For the winter break 2019, we initially didn’t plan to go anywhere. The period between October to December was quite a hectic moment for us because Zaki had so many things on his plate: journals, book chapter, manuscript, seminar, conference to name a few. As a result, the daily loads that we usually share were suddenly on me and myself, there was no time (and energy!) to plan for any kind of trip. But then prior to his third-phase PhD Seminar which was scheduled on December 19, right after he submitted his manuscript to the reviewers, he said: “Can you find a good deal to go somewhere? Just a day or two. Not too far and most definitely not too expensive. I think we’re all deserve a short escape.”
Germany had always been in our travel list since the first day we arrived in Europe. But we were bit on and off about the right time to visit the country. Mainly because we wanted to visit some cities in a row. Haha! What a plan indeed!
We wished we could travel to all the cities in Germany where our friends live. Like for example: 2 days in Hamburg, 3 nights in Berlin, couple of days in Frankfurt, stopping by in Cologne, Nuremberg, and so on.
But that ambitious plan isn’t so budget friendly of course 😆 So we ended up just going to Berlin last July.
Geographically speaking, Hamburg is much closer from Lund and we do have friends who live in Hamburg so we could have started from there. But, there’s no direct flight to Hamburg and we wanted to try a short and easy first flight for Baby K. So Berlin is a perfect choice as it’s just 40 minutes flight from Copenhagen. Besides, it’s BERLIN. The capital of Germany. Famous throughout history. Do we really need a reason to visit it? I don’t think so 😄
So, in the mid of July, we went to Helsingør to “celebrate” my husband’s and my daughter’s birthday. That was our first time to this port city in eastern Denmark. We planned to go there with a friend long time ago, but had to cancel it because my friend forgot to bring his passport that time 😀 .
Yep! Since Sweden still impose border control, everyone travels to Sweden must bring valid ID when enter the country. And even though Helsingør is only separated by a narrow strait from it’s Swedish twin city, Helsingborg (you can even see it from the port), you better bring your passport with you when you go there, otherwise you might get a problem to re-enter Sweden.
One of the good things of living in Lund is the fact that this city is so close from Copenhagen, the capital of Denmark. So whenever you feel the urge to experience something more vibrant, you can easily hop on the Öresund train and be in Copenhagen in just 35 minutes.
And that’s basically what we do every time Lund is getting too quiet because of the summer break 😄
Copenhagen itself is an international hub, so it’s dynamic, modern and has plenty to offer. Here is the list of the things to do and see in Copenhagen metropolitan area based on my personal experience.
“Liburan kita “orang tua” banget ya mas sekarang,” ujar saya pada suami saat kami baru saja sampai di Legoland Billund, Minggu (23/6) lalu.
Kami berdua terkekeh. Tapi tentu tak ada nada kecewa di sana. Saya berkomentar begitu lebih karena di antara kami berdua tidak ada yang benar-benar menggemari amusement park, tidak ada yang masa kecilnya asyik bermain lego (level saya cuma lego ala pasar yang gedhe-gedhe dan terbuat dari plastik berbahaya itu 😆) tidak pernah juga kencan di Dufan, jadilah kami tak sering-sering amat bermain di taman bermain macam begini.
Tapi setelah menjadi orang tua dari bocah yang sekarang hampir 9 tahun, yang memang menyukai lego, dan tinggal di Lund yang hanya sepelemparan tiket kereta dari Billund, rasanya kok sayang jika melewatkan kesempatan mengunjungi Legoland di tanah kelahirannya. Terlebih lagi sejak hamil besar akhir tahun lalu kemudian punya bayi kicik, kami jarang banget jalan bareng berempat yang agak jauh. Jadilah liburan musim panas tahun ini all about our first born😅.
Hayu Rahmitasari writes about life in Lund for a website called The Newbie Guide to Sweden. Recently, she published her first novel in Indonesia.
I always try to see the golden edge.
Hayu Rahmitasari left a good job in Indonesia to start a new life in Lund. The move was a challenge but at the same time it opened the opportunity to write about life in Sweden and also fiction. Recently, she released her first novel published by an Indonesian publisher.
Sejak pindah ke Swedia dan beberapa kali menempuh rute CGK-CPH dengan bergonta-ganti maskapai, sejumlah kawan meminta saya mereview rute dan maskapai-maskapai tersebut. Sejujurnya, saya (atau kami lebih tepatnya), tidak punya preferensi khusus dalam memilih maskapai. Hanya tiga hal yang selama ini kami jadikan acuan:
Satu kali transit (karena lebih dari itu terlalu rempong buat kami yang bawa anak)
Terjangkau harganya (makanya yang saya review ini semuanya kelas Ekonomi yaaaa 😄 )
Tidak punya record yang terlalu parah (karena maskapai yang sempurna itu tidak ada saudara-saudara)