*8Things: Honoring Places

*8Things iconToday is our last day in Copenhagen, our ex-pat home for the past 2 1/2 years. (more here and here) I wouldn’t say it’s been a great fit for us, culturally. Families who like to invite strangers in and talk to people on the bus do not acclimate well to Danish culture. But the city itself is at is most charming right now, as though tempting us to stay. I often say that CPH is like an elderly Aunt who has kept herself well. I’d like to remember the good bits, now before I go. 

*8Things: To Treasure about Copenhagen

1. Knowing it’s time to pick the kids up from school by the sound of the church bells.
2. Watching the swans nest in city lakes that were once castle moats.
3. Martin encouraging us with the linguistically unique inhaled Danish “yes” enthusiastically while we tell him a story.
4. Listening to Cate’s friend Johanna speak English and Danish with an Estonian accent. (Like a mini Soviet agent with golden ringlets and a penchant for knock knock jokes.)
5. Riding my bike through the city with my basket full of herbs, flowers, and strawberries.
6. The yellow and rosy-brick buildings with their green-copper turrets.
7. Drinking too much and eating too much with the Neilsen’s in their garden. (Ah! The courtyards!)
8. Walking thru the University Haven with Cate and watching it unfold from snow covered cemetery-silence to ducklings and daffodils.

*8Things iconWhat’s your list of *8Things: Honoring Places? What do you want to remember about a significant place in your life — your home town, your family’s summer cabin, a room of your own?  Grab a button and play along. If you put your list on your blog, give us the permalink in the Mr. Linky below. Thanks for playing!

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monsterpants July 15, 2010 at 3:51 pm

*8 things to treasure about Northampton, MA (where I lived for 10 months during 2009):
1- My 10-years-older-than-me-but-same-age-in-spirit friends there (and our portrait parties), and the feeling of cooperation and contentment in the music scene we were part of together.
2- The Connecticut River, who’s beauty just calls to me and leaves me speechless, especially when firey orange and red trees are being reflected all along it.
3- The 4 totally distinguishable seasons, from the coldest, deep winter snow to the hottest, muggiest summer sunrises.
4- Being just a 3 hour drive from NYC, yet being so peacefully tucked into a small-town when you get home again.
5- How *difficult* it is to feel *unsafe* there, even walking the streets alone at night.
6- Among many other favourite local dishes: Herrell’s Burnt Sugar ‘n’ Butter Ice Cream *grrrrggglll*
7- How EASY it was to get where you were going (usually on foot!), and to schedule appointments, and to talk to strangers, and to find helpful people.
8- The feeling of it all– to live there on my own, to feel “I’m really doing this,” to feel my wings stretching out, to feel so comforted by the climate and atmosphere of a place.

Tess July 15, 2010 at 5:31 pm

I’ve never (yet) visited Copenhagen, but I love your line about the elderly aunt, that’s how I’ve always imagined it! Bon voyage!

Leslie July 15, 2010 at 10:14 pm

WOW! Your time is finally over.
Wishing you save travels & moving as you journey back home!
Will be looking to hear how things are going as you get settled.

Ami @ Writing: My Life July 16, 2010 at 1:58 pm

Your *8Things posts always seem to come at the perfect time. After a long weekend in my hometown, I have plenty to honor about the place where I grew up.

Have a safe trip back to the states!

Irene July 19, 2010 at 11:33 am

I so enjoy reading your posts. I love joining in, too. Makes me think. Thanks!
All the best for your next stop.

Wendy Watkins July 22, 2010 at 12:03 am

That was fun–definitely raised my Joy Factor to honor where I live and love.

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