copey photo update

October 30, 2007

it’s back to work now in copenhagen…but here are some of my favorite (as of yet unblogged) photos from the past few weeks (those of you who have checked out my flickr page have probably already seen these):

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and…amsterdam

October 26, 2007

after our quick trip to groningen, we took the train back to amsterdam for a couple of days.  i still think that amsterdam is one of the most beautiful cities i’ve ever seen (hopefully i’m not the only one who can see past the drugs and the prostitution…).  it was great to be there for the fall colors.  : ) here are some of my photos:

for more on stroopwafels…

October 25, 2007

please see the following blog!

http://www.daelmans-stroopwafel.blogspot.com/

the blog’s owner added a link to my groningen post on his stroopwafel blog…which contains a wealth of stroopwafel knowledge: how to eat them (please note the proper form – let them get melty on top of your tea before you eat or dip them!), recipes, their history…everything you ever wanted to know. enjoy!

rhi and i also took a quick trip to groningen in the netherlands (where i did an urban planning exchange with some friends…two years ago now!) – this first photo is actually from the end of the night, but it has all of us in it, so:

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that’s jaapi, ming-yi, rhi, me and ian at tante truus, my old group’s favorite hang-out spot. (ming-yi and ian are two of this year’s uw students in groningen). we liked this place because it was pretty low-key, with regulars like a crazy pilot and a bar cat…and it had board games like carcassonne (the quintessential urban planner’s contest of professional skill) for us to play! it was nice to be back at truus with our heinekens.
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jaapi (who was my friend diego’s landlord/roommate in 2005…and our eventual bar buddy) was nice enough to let us stay at his house AND he cooked us a ‘typical dutch’ dinner of stamppot boerenkool (mashed potatoes with kale, gravy, sausage, and bacon on top…it’s a hearty meal for those cold dutch winters…). it was very delicious, and it was fun to hang out at jaapi’s house again.

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here’s my plate before i tried to eat it all/partway through my struggle to finish…

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jaapi offers marmite to an unconvinced rhiannon – it’s often served as a condiment with stamppot, but…it’s an acquired taste. i’ve got to mix it in until i can’t really taste it anymore… ; )

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the next morning in the grotemarkt, we happened upon my very favorite dutch snack – fresh stroopwafels! (stroopwafels are “syrup waffles,” or two thin cookies joined by delicious caramel or sugar syrup). here’s the stand in the market, and here’s rhi enjoying her first stroopwafel : )

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see how fresh?? those cookies are still warm, and that big bucket in the back is filled with hot caramel…yum… this is the same stand that i used to come to on market days when i was living in groningen.

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and here’s me feeling very happy about my fresh stroopwafel… _______________________________________________________________________

and…a mini-groningen-slide show:

autumn in copey…

October 22, 2007

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this was the only photo i took today, but i kind of like it – nice colors, and a description of the current seasonal change. it’s getting a bit brisk on the bike…!

mmm…more smørrebrød!

October 21, 2007

i figured that one thing rhi and i couldn’t miss during her stay with me was a trip to open-face sandwich valhalla – so we had smørrebrød lunch at ida davidsen, which is the best-known smørrebrød restaurant in the city. the restaurant is in its fifth generation of family ownership and has been operating in copenhagen since 1888! ida is only open for lunch (as smørrebrød is a lunchtime food), and reservations are strongly suggested. we were not disappointed. besides offering a huge array of sandwiches and making it very difficult to choose only two for lunch (it’s suggested that women order two pieces for lunch, whereas men should order three…), everything we tried was fantastic. the staff was very helpful, explained all of our choices, and translated even the most obscure of ingredients from danish to english for us. all future guests of mine in copenhagen will definitely be brought to ida…! yum!

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a detail of the restaurant entrance with a poster displaying different kinds of smørrebrød

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here’s what we finally decided on (my lunch was the top two sandwiches; rhi’s was the bottom two), from the upper left and moving clockwise:

smørrebrød #1: the “h.c. andersen” – bacon, tomato, liver paté, consommé aspic, and horseradish

smørrebrød #2: danish salami, smoked cheese, chives, marmalade, “special” mayonnaise, and radishes

smørrebrød #3: roast beef, tomato, and cucumber salad

smørrebrød #4: smoked potatoes, bacon, chicken salad, and fried carrot

i think we were supposed to start with a sandwich featuring fish and then move on to the meatier entrées, but we americans went sans seafood…next time i’ll be more danish.  ; )

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here’s the sandwich display…so many delicious choices! and yes, there is bread underneath all of those fixings!

halloweentivoli!

October 19, 2007

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it’s time for halloween at tivoli! rhi and i went last weekend…and although the gardens were decorated with all kinds of creepy monsters and spooks…by FAR the scariest thing that we encountered was the ride pictured here:

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okay, it was really awesome, and there was an amazing view of the city from way, way, way up high…but we felt that while the ride was called the “star flyer,” it might be more appropriately named “scary swing ride of death.” we also later found out that this is the world’s tallest carousel at 80m high…and look at all of the things you can’t do/bring/be on the ride:

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that’s a heck of a lot of warning signage! but we went on it anyway, and it was really fun. and really scary. afterwards, we felt that we deserved a snack and so treated ourselves to some candy apples. we then continued on to enjoy some of the tamer aspects of tivoli…

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shops and shoppers…

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a somewhat less scary carousel…

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pagoda with lights…

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the hay maze (this was not quite challenging enough for us…)/lighted pavilion

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halloween lights and jack o’lanterns/leaving tivoli at the end of the night