my first amateur photo trip: copenhagen, florence, cinque terre

Only fitting that it takes me three months to publish these.

I recently acquired a Nikon D5200 (my first DSLR) in an effort to back up my writing abilities and a (pending) career in journalism with some sweet photography skills. And to make this site more dynamic! Cascading scrolls of endless words can only be so engaging.

This past January I took a few weeks off to reward myself for finally submitting my grad school apps. I had a year’s worth of PTO saved up and the restaurant was entering the slow season, not to mention half of my hyper-fertile coworkers were expecting… I figured it would be the only time I would be able to get away with skipping town for more than a few days for months, so, 86 LANI until February.

After a super hyggeligt dinner with my fam to celebrate my dad’s 60th, I flew to Copenhagen straight into the drunk and welcoming arms of my former coworkers a few hours into their super hyggeligt julefrokost (traditional christmas lunch/party/night of debauchery).

DSC_0127Cue sweet reunion! I had just seen Rikke three months prior when we spent a week in SF sprinting up all the hills and then plowing through every restaurant and bar that had a good draft list, but it was so, so, nice to see her again. :)

DSC_0139Kasper in the basic beer-d and obligatory Flying Couch t-shirt, wait is this a party full of beer geeks? I didn’t realize.

DSC_0125Rune! It’s ironic that two winters ago I was miserable and freezing in Denmark with no friends, and this year I went out of my way to get back to the gross rain/snow/hail situation just to hug them all. It was very, very worthwhile.

DSC_0148The Lauras and Stan! They were being very patient with me being a dumdum with the camera settings and posed a million times. This was one of the only ones that came out, and then I gave in to automatic. Probably best to figure out aperture/ISO/shutter speed when I am not 9hrs behind on sleep and drunk.

DSC_0165Peter and Razz having an intimate moment. It never happens when Danes get drunk.

DSC_0155The cafe that hosted the julefrokost had only the bare necessities.

DSC_0172Sara’s apartment! She’s all moved out of Egmont and into this beautiful apartment with her boyfriend Thomas. She’s so grown up now, jeez. I leave for a year and everything changes. Thank you again, Sara, for letting me make myself at home in your immaculately clean house. (Living with fewer things = a Danish idea that fights my hoarding gene every day.)

DSC_0188 These goofballs, with small beers to start our gluttonous multi-course dinner that evening…

DSC_0182Oh haaay Rikke. With the trademark Søernes/Ørsted beer candle.

DSC_0193Intermission at dinner, because beer tasting.

DSC_0197Such a nice night at Höst in the city with all these food and beer nerds.

DSC_0201Afterhours at Søernes for Kub’s birthday. It was painful only staying here for a few hours on my last night in CPH after spending so many hanging until dawn the previous summer.

DSC_0207A wonderfully familiar scene.

DSC_0209Made it to Florence! My first time in Italy. Decent Chianti for just five euros, truffle oil, tagliatelle pasta, gelato, pappardelle with a duck ragu, sandwiches, and pizza… all my favorite things in an amazingly romantic city. And I got this girl to come with me!

DSC_0245Even though it was freezing.
DSC_0234 DSC_0224Only the coolest people will take a spontaneous week away from life to galavant around Italy for the first time.

DSC_0223As always, climbing a tower for a view pays off.

DSC_0221I can only imagine how beautiful (but crowded) Florence is in July.

DSC_0215The inside of the Duomo, the site of the most selfie stick-bearing Asian tourists in all of Italy.

DSC_0214Selfie stick or not, though, you can’t fit the Duomo in the frame. A better photo would have been one capturing the attempt.

DSC_0256Monterosso, one of Cinque Terre’s eponymous five villages.

DSC_0252Sunrise, first morning on the coast. I will thank jetlag for this shot from our hotel.


DSC_0248It was cold, so we started planning the next leg of our trip in one of the enotecas. We definitely did this more than once.

DSC_0264Manarolo. Okay. How impressive is this?


DSC_0288Typical Dane… always in search of sunlight thanks to the perpetual Vitamin D deficiency that only comes from living that far north. 

DSC_0275People always ask me if I went swimming here. It doesn’t look it, but it’s maybe 45 degrees out. We did meet a nice local who (in addition to cooking us dinner and showing us a good time even though all the restuarants and bars were closed for the winter) offered to take us surfing, buttttt maybe next time.



DSC_0259All you can see anywhere other than the brightly painted houses are lemon trees, orange trees, and olive groves.

My camera froze over while running around in the rain during the last leg of the trip in Genova, but I already can’t wait to go back. A port city with fried seafood and pesto everywhere, old Roman architectural design implemented with the new, a giant art museum in an old palace. I regret not staying for longer!

There is really nothing like getting away.


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This photo taken with Sara’s iPhone.



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One response to “my first amateur photo trip: copenhagen, florence, cinque terre

  1. D

    Great pictures and writing per usual! Also, are all your blog posts in a category called beer (‘Related posts’)? HAHA. ^___^

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