Copenhagen. I can definitely live here.

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A classic photo of how I imaged Copenhagen

Christian’s Haven

God aften. That means “Good Evening” in Danish. I can barely pick out a few german words here and there, but Klaus finds a stark similarity between the two languages. We just add the word “smørre” as a prefix to everything and things all of a sudden sound more Danish. It’s easy – smørresleep, smørremetro, smørrechair. With all kidding aside, I felt completely at ease in this charming city and everything seemed to amuse me. The people were dashing to say the very least. Klaus and I couldn’t stop starring at the pretty girls riding their colourful bikes coming our way and even the young boys were so put together that we both mutually agreed this was a darn good looking city.

We stayed in a “Cute Bohemian Room” compliments to our Airbnb search and were very central to all the action. Perhaps a little too central because the partygoers went at it non-stop until 7am and the thin windows that separated us didn’t seem to provide much of a sound barrier. During the day we walked all around Copenhagen by foot and visited a few of the popular sites such as the Little Mermaid and Christian’s Haven. The Little Mermaid was for me quite disappointing because I didn’t seem to understand the significance of this statue, but nonetheless it was checked off our to-do list. After that I tried to convince Klaus to burn 700€ eating at Noma’s – formerly number 1 in the world of cuisine – but Klaus was the better person and knocked a bit of sense into me and we instead travelled to a great little local restaurant called Aamann’s for our first delectable smørrebrod experience. Later for dinner we went to a wonderful French restaurant secretly tucked in the side streets suggested by our host for a few drinks and a light meal. We ended the evening doing a bit of window shopping gawking at the lovely Scandinavian designer furniture and going to the Christmas Market to have a sip of mulled wine. It was an absolute smørreful day.

Apart from the beautiful people, simple dining, creative architecture, and awesome furniture, there were little things about Copenhagen that impressed us. There were garbage cans conveniently placed for residents/tourists to keep the city clean. Places were easy to find and the public transit was über convenient and organized. Bike lanes were wide and separated from the main roads to protect cyclists and the people were genuinely pleasant. It reminded me a little of Canada actually, but I don’t mean the bike lanes part. We had a great time in Copenhagen and with our saved Noma cash, we can definitely afford to come again!

Next stop, Prague with the “Just Us” crew…

The flight took only 40min from Berlin. A skip, hop and a jump.

The flight took only 40mins from Berlin. A skip, hop and a jump.

Excited Klaus upon arrival

Excited Klaus upon arrival

Our bohemian room with thin walls

Our bohemian room with thin walls

Best.Hotdog.Ever

Best.Hotdogs.Ever

The pretty bikes that looks almost too good to ride

Pretty bikes good enough for me to swipe and ship back to Canada

Picked up some fresh bakery at Meyer's. The cinnamon buns there were better than Dolly's at the Highlands, no joke.

Picked up some fresh bakery at Meyer’s. The cinnamon buns there were better than Dolly’s at the Highlands. I’m serious.

A view from up top

A view from up top

Just a pretty boat at Christian's Haven

Just a lovely boat docked at Christian’s Haven

These yellow trash bins were abundantly located to make sure the city stays clean

These yellow trash bins were conveniently located to make sure the city stays clean

The Marble Church

The Marble Church

Me trying to get a taste of Noma's.

Me trying to get a taste of Noma’s

I didn't know that Danish guards looked like this!

I didn’t know the Danish guards looked like this!

The Little Mermaid

The Little Mermaid aka Ariel

@Aarman's. Place was booked up so we ate our smorrebrod in the park

@Aarman’s. The place was booked up, so we ate our smørrebrod in the park

Smorrebrod! Beef tartare, smoked salmon, porcetta with apple, and gently fried pickled herring

Smørrebrod! Beef tartare, smoked salmon, porcetta with apple, and gently fried pickled herring

The market was surprisingly small. Met a few fellow Germans there and they offered German goods such as bratwursts and Oktoberfest music.

