Au revoir Copenhagen and Thank You!

Landed in Vancouver last night after being in my old home Copenhagen –  for 10 beautiful days!! When we left it was 20+ degrees (70 F) and Copenhagen was showing off, maybe to make it harder for me to leave, I don’t know 🙂

I am married to a Canadian and we have 2 wonderful Canadian/Danish teenagers – this is why my life is split between two of the most gorgeous places in the world. I am so lucky, and hugely privileged, but it is always related to both great happiness and great sadness. Fantastic to say “hello” and sad to say “goodbye”- so I cry with happiness when I arrive and cry with sadness when I leave. That is just the way it is.

Let me rewind a bit – Sunday the 29th of April I tied my shoe laces put on my cap and went out to do the wwwp5k, my opportunity being an early morning run in Copenhagen. I enjoyed every minute of the run and took lots of photos along the way. When I got home I wrote my blog, posted it, closed the laptop and went out to enjoy the rest of my Sunday.

Tuesday morning Danish time I got up and with my cup of tea, I turned on the computer – my in-box was flooded with emails from all over the world, hundreds of emails! I was in shock, what was going on?? My stats had gone from 150 on my busiest day to 8700 in a day!!!!

This is what had happened

I have been asking myself “Really?” over and over again over the past couple of  days.

I have been jumping up and down with joy and gratitude too. Most of all I am humbly grateful from the deep bottom of my heart!! Thank you, WordPress for “pressing me freshly”  for giving me this opportunity! Thank you for all the views, thank you for all the “likes” and all the comments, thank you to new followers, I am thrilled to have you here  – Thank you all!!!

I am grateful beyond words at this point, really!!

All this happened while I was getting ready to go – packing and saying good-bye.

and so “au revoir Copenhagen”, with all its beautiful people and places! The last photos I took before leaving Wonderful Copenhagen.

I love the old back yards

And the garden of Rosenborg Castle in the sunshine

Rosenborg Castle dates back to 1606 and houses the crown jewels and the queens soldiers have residence here. It was King Christian IV favorite place to live until his death

All the way round Rosenborg Castle there are these old sentry houses that today are home for small art galleries, cafes, flower shops, designers, jewelers, etc.

Across from Rosenborg Garden is my favorite juice place – Big Apple Juice Bar- owned and run by Christian – I went down there one last time to get myself a “Green Fix with apple” – a delicious juice made with celery, cucumber, spinach and apple- yum!!

While he was busy making my juice I enjoyed the flowers in his shop

Now I am back home with my family in Canada. Tired and happy – my kids have been in the garden to pick these beautiful flowers for me.

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A Morning Run in Copenhagen

I grabbed the opportunity to join in the fun by running the 5k wordpress run. A brilliant idea by WordPress – you simply run/walk/skip/dance/jog/skate/ 5k wherever you are in this world and then you blog about it.

As some of you may know I am visiting Copenhagen, and what better way to breathe in my old city than by running through its beautiful streets? I long to see  the little mermaid again – to give her a good morning kiss. I’m up and out by 7am – the only thing I forgot while planning this – a terrible jet-lag.

So off I go and this just proves that as soon as you get yourself out there it is amazing!! It’s absolutely fabulous – I have Copenhagen all to myself and the sun is rising, the air is fresh and not a person in the streets.

Right away, I meet this lovely little family:

I continue out to Langelinje and pass Gefion springvandet – revisiting my childhood.

Copenhagen is the “city of towers” and when I turn around I see the tower of the old stone English church where I was married and behind its steeple, the magnificent dome of the Marble church right next to where we live when we are here in Copenhagen.

I continue my run along Langelinje enjoying the fresh sea breeze and my solitude on the path.

Suddenly I see her sitting there in the morning sun. The little mermaid – I love her – and either my jet-lag or the sea breeze is suddenly making my eyes moisty.

I turn around and run back towards the city center – wanting to enjoy more of the city in the early morning sun.

