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.”
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😅.
To be honest, Lisbon had never been on my bucket list. It never crossed my mind to visit this capital city of Portugal before. I mean, I don’t have any special memory or obsession with the city (unlike what I have with Milan, Venice or Amsterdam 😄 ). So when Zaki told me that he’s going to present his research finding in a conference in Portugal, and he wanted me to come with him, I didn’t have specific expectation. I didn’t even make a detailed itinerary like usual. My plans were just to enjoy the summer sun, relax and maybe explore a little bit.
The journey wasn’t started really well. There was a train disruption in some areas in Skåne so it was difficult to get to the Copenhagen airport. Luckily our landlord drove us to the closest station from the airport (Malmö Hyllie Station).
Last Tuesday, we went to Oslo and spent two nights in the capital city of Norway. The idea was to have a workcation: half work, half vacation, as both me and Zaki had deadlines approaching really soon that time. We’d never been to Oslo before and we heard that the city is worth a visit. It’s compact, beautiful and has plenty to offer. So after considering this and that, we decided to pick Oslo as our Easter break destination.
We went there by SJ train from Lund central station at 8.22 in the morning. Traveling by train is always my favourite since it gives me time to relax and to work along the way. Haha. Also, it creates less hassle as we don’t need to do check in, immigration clearance, and so on. The journey took around 8 hours with a short transit in Katrineholm. It was almost 5 pm when we arrived at Oslo Sentralstasjon.