Spring means Ice Cream in Copenhagen

ICE CREAM SEASON OPENS IN DENMARK

SPRING = ICE CREAM IN COPENHAGEN

Wait, what? Ice cream season closes in Copenhagen? Yes. In fact, it does, for most local shops. For the vinter. And every year, come the end of February or early March the shops all over town open their doors again. And some offer gratis is. Free ice cream. Or special discounts. And we always grab some. Danish ice cream is good. Happy cows remember? Although recent World Happiness rankings might put Norwegians cows ahead of their Danish neighbors. Moo.

So spring officially began here in Denmark on March 1st. To be honest, that is just a date on your wall calendar. Or ical or phone app or abacus – wherever you figure out what stinkin’ day of the week it is out there.  In Denmark, a few vintergækker blømster, or snowdrop flowers, pushing up through the earth do not equal spring in my opinion. A harbinger for the season ahead, perhaps. But, since the month’s start, we’ve had snow flurries, temps averaging around 4°C and a progression of cold, damp and gray days. That is. Until last week. Finally. It feels a little like spring.

Enter the vernal equinox. Is it just me or is there something sexy about that word. Vernal. Maybe I’m misinterpreting. March 20th is halfway between the darkest December day and the peak of summer. The spring equinox ushers in an equal amount of light and dark on the Danish days. The weather is still not that warm. Per se. But then again, it’s all relative. When the sun is out even at 5°C, put your face upwards and it feels like heaven. Here anyway.

So now it is spring. To me – spring is sprung when the crocuses pop at the Kings Garden. That beautiful purple and white plaid carpet that stretches out before the Rosenborg Slot. NOW. It is spring in Copenhagen. Now we can eat ice cream. Continue reading “Spring means Ice Cream in Copenhagen”

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Faraway Files #23

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HAPPY VERNAL EQUINOX TO YOU

This Monday was the spring equinox – did you know? It’s officially spring now. Whether the weather in your corner of the world believes it or not! With equal parts daylight and darkness, my world feels a bit more balanced.

I kicked off the spring with a trip to the Danish coast. It was perfect. Where do you do spring? Tell me. Show us! Let’s link up.


FAVORITES WEEK #22

Thank you to everyone who linked up last week, we had a bevy of cool posts and in case you missed any, you can catch up here. These were my faves. Continue reading “Faraway Files #23”

Colors of a Danish Beach | Odsherred Denmark

Scandinavian Palette Collecting

KLINT STRAND AT SPRING EQUINOX | NykøBING SJÆLLAND, DK

We have just returned from a lovely weekend at the Danish coast with friends and our families. It had all the trappings of some true Danish hygge. Laughter. Good food. Fresh fish from the local smokehouse. Skål (cheers) with snaps. Fab tunes. Fun games. Dips in the frigid sea. Warming up. Soaking up sunshine. Walks on the beach. Toasted marshmallows over the fire under a sky full of stars.

It was beautiful. And needed. A perfect start to spring. We stayed near the far northwest corner of Sjælland, the island where Copenhagen sits. Our summer house rental was almost to Sjællands Odde where you catch the ferry for Aarhus in Jutland. This area is called Odsherred. It’s little over an hour from Copenhagen. And it is definitely not odd. It is decidedly the opposite. It is truly lovely. And I was taken with the tones. The colors of the beach. A Danish beach. This is Scandinavia.

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