I’ve still got some photos from the last few weeks piled up, but to hell with chronology – I’m going to skip straight to some pics from the last few days that have given me reason to be optimistic about summer in Denmark. Let’s see whether posting about glorious mid-20 degree days will ease or exacerbate the dismay I’m feeling now that the temperature has dropped back down to 16 degrees…
The last few weeks of spring have delivered some genuinely nice sunny days, along with all the lilacs and wisteria around town coming into bloom.
It’s also the first week that going for a swim hasn’t seemed like a totally insane prospect. There are quite a few harbour pools in Copenhagen – at Islands Brygge, Fisketorvet (this one is allegedly called ‘Copencabana’, which seems like a terrible idea) and Sluseholmen. None of these are open until June, which prompted me to head north to Svanemøllestranden.
The ‘beach’ itself was not super appealing, but I am totally on board with the excellent swimming pier. I think our time in Denmark will be all about swimming off piers with ladders.
Everyone who visits us will need to bring their swimmers and bravery, as the water is still pretty chilly at around 12 degrees. On the plus side, Sydney’s 21 degree water temps are going to feel balmy in a few weeks time. In the meantime, our adventures in Sweden have converted us to the joys of cold water swimming, which kick in as soon as you get out.
The other notable summer phenomenon that has just appeared is koldskål (‘cold bowl’). As soon as the sun comes out there is a run on koldskål in the supermarkets. It’s a kind of sweet buttermilk that you serve with kammerjunkere (tasty little round biscuits).
The kammerjunkere packet advertises ‘a crisp taste of sun and summer – a real Danish classic’. I am very on board with kammerjunkere, but koldskål is a bit of an acquired taste (NB: Ant has definitely acquired it). I’m going to reserve judgement until I have tried the lemon version, because I have a feeling it might improve it.