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Sveiki Klaipėda!

May 6, 2015

Dear Family and Friends,

Hope all is well. Today was a great full day. I took the metro to the Copenhagen airport in this morning. It was so easy and cost only 36 DKK, which is around 6 dollars. WP_20150506_16_35_37_ProI just walked from the hotel to metro, got on, and in 20 minutes I was checked in. I got a nice pat down at airport security. I was at the airport early, so I had a coffee and then a green juice and sandwich at Joe and the Juice (a Danish chain I’ve come to enjoy) and walked around the airport.

I got some Lakrids (liqorice) as gifts to give during my meetings in Lithuania.WP_20150506_16_42_21_Pro Danish people (Scandinavian people in general, I think) really seem to like licorice. There are designer licorice companies that sell licorice and other things with chocolate around them alllll over Copenhagen (and Reykjavik too). They also have salted licorice. WP_20150506_16_58_43_ProThe chocolate ones are pretty good. The salted must be an acquired taste.

I was one of 5 women on the flight to Lithuania, which was pretty interesting. At the rental car desk at Palanga aiport, I got an upgrade so I’ll be cruising around in a sweet Jetta.WP_20150506_17_26_49_Pro The guy at the rental desk had a really great pen – it was one of those cheap cvs-type ones, but really good. He said he didn’t know where you could buy it, he got it from his friend. WP_20150506_15_28_55_ProJust as I finished gushing about how awesome I thought it was for 5 minutes, I clicked it the wrong way and the top flew off and the spring flew across the room. Noooo. We had quite a laugh about it, but I felt so badly.

WP_20150506_16_35_05_ProWith GPS, the drive to the hotel was easy and took about half an hour. The radio stations were totally on point! They had some nice vocal trance. I felt like I was back in high school driving around to vocal trance. The hotel is pretty good and my room is larger than both of the other hotel rooms I’ve had so far put together, x2. WP_20150506_18_48_06_ProThis says less about the hotel room here, and more about the tiny closet rooms in Reykjavik and Copenhagen. It’s nice to have some space to dance around. There’s also a nespresso machine.

WP_20150506_18_39_03_ProI settled in and set up the meetings for tomorrow and then set out on a walk around Klaipeda. The city is really awesome. By the time I got to the old city area it was 5ish so I drank some Lithuanian beer(s) and ate a beer snacks assortment. I liked the cheese, enjoy like the smoked pigs ears. WP_20150506_18_52_25_ProWP_20150506_19_08_30_ProAfter that I walked around more and every street was cuter than the last one.

My first impression of the city is extremely good. It’s a small port city, and a few times a month cruise ships stop there. There is a cruise ship here now but still I did not notice big crowds. I found a great park and saw an adorable puppy that was too frightened to come over to me, and found a bar on a boat and had a beer on the boat while people rowed by. WP_20150506_19_34_52_ProI told one of my colleagues that it was like the Santa Cruz do Sul (little town in southern Brazil) of Eastern Europe. Then I got some waters at a supermarket and walked back to the hotel.

It didn’t get dark until about 10:30! Tomorrow I’ll get up early to get to my meetings.

Love, Annie

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Work and fun in Copenhagen

May 5, 2015

Dear Family and Friends,

Hope your week has started out well. Just as the title of this post describes, the past few days have been filled with work and fun. To be honest there has been some moodiness as well. I’ve come to realize that the weather heavily influences my mood. Yesterday WP_20150504_14_15_14_ProI slept late and biked to a cafe where I worked and ate smørrebrød for brunch. I liked the one with fish the best. In the afternoon, I made my way to the Carlsberg brewery, also on the bike. It was pretty interesting and I drank Jacobson beer, which is not sold in the United States. WP_20150504_15_28_16_ProIt’s brewed on the Carlsberg property. I didn’t drink all of the beers that came with my ticket to the brewery because I needed to bike home and didn’t want to be too drunk for that. After the brewery, I returned my rental bike (sad but actually kind of a relief as I was starting to get pretty sore) and walked around the neighborhood near my hotel. WP_20150504_14_56_57_ProI wasn’t feeling that great, probably because I had a beer at lunch and then it was raining out. I bought some shampoo (the hotel didn’t provide good stuff) and went back and did a spa afternoon. That made me feel a lot better.

I went out to dinner at an Italian restaurant and ate green salad and some extremely rich gnocchi with slow roasted pork and so much cheese. WP_20150505_14_16_38_ProYummm. It was incredible. At dinner I played on my iPad and thought about a great kickstarter idea. I can’t tell you yet though.

This morning I had a big day. I woke up early, ate breakfast in the hotel, and went to three meetings that were all finished by 2:30 pm. In the middle of the meetings I did some work at a bakery where I drank coffee and tried a marzipan bakery treat. Yum. WP_20150505_16_22_28_ProAfter the meetings, I went back to the market area Torvehallerne to get some tapas and a glass of white wine (because that’s what you do). The chorizo was my favorite. I ended up sitting for a long time talking with this old Danish guy who was a regular at the tapas bar and we drank more glasses of wine and I was pretty plastered by 4:30 in the afternoon. We philosophized and really enjoyed life together at the tapas bar. WP_20150505_18_09_42_ProI learned that there’s a Danish word for the concept of wanting to eat something delicious even though you are not hungry. Seems like it’s different than just a craving. It’s cool to learn these kinds of concepts in different languages, and it’s cool WP_20150505_18_21_35_Pro(and discouraging, but also hopeful) to consider that our thoughts and the way that we understand the world are both dictated and limited by the languages we speak. That’s partly why I’m jealous of multilingual people. They are equipped with more ways in which to make sense of the world.

