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Copenhagen Night Tour

by sander26. February 2012 20:45

 Fellow Photographer

This is Rasmus Svejdal. We went out to snap a few photos of the city Thursday this week, and I'm going to explain some of the photos I took then in this blogpost. Rasmus is a fellow DSLR enthusiast I met in gymnasium (highschool) in Slagelse, who recently moved to Copenhagen with his girlfriend.
I've already used some of the photo he has taken at The Sakura Festival last year on my blog.

 Fisketorvet entrance

We started off around Copenhagen Central Station, but at this time the sun was still shining, so I'm just going to skip to when we exited Fisketorvet.

 Gemini Residence

The building in the middle here is the Gemini Residence. Before turning into luxury apartments, it was two silos belonging to an animal feed company. This building is really something for itself. You can see more of it (including interior) @

 Beautiful Scenery

Around this area there's many interesting buildings, in particular along the canals. The picture above is taken using very long exposure time.

 Beautiful Scenery

Spring has just started at this point. Very much just started. It was really sunny on this Thursday, but you can still see a lot of ice floating around in the canals. Now it's about time. I've been looking very much forward to spring.

 Zulu Neon Sign

You can get to this area around the canals by walking straight south from Copenhagen Central Station. Actually these expensive buildings are spread out mostly around the border to Amager (which is the canals).

 Parking lot

If you continue along the canals to the east, you'll come by the Royal Danish Library, the building for which is known as The Black Diamond. After passing this, we turned north and soon found ourselves in the heart of the city again.

 Parking lot

The big canals envelop central Copenhagen as if it were a little island, but there's also small canals like this going through central Copenhagen. It's a little similar to Amsterdam I suppose.

 Parking lot

This is Christiansborg. It is the building housing The Folketing. The national parliament of Denmark. During special events, demonstrations and elections this place attracts a lot of people.

 Nightview of Strøget with Storkespringvandet

This photo is taken at Strøget. It's only a few meters from where I took the picture of Christiansborg above. It is one of Copenhagens most popular attractions. Strøget is a collection of streets in central Copenhagen famous for its old street architecture and shopping streets. In the middle of the picture a dark figure can be spotted. This is an iconic fountain called Storkespringvandet.

 Rasmus in front of Illum

Here's another picture of Rasmus.

 Clothes store

We thought this clothes store looked very asia-ish. You wouldn't have happened to spot this chain in Japan or Taiwan mayhaps? Actually this reminds me of a brand they had in Taiwan called Bathing Ape.

 Trees with sweaters

And here's something funny to finish up with. Somebody put sweaters on these trees. This is a type of street art that I've noticed appearing around big cities recently. I think I ran into some of it in Taipei, too, while I lived there. It's kind of like graffiti. People will rush to decorate the trees without asking permission. That's why you can see the line where it's sewn together. If they had more time they could probably knit the sweater together a little nicer.

 Clothes store

After this we went to Nørreport Station, which was just nearby, and took the train home. Next time we might go and take some pictures in Nørrebro if not Amager.

Improvised Sweet Omurice

by sander9. February 2012 14:54

I made Omurice!

Actually not really. To make omurice, I'd have to use a lot more ingredients. It looks like omurice, but it's really something different.

What I should have said was; I tried to make omurice. For some reason I thought that omurice would typically be made with sweet egg, so what I essentially did was make a Japanese Omelet (Tamagoyaki) beating eggs with sugar and water (without dashi stock). Then I wrapped it around some rice and poured a bit of ketchup ontop. This is what it came out to look like:

 The dish I cooked

Now, I don't know if this could actually be a variant of omurice, since it is actually an omelette wrapped around rice as the name "omurice" indicates.
But it didn't taste a lot like the omurice I've had in japanese restaurants.
I like it none the less and have made it for myself twice now. Maybe soon I'll try to make some "real" omurice with chicken and onion and mushrooms and such.

How to make the above:
Cook enough rice to make you full.
Beat 2 eggs together with 2 tablespoons of sugar (untopped) and 2 tablespoons of water.
Make the omelet on a large pan. Be careful not to heat it too much as sugar is very easily burnt.
Wrap the omelet around the rice and put ketchup on. 

My point with this post is: This kind of thing is really easy to make. And even if you want to make the real deal the ingredients are quite easy to procure in Denmark.

School is going well. Maybe I'll get to writing a bit on my life as a danish university student if I still have any Taiwanese readers after this period of silence.

Copenhagen Time

by sander2. August 2011 19:58

 A train station somewhere in copenhagen by night

A few days ago I received letter from the University of Copenhagen asking me to prepare for reading computer science. It's not like I expected anything else, but now it's official. During the summer, I've been to Copenhagen a few times in the belief that it might prepare me somewhat for the city. I don't really think it has, but it shouldn't be too much of a problem, since I've already lived in a much bigger city with a much more radically different population from my home region.

