December 10th, 2006 – by: Maureenie
The lake by Jonathan and Edda's home
The weather was unusually sunny today so Jonathan and Edda took me on a
lovely walk around the lake behind their home. They told me a lot of
stories about living there, like how the lake freezes over in the
winter and they can walk all the way across it, and in the summer they
swim in it and have neighborhood parties on the water's edge. The lake
was incrediblly blue, and even though much of the vegetation was
hibernating, the area was very beautiful. We came to a cottage with a
thatched roof, and they told me the story of an old Danish king who
used this as his hunting house. They said that he was really crazy, and
that he would leave the kingdom in the hands of his doctor. In his
absence, this doctor and the queen would share romantic weekends in
this hunting cottage. Someone had fixed up this place really well and
turned it into a cafe, which is what it is now.
Jonathan and Edda
Upon returning to the house, Edda fastened a "traditional Danish lunch"
for me, which consisted of wheatless rye bread with butter, topped with
herring and raw onions. We also had buttered white bread with raw
dilled salmon and hot mustard. Very... new for me. The herring was
actually good, though. I love eating new stuff like this, actually,
even if I don't think I'd eat it again. When in Rome, right? They even
had me try some non-alcoholic Christmas beer, which is out of character
for me, and reconfirmed my negative thoughts towards beer. Ugh.
That night we went to Tivoli. Jonathan says that if you're going to go
and not see Tivoli, that would be quite a shame.
HUUUUGE garden with an amusement park, lots of shops, a big lake, a
mechanic elves crazy thing, an ice castle.... everything. It was
incredible. SUPER elaborate. Apparently it changes based on the season,
and they were completely decked out for Christmas. Walking around here
with all the bajillions of other people and soaking up the Chritsmas
feeling was awesome. Maybe the pictures will explain better.
Back at home we watched a Sean Penn movie on TV (in English) and drank
lots of tea. I probably had English breakfast running through my veins
by the end of this weekend.
Overall, a really, really good day.