One of the things I’ve come to appreciate about ‘my city’, is it generosity to us the people who live in it.
Copenhagen is filled with man made oasis like parks and recreational spots, where you can go and play ball (I never did this), or play with your kettlebell (Done this several times in Fælledparken and Assistenten. Fælledparken is a huge park, used for ball play, carnival parades, and big outdoors events. Assistenten is basically a small cemetary, with patches of grass, used by the locals as recreational areas.). You can go for a swim in the harbour (this is a winner, and the city of Copenhagen have about 5 or 6 harbour swimming pools, all equipped with life guards and some with diving ladders) – or if you’re into skateboarding, several skate parks are scattered around the city – all free to use – and then there is the spots, which just seems to ‘happen’.
One of these is Dronning Louises bro (Queen Louises bridge), that connects Nørrebro with inner city. The bridge always been a part of the cit, but until a few years ago, that was, what it was – A bridge.
A few summers ago, more and more people started to congregate at the bridge, bringing beverages and food. Using the benches, the bridge itself or simply sitting on the sidewalk, and using the bridge as a ‘room’.
City council park department responded by putting up more benches and in these hot summer nights the bridge is full of Copenhageners enjoying their city.
After living abroad for 18 months, I have a better understanding of why Liam declared Copenhagen as the best big city, he’s ever been to. For my part, NY is probably still no1, but I get the Copenhagen dream. This is a good life here!