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In 2 days, I’ll head to Hong Kong International Airport and board a flight back to New York City. Although I am excited to be back in America, I am not so sure I’m ready to leave the dynamic environment that is Hong Kong. Knowing, however, that I’ll be back here working in a few years puts my mind at ease. Hong Kong has become my second home.

- Taylor

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Tivoli

Today, on my last day in Copenhagen, my host mom took me and my host sister to Tivoli. She is a shareholder of Tivoli shares so she gets a free membership for the year. She can take one guest for free but she used her charms to get both of us in for free. 

It was very crowded but the atmosphere was festive. My favorite part was the hyacinths that were used in the large pots all over the park. 

We wandered around for about two hours and then we wrapped up in blankets provided at an outdoor cafe and drank glögg (Danish hot spiced wine) until it was time for the fountain show.

What a lovely way to spend my last day here!

-Louesa

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Saying Goodbye to My Best Friend

Today was that day that I parted with my best friend in Denmark. I rode that bike many, many kilometers. If the bike were like a rental car, I would have needed to pay for going over the kilometer limit. With the exception of when I was traveling, I rode it just about everyday. 

When I returned it, the mechanic found two things broken on it so I ended up having 300 DKK taken out of the 750 DKK deposit. I broke just about even on the 500 DKK repair I had to have to replace the back wheel and tire. (750-300-500=-50 DKK)

On my way to the bicycle shop, I rode very slowly so that I could savor our last time together. It was raining so it was a perfect Danish farewell.

I hope to continue the practice of bicycling when I return home but I will need to buy a city bike. 

Farvel min ven!

-Louesa

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The Little Mermaid

I took these pictures during the first month I was here but I forgot to post them. Here is one of Copenhagen’s most famous people-Hans Christian Andersen’s Little Mermaid. 

She is very small about 1.75 meters (4.1 feet) and sits overlooking the harbor.

I did not know exactly where to find the statue so I rode my bike along the harbor until I found a large cluster of people near the water. Sure enough, there she was. 

She was commissioned by Carl Jacobsen, the son of Carlsberg’s founder (the beer company) in 1909 and was finished and put in place in 1913. 

-Louesa

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No it is not a Valentine’s Day display

Hearts are a part of Danish Christmas celebration. It is my theory that they represent the love that everyone spreads and shares during the season.

This display is in Tiger on Strøget. Tiger is a combination of a dollar store and a Five Below but only really, really, really nice. It is well organized, brightly lit, and nicely decorated.

-Louesa

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Christmas in Denmark

Christmas is a very big holiday in Denmark with just about everyone celebrating it. It is my theory that Christmas is very important to Denmark because it is a bright spot in the middle of the cold, dark winter. It seems to be just as commercialized as in the U.S. but I am not totally certain that it is. Spending time with family is very important during this holiday.

Pictures:

1. Holiday decorations on Nørregade

2. Juletræet that sprays out of the top little synthetic snow flakes that are collected and circulated from the up turned umbrella on the bottom.

3. A sledding hill for children to slide down. No real snow though.

4-7. A Christmas display in a mall. Notice the ice fisherman and bakery.

-Louesa

Hygge (pronounced HU ga)

Hygge (pronounced HU ga):

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The idea of hygge is not unique to the Danish culture but its ubiquitous nature in every day Danish life is. The fact that the Danes have a special word for it makes it unique.

It is a very important part of their lives to the extent that most all Danes do not show their wealth. They live in…

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Frost

The frost on this morning covered everything-the fence, the roof, the flowers, the mail box, and the ground. On the cold days so far, the frost stays on the ground all day, even on sunny days. It is because the sun’s rays are not close enough to Denmark to melt the ice.

-Louesa

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Cementerio de Granada

This cemetery was built in the mountains in Granada high above Alhambra. The main building of the cemetery has a cafe on the bottom floor. The cemetery has a map so that visitors know where they are but because of its vast size I got lost. There are fountains and small streams and even a small park in this cemetery.

The last picture is from a lookout at the highest point of the cemetery.

It may seem rather morbid to post pictures of graves but I am posting them because the story of how a culture celebrates life is reflected in the cemeteries.

There were very few graves that did not have flowers on them. Families going to a great expense to commission an artist to carve their grave monuments seems to say how important the lives of their loved ones are.

The most beautiful monument that I saw is the one in the second picture.

-Louesa

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