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Administration building interior @ University of Copenhagen

University of Copenhagen

As mentioned previously, the private tour of the campus of the University of Copenhagen was rather special.

The building pictured today was the home of the Zoological Museum from 1870 until 1967. Since then it has been an administration building for the university. If you look closely you can see some of the sculptures that have been part of the architecture for 150 years.

I’ll post more photos of this beautiful place (especially since the public is no longer allowed to enter) soon. Here is what it looked like in 1868 before opening.

University of Copenhagen

University of Copenhagen denmark courtyard Københavns Universitet

University of Copenhagen

Yesterday was my last day teaching in Copenhagen for this summer. It’s always a sad day when I finish up in the summer in Denmark. The students at Copenhagen Business School are excellent (ranking in the top five in Europe and top 15 worldwide).

That said, the people of Denmark are what make my experience here so special. I have met so many wonderful people, this year in particular, at festivals and on other occasions. A new friend, who I met at the Roskilde Festival, gave me a private tour of the University of Copenhagen (on the campus near the Church of Our Lady in Central Copenhagen) yesterday. Previously, you could wander the campus as a regular tourist. However, due to thefts they have now locked most of the passages.

4th of July parade in Copenhagen

Carlsberg brewery horse-drawn carriage ride

@carlsberg ‏@CarlsbergGroup #‏FourthofJuly2017 #Happy4thofJuly #parade

OK, so the title is misleading. There is no 4th of July parade in Copenhagen. However, on my way out of my apartment this morning (I live by the Carlsberg Brewery) I met the above scene, as I have many times before, and it made me think of the parades going on back home in the USA.

If you take a tour of Carlsberg between 12:30 and 14:30 you can ride in one of the horse-drawn carriages at no additional charge. You may pass me on my bike if you do it during the next four weeks. These aren’t the Budweiser Clydesdales. I think Carlsberg has been using horses longer actually. These are Jutland horses, just as beautiful but not as big.

Nine years ago, we had a fun experience on American Independence Day at Tivoli. I guess that means this blog is about to have its 10-year anniversary.

Copenhagen apartment views (year 4)

copenhagen apartment view year four valby

This is my fourth summer in Copenhagen (2008, 2011, and 2016 being the first three). I like to stay in a different area each time I come to Denmark to explore a new neighborhood and experience more new things. The last three times I’ve always been a two-minute bike ride (at most) from Copenhagen’s lakes. This year I’m in Valby. I miss the lakes. The views from my other places were more interesting, but this year’s views aren’t altogether bad. I have a neat looking neighborhood out my front window (below) that I’m looking forward to investigating soon.

copenhagen apartment view year four valby denmark

Østerbro’s Kartoffelrækkerne

Østerbro copenhagen houses bikes

Copenhagen living

Today’s photo is of the neighborhood just to the north of my place in Copenhagen last summer. I found the streets to be quite charming. At dinner time children could be seen playing in the streets while parents drank in the sun at picnic tables in their front yards.

Upon doing a little research I found out that the area (also called Farimagsgade) was built in the 19th Century. All of the houses are fewer stories than what you find closer to the city center. It was thought that no one would want to live so “far” from work in central Copenhagen when these were first built. Now, with Copenhagen’s biking system, these are some of the closest residences to central Copenhagen in which owners don’t have to walk up dozens of stairs and have other people living above and/or below them.

Originally, two or three families lived in each house. Now, only single families live in each unit. I’m guessing the prices are very high, and the cars parked out front attested to the wealth of the residents.

Goal!

FCK soccer goal

Rasmus Falk scores a goal for F.C. Kobenhavn

This past summer I went to my third professional soccer match. All three were in Copenhagen. All three were blowouts in favor of the home team. All three were at a mostly empty Parken Stadium.

I don’t really understand how European soccer works, but F.C. Copenhagen won the Danish Superliga and the Danish Cup in the prior year and the Danish Superliga again before I saw this game. Maybe those games are better attended.

By the time I’m in Denmark in the middle of summer things have moved on to the UEFA Europa League, in which FCK dominates in the early rounds and gets crushed in later rounds. I’m only there for the early rounds. On this night, FCK beat the Crusaders F.C. (Belfast, Ireland) 6-0.

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