Making my mark
31.05.2010 - 02.06.2010 19 °C
I'm participating in a conference organized by the Copenhagen Business School. The School is located in a few modern buildings, just outside of the city center. I have just heard that my chemotherapy is only partially successful, so it is hard for me to concentrate and enjoy the meeting. Still, I enjoy being amongst a group of enthusiastic young scholars and Copenhagen is, as always, pleasant and friendly.
On the last day of my trip, I have time just to wander around. In the street of my hotel is the Copenhagen Opera as well as a small theatre. I'm struck by a strange mozaik at the entrance of the 1920s building. It is not really beautiful, but remarkable all the same.
When I stroll along the harbour, I pass a small local garden of scented plants and herbs. The neighborhood is responsible for this initiative, and it gives the otherwise desolate place a nice feel.
I also visit the King's Gardens. This sounds rather grand for a smallish park with an even smaller castle. It's noon when I'm there, but a Brit who lives in Copenhagen just told me he was shocked by the public drunkenness in these kind of parks in the late afternoon and evening. When I return to the airport by metro that same afternoon, I see what he means: hundreds of youth with beer cans are on their way to the beach; they're loud and friendly, but it is still remarkable that they can travel intoxicated. Obviously, nobody cares, at least not anymore ...
Just off the city center, there is an interesting small quarter with yellow houses. They seem to be from the 1920s, and may well be built by factories for their labour force. Probably an early typical Danish trace of social-democracy? Now they house families with lots of small children as well as students.