This week I spent two nights and two days in Copenhagen with my very good friend Katie from Hong Kong. £56 return flight with Ryanair for two people! Don’t mind if I do.
We arrived in the early afternoon and as the weather was cold and grey, we decided to go to the Louisiana Museum of Modern Art, which is about a half hour train ride outside of Copenhagen.
On the way I noticed three things which I found a bit curious or at least noteworthy: bikes, hats and lamps.
Let’s start with the bikes. Copenhagen seems to have an incredible amount of cyclists and bikes around. There are cycle lanes everywhere and there are more cyclists than pedestrians. We later learnt that there are five times as many bikes as people in Copenhagen.
Next observation: hats. We noticed several young people wearing the same hats all over the city.
I left Japan and headed over to Seoul in South Korea. Coincidentally the lovely Jayna was in town, so I spent my time with her. It was really nice to have a like minded travel companion (priorities: food and photography) who knew the city a bit, so could show me some great places to go.
Check out Jayna’s Instagram feed for lots of amazing photos from Korea and elsewhere. http://instagram.com/jayna
We met up in the afternoon and hired bikes to cycle along the Han River. It was beautiful during the sunset.
SPIN is a cycling exhibition that last took place in The Old Truman Brewery in East London at the end of March. It’s an annual event. I popped in for a couple of hours because I was interested in all the cycling related little shops that were exhibiting. There were a few actual bike shops and lots of clothes and crafty shops – all related to cycling. And I’m talking about the ‘lifestyle’ type of cycling rather than the competitive ‘lycra’ type of cycling.
For some reason there is an unwritten rule that cycling and coffee go together. I still haven’t really understood where this is coming from but there seems to be universal agreement among the cycling community. So in addition to the obligatory coffee stand, a cycling related art gallery had a picture that was painted with coffee. Way to combine these two favourites! Read about the coffee painting workshop
I personally cycle to work whenever I can but I probably fall more into the lycra type cyclist category – I usually wear sporty outfits and reflective neon jackets. I’m more concerned about safety than I am about looking cool. At the same time I can’t really cycle in my work dresses. It’s just not practical.
It is quite a big effort (and an expensive one at that) to be a stylish cyclist. Not an effort that I want to make – but I still enjoyed all the pretty things that were on display at SPIN.
SPIN London website
All photos shot by me on my Canon EOS 5000 camera on 35mm film.