Past Amalienborg, where Queen Margrethe lives – a beautiful palace in the center of Copenhagen with the Marble Church in the background. Past the small dock where the royal family, kids, grandchildren, and 2 dachshunds embark on their way to other parts of Denmark – we are in the land of the vikings remember, so by ship of course.

Run, run, run – I am honestly enjoying this run through Wonderful Copenhagen that holds so much  history, culture, architecture and beauty. An adventure through my own city and I mindfully see things that I just took for granted when I lived here. I am loving every minute.

I reach the old harbour – Nyhavn – a romantic place from the seafaring days but  today is full of restaurants and cafes. The place where everyone longs to sit outside in the sunshine and well into the long light summer nights.

This morning it is still quiet but later today it will be packed full of people enjoying life in the sunny side of the street!

And the quiet side of Nyhavn on the other side

Round the corner from Nyhavn I almost fall into a pile of bikes! Copenhagen is a paradise for many things among them cycling. And there are many bicycles!

How about this cute “bike-dress”!

I fell in love with this old lamp on my way home

And this adorable door

I love running – I can explore, I can experience, I can inhale life, I can do it anytime,  it’s cheap, I don’t have to book or reserve – I just do it, anytime, anywhere, anyplace.

On the way home I run into “Joe and the Juice” and get a big glass of Arth Away – a glass of green juice made from fresh spinach, apples and pineapple – I’m off to enjoy the rest of the day! Wishing you all a beautiful Sunday.

Running for your Life – Joyfully

While visiting one of my favorite blogs An Unrefined Vegan  I saw that on the 29th of April there will be a WordPress 5 K Run! It will take place whereever you are. You can run, walk, skip , dance or whatever – just what fits you best – 5 K and then afterwards you get to blog about it.

You can find the details for “The Automattic Worldwide WP 5k ” right here  WordPress 5k Run

I will be doing my thing – running in Copenhagen where I will be visiting on the 29th of April and what a great chance to blog about running in one of my favorite cities in the world, Copenhagen 🙂 (which just happens to be my hometown as well!)

I used to run before I had kids, but when they came I didn’t feel I had the time anymore. I was never a very big runner just did the odd 3 k every now and then, but I enjoyed it.

Busy life took over and my time for running, exercising disappeared – I’m sure that many of you know this story and can relate to it.

BUT – after starting to drink my green smoothies I (naturally) got more energy and I needed to move this body – I put on my old running shoes and hit the road.  Aunt Tillie from Louisiana recommended  Jeff Galloway’s program Run Injury Free. She is 65 years old and has run 48 marathons in her life, and has done so the Galloway way, with joy. Aunt Tillie and Mr Galloway have been a  great inspiration to me. Jeff Galloway recommends a combination of running and walking. This is a gentle way and will prevent injuries and Galloway actually claims we can run injury free till we are a hundred. It suits my philosophy of being gentle to ourselves perfectly. This program also showed me running does not have to be tortuous, but can be a joyful affair – one that I look forward to every day of the year. It’s ME TIME – no worries, no hurries, just me on the road.

I started running again about 2 years ago,  in the beginning I could not run for a whole min without almost dying – I  was in such bad shape. But I kept following the program every day – 45 min run/walk,  one day run/walk- one day walk – Sundays I rest. I feel that this way of training is so gentle and my muscles recover quickly after each run because of the walk breaks. Today I run 10 k every other day and a longer run during the weekend. I would never have believed that 2 years ago!

I love running because I can do it anywhere and anytime. All I need is my running shoes and off I go. I love being out in nature and clearing my mind and my soul with the fresh air. It impossible to come home grumpy after a good run 🙂

Today running is used as an important part of treatment for addiction, depression and anxiety, obesity and stress. It does affect the chemistry in the brain. Not just while running but the calm continues and we experience the benefits after every run.  If you want to know more about the befits of running there is a great article from the Psychology Department at Vanderbilt University here

I hope you will enjoy this youtube – a 100 year old man runs marathon – okay with that I think there are no more viable excuses 🙂 – see you out there!