Last weekend I had the pleasure of visiting a friend in Copenhagen, and for my first time back on the continent since high school it was a absolutely wonderful experience. While an expensive city, there were plenty of museums, parks, and shops to explore. Although, it was puzzling to see so many people riding bicycles. I have been in the UK for almost three months, and while accustomed to many cyclists, I was not expecting this many in Denmark. Although, all automobile purchases in Copenhagen carry a 130% tax, so it makes sense that so many would take a more affordable (and sustainable) means of transportation, and the city doesn't make it difficult for commuters. To quote my friend, "Copenhagen is a city built with its people in mind," and it is. You can walk from one end to the other in almost an hour, the buildings are not too large, and the bicycle lanes are almost bigger than the sidewalks.
While we spent most of our transit time walking around Copenhagen I had the pleasure (and my friend the pain) of being chauffeured around in a delightful little vehicle called a cargo bicycle, which is usually reserved for children and luggage. This provided me with a rare opportunity to capture a view of the bicycle lane that would difficult and/or dangerous to try by any other means. Oh you can be certain that I took multiple pictures of the museums as well as the rest of Copenhagen, but this is a moment to look at the world of cyclists from another point of view that not many get to see. I'm sure a Go-Pro would have sufficed, but can it really capture aesthetic the way a camera and black & white can? We'll see, and if they can come up with one I would gladly purchase one. In-transit photography has many challenges, but while not everyone has a cargo bicycle, perhaps we can all learn (especially photographers and other artists) to look at life from challenging points of view.
Open your mind, be brave, and be kind.
With Halloween close at hand, countless individuals scramble to prepare for the night of utter spookiness and don their costumes, my friends and I took up the mask of tourists. Oslo was our destination, and while we had prepared for the cold we were not ready to take on the expense of the city. As beautiful as Norway is, a twenty pound dinner, no matter how delicious, is nigh impossible every night on a student budget. We survived, and our wallets too, but barely. The cost of living is higher in northern European and Scandinavian countries, but of course you have to keep in mind that the minimum wage is also higher, as well as the quality of life. However, despite all the money spent it was a worthwhile adventure. From fortresses to the Viking Museum and the Nobel Peace Center, Oslo offered a valuable experience. Although if one is to spend more than 32 hours in the city, I recommend traveling with a wealthy friend, or leave Oslo behind in favor of the fjords.
Open you mind, be brave, and be kind.
To See With One's Body and Soul
This blog documents all of my adventures, as well as my development into an artist, writer, and a better person.