I haven’t always looked forward to weekends. Especially during our gloomy winter, weekends became an excuse to stay inside and eat all day. When I found out that Danes have five straight days off of work over the Easter holidays, I was already wondering how I could possibly fill my time. Thankfully, I have a house full of roommates who were eager to do some exploring over the long weekend.
After a fairly productive two days at home, I woke up on Saturday to sunshine streaming in my windows. It was the perfect day to head north of the city and do something outdoors. We grabbed our bikes and headed on the train to Klampenborg to spend the day in Bakken, the world’s oldest amusement park that is also surrounded by a giant forest park full of deer.
The park is free to enter – you only have to pay for the rides you want to go on. Having grown up with super high amusement park standards thanks to my bi-annual visits to Europa Park, I was happy to just walk through and take in the sights. I did want to say I got some experiences out of the amusement park though, so we all went on the giant wooden roller coaster Rutschebanen.
We grabbed lunch in the park and then biked up to the Hermitage, an old hunting lodge.
From there we cruised down to the shore and took a short and windy walk along the beach, watching a few brave Danes dare to dip into the ice-cold water.
As I have noted several times since I’ve lived in Copenhagen, the weather is never allowed to be too nice for too long. So naturally, after such a beautiful Saturday, we were punished with rain and clouds on Sunday. To beat this awful Danish weather, a couple of friends invited me even further out of the city to Humlebæk to tour the Louisiana Museum of Modern Art.
I really don’t know anything about modern art, but there were still quite a few pieces I enjoyed. An artist was drawing by hand a pattern on kilometres worth of white fabric, which was rather striking.
We queued over twenty minutes for a room filled with mirrors, shallow water, and suspended lights. Being inside was surreal. It was so breathtaking I could have stayed in there for hours.
There is also an exhibition going on called Eye Attack, featuring works of op art and kinetic art. I love art that is an optical illusion, or that requires multiple perspectives to completely appreciate.
The grounds of Louisiana are beautiful, so it was really a shame the weather wasn’t cooperating. Instead I watched a plump museum cat chasing mice from the comfort of the indoors.
The whole weekend was probably a major shock to my bank account, but it was a good reminder of how exciting it is to be living somewhere new. There is so much to explore out there.