 Close to Tivoli and the Copenhagen Central Station.

I guess if I compare Copenhagen to Taipei, it's a much more quiet city. You can easily find places with no other people around for a few minutes. In Taipei that's only really possible if you go to someplace where it's not really possible for pedestrians to get to.

 One of the more noticeable buildings in Copenhagen is The Black Diamond. This building houses the Royal Danish Library - the biggest library in the Nordic countries.

Especially at night there's not a whole lot of people to be seen. Compared to Slagelse, a small town of roughly 35 thousand inhabitants, of course the nightly activity in Copenhagen is much more pronounced, but the city lacks the night markets and general lifestyle that keeps people up all night as much as in Taipei. Hopefully the student environment that I am eager to explore will have a few ways to work around this.

 Fisketorvet is a department store close to central Copenhagen.

Now I have been living for one whole year in this tiny town as I've had to complete Gymnasium (~senior high) so I have no doubt Copenhagen is going to be a great venture. And it does have a lot of the qualities that Taipei has despite being a much less heavily populated metropol. The infrastructure is one of them. Copenhagen might possibly be one of the most non-car person friendly town. It's particularly easy to get around the city by bike.

 Street art Elephant Parade.

On of the things I went to see on my recent solo trip to Copenhagen was the elephants put up around the inner city in an art project called Elephant Parade. Not a big attraction. Rather a quirky little extra thing, but they are great in pictures and fun to scout for while moving between locations especially if you're the kind of person that doesn't plan where you're actually going. And they look great in pictures. They are still there. Going to be there until August 25th.

 Bridges connecting the old part of the Royal Danish Library with it's waterfront extention.

Copenhagen also has a lot of interesting architecture - and more importantly to me - some degree of city expansion. There's also a lot of interesting things going on in the city. Public art projects, music stuff, such things. Some months ago I know there had been a music festival like thing going on called Distortion. A five-day mobile party that most of the people I know in Copenhagen had participated in. (Okay, most of the people I know there so far are probably more colourful than the majority, but still.)

 One corner of the building known in Danish as 8-Tallet, meaning The Number Eight or The Figure Eight.

The more I go on at this, the more preconceptual this article is going to be, and the longer it's going to be before I get the whole russ celebration stuff with hats and trucks covered. I should have plenty of time to get to know the city much better and get to give a bit more of a picture of it in the future.
So long.

Ready for University

by sander11. July 2011 16:05

During the last two months I've been super busy with the sprint finish of gymnasium (~senior high) that is final assesment marks and exams. I between I have of course done other things than school and taken a few nice pictures too, but I've been either too busy or too lazy to do something about them. After returning home to Denmark I've started bothering to do post processing on the photos I take before I put them up, and of course this means illustrating a blog takes a bit longer.

 Christiania House by Sander Tams

Here's one photo I took of a house in Freetown Christiania. Christiania is a small region in Copenhagen claiming to be autonomous. It's an interesting and beautiful place where people think differently. And some of the architecture there is fabulous. If you ever visit Copenhagen, be sure to see this place. But be aware that in the more populous area of the region, there's a place called pusher street where people openly sell cannabis. This is illegal in Denmark, and while the place is usually peaceful, be sure to pack your cameras away if you go there as the pushers there do not like getting pictures taken of them.

Inbetween exams I went to Copenhagen by myself and slept at a couple of friends houses, eating vegetarian food, squatting (kind of), going to expensive cafés (Copenhagen cafés are very pricy), shopping asian snack food, drinking beer with nerdy university students and visiting this place once again. I actually had 5 exams in 5 days and then a gap of almost a month between those and my last exam, so I had plenty of free time. Used that up pretty quickly, though.

 A train station in Copenhagen by night.

Obviously there has been a lot of school-related activities too. Things such as graduation, parties, hats and of course the driving around the city ontop of a big truck making lots of noise and getting drunk. Just like I wrote about one year ago.

 Theme party with Super Mario

Yes, there is a guy dressed like Super Mario at this party. (It's not me. I was wearing a leather jacket and a bandana.)

Now I'm going to have some free time to cover some of all this stuff that I have been taking pictures of lately. Right now I am just waiting for a response from the University I have sent an application to, so might as well get back to picking up decent photos.

 Corner of the building that houses Fisketorvet in Copenhagen.

That is also a building in Copenhagen. Fisketorvet.

 Rus riding a truck.

And this photo was taken this year - not many weeks ago - as I got my chance at the truck riding celebrations.

Exam times have been hard and introspective and has brought lots of change and lots of new interests up for me. So now I have a lots of new exciting things to write about. Probably most of it will still center around special places and events in Denmark, though. And culture stuff. I am looking forward to a bit more of that.