If the Copenhageners look grumpy these days, here is a fair explanation why: imagine spending all day, for weeks in a row wearing sandblasted goggles in a refrigerated basement. This typical Danish weather may be why we are so determined to seek out the sun wherever and whenever we can. At sunset there are a few popular spots that are always crowded. Like the corner of the lake by Queen Louises Bridge, right behind The Nile. On sunny days, even in the winter time, people will gather here and suck up the last rays, sitting side by side next to complete strangers on the rounding bench.
In the summertime the last couple of years the sunset side of the bridge itself have also been a magnet, with people bringing music and drinks, sitting on the edge of the bridge or on the ground. When they began widening the bicycle lanes on the bridge, I noticed something fantastic: the sidewalks were widened too, and by some city planning stroke of genius they have placed three benches in the middle, right where the sun hits. I can tell you right now these benches are going to be popular. I got you these pictures on a particularly breathtaking day a while back, before the snow hit and this side of the bridge was about ready:
It was the strangest thing, as I sat down to take in the new spot, it was like seeing the beautiful lamps for the first time.