Sometime during the night of April 3rd, a small, furry intruder infiltrated our compound and planted sugar bombs and inflatable devices throughout. I had to send in the midget bomb squad to disarm them all.
After that threat had been averted, the kids and I headed to the airport to pick up my friend Matt, who was coming to stay with us for a week. Leigh stayed behind to finish making Easter dinner.
We also made apple pie! (that’s supposed to be a bunny on top, but it ended up looking more like a Playboy cake)
It has been a busy week and I fell behind on my posts. We were scrambling most of the last week getting the spare room ready as Matt was arriving on Sunday for a visit. Also, we needed to stock up on supplies as pretty much everything would be closed from Thursday to Sunday due to Easter.
On Thursday we decided to brave the blustery weather and head to one of the big indoor flea markets. I’ve been on the hunt for vintage posters and the kids love looking at all the old toys. As you can see from the picture above, it’s a pretty impressive layout and if you are into design-ish stuff from the last 50 years (like me) Denmark is a mecca for it.
We ended up buying a toy garage for the kids for 20 dkk (a little under $4 cdn) and a neat old soap dish for the kitchen. Bargain!
I managed to get wordpress installed
on my phone so here is a test post. I’m out walking Rylee and it’s a beautiful day out. Here are a couple of pics I just took.
I meant to post more on the weekend, but just couldn’t find the time. We had a few errands to run on Saturday and decided to turn it into a city wide bike tour. On our way through Vesterbro, we came upon a tree swing in the middle of a square. The kids took turns on it for a while…
I remembered that there was a big flea market happening nearby so we popped over for a look. Lots of nice things and the kids had fun running around causing trouble.
Back down by the harbour on the way home…
It’s going to be so nice when the warmer weather arrives.
I went to Ikea tonight to pick up a few more things to finish off the computer/guest/play room. I found myself sitting at the train station in Gentofte, a little suburb of Copenhagen, when I was hit with a moment of clarity.
I’m sitting at a little train station, in a suburb of Copenhagen, on the other side of the planet from where I used to call home.
It seems kind of silly and obvious, but I have been going non-stop since November and haven’t really had time for it all to sink in. About a year ago, Leigh and I were watching a show on the happiest countries in the world and Denmark came in at number one. She asked if there were any game companies there and not knowing of any at the time, I said no. If someone had told us we would be living here within a year, we wouldn’t have believed it.
I wonder what I’ll be doing a year from now?
We get a lot of comments and questions (both on my blog and elsewhere) about helmets. Instead of responding to each of them, I thought it would make an interesting post/discussion.
One thing that was very apparent after moving here was that the European perspective on riding a bicycle is quite different from North America. Back home, it was common to see a herd of matching spandex wearing mouth breathers speeding their way through the countryside. I can count the number of times I’ve seen a ‘sport cycler’ here in the city on one hand.
Think about this: over a third of Copenhageners commute by bike at an average speed of around 16kmh. That’s about 400,000 to 500,000 people riding on bikes every day in the metropolitan area. Most in their work clothes and no extra safety equipment. It is simply a way of getting to where you need to go; much like putting on a pair of shoes. No special gear required. Most people wouldn’t strap on a helmet and pads to walk to the corner store, and the same goes for the ride to work.
As you can see, we still put some lids on the munchkins as they are quite prone to falling, even when standing still.
Feel free to discuss in the comments.