mmm, hygge. hot chocolate with my friend laura and her cousin yesterday after shopping. basically every café lights candles. even in the kitchen in my dorm, we light candles. one of the many things that make so much sense in denmark but that you could never get away with in amer'ca.
election season in copenhagen. all (or at least most of) the different parties represented on a ... light post?
i took this picture at 5 p.m. (have i already mentioned that the sun sets around 4:30 now?) there is this indigenous group of musicians that are always performing in rådhuspladsen (city hall square) or on strøget, and this evening they were accompanied by torches and dancing, clapping kids. i don't know what it was all about, but it was pretty cool.
at the huge flea market i went to today looking for furniture. although it was indoors, there was no insulation whatsover, and after a couple hours in there, i thought my hands were going to fall off because i didn't think to bring my gloves to an indoor flea market. ugh. i did get a sweet rug for my room though, and an awesome vintage jacket.anyways, i am pretty glad that october is over. i wonder when it's going to start snowing. the temperatures are dropping hard and quickly. the number of barren trees are increasing. i know i talk about the weather a lot, but i think it's one of the most pervasive aspects of life here, as opposed to coastal california, where our seasons are basically "warmer" and "less warm". the seasons never stop shifting here - no matter how slowly they might change - and it makes time here pass quickly. like, god. i've already been here for a third of a year.
all of those flags got me thinking about how bizarre it is that i live in denmark. it's this tiny little place probably about the size of my county in california. (am i exaggerating?) i guess it wouldn't be so weird to live in denmark if i hadn't already spent a year living in sweden. it's just bizarre to me that two cultures can be so close geographically, linguistically, and culturally - and even, at one point, been ruled by the same crown - and still find so many ways to distance themselves from one another. this ridiculousness, to me, is exacerbated by the øresund bridge that connects denmark and sweden. i mean, people go over to malmö just to go shopping for the day.