I parted ways with my new friend, super happy about the whole experience, and wandered around Torvehallerne for a while longer and got a ginger juice/ smoothie for the vitamins. WP_20150505_19_17_34_ProThen I wandered around the old streets of Copenhagen looking in the stores and also trying not to be a drunk idiot and of course got kind of lost. I finally found my way back to the hotel and that’s where I am now. I had a headache, which was to be expected, but I ate some crisps and drank water and took some Excedrin, which is just now kicking in and I am back to 85%. I checked in for my flight tomorrow to Lithuania and now I am considering where to do for dinner. It’s raining pretty hard and I’m not hungry even though it’s after 9:00 pm. I think i’m going to stay in and eat my fruit and nut bar, pack, and try to watch the last season of Parks and Rec.

Love, Annie

Sunday in Copenhagen

May 3, 2015

Dear Family and Friends,

Happy Sunday! Last night turned out to be really fun. I ate at a sushi restaurant and then headed to a cocktail bar that was recommended by the bartenders at the sushi place. WP_20150503_16_18_23_ProThe cocktail bar was one of those “concept” cocktail bars – very fancy. I intended to have only one drink but then I made friends with the bartenders and started talking to the people around me. One of the people there was very important in the Copenhagen drinking scene – he owned a gin company! WP_20150503_12_42_16_ProHe knew Boston because he had lectured about gin at Harvard. I got back to the hotel and all they had were BBQ flavored chips. They had sold out of the sea salt ones.

This morning I got up feeling surprisingly good and rented a bike. I got some coffee and then explored on the bike looking for a brunch spot. I ended up at this really cool market area called Torvehallerne where I ate some fish cakes and fancy juices. I encountered a super organic lotions store with great packaging and when I saw it I thought to myself “ooohhhh shit” because I am always tempted by that stuff. WP_20150503_16_15_00_ProThe lady who worked there saw me sigh in dismay and started to laugh because usually people don’t have such a negative reaction to this store. Anyway I spoke with her for a while and she washed and scrubbed my hands and I bought some body oil lotion. Of course.

WP_20150503_15_13_25_ProAfter that I went to the Danish Jewish  Museum, which was fantastic. I learned a lot. Then I went to Tivoli, and I’m not sure what all the fuss is about Tivoli. It’s an amusement park, and it seems like a cool place to bring little kids. I biked around more and then went to the hotel to relax.

For dinner I walked into a restaurant called Geist, which was very swanky. I went in because it was crowded and a lot of the other places I looked up were either empty or closed. WP_20150503_16_37_42_ProI definitely didn’t understand what I was getting into – I was really looking for a burger and some interesting beer – but it turned out for the best. I sat at the bar and drank nice cocktails and ate spinach and then some fish with ravioli made from Gruyere cheese and fennel inside. It was delicious. I sat next to a girl Sara who works at the restaurant but it was her night off. We had an awesome night and drank and chatted about life.

It’s drizzling out and I’m a little concerned about the rental bike, which is outside. I was told to just leave it on the street though, so i’m trying not to think about it.

It’s been an awesome few days off and I am excited to do some work tomorrow. Love, Annie

Goodbye Reykjavik, Hej Copenhagen

May 2, 2015

Dear Family and Friends,

WP_20150501_16_32_37_ProHope you are having a nice weekend. This morning I woke up at 4:00 am and flew from Reykjavik to Copenhagen. The flight was about three hours. I arrived in Copenhagen at around 1:00 pm and took the train to the center station. WP_20150502_15_55_29_ProI got a little lost trying to walk from the train station to the hotel, so I jumped in a cab. I unpacked at the hotel and went to Nyhavn (pictured) for lunch. Nyhavn is the iconic colorful canal street. WP_20150502_18_55_49_ProIt was a beautiful sunny day and I was lucky to get a table outside. I had salad with salmon on it. Just as I was finishing lunch some live music started. It was three guys with two guitars and drums and they were WP_20150502_18_57_55_Proreally good!! They were Danish but played covers of mostly songs I knew. I got some wine to go (you can do that here) and hung out outside and listened to the band. Then I walked around a lot more WP_20150501_12_45_27_Proand thought about what it would have been like if I were a little girl here in 1943 like in Number the Stars. When I was finished doing that, I wandered over to Christianhavn, and walked WP_20150501_14_12_35_Prothrough Christiania, where drugs are “allowed.” I didn’t intend to do any, I was just curious. They do not allow pictures so I didn’t take any, but sure enough, the “Green Light District” was full of WP_20150501_19_08_07_Prosmoke clouds and people chilling outside. I couldn’t tell if it was mostly tourists … probably was. Now i’m back at the hotel. I tried to watch the news but the only story CNN was covering this hour is the royal baby. Now I’m going to go get some dinner and a drink.

Love, Annie