerbrød here, meaning Viennese bread. The recipes were brought over in the 1800s by Viennese bakers and were adopted here. The Danes adjusted the recipe, they like to say perfected and I like to agree.