The countryside and Tivoli Gardens

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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
Interesting history, though.

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 to Copenhagen and not see Tivoli, that would be quite a shame.
The neighborhood
It's a 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.
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The lake by Jonathan and Eddas ho…
The lake by Jonathan and Edda's h…
Jonathan and Edda
Jonathan and Edda
The neighborhood
The neighborhood
So blue!
So blue!
Birds on the lake
Birds on the lake
The hunting house turned cafe
The hunting house turned cafe
THe sun setting outside their hous…
THe sun setting outside their hou…
Another sunset picture
Another sunset picture
Neat architecture
Neat architecture
Tivoli!
Tivoli!
Tivoli from the inside
Tivoli from the inside
Lights on a tree... I was a little…
Lights on a tree... I was a littl…
A stage... neat peacock designs...
A stage... neat peacock designs...
awesome. The castle keeps changing…
awesome. The castle keeps changin…
See?
See?
See again?
See again?
The ice castle inside the snow glo…
The ice castle inside the snow gl…
There was this huge room with all …
There was this huge room with all…
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