The market was surprisingly small compared to the ones in Germany. Nonetheless attractive to look at.

My goal.

My goal.

Just in case you are wondering how long it will take to walk to the terminal, they break it down for you, every 30s

Just in case you are wondering how long it will take to walk to the terminal, they break it down for you, every 30s

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Designer’s Open.. Right Up My Alley!

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A few weeks ago I happen to check out the Designer’s Open in Leipzig’s renowned Trade Fair with my mom-in-law and talk about inspiration and all things pretty! The Designer’s Open was a weekend event hosting small, mainly German vendors that promoted the art of design in many different aspects. It was like ‘Art Fair’ exploded into a million different directions including ecological architectural projects, innovative furniture to free-trade fashion and hand-made porcelain jewellery, just to name a few.

Needless to say, I was in awe and couldn’t help but immerse myself and meet these vendors. I had the chance to chat with a few of these amazing designers/vendors to learn about their passion and some quirky inside stories including a new French company based in Berlin called Carrot & Peanuts. The gentlemen who co-owned this mens undergarment business told me that part of the company’s name rooted from his nickname “Carrot” because the Germans had difficulties pronouncing his real name – Corentin – properly.

Just outside the Leipzig Messe grounds

Just outside the Leipziger Messe grounds

Leipzig's Trade Fair has history dating back to the late 12th century. The new Trade Fair now has 6 exhibition halls 20000sq. meter in size

Leipzig’s Trade Fair has history dating back to the late 12th century. The new Trade Fair now has 6 exhibition halls totalling 20000sq. meters

So impressed by this retro car now suped up to serve espressos and a turn table to entertain the crowd

So impressed by this retro car now suped up to serve espressos in the back and a turn table on the side to whoop-whop the crowd

Couldn't help but try to be European drinking coffee while shopping.

Couldn’t help but try to be European drinking coffee while shopping.

Polar light - a snow harnessing winter lamp by a design student using renewable and ecological materials

Polar light – a snow harnessing winter lamp by a design student using renewable and ecological materials

Tiny flower containers to add character to any home. www.miramoebius.de

Tiny flower containers to add character to any home. http://www.miramoebius.de

This cool pair produce stylish, ecological and I might add stable chairs made out of cardboard. www.vonPappe.com

This cool pair design and produce stylish, ecological and I might add stable chairs made out of cardboard. http://www.vonPappe.com

The most magnificent matchboxes one can find. The vendor hand crafts porcelain such as dinnerware and vases. www.anikaschüler.de

The most magnificent matchboxes one can find. The vendor hand crafts porcelain such as dinnerware and vases. http://www.annikaschüler.de

Rachel Kollerup is a Danish designer and known for timeless fashion pieces while being environmentally responsible. www.rachelkollerup.com

Rachel Kollerup is a Danish designer and known for timeless fashion pieces while being environmentally responsible. http://www.rachelkollerup.com

Claudia Köcher and her haute hat collection. She will also make custom hats! www.die-zwillingsnadeln.de

Claudia Köcher and her haute hat collection. She will also make custom hats! http://www.die-zwillingsnadeln.de

Claudia Köcher's most prized and expensive piece. Part of her bridal collection, the petals were hand formed and every single sequin and bead was hand-sewn. €800. www.die-zwillingsnadeln.de

Die Zwillingsnadeln’s most prized and expensive headpiece. Part of her bridal collection, the petals were hand formed and every single sequin and bead was hand-sewn. €800. http://www.die-zwillingsnadeln.de

Claudia told us that her hats have become popular internationally, with Great Britain being one of them. I'd like to see the Duchess of Cambridge wear this one.

Claudia told us that her hats have become popular internationally, with Great Britain being one of them. I’d like to see the Duchess of Cambridge wear this one.

A few urban design ideas to make my mouth water

A few urban design ideas to make my